Breaking Up Isn’t Hard to Do: Quick Tips For Switching From iOS To Android
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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.

Since it’s easier for us to change carriers, many people are considering switching smartphones and operating systems. In a previous post, we gave you some tips on switching from Android to iOS, so here are some tips for folks switching from iOS to Android.

Back Up Your iOS Data First

While moving from the Apple ecosystem to an Android device is straightforward and painless, you’ll still want to back up all of your data one last time just in case. Either back up everything to your iCloud account using the “Settings” app or connect your phone or tablet to your computer and use the “Back Up Now” button in iTunes. There’s very little chance that anything can go wrong, but with such important data in play this is definitely a “better safe than sorry” move.

Or, if you prefer to keep a local copy of your data, use a device like the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive to copy it out.

App Equivalents

Next, look for Android equivalents of iOS apps that don’t already have an Android-specific version. Something like Spotify will have app versions available for both iOS and Android, for example, so you can just download the Android version on your new device and you’ll be ready to go. The Safari Web browser is Apple’s proprietary software, however, so it will have no dedicated Android version. The Firefox Browser for Android, Google Chrome and others are all worthwhile alternatives. Rest assured that even if the same exact app that you’re used to isn’t available on Android, an app that mimics the same basic functionality probably is.

Data Type-Specific Transfer Apps

To create the most seamless transition possible, download specific applications designed to handle the migration of individual data types from iOS to Android. You can use Google Sync on your iOS device and sync your iPhone contacts with that service, for example. You can then use Google Sync to transfer all contact information to your new device. You can perform the same function on text documents, pictures and other miscellaneous data types using a service like Dropbox on both devices.

By keeping these few key things in mind, you’ll soon find out that migrating from iOS to Android as a mobile platform isn’t nearly as difficult as you probably thought it was. While it may take a little time depending on how much data you’re transferring, if the result is that you’re more happy with your personal device thanks to the new operating system, then it all will have been worth it.


The iXpand Flash Drive is available at Amazon.

Photo credit: Stephanie Heald



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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