Switching from iPhone to Android is complicated if you don’t know few basic facts. If you are ready to make the switch, start by buying a high-end Android phone which has at least more than 4.3 inch screen, 1.2 GHz dual core processor, and high resolution screen display. Once you have purchased the device, here are few things to follow for making the switch.
1.Optimize Home Screen
Unlike the iPhone where you have to stick to some default icons set to the home screen, you can pay around a lot with Android. Here, you can download and install your favorite apps and set them as home screen icons and swipe them as well. Android features ‘widgets’ as well as Application shortcuts on it’s home screen, so you can get updates from the apps without actually opening up the app. Getting to know Android will take some time and to make it easier for you, I suggest getting familiar with the Home and Menu buttons. Most of the activities on any Android device are centered on these buttons.
2. Syncing Apps
One of the major drawbacks you will come across during the switch is app incompatibility. Android and iPhone apps are completely incompatible. Therefore, you will lose access to all apps once you switch. You have to download and install them again. So note down the installed apps and re-install them. However, some app developers offer an iPhone and Android version of the same app and if the user data is stored on their servers or the cloud, you will not lose important data.
3. Gmail is Compulsory
Like the new Nokia Lumia series makes Microsoft Outlook email account essential to sync all data, you need to use a Gmail account to use Android. The primary Gmail account will be used to store data and hold your account details including payment methods for paying for apps you’ll buy on Google Play App store. Nevertheless, if you still wish to access emails from non-Gmail accounts, you can do that via IMAP, POP3 or Microsoft Exchange setting. Before switching, finalize the Gmail account you wish to use. Ensure no one else uses it. Lastly, you have to use the same Exchange system to transfer contacts and calendar notes from iPhone to Android.
4. Media Transfer
To transfer pictures, music files and videos, you need to transfer them to your PC via USB connection. Mac users can use the Image Capture tool to backup images. Once done, remove the iPhone device from PC, connect the Android device and transfer all the files. If the device runs on ICS or above, install the Android File Transfer Utility on the Mac to transfer media files. Further, you will also find that the device does not sync with iTunes; therefore, your alternatives would be to use Google Play or Amazon Cloud Player.
5. Transferring SMS and Voice Mail
Transferring voice mails is a bit more time consuming. The easiest way is to transfer the voicemails to the forwarding them to your Google mail account and then accessing them on the Android device.
6. Battery Life
Even though Android is really enjoying popularity, its drawback is its battery life. Some high-end devices do have better battery life but they are not affordable for everyone. Hence, if you want to save on battery, I recommend you to switch off 4G, Wi-Fi and GPS when not in use. If you are not using social media accounts, disable them. You can enable them again with just a tap.
7. Android App Store
After the switch, say bye-bye to Apple app store. The Android device will use Google Play as its default app market. You can still search, download and install from alternate marketplaces if you enable the option, but it is risky and you should install virus protection software before downloading from other app stores.
Making the switch from iPhone to Android will take some time but don’t you worry. Just follow the above pointers.
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