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Jumping from Apple to Android? Be Prepared!3 min read

With the Android OS available on a multitude of smartphones, with many costing under the $800 price-tag of the cheapest iPhone, the alternative to Apple is becoming more popular every day. If you’ve decided this is the time to ditch the iPhone and switch to Android, you’ll need to be aware of a few things to make the transition as smooth as possible. If only it were as easy as just turning on your new phone and going about your day.

Applications

Apps are what make mobile computing what it is. There’s an app for everything, so, it’s safe to assume, you have a handful of favorites. Fortunately, when you make the switch to Android, you’ll have two of the largest app stores at your fingertips. Google Play and the Amazon App store are filled with thousands of Android applications, many of which are effectively the same as the ones you’re used to from the Apple App Store. Before you do anything to your current iPhone, you’ll want to make a list of all the apps you use the most. Then double check they are available for your new Android phone.
An ancillary benefit of switching phones is that you have an opportunity to consolidate your collection of apps. Think of it as spring cleaning. With free apps, it’s not much of a concern since you can download them and come back to them later. This applies more to paid apps. Sure, 99 cents doesn’t seem like a big deal when you buy one at a time, but when you have to purchase $30-35 worth of apps at once, you may be a little picky. This is an individual decision. It’s something to keep in mind to keep the financial pressure as low as possible.

The Deactivation of iMessage

If you go online and search about deactivating iMessage, you’ll come across some how-to guides and tutorials, but also a lot of people complaining about the difficulty of escaping Apple’s ecosystem. It can be a pain, but Apple themselves provides a tutorial on how to successfully deactivate their proprietary messaging system. Apple’s iMessage utilizes a Wi-Fi connection to send messages. Android does not, so you’ll need to get your phone number out of Apple’s servers to be able to send SMS from all your contacts, iPhone or Android.

Transfer Your Information

Transferring your data from one platform to another can be a bit of process, but iOS users who switch to Android can find it easier by using Google Drive. Here are the steps:

  1. Install and sign into Google Drive on your Apple device.
  2. Go to Menu > Settings > Backup and save all the data you need from the Apple device to Google Drive.
  3. You can then back up everything by clicking Start Backup. It will give you options on what you want to take and what you don’t mind leaving behind.

It’s just three steps; it can’t be that hard. You’re half-right. It may look simple, but depending on how much data you have on your phone, it can be a lengthy process. Be sure to keep your iPhone plugged in and connected to Wi-Fi. Once you have your new Android phone and your data backed up, all you have to do is sign in to Google Drive, download your data, and you’re ready to go.
Switching from an iPhone to an Android shouldn’t be a difficult task. By keeping the topics we discussed in mind, you’ll have a smooth transition and enjoy your new phone in no time.

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Ben Jones

Ben Jones

Technical writer Living in Tampa, FL. Originally from Indiana. In my free time, I cook, play golf, stay active (either outside or at the gym) and patiently waiting for the next Star Wars movie.

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