It's not as hard to switch as you think!
With Google’s Pixel now available and the new Samsung Galaxy S8 on the way, there’s never been a better time to switch from iPhone to Android.
You can look forward to a battery that lasts more than a day and the freedom to do pretty much whatever you want with your smartphone.
So, are you ready to make the switch?
In this guide, we’ll show you how to get set up on an Android smartphone without losing your contacts, photos or even your music.
Good news – almost every app you know and love on your iPhone has an equivalent on Android.
Bad news – none of your accessories will work, so prepare yourself to lose your favourite cases, chargers and pretty much anything that uses Apple’s special connector.
(The bonus is that Android phones use a universal USB charger so you’ll easily find one if you lose yours).
Plus those TV shows/movies you’ve bought with iTunes may be stuck with Apple forever. You can move your music, but it will take a little bit of work.
It hurts now, but you’ll laugh about it one day.
Don’t panic! There’s no need to copy your contacts across manually.
The easiest and smartest way is to first get your contacts into “the cloud”. If you haven’t already – turn on iCloud with your Apple ID, by going to Settings > iCloud and then turning on Contacts.
Once your contacts have been backed up, go to the iCloud website on your computer. Select the Contacts app, and then select all (Control + A on a PC, or Command + A on a Mac).
With all your contacts selected and highlighted blue, click the small “gear” icon in the bottom left and select “Export vCard”.
Now you have all your contacts downloaded one file. Your next step is to add them to your favourite email service – Gmail, Hotmail and even Yahoo Mail (if you’re that way inclined), by uploading the your contacts file to the contacts feature of each service.
Find a guide for your email service here:
Now your contacts are safely backed up. Once you get your hands on your new Android phone, simply add your email service (usually when you add your existing accounts during the setup), select “sync contacts” and you’re good to go.
Tip – Switching to Gmail is a smart move. Android becomes a lot smarter when your calendar, email and other Google services are all connected.
Is your iPhone constantly running out of free space? Chances are it’s those thousands of photos and videos clogging it up.
Whether you’re leaving Apple or not, Google Photos comes recommended.
This simple app backs up all your images, and with your permission, can delete your old photos off your device, freeing up tons of space.
Plus, using super-smart artificial intelligence, Google Photos automatically sorts and categorises your images. Want to binge on cute pictures of your favourite pet? Simply search for “cat” or “dog” and enjoy!
Install Google Photos on your iPhone and backup all your photos. You can pay extra for higher quality images (we only recommend this for professional users, most won’t notice the difference) or upload as many lower-quality images as you like for free.
Now you can access all your old photos on your new Android, by using Google Photos and signing in again with the same account. All of your new photos will be automatically backed up too, but we also recommend using the “Free up space” feature regularly.
This is the tricky one, but if you want to get your music from your iTunes account onto Android, there are a few potential ways to go.
The easiest is probably to sign in to Google Play Music on the same computer where your iTunes is installed. Now download the Music Manager, install it, and choose the iTunes option when it asks where you store your music. You’ll then be able to select Upload all songs and playlists. You can also select individual playlists and podcasts.
Perhaps best of all, you can continue to use iTunes and automatically sync any new purchases to your Google Music account.
You can’t legally copy movies or TV shows from your iTunes to your Android smartphone because you would have to remove the DRM protection first. Unfortunately, that applies to ebooks purchased through iTunes as well.
Tech companies are a bit like banks: they like you to think it’s really hard to switch. The truth is just because you’ve been using Apple for the last ten years doesn’t mean you’re stuck with them forever.
So use these tips and make the most of the diverse and affordable smartphones in the Android marketplace!