Making the move between any two phones is always tricky, but switching from the iOS software over to Android can sometimes be a whole new level of annoyance. But we’re here to prove that switching doesn’t have to be a chore!
So what can you expect to face if you get bored of your iPhone and want to join the Android hype? Can you really recover all of your data without ripping the majority of your hair out? Here’s our guide into making the move from iOS to Android.
Make sure to disable iMessage
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This is definitely the first thing you should do if you’re moving away from the iPhone trend. Whilst you may be able to cope without things like pictures and music, our messages are the key reason we own a phone, and if you don’t do this you could be without them for a while.
Before chucking your old iPhone out, all you have to do is go to Settings > Messages, then simply ensure you deselect iMessage. This will mean that your text messages are now sent over the mobile network instead of Apple’s internet servers, so when you’re on your Android phone you’ll receive them as normal. If you don’t do this, many of your iPhone toting friends’ messages will be sent to your iMessage account, which as you might guess is not accessible via an Android phone.
Also, if you’re struggling to get accustomed to the Android keyboard, keep your eye out for an iPhone keyboard for Android- many third-party versions can be useful for switching over.
Transfer contacts from iPhone to Android
Another important part of any smartphone is its contact list, as it’s not very likely at all that you be able to reel your friend’s contact number off by heart. Thankfully, your iPhone’s contact list can be ported over to Android fairly easily, as long as you still have your iPhone and a PC to hand.
Firstly, you need to upload your contacts to the iCloud through your iPhone. This can be done by going to Settings > iCloud and simply ensuring that contacts are synced to your account.
Now you have to use your PC to head to the iCloud website and export your contacts into a VCF or vCard file. From here go to the Google Contacts website, you can then import your contacts to your account by uploading the file you just exported. Now all of your contacts should appear on your Android smartphone.
iPhone v Android: transfer your pictures
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If you’ve had an iPhone for any period of time, it’s likely that you’ve got a hefty collection of pictures from all of your exploits stored on its camera roll. However, unlike a digital camera, you can’t simply stick them in a memory card and share them with everyone. But there is another way to transfer them to an Android device.
You’ll need both phones and a PC to do this, and you can start by connecting your iPhone to your computer. You should be prompted as to do something when it’s plugged in, and you should select the import pictures and videos option. This can also be done by going to My Computer and right clicking on the iPhone in here.
Once all of the pictures and videos are imported, you can disconnect your iPhone and then connect your Android device. Now you simply find the imported pictures, which should be in your general pictures folder, and then copy them to your Android phone’s My Pictures sub-folder. Note that it may take a while to do if you have a larger collection of images and videos, as the entirety of your iPhone’s camera roll is copied via this method.
Top Tip: You may want to ensure that you download some features like the Find my iPhone Android version, to ensure that you can wipe your pictures if you happen to lose your new handset.
Copy your iPhone’s music onto Android
iTunes is incredibly useful if you’re an Apple fan, but in terms of ease of use when trying to transfer music to another OS it’s surprisingly difficult to work with. In fact, it’s often seen as such a gargantuan task that it puts off many users from switching from iPhone altogether, but this shouldn’t be the case.
The simplest way to transfer your music is to open iTunes up to check that all of your music is locally stored on your computer. You’ll be able to tell by going to your library and looking at each track, if there’s a cloud next to the title, it’s not on your PC, so simply click the cloud to download it.
You now need to download Google Music Manager and log in to the system with your Google account. Just select Upload Songs to Google Play, then iTunes, and this will then automatically upload all of your music, podcasts and playlists to the Google account.
It may take a while, but once it’s done you can access all of your music via the Play Music app on your Android Phone. Alternatively, you can physically copy all of your iTunes files over to your Android phone, but this is much more of an inconvenience.
Finally, transfer your phone number
No longer the laborious task it used to be, transferring your telephone number can be done automatically if you’re upgrading with the same network. However, if you’ve changed networks, all you have to do is contact your old network and request a PAC code.
Legally the company is forced to provide a PAC code, and once you have it, simply give it to your new network provider. The new network should then quickly switch the number over to your new SIM, normally taking up to 48 hours.
Once all of this is done, you should be able to have some normality with your new Android phone, rather than sending a volley of ‘here’s my new number’ texts. So, whilst it may be a bit of an experience for you to switch, it shouldn’t be all that stressful.
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