Switching from iPhone to Android: Everything you need to know

So you’ve seen the light and are switching from iPhone to Android. Welcome! Here’s what

you need to know!

Switching from iPhone to Android can be a bit daunting. If you’re unpacking a brand new Pixel 2 or Galaxy S8,

or something else equally exciting, let us help you get set up quickly and easily!

If you’ve never used an Android phone before, there are a few things you should know before taking the leap

(even though it’s the leap home).

There’s a learning curve

Switching from iPhone to Android isn’t the same as upgrading the from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone X. It’s more

akin to switching from Mac to Windows (though not as drastic). General functions are still similar, but major

Android phone manufacturers will often have proprietary user interfaces, distinguishing them from other


Therein lies the rub. There is no single version of Android in the way that there’s only one iOS. Companies

take the Android operating system and interpret it and mold it according to their vision, meaning you’ll

get a different experience using a Samsung phone than you would using an HTC phone or an LG phone.

Though all Android operate similarly on a fundamental level, it’s the little, finicky difference that set them

all apart, so it may take some getting used to.

If you’re just about to turn off your iPhone and put your SIM card into a brand new Pixel, Galaxy or

something else shiny, here’s what you need to know!

Turn off iMessage!

When you message other iPhones from your iPhone, they’ll communicate via iMessage when you’re

connected to the internet. This is different from regular SMS texting, and if you leave iMessage turned

on on your iPhone, many of your texts will still be routed through that service.

If you’re on your new Android phone, you won’t receive any of those messages. You need to disable

iMessage before making the switch! (And while you’re at it, turn off FaceTime.)

You might have to buy your apps again

If you have pay-upfront apps on your iPhone that you paid for, you’ll likely have to buy them again

from the Google Play Store if you want them on your Android phone.

The Google Play Store and the App Store are completely different entities, and the apps they house

are made for different platforms. Some of the apps you had on your iPhone may not even be available

for your Android phone and vice versa. That said, if you’re subscribing to a service like Spotify or Evernote,

you just need to download the app and log in on your new Android phone to get going.

You may need to re-sync your life

If you have all of your contacts, calendar events, photos, documents, and more synced with iCloud, and

everything’s on your iPhone, you’ll likely have to re-sync everything on your Android phone.

Android’s version of the cloud is housed in your Google apps, like Docs, Gmail, Contacts, Drive, and more.

When setting up your Android phone, you’ll set up a Google account and from there, you can actually

sync some of your iCloud content with your Google account, so that you don’t have to re-enter all of

your dates, contacts, etc.

What you’ll need to bring with you

You don’t have to leave your life behind on your iPhone. You can bring your information with you so that

you’re not taking hours to populate your Android phone with all of your stuff.


Yes, Google and Apple are direct competitors and the two biggest competitors in the mobile game,

but neither makes it too difficult to switch teams. Rather than manually enter all of your contacts

into your new Android phone, you can export your iPhone contacts in a few different ways.


If your calendar is flush with events, it’d be a major pain in the behind to have to add them all in again

once you’ve made the switch to Android. Luckily, all of your calendar info resides in files called ICS,

which are widely used and easy to transfer.


Like most of us, your phone is probably your primary camera. You’ll want to take those precious

memories with you when you leave the land of Apple, especially if you’re planning on erasing and

selling your iPhone after. We recommend using Google Photos. Most Android phones have Google

Photos pre-installed (and if not, it can be downloaded from the Play Store) and it’s a super quick

and easy process.


If you use iCloud Drive, then you probably have a few documents socked away and you might want

to get rid of iCloud Drive in favor of Google Drive when you switch to Android. Transferring those

files is easy if you use the iCloud Drive and Google Drive desktop apps!

Manufacturer tools

Some manufacturers have their own tools to help you migrate your information from a computer.

So if you have all your iPhone data on a computer, you can add it to your Android phone using

the maker’s tool.

You won’t be able to add an iPhone backup to your Android phone, but you’ll be able to drag and

drop contacts, music, and more from your computer.

Samsung Smart Switch

You’ll need to use the desktop client to be able to move your iPhone data to your new Samsung phone.

It’s essentially the same as moving files around on your computer, but by connecting your Android

phone to your computer, you’ll be able to transfer everything right to your phone.

LG Bridge

LG Bridge lets you interact with your LG phone on your computer, where you can easily transfer all of the

stuff you want to bring over when you migrate from iPhone to Android.

Pixel Switch

Each Google Pixel comes with a USB-OTG adapter that allows you to quickly and easily transfer files,

contacts, calendar entries and even iMessages from an iPhone to your new Android phone.

Just remember

At the end of the day, switching to Android from iPhone is nowhere near as difficult as switching your

writing hand, or even using that hand to write a test! An Android phone still performs the same basic

functions you’re used to: making calls, messaging, surfing the web, playing games, etc.

It may take some getting used to, but you might find yourself feeling freed with all the customizable

options that Android has to offer (I took three days to decide my home screen layout when I got my

first Android phone after switching from iPhone).

Have fun with it and really do your research before buying your first Android phone so that you make

sure you’re buying what’s best for you.

If you need some help with choosing, check out our Smartphone Buyer’s Guide, where we show you

the particulars on just about every Android phone around, so that you can make an informed decision

when it comes to switching over.

Source : androidcentral

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