Tips for Switching from iOS to Android
I’m fed up with Apple and ready to switch to an Android phone, but before I do, what do I need to know?
This question was answered on March 8, 2018. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.
Our smartphones have become such a vital part of our daily lives, which can makes switching platforms a bit of a challenge.
Simple differences in how certain functions are displayed or accessed can be disorienting at first, so make sure you are up for the challenge.
The good news is that the learning curve going from iOS to Android is not nearly as dramatic as switching from Mac to Windows or vice versa.
Before You Switch
The more time you spend preparing for the transition before you take the plunge, the fewer ‘surprises’ you’ll likely encounter.
The first thing you need to do is review your critical apps in two ways: are they available on the Android platform and will I have to repurchase any of them.
If you’ve amassed a large collection of apps that you paid for in the Apple App Store, you’ll either need to go without them or budget for the cost of repurchasing them in Google’s Play Store.
iPhone users can text each other without having a cell signal, because Apple’s iMessage works over Wi-Fi; you won’t have this capability when you switch to an Android phone.
As a precaution, you should let Apple’s servers know that you are no longer able to receive iMessages so you don’t miss messages from your friends with iPhones: https://goo.gl/trkW9g
Back Up To Google Drive
Since your ‘eco system’ will change, you’ll want to transfer your contacts, calendars, photos and videos to Google’s platform using Google Drive before you get rid of your iPhone: https://goo.gl/4xVG1a
If you are already using Gmail or other Google services, the transition will be very simple, as you’ll just need to sign into your Google account when you get your new Android phone.
Some Android manufacturers also offer apps to help with the transition, such as Samsung’s Smart Switch (https://goo.gl/c7bVYz), Sony’s Xperia Transfer (https://goo.gl/UrTcJs) or Google Pixel’s direct connect (https://goo.gl/1Kh5u4).
If your email address doesn’t end with @iCloud.com, @Me.com or @Mac.com, the transition to either Gmail or the built-in mail app on your Android phone should be pretty simple.
If you want to continue to use an Apple email account on your Android device, then you’ll need to configure one of the Android mail apps to continue to retrieve your mail from Apple’s servers: https://goo.gl/muV7Mv
Apple Music & iTunes Music
If you’re a subscriber of the Apple Music streaming service and want to continue using it, there’s an Android app for that: https://goo.gl/jGLU6N
Your downloaded music should transfer over fine, unless your music collection includes really old songs. Older music you downloaded through iTunes (pre 2009 Protected AAC audio files) won’t play until you remove the copy protection on them: https://goo.gl/o9jAoF
Possible Pain Points
You’re not going to see a numeric badge for unread messages unless you dig through various 3rd party mail apps that are less than desirable, visual voice mail requires you to download your carriers voicemail app and those alert ‘sounds’ that you’re used to are going to be different, so be prepared to change!
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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on March 8, 2018