These are some of the Apple iPhone features that Android users wish they had

What iPhone features would Android users like to have? A recent post on Reddit revealed that iMessage, the mute switch, and compatibility with other Apple products are some of the things that turn Android users green with jealousy.
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165 Comments

60. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1511; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Not even close, an iPhone back up and restore literally clones the phone. I have transferred data and done upgrades for hundreds of people. It is one of few things I prefer on iOS over Android.

137. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 882; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

If you are upgrading from Samsung-to-Samsung, then you have the inbuilt feature to clone your old device. Same is the case with OnePlus-to-OnePlus, or Xiaomi-to-Xiaomi, or Huawei-to-Huawei etc. In case you are switching from one OEM to other, you can transfer most of your data (except app data, game data). In most games, the data is restored once you login into your Google play games app (not for all games though). So, this feature is not missing on Android.

9. blingblingthing

Posts: 838; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Ummm, when I sign in to a new Android phone, everything transfers also. What is it that won't download on Android?

23. tedkord

Posts: 17085; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

App data.

24. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

You can backup App Data to google drive and restore it on any android device, idk what you're talking about.

48. Venom

Posts: 2990; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I didn't know that and I've been using Android for almost a decade now. It didn't pop up by default on the Android phone I switched to.

74. meanestgenius

Posts: 21331; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yup. That's enabled by default on Android smartphones. Thought that was common knowledge, but some clearly don't know it. And most OEM's have a pre-installed app that allows you to switch all of your stuff, app data included, from one phone to the next, with minimal set up.

87. tedkord

Posts: 17085; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not on most apps. I backup app data to Google drive, have since they introduced it, and most apps don't transfer. You can try and spin it any way you like, but it's just not happening.

143. Venom

Posts: 2990; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

That is a good feature although I don't think it's on by default as stated. I think there needs to be a uniform way of migrating data on Android since only Samsung seems to be one of the few that offers it.

151. meanestgenius

Posts: 21331; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's a good feature that's definitely enabled by default on Android smartphones, despite what some may think.

30. lyndon420

Posts: 6445; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I think that's a setting you need to have enabled in the Google Play store before you setup your next phone.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 21331; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s enabled by default on Android smartphones.

57. Maverick777

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 09, 2019

Did you try " Smart Switch" for samsung ... its App data and everything ..even your personalized settings ... u don't feel that u got a new phone .. it's super amazing

88. tedkord

Posts: 17085; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yep. Tried it, and many apps, the data does not transfer over. I have to relogin, I lose all progress on games (which I don't really care about, I don't play many games). It's nowhere near as simple or complete as an iPhone restore.

117. KakashiHatake4444

Posts: 73; Member since: Jul 30, 2018

Amen brotha!

54. hurrycanger

Posts: 1754; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

That is very true. The process is almost seamless. If you switch between different Android phone manufacturers, you'll run into things that don't transfer, like Samsung's note app, LG's note app. But then again, I gotta be fair. If you switch between one iOS phone manufacturer to another, you'll run into the same problem. Uh...

65. Leo_MC

Posts: 6333; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

"If you switch between one iOS phone manufacturer to another" There's only one iOS phone manufacturer... :)

70. hurrycanger

Posts: 1754; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Yes, that's my point. Of course switching between all Android phones won't be as easy as switching between iPhones.

76. Leo_MC

Posts: 6333; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

As long as there's only one iOS phone manufacturer you have a moot point.

72. Fred3

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Don't one plus and some other Androids have that already?

8. htcisthebest

Posts: 433; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

I am an Android user and I don't envy any of the above-mentioned features.

19. blingblingthing

Posts: 838; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Good to know I'm not the only one.

31. lyndon420

Posts: 6445; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Agreed. I've never had backup issues or setup issues with any of my phone's...they've always done better than 'just work'.

10. blingblingthing

Posts: 838; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

The grass is always greener on the other side? You can't be talking about downgrading from Android to iOS. BBM didn't save blackberry, but all over a sudden it's a big iOS feature? Lol.

11. gjkiii

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 25, 2013

I always thought all android phones should have a silent switch. Its seems like one plus is the only company that does it.

17. blingblingthing

Posts: 838; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I have a OnePlus 6. The mute switch isn't some game changer. Anyone remember the physical camera shutter button? Sure it's a nice touch, but it's absence hasn't stopped anyone from taking pictures.

13. blingblingthing

Posts: 838; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Also, it's odd the iPhone gets so much props for ditching the keyboard yet we're all amazed for a physical mute switch? It's almost like things only are good after Apple does it.

37. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Mute switches were not an Apple creation, they were just another Palm ripoff. Every single Palm ever released, whether PalmOS or webOS, had mute switches.

41. Venom

Posts: 2990; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

A lot of people aren't as familiar with the Palm devices as some of the older generation are. Not to discredit what you said.

66. Leo_MC

Posts: 6333; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Palm is just a story. It used to own the most of PDA and GPS market share (you know PDAs - that s**tty devices, mainly used with a pen, that did everything wrong - except keeping you connected to a painful slow internet - and needing to be recharged every other hour).

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