Breaking Up Isn’t Hard To Do: Quick Tips For Switching From Android To iOS
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Product Mgr. Consumer Mobile Apps | Ram is an iPhone addict with no cure in the near-future. He is responsible for defining the mobile user experience at SanDisk. He recently launched the iXpand Sync app and is working on SanDisk Connect mobile apps. Prior to SanDisk, he was at Yahoo and worked on improving user experience on Yahoo Search App and Yahoo Answers Mobile web products.

As we said in our previous post, carrier competition is making it easier to switch carriers, while smartphones and operating systems are increasingly sophisticated. This means consumers are interested in checking out new devices.

If you’re thinking about leaving Android for iOS, here are a few tips:

Switching from Android to iOS

The most noticeable changes for Android users who switch to iOS typically involve the keyboard. The keyboard in iOS 8 is an app instead of a fixture, which you may want to exchange for a third-party keyboard. The iOS 8 keyboard’s additional functionality includes the ability to write entire sentences with a few taps. This keyboard’s predictive engine considers context when suggesting the next word to use in a sentence.

Using iPhone for the First Time

New iPhone users will want to learn some of the features that are specific to iOS. For example, you can select text by tapping with two fingers at the same time. You can hide notifications on the lock screen by using the Settings option on the menu. You can also use iOS  to take pictures while recording a video by tapping the white button to the left of the stop button.

Transfer Options

Transferring your contact list is one of the first things you’ll want to do when switching to an iPhone. You can do this with a Google account if your local smartphone data is synchronized online. You can also use the Contact app or a third-party app to import your contact list from a .vcf file. Another method of transferring your contact list is to store them on a device that uses the iPhone’s Lightning port such as a SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive.

Regardless of what carrier or operating system you currently use, consumers are getting more and better options for smartphones and data plans.


The iXpand Flash Drive is available at Amazon.

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About the Author

Product Mgr. Consumer Mobile Apps | Ram is an iPhone addict with no cure in the near-future. He is responsible for defining the mobile user experience at SanDisk. He recently launched the iXpand Sync app and is working on SanDisk Connect mobile apps. Prior to SanDisk, he was at Yahoo and worked on improving user experience on Yahoo Search App and Yahoo Answers Mobile web products.



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  • Tyler

    Some of the features listed here for iOS are present in newer Android releases as well.

    Keyboard with word prediction.
    Hiding notifications.
    Possibly others.

    Posted: November 23, 2015 on 2:26 am