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How to Switch from an iPhone to Android

So you decided that the grass on the other side might be greener, and you're ready to cross the Android bridge. In this guide, we help you to pass trolls without prejudice. If you've considered switching from an iPhone to an Android device and are already heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem, you will encounter some obstacles, but they are by no means insurmountable.

Let's See how to transfer contacts and other data, switch to Google services, and handle music, photos, and videos. To top it off, there are a few additional tips to help you get used to Android, dispel some common fears, and show you how to get the most out of your new platform's highlights.


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Before heading off to the Promised Land of Android, take a last look around. There are a few things you need to leave behind. Many of the bags, docks and other accessories that you have purchased for your iPhone are not compatible with Android smartphones (but it's worth checking to see if this is the case). Your iOS apps can not keep up with you, but for most of them, Android counterparts await your arrival. DRM-protected content purchased from the Apple App Store or iTunes will remain there (you can easily and legally remove restrictions on music, but not on TV and movies.)

Last but not least, there's yours iPhone itself. Before you delete it with a factory reset, you should work through the rest of our manual. When you're done and you do not want to give away your iPhone, read our guide on how to sell an iPhone without it getting corrupted.

Using Phone Maker Tools or Tools

Before We When you try different methods to transfer different parts of your iPhone to your new Android phone, you should mention that you are using the tools that the manufacturer of your new phone Providing smartphones can often save you time. Normally, when setting up your new phone, you will be asked if you want to copy files from your old phone.

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If you buy a Samsung phone like the Galaxy S10 Plus, you will get a USB OTG port in the box which allows you to connect your old iPhone and copy many files and data. You can also use the Smart Switch software. If you do not get such an option on your new Android phone or if you lack the connection you need, do not worry as we'll go through some alternative methods.

You will want to transfer your contacts before you sell your old device. In our guide, you'll learn how to transfer your contacts between iPhone and Android to find an easy way to use iTunes and Gmail.

You can also use iCloud. Enable Contacts in Settings> [your name]> iCloud on your iPhone. Log in to your computer on the iCloud website and click Contacts . Click the gear icon in the bottom left corner and select Select All, and then c Lick the gear icon again and select Export vCard . Sign up for Gmail now, tap the red Gmail and then contacts, or go to Google Contacts in your browser and click on [. More and then Import .

This is also possible with the free My Contacts backup app. Install it on your iPhone, launch it, tap "Save," and email the backup file to an email account on your Android phone. You will receive a VCF file that you can import into your Android Contacts app.

If you want to use the process as an excuse to thin out the flock and edit your contacts, you should run it one at a time. In this case, simply open the contact you want to transfer to your iPhone and select Share contact to send it as a text message or by e-mail.

Syncing Your Calendar

This is easy if you have already set up your Google Account and Gmail (which you will need anyway for your Android phone). On your iPhone, go to Settings> Accounts and passwords> Add account and add your Gmail account or select it from the list. Then enable sync for calendars. If you want to get rid of your iPhone for an Android device but want to keep your iPad, the Gmail app is a great way to keep your calendar and contacts in sync. You can even sync multiple Google calendars to your iPad if needed.

You can also download an app to sync your calendar from iCloud, provided you have enabled Calendar in the settings> [your name]> iCloud . You can try One Calendar to sync all your calendars in one place, or read some of our recommendations for the best calendar apps.

Switching from Apple to Google Services

Apple is known for switching to this tightly integrated ecosystem if you're Android and you want to launch more Google services. Your Google Account has gradually become the gateway to a variety of services, and cross-platform sync has improved dramatically in recent years. Forget about iCloud and Safari, you'll find all features and more through Google. As long as you're signed in to your Google Account, you can access all your contacts, bookmarks, events, and files on all devices.

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  • Contacts for backing up and sharing contacts
  • News Sending SMS
  • Google Calendar to comply with your Schedule
  • Chrome Browser can sync bookmarks and open tabs between computer and Android phone
  • ] Google Drive to back up your files
  • Google Docs to edit and share documents [19659025] YouTube Music or Google Play Music to store and stream your music from the cloud
  • Google Photos to back up and share photos and videos
  • Google Fit to track your health and fitness
  • Google Keep for notes and lists
  • Android Auto when you drive

Above o All in all, there is YouTube for watching and sharing video s, Google Maps for easy navigation and Google Pay for wireless NFC payments. Then there's "OK, Google" or "Hey Google," which activates Google Assistant (similar to Siri), not to mention a host of great Google Apps from Google Translate to Google Trips.

Many of these things are available on iPhone too, but the experience is optimized for Android. The fact that you can set all these options as default options in a Google Account makes it easy and accessible, and you'll be tempted to use more and more Google services. There are also a lot of great alternatives that you can use instead of or alongside Google offerings like Dropbox and Mozilla Firefox.

Moving Photos and Videos

There are several ways to get your valuable files from your iPhone on your Android, but we'll start with the most obvious and basic. You can connect your iPhone to your Windows PC via USB and then Import images and videos select for automatic transmission or Open device to view files (Your photos and videos are in the Internal Memory / DCIM Folder ) if you want to make an individual selection. If you have a Mac, the import window should appear when you connect your iPhone, and you can select files from there.

Once the files are on your Windows computer, connect your Android smartphone via USB A pop-up window where you can select Open device to view files . You can drag and drop files from your computer to your Android. To do the same on a Mac, read our guide on transferring files from an Android device to a Mac.

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Wireless transmission of these photos and videos may be easier, but may take longer. You can do this with any cloud service. There are many options for Android and iOS. Simply install something like Google Photos, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive or DropBox on your iPhone, upload the files, install the same app on your Android device and download it.

Learn more about using apps to backup and share your photos, read our guide to sharing photos on Android. You can use a variety of apps and services described there to transfer your photos and videos from the iPhone.

Moving Your Music

If you want to transfer your music from your iTunes account to Android, there are several ways to go. The easiest way is probably to sign in to Google Play Music on the same computer on which iTunes is installed. Download the Music Manager, install it and select the iTunes option when asked where you want to store your music. You can then select Upload All Tracks and Playlists . You can also select individual playlists and podcasts. Perhaps best of all, you can continue to use iTunes and automatically sync new purchases to your Google Music account.

You can not legally copy movies or TV shows from iTunes to your Android smartphone because you would need to remove the DRM protection first. This also applies to eBooks purchased via iTunes.

If you have used Apple Music, there is an Android app. You need a subscription, but if you sign in with the same Apple ID, you should be able to access your music.

Moving Your Text Messages

This is much more difficult than anything we've discussed so far. But some people will want to keep these valuable text conversations and transfer them to their new Android smartphones. Luckily it is possible. One of the simplest methods is to use the free iSMS2droid app, which may not be suitable for all users. You'll also need to back up your SMS in iTunes and then look for the correct file to convert.

You can also use Samsung Smart Switch or Gravel software to restore an iPhone backup (including text messages) to a Samsung Android smartphone. You can also find some premium software options online that allow you to copy text messages, contacts, photos, and even call logs. However, we can not vouch for their effectiveness. Many Android manufacturers have a data transfer app that you can also test and use.

Do not forget to disable iMessage before switching, regardless of which method you use. If you keep it turned on, SMS and MMS messages may still be sent to your old iPhone. This is because Apple sends an iMessage instead of an SMS or MMS if it detects that you are using both iOS. To turn it off, go to Settings> Messages and turn off iMessage . You should also go to Settings> Facetime and disable this option. If you no longer have the phone, you can ask Apple to sign out of your iPhone at iMessage.

Make yourself comfortable on Android

Welcome to Android. At first it may seem strange and annoying, but you will soon get used to it. Here are some tips and suggestions to help you get your feet under the table and make you feel at home.

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Getting along

Android looks a bit different. You're used to the almighty home button when you come from an older iPhone, or to gesture navigation on newer iPhones.

Google has switched to a gestures system with Android 10, allowing you to swipe from the bottom up screen to go home, swipe from left to inside to go back, and swipe from right to left to move forward to go. You can also swipe up and down to open the multitasking menu that lists your open apps and games. In each version of Android, you can access basic notifications and quick settings by swiping down from the top of the screen.

If your device is running an older version of Android, you'll find three buttons at the bottom of the screen: or if it's running Android 9.0 Pie 2 only.

  • Home screen : This will take you to the home screen. To quickly return to the home screen, press Start. Tap and hold the Home button to start Google Assistant. It is always in the middle. In Android 9 Pie, this is a small diamond-shaped icon instead of an icon in the form of a home screen.
  • Back : The Back button is exactly as it sounds. If you want to return to a page, a layer, or a screen of what you have just seen, tap the Back button. You can also use it to quit apps. It is usually on the left side. This is also available in Android 9 Pie. However, you can also swipe from left to right to return directly to the last used app.
  • Current Apps or Multitasking: This button will not appear in Android 9 Pie or later, but you can access the same menu by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. The Recent Apps menu displays the most recently used apps. If you want to return to an app that you have just used, follow these steps. If you want to jump quickly to a previous app, tap twice quickly. You can also shut down applications from this menu by swiping them away. You can jump to split-screen mode by holding down this button in an app. The app you're in will be moved up and you'll be able to select a recently opened app to go down.

Instead of using the Home screen by default, like an iPhone, your apps are embedded on Android's App Drawer. You can use multiple Home screens on Android and just swipe left and right to scroll through them. In the bottom row of all home screens, there is usually an icon called "Apps," located in a ubiquitous dock with the other common suspects, such as phone, contacts, messages, and the Internet. Newer devices may not have an apps icon. You may only need to swipe up the dock to access all installed apps. To add an app shortcut directly to your home screen, simply locate it in the app tray, tap and hold the icon until it pops up and the splash screen below appears, and drop it where you want it from.

Everything important that happens on your phone will trigger a notification. Just drag down the notification bar from the top of the screen to check your latest notifications. You can click on it for more information or to take action. Swipe them down to expand them if you want to interact with them without switching to the app, which is convenient for multitasking. You can close them by swiping them off or tapping the icon to remove them all at once.

Customization and widgets

One of the great attractions of Android is the ability to customize your smartphone. To customize the look of your phone, simply tap and hold on a blank area of ​​the Home screen to bring up a pop-up menu where you can set the wallpaper (including animated "live" backgrounds if you want). You can also add widgets, apps, shortcuts, and folders on many Android devices. You can put one app icon over another to create a folder. You can also change the wallpaper for the lock screen or the home screen using Settings> Display> Wallpaper .

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Mark Jansen / Digital Trends [19659006] Widgets are small windows in individual apps that can be automatically updated to provide you with new information. This means that you can view the current weather, sports scores or tweets without having to go to the actual app. Not every app has a widget. However, you can tap and hold an empty area of ​​the home screen and select widgets to check your options, or go to the app tray and scroll on most newer phones.

If you want to personalize the aesthetics of your smartphone, you should explore the world of launchers. There are many different looks and styles that are often completely free. Some popular startup programs are Nova Launcher and GO Launcher EX.


Even though the Play Store Apple's App Store has surpassed the absolute numbers, there is no denying that there are more high-end apps. Quality, sophisticated apps and games for iOS. Due to the potential profit margin for developers (which on average stays higher on iOS because people spend more money on apps), most new apps and games start first on the iPhone. The good news is that the gap is closing and the vast majority of the great apps and games you've known and loved on your iPhone will be available for Android. You'll also find that apps and games are generally cheaper on the Android platform, and a higher percentage of them are free.

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To get you started visiting our best Android apps and best Android games raids. With Android, you do not need to use standard apps. In fact, you typically find duplicate features in pre-installed Google apps, as well as in manufacturer or vendor apps. You can just pick the one you like best, or install another third-party option to get the job done. If you have more than one app capable of performing a task, you will be asked in a pop-up window which one you want to use (you can check Always to make it the default).

If you want to check your full app list, you can go to Settings> Apps . You can uninstall apps, Clear cache or Clear data and check the permissions of apps on this screen (you can also disable unused bloatware). From time to time, your notification bar will show app updates. You can also go to the Play Store, tap menu and select My apps to refresh all at once. If you find that you're getting too many annoying notifications from certain apps or games, check out our guide on how to disable notifications.

Alleviate Your Worries

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Any criticism of Android relates to the same potential issues. Some things might keep you from leaving Apple's walled garden, but these issues are sometimes exaggerated. There are also ways to overcome these concerns.

Fragmentation: The problem of fragmentation is often addressed, but is unlikely to affect your Android experience. There is a large selection of Android devices running different versions of the platform. The main problem is updates. Unlike Apple, Google can not only push an update out for any Android device. The manufacturer and the forwarder have a say and sometimes they keep things up. There may also be problems with the user interfaces of manufacturers, e.g. With Samsung's One and the HTC's Scythe. In practice, most top phones are updated relatively quickly. If you want guaranteed fast updates, choose a Google device like Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL. In terms of apps, you can not install incompatible apps in the Play Store.

Malware: Every day there is a new article that raises the range of malware on Android. Android, the most popular mobile platform, will inevitably be targeted, but it's relatively easy to play it safe. Consider installing one of the best Android security apps and do not install apps outside the Play Store. It is very unlikely that malware will hit you.

Stability: Early versions of Android were prone to crash and delay. Along with the fact that you can buy Android smartphones with relatively low specifications (for a fraction of the price of an iPhone), you can see why there was talk about stability. You have to compare apples to apples, or in this case to a high-quality Android smartphone with comparable price, with the iPhone. The latest versions of Android are fast and fluid, and the latest Android smartphones can keep up with the iPhone in terms of performance or occasionally even get the best results. Google has also done a great deal to improve the stability and performance of lower-end hardware with Android One and Android Go.

Additional options: Rooting and other tips

With Android, you basically have the ability to create roots, giving you deeper access to your device. That way you can optimize everything on your phone. However, there are risks and this is not advisable for most people. We discuss the pros and cons and the procedure in our rooting guide for your Android phone. We also have top 10 apps for rooted Android phones.

If you are not sure which device to buy, have a look at our best Android smartphones. For those new to Android, our Beginner's Guide will help you get more familiar with Android. We also have a wide range of other Android manuals, including everything you need to block calls on your Android phone, as well as information about deleting your Android device and using Dark Mode. You'll also find plenty of tips and troubleshooting tips for popular Android devices.

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