How to Switch from iPhone iOS to a Google Android Phone
What you need to know to switch from an iPhone to an Android Phone.
November 25, 2012
Switching from iOS to Android
Now that the iPhone 5 has already settled in the market, it’s now time for you to read this article and know the changes that you need to do in order for you to successfully “travel” from iOS to Android.
But before that, what are actually the apps which can be found in Android?
- Google Play which can provide you with several themes, ring tones, wallpapers, app launchers etc.
- Google Maps
- Widgets which allow you to open a more competent Voice Search, Calendar, Gmail, Rdio Playlists, Accuweather Forecasts etc.
- Well known apps such as Flipboard and Instagram but with an exception of most games.
Transferring Media Files
These files refer to your images, short films and sound tracks. Now, here are the steps for you to transfer these things to Android:
- Let your iPhone serve an external drive for your PC.
- Create copies of your files on your computer. If your laptop is a product from Apple, then apply Image Capture in this step. You can use Explorer if not.
- Then, establish a connection between your PC and your Android to complete the transfer of your files. If your Android operates on ICS or higher versions, get Android File Transfer Utility for your Mac while plug-and-play would work just fine for a standard PC.
- You can use Spotify or Google Play for you to download other media to your Android for it can never be synchronized with iTunes.
Voice Mail Messages
- You can forward your voicemail messages one by one to your account in Google. Just go look for your desired recording in "Messages", choose Edit and select Forward.
- Other applications such as iExplorer and PhoneView can cost you a maximum of $35 for the transfer of your voicemail messages, other media files, notes, bookmarks, contacts and even your call history.
- These messages can be transferred to your Android device for free with the use of the app called My SMS. It can easily be downloaded and works on both Windows and Mac computers.
Calendar Notes and Contacts
- Have an iOS 3.0 or higher version and a Gmail or Google account for you to be able to use Google Sync in transferring these things into your Android device.
- On your iPhone, choose Settings and look for Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
- Create a new account for "Microsoft Exchange"
- Key in your login details and email address. If you have a domain, then enter that information as well for you to have a ME server. If you have a Gmail account, then you can just skip the step for your domain.
- Click the button that states “Server" and key in "m.google.com" if you have a Gmail account or the address of your ME server if you don’t have one.
- Click on Reminders, Calendars, Contacts and Mail and lastly, click on Accept for you to complete the transfer.
- This kind of transfer can also be done with iTunes but you would have to deal with basic contact information in this option.
- Let your iPhone act as an external drive for your PC.
- Launch iTunes
- Look on the pane on the left side of the screen, choose your iPhone and proceed to the tab that states “Info”.
- Choose "Sync Contacts With", select "Google Contacts", key in your log-in details and click “Apply”.
- Important: When you’re done importing your contacts, make sure that you get to turn off the sync function of Google to prevent the system from deleting redundant contacts on your device.