Wanna Switch From Your iPhone To An Android Device?
When Apple officially announced the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus a month ago, the tech giant also launched a special page in its support website that provided specific instructions for users who want to switch from their Android devices to iPhones or other iOS devices.
Well, it appears that Google folks too can play that game.
On the wake of the wide release of the Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest version of its Android mobile operating system, Google has also put up a page (via Android.com) that serves a guide for those who want to switch allegiances from iOS to Android.
It does look like the two tech giants are just trying to one-up each other. But for the users who actually need to know stuff about migrating in between the two prominent smartphone OS's, these "switch" guides are actually very helpful.
For Google's part, the company is certainly making an effort to simplify the migration process. To help make the transition smoother, Google has identified four basic categories that users need to take note: 1) photos and music, 2) contacts, 3) emails and messaging, and 4) apps.
To get started on moving your photos, you just need to install the Google Plus app on your iPhone (or iPad), and then make sure to set up Auto Backup so that all your photos will be copied in the cloud. To view your photos, you need only open the Photos app on your Android device.
As for migrating your favorite music, Google is allowing users to move a maximum of 20,000 songs from your iTunes library to Google Play Music free of charge. Once moved, your songs can be accessed through any web browser on your Android device.
Transferring your contacts may not be as easy as migrating photos or music, but still, it is pretty straightforward enough. Mostly, it just involves exporting your contacts in vCard format, and then importing them into your Google contacts.
When moving your emails, you will need to install the relevant app into your Android device. If you are currently using Gmail, then it should not be much of a problem -- the Gmail app is installed by default in Android devices. But if you are using another email service, like Yahoo! for instance, you will need to install the Yahoo! app into your Android device. Those who use iCloud email can do well to install an email app that supports IMAP, POP3, and Exchange accounts.
As for apps -- well, you just need to download the same app from Google Play, and then sign in to the app using your Android device.
For the full list of instructions, you can go visit Google's switch guide here.