Moving from iPhone to Android – The Ultimate Guide
All nations has a government and it has tons of rules for the civilians to be followed. Imagine, what if there are no governments and no rules to be followed……
Yes, exactly that is what you will be up to do by switching to Android from iOS. You have no government and no rules, which means no more limitations for you as the Android is a ultimate open source. Mark my words, moving from an iPhone to Android will definitely make a huge revelation on your life.
Now, we will have a look with what you should consider when moving from an iPhone to an Android Phone. let’s begin with the main deference between iOS and Android…..
Differences between iOS and Android
When it comes to common differentiation the first thing to notice is both the OS has different interface. Even both the iOS and Android are mostly same to operate, but not the same. In Android things like the screen buttons and all will take some time to get used with. This little layout issue will be shocking at the beginning, but not for long. The differences with iOS and Android are minimal, so don’t bother yourself too much with it.
If you have already switched with an Android or considering to get one, it is safe to assume and there is nothing foreign for you. Some manufacturers like Samsung or HTC build devices with their own version of the Android interface, so before getting one make sure about your flavor and pick the right one for you.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that Android is an open source, while Apple is not. As you get more access and permissions with Android, you would have seen some cool screenshots of app icons and widgets you don’t find on your Android device. This is probably a result of rooting Android, which is something similar to jailbreaking iOS. While Apple made jailbreaking nearly impossible for their devices, Android encourages and supports rooting for their OS. You can click here to know more about Android rooting. Rooting makes things easier, faster, safer and productive on Android devices.
Probably I will not have to tell you this, as you already know the variety is a major difference. With iPhone, the only company Apple makes iPhones and basically people get the same phone over and over again with some improvements and modifications. But with Android, as the OS is free for everyone, anyone can make devices to run with Android. You have a ton of choice with screen sizes, hardware specs, features, materials etc. So, finding a Phone for your taste is easy as you get a huge range of choices.
According to some records, some very prominent Apple fans have totally switched to Android. Before switching you might know the below things to make your new Android comfortable for you to step into it.
All-in-one iOS-to-Android switching tools
First things first, some of the Android devices such like Samsung’s Galaxy devices and Google’s Pixel devices ship with an own all-in-one iPhone-to-Android switching system. These systems are included with some special software and possibly could be even included with physical cables for moving bunch of data from iPhone to the Android device. If are offered with such kind of a service, then that is the right place to start moving things.
Still the problem is, these great all-in-one methods is not available for every Android phone, and also, this method will not access through all the edges of the device according to your need.
So, next we will look into some step-by-step information about how you can get all the important category of data moved over on your own without getting head each.
Calendar, contacts and photos
Unless you are getting with a Samsung Galaxy or a Google Pixel device you will be not getting an All-in-one iOS-to-Android switching tools. So, this article continues to explain things to help you switch with any of the Android device on the market.
You just have to download and install the Google Drive app into your iPhone, then sign into Google Drive account using your basic Google account. (If you still don’t have a Google account, you can create one through the app)
Now on your iPhone, open the Google Drive app menu and select Settings and then Backup. Sometimes you could be interested to backup specific areas of the device rather than making whole backup, then you can tap and select which areas you want to get backed up. If you want whole backup you can simply click the blue Start Backup button to let the app deal with all the things.
This backup progress will take some time and also eats up some amount of data. So, you might probably want to keep this process scheduled for the time for your iPhone to be plugged in, and connected to a stable Wi-Fi network. Don’t worry you can always pause and start things up again when you are free from the device.
When it is done, just sign with the same Google account into the new Android phone. Then you would be able to find your previous calendar data in the Google Calendar app, your contacts in the Google Contacts app and all your photos and videos in the Google Photos app. (This sometimes vary according to your device capabilities, sometimes the Apps are installed default on the device but sometimes you might have to download the Apps)
There is one exception in this, if there is contacts or calendar data connected to a Microsoft Exchange account, it will not be moved to the device with this procedure. In this situation, you might need to add your Exchange account into the Gmail app on your Android phone, then all the data will be perfectly shown in the Android device. (Have a look into the Email section to get it done, the process is perfectly explained there)
As it always, the iMessage system of Apple will not be compatible with non-Apple platforms. But still you can compatibly move with another platform. Only thing you have to do is to take the right set of steps to avoid missing your important messages.
- Go to Settings on your iPhone and tap Messages and then toggle iMessage to off.
- Look for the FaceTime option and toggle it also to off, since you will not be active on the platform anymore.
- Then, open Apple’s Deregister iMessage web page
- And scroll down until you find the section labeled No longer have your iPhone?
- Enter in your phone number here and click on the send code link
- Then, type in the confirmation code into the page which you receive
The above procedure is a must do one, if you don’t do it completely, Apple would likely block some of your incoming text messages. Sometimes you might never even know you missed them.
But if you still want to keep all the existing text messages and bring them over to your new Android phone, then an app called iSMS2droid can help you do that so. This process involves some manual backup procedure with your iPhone to a computer and then you can find the specific files and transfer them onto your new Android phone. But if you want all your old messages to be transferred the above is the best option you have.
The best part is, once you are with Android, keeping the messages synced with all your devices is really simple. Just make sure to select a messaging app that will automatically backup and restore all the data from the get-go, you will always be fine.
Now lets bring all of your email over to your glossy new Android smartphone. Moving the emails is very simple and hassle free, sometimes it takes a bit time get it done according to your need.
If you are presently using a Gmail
There is no big deal to get things moved, just use the same Google account linked with your Gmail address and sign into your Android device, all your mails will automatically get into your device and will appear in the Gmail app. If you are using more than one Gmail account and want them all on your new Android device, just open the Gmail app on your Android Phone and go to settings > and click Add account option, then simply follow the steps to add additional Google accounts to the app.
If you are using a webmail provider (Outlook.com, Hotmail or Yahoo)
You can either add these accounts into the Gmail app on your Android phone by simply following the same steps explained early but just make sure to choose the correct account option on the Add account screen.
If you are using Apple Mail
To add Apple mail, once again you just have to add the account into the Gmail app. But still there is a little more to do this time. Once you select the Add account within the Gmail app settings, just tap the line named Other and type in your email address into the box and then select Personal (IMAP). When it is required provide all the mail server settings given on the Apple’s support site.
If you are using Exchange
This is a basic deal, just select the Exchange and Office 365 option in the Add account section in the Gmail App’s settings. Then the app will simply get you through the rest of the procedure.
The last option to consider
If you are using a non-Gmail account apart from all the above categories and want to drop your old email address and completely move into Gmail. You can simply import all your previous email account’s email into Gmail, by just following the guide on this Google support page. Also, you may have request the old mail service to forward all the new messages to your Gmail address for you. Otherwise, you might sometimes miss some important messages with it.
The sad part is, any app you are using on your iPhone will not be automatically transfer to your new Android. Also, any of the apps you have paid for on iOS will have to be purchased again on Android App Store.
But the good news is, nowadays almost all the apps are available on both the iOS and Android platforms. So, once you completely set up with Android, all your apps and app data will automatically sync to the Android through Google’s servers.
One important thing to consider before getting off the iPhone, take some time and get through the Google Play Store and have a look for the Apps that you want (use an Android phone or a web browser). If you can’t with a specific App, you can still find some great alternations. When you get with the apps that you already used on the iPhone, when it asks you to sign in on the first time you open the App, make sure you use the same email address or username that you used on your iPhone, this will get all the data that are tied with the specific account.
You might also not know, once you settled with Android unlike the iOS you can explore something more with the Apps. Android allows all sorts of intelligent tools for us to make customization and have more control over the core user interface, and some of them offer you some pretty interesting features either.
Bringing music from iOS to Android was a nightmare sometimes ago and now is not. Now it is not that a big issue.
Taking your music is nothing if you are using a streaming service something like Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music or even the Apple Music. All you have to do is, just download the equivalent app from the Google Play Store on your new device and simply log in to your account. That’s it, your entire collection will get to your hands with seconds of time.
Otherwise, if you have an own personal music collection, you can simply download a Windows or Mac (according to your need) based Music Manager App for Google Play Music. This App will find and import any of the music files that stored on your computer and as well as in iTunes (the file formats ranging from MP3 to WMA, FLAC, OGG and even AAC) without DRM (digital rights management) protection.
But still there is one last exception with all this. Any music that are purchased from iTunes before 2009, as those songs were encoded into an ownership and DRM-protected version of the AAC format. Those files will not be compatible with any other music service (by design). If you can spend a $25 per year on your Apple iTunes Match service, then for sure you can exchange those type files for non-DRM-protected versions, when it is exchanged it will work anywhere.
If not, the only possible free option to recover those tracks is, you can employ those old-school workaround of burning those music tracks to a CD (for this you should have a CD burner on your computer), and then put the CD back into the computer and rip those songs into a unlocked and standard format. But this will provide you a lower-quality audio than what we can purchase directly from almost any of the music service nowadays.
The most direct and simple way to get all the data to your new Android phone is make the iCloud Drive to say hello to Google Drive. Yes, Make sure you have a total backup of your iPhone on iCloud Drive and download both the iCloud Drivee and Google Drive Apps on your PC. Once you are set ready, just move all the files from iCloud Drive to Google Drive.
When it is done all your precious data are moved to the Google Drive and you are ready to access everything on your Android device.
Welcome to Android
Wow… you have done every good. Now you see all your important info and files are now off from your iPhone and on your new Android device. Now you are completely into Android and ready to start a new journey as a new Android owner.
Anyway, before you get started with Android I would like to provide you some information to make things easy for you. Just take some moment to get to know those things either, this might help you step into the wide new Android world.
Some of the Basics of Android
It doesn’t matter where you are in your Android, you can always swipe down on the screen top to see all of the pending notifications like in the iOS, but unlike the iOS when you swipe down for the second time you will get with a full Quick Settings panel, which shows you more shortcuts for some settings. When it comes to notifications and quick settings Android makes things really easy.
Next, those three on visual buttons on the display. You would have probably discovered those buttons are what for, if not. The middle one is a home button similar to the iPhone home button (on many devices long pressing the Home button will open Google Assistant, Android version of Siri) and another one is universal back button.
And the third and the last square sapped button will let you directly access through recently used apps and jump around the OS. This little button has some hidden features with it too. Double tap on the button to jump between Apps and in some of the Android versions a split screen is opened to view two Apps at once by just pressing and holding the tiny button.
Now at last you would have seen some scary seeming stories about the security level on Android. Be aware as most of those news are totally scam and misleads the users. Real thing is the Malware are not a real-world issue for Android, and Google has its own stunning multilayer security system in place to protect you from all sorts of threats and provides you full protection.