Switching from iPhone to Android: tips and tricks you should know

Apple's iPhone is an amazing smartphone, yet nonetheless, a fraction of iPhone users end up switching to Android sooner or later. Why? Well, for a number of reasons. Some could be drawn by the larger screen on phones like the LG G3 or by the awesome camera on the Galaxy S5, while others could be tempted by the water-resistant properties of the Sony Xperia Z2 or the outstanding design of the HTC One (M8). Either way, migrating from an iPhone to an Android smartphone can be a bumpy ride, especially if you want to move all of your personal data over to your new device. But with the help of our in-depth guide, the switching process should be less of a hassle...
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45 Comments

1. tropolite

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 09, 2013

I really don't see the point of moving from one OS to a copy. Why not switch and be daring - switch to Windows Phone. I've never been happier with my 6" Lumia 1520 - friggin awesome.

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well while we are suggesting stupid reasons to switch, why not switch to BB10? OS choice isn't about being daring, it is about being logical in knowing what you need and what it can provide. To that effect choose the one that most suits your needs.

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

"OS choice isn't about being daring, it is about being logical in knowing what you need and what it can provide. To that effect choose the one that most suits your needs." This quote should be displayed on main page on PA

41. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Finally something you say that I agree with.

12. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Except Android is not a copy, it is different and far more extensive OS than IOS. Right now it is Apple that is copying ideas from Androi, just look at the new features OS IOS 8

42. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

I had quick reply before any Android phone did. Does that mean Android copied the first quick reply inventors, and the jailbreak community? No. The ideas are always there from the start. It's whether or not you implement them right away.

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Wow it took a long time to make this article...

38. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I thought it was written by Michael Heller?

26. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Because most people are smart enough to dismiss the whole copied OS argument as the BS it is.

33. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I Prefer Android c:

2. naittosan

Posts: 240; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I've had the 920 for those last 2 years and it's the La's windows phone I will ever buy. Never again.

3. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

had enough troubles with my 4S after 2 sweet years of using Android, and then sold off and got myself the 1520, thinking that its gonna be better than 4S. but oh God i am so WRONG. finally going back to the Android path ans settled for a Note 3. much relieved now. Amen.

4. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

That's a lot more than Android -> iPhone (not like anyone will ever do that). Liking that photo on the top nonetheless.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

My two coworkers did it. One two years ago going to the Note 2,one last year going to the Note 3. Both are happy.

37. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

No I meant that 'not like anyone will go from Android to iPhone'.

7. brasstax

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The first thing to do is to finally put down that magnifying glass & the second thing is to stop squinting.

8. michaelmicro unregistered

There's no real reason to export contacts out of iCloud as you can simply install CardDAV-sync free on any Android phone. What amazed me was that Android doesn't natively support CardDAV without the installation of additional software.

44. maulgandhi unregistered

1. Save all the contacts on google server, when you sign in using same gmail account, all the contacts will be present on your android phone. 2. Use dropbox or box or Google Drive to do auto back up of photo and videos, when switch to android sign back in with same account. Bam all the photos and videos are available.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why switch, when you can rock both?

11. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

yeah use both may be one for a phone one for a slate (ios & android)

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

If money wasn't an issue, I would have a phone from Apple, Google, and Microsoft. I love Android but I'm a nerd and love to tinker with stuff... but I do not have the money for all three platforms so I stick with what I know and love.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gotta respect that.

21. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Why would you waste so much? Stick to the best platform right now (Android) and save the rest for getting better investments (Such as Land, Estate, etc.).

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can afford both. I like both. I use both.

25. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Gotta respect that. lol

39. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I can afford both and Lumia 1020. I like all 3. I use all 3. I also gotta respect that.

28. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Some people can't afford two phones and plans.

10. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Tip #1: Don't switch! Bhhahahaha!

29. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I know. You'll feel silly for not doing it sooner.

13. Ethos unregistered

Everybody should switch to android..
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