It’s a scary thing, moving from Android to iOS, or from iOS to Android. Fortunately, in their competitive zeal to gain a bigger share of the market, companies have provided tools to assist in the process. They’re not perfect, but as we’ll see the transition from Android to iOS is greatly facilitated by an Android app.

As it happens, I’m fairly agnostic about operating systems, whether PC or portable. All have their virtues, some unique. All have their weaknesses. But sometimes moving from one to the other is necessary.

And it is necessary now, temporarily, for me as I prepare to test the iPhone 7.

Traditionally to change you move your SIM over, perform a factory reset on the old phone, and a from-scratch setup with the iPhone. Hopefully you will have jotted down all the apps that you’d want – either iOS versions of the ones you’re used to, or functionally similar iOS ones for Android only apps. And you should have a record of all necessary passwords. Expect to spend a couple of hours entering in information, downloading apps, telling the phone your account details and so on. And then over coming weeks, remembering the things you’ve forgotten and installing them as well.

iPhone 7 left, Samsung Galaxy S6 right, it'll copy more than what's shown on the list

iPhone 7 left, Samsung Galaxy S6 right, it’ll copy more than what’s shown on the list

But as I started up the iPhone 7 for the first time it offered four setup options, one of which was “Move from Android”. Intrigued, I chose that option and found that much could be transferred from Android to the iPhone 7: “photos, messages and more”.

This turned out to be surprisingly simple. Just follow the instructions on the iPhone. So first you’ll install the “Move to iOS” (by Apple Inc) app on your Android phone, enter a passcode generated by the iPhone 7 into the app on the Android to confirm this is all legit, and then let it go.

iPhone 7 left, Samsung Galaxy S6 right, allow plenty of time for the transfer

iPhone 7 left, Samsung Galaxy S6 right, allow plenty of time for the transfer