Tips for How to Switch from iPhone to Android
People who are switching from iPhone to Android do so for many different reasons: pricing, access to Google’s many services, personal preferences – everyone has their own reasons (just as anyone switching from Android to iPhone has their own, equally valid, reasons).
Making the switch to Android isn’t difficult, just a little time-consuming. You’ll need to know how to transfer photos from iPhone to Android, how to sync your calendar, and the best way to link your iTunes to your new phone. Here’s a brief list of what to do if you’re switching from iPhone to Android.
How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Android
Backing up your iPhone photos and contacts isn’t a difficult process, but it can be time-consuming if you have a large photo and video library. All you’ll need is your iPhone and a Google account.
Download the Google Drive iOS app to your iPhone and sign in on your Google account. If you don’t have a Google account, you can sign up for one through the app. You’re going to want an account anyway if you’re switching from iPhone to Android – you use your Google account to download apps, back up data, and upload photos to Google Drive, the equivalent of Apple’s iCloud.
Once you sign in to your Google account on the Google Drive iOS you can back up all your contacts, photos, and videos to Google Drive. To do so, open the Settings option in the app menu and select Backup. Backup can take a few hours, so be sure to be connected to your home’s Wi-Fi and have your phone charger handy.
How much can you store on Google Drive? The service offers 15GB of free space, compared to iCloud’s 5GB. You can also purchase extra space for a monthly fee, ranging from $1.99 for 100GB to $19.99 for 2TB.
How to Move iTunes from iPhones to Androids
To move your iTunes library from your old iPhone to your new Android, you’ll need to sign in to Google Play Music on the same computer as your iTunes collection. Download the Music Manager app, open the app, and choose iTunes as the source of your music collection. The Music Manager will then upload your songs and playlists. The app also automatically uploads new music files, so you can continue to use iTunes as your music collection hub. If you use Chrome to access Google Play Music, you have the option of simply dragging and dropping music files into the open browser window.
iTunes Movies and DRM Removal
While transferring music from iTunes to Android is easy enough, moving videos over is a little tricky. If you purchased a movie or video through iTunes, the file is DRM (digital rights management) protected to prevent piracy. Before you transfer the video, you must remove the DRM using DRM removal software.
If that sounds illegal, don’t worry. It’s perfectly legal to remove DRM protection in the US, if the file is for your own use. Copying the file to distribute to others is illegal, but the act of removing DRM isn’t.
Transferring Text Messages
When it comes to transferring text messages from iPhone to Android, the first step is to decide if your texts are worth moving. Unless texts contain sensitive information you really want to keep, you might want to skip this part, as it can get complicated.
Basically, you’ll need to connect the iPhone to a computer and back up the text files, after which you move the text messages to the Android phone using a cloud storage system such as Google Drive. So far, so good. Unfortunately, the files will be unreadable at this point unless you use an app such as iSMS2droid or Samsung Smart Switch to convert the raw data back into text messages. As we said, this can get complicated, so you may wish to simply bid your older text messages adieu unless you need them for business or legal reasons.
How to Sync Your iPhone Calendar with an Android
Fortunately syncing your iPhone calendar with your new Android isn’t as tricky as transferring text messages. Open your iPhone’s Settings and select Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Now select Add Account and log in with your Google account.
Launch the iPhone Calendar app, tap Calendar, and select your Google account. Now open your Android phone’s Settings and select Accounts. Log into your Google account and your old calendar will sync to your new smartphone.
Moving Apps from iPhones to Androids
Sorry folks, but you’re going to have to download your favorite apps the old-fashioned way. As iPhone and Android OS are incompatible, you’ll have to make a list of your old apps and find their equivalents in the Google Play Store. The good news is that if an app requires an account your old info will carry over when you log into the new Android app.
Switching from iPhone to Android isn’t all that difficult, and once you’re done you’ll be able to explore how to record calls on an Android, how to use widgets, and other helpful tools. Welcome to the Android family – there’s a lot of us out there!