With manufacturers offering thousands of Android-operated mobile phones across the globe, it is hardly surprising that it is the most used operating system in the world. And it’s not just first-time smartphone owners who are switching to Android; more and more Apple fans are seeing the benefits of Google’s operating system too.
Although the iPhone is one of the biggest selling mobiles within the world today, it is starting to lose its magic touch, especially since Korean manufacturer Samsung’s massive success with the Galaxy S3 and Note 2 last year.
With the US super-giant only launching a new model once a year, users who might consider themselves a slave to Apple feel that there is nothing to do but sit tight and wait for the next release. The main factor for this is that a large majority of people are put off by the hassle involved with switching from an iPhone to an Android. But changing between operating systems doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it’s really quite simple. Just follow our guide to learn how to switch from an iPhone to an Android in 5 easy steps.
The first priority when you get a new phone is always to transfer your contacts. Only too often does this daunting task involve laboriously retyping each and every name and number you have ever used into your new handset.
However, there is a much simpler way. The first point of call is to create a Gmail account. As Android is operated by Google, most applications run using a Gmail account so it is worth setting one up anyway, especially as it is easy and above all, free.
Once you have created your Gmail account, or opened an existing one, plug your new phone into your laptop or computer using the accompanying USB cable. Next, open up your iTunes on your PC.
On the iTunes menu, select the ‘info’ tab, then ‘sync with’, and select ‘Google contacts’. As a result, all of the existing names, numbers and even email addresses will be transferred from your iPhone’s memory to your new Android model. And you’re done!
If you already have an existing Gmail account, more often than not, you will have some contacts saved in your account’s memory, which can often mean that some contacts can appear more than once after you enacting the transfer. To avoid this, simply open your Gmail account, click on the Gmail drop-down box, then select contacts. Simply click on the 'more' icon and select the ‘find and merge duplicates’ option in order to delete any contacts that have been duplicated.
Once this is done, just fire up your new Android phone, and go to the settings menu. From here, select the ‘accounts and sync’ option, add an account, and then enter your Gmail login. After this, your contacts will automatically sync straight from your Gmail to your phone.
Another reason making users reluctant to make the switch from an iPhone to an Android, or to any new handset in fact, is the hassle with having to change your phone number. If you’re anything like me, it has taken the length of my 24 month contract just to memorise my number, so the thought of having to spend the next 18 months learning a new one is terrifying.
But switching your current phone number to your new handset has been made much easier than it has proved to be in the past.
You simply need to acquire the Porting Authorisation Code (PAC code) from your current network, either by calling them up or going into a store. The whole process usually takes about 2 days to come through, but once you’ve made the initial enquiry, there is nothing for you to do but sit and wait.
Once you have received your PAC code, simply contact your new network provider, who will do all the hard work in transferring the number for you. Although this process can take up to a further two days to complete, you are still able to use the temporary phone number originally assigned to your new handset, which means you don’t have to go without for any great length of time.
Although it is a fact that Apple offers a greater number of apps in their App Store than Android, but this should not be enough to put anyone off switching from an iPhone to an Android. After all, I have recently traded in my iPhone 4S for a Samsung Galaxy S3, and have found absolutely no problems in finding the apps that I used most regularly in the Google Play Store.
In the Top Free apps in Google’s app store, you will find all of the common suspects that you’ll be familiar with on your iPhone, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, Twitter, BBC iPlayer, Instagram and Kindle (and many more).
What is also useful with the Google Play Store is that once you have entered your Gmail account login details on first application, apps, books, games and videos can be downloaded without having to enter your password again, making it much quicker. Also, unlike Apple’s app store, you don’t have to enter any credit card details in an Android’s app store, which means that when you are installing a free app, there is no worry that funds might get deducted from your account without you knowing.
Finally, Apple has much stricter policing of apps compared with Google, which essentially means that you can find a wider variety of apps on an Android handset, as there are fewer guidelines stopping companies releasing apps that don’t meet Apple’s exacting standards.
iTunes is a major appeal of Apple products, especially as you can sync your music between your various devices, such as the iPhone, iTunes and iPod. However, switching to an Android phone doesn’t mean that you have to lose this privilege, just because you have left the iPhone club.
There is a simple way of transferring all of your music to your new handset, using just your computer and your Android phone.
First of all, plug your phone into your laptop using the USB cable provided. Then right click your curser on the desktop and create a new folder. Call it what you wish, whether it be ‘iTunes’ or just ‘music’.
Next, open up your iTunes and highlight the music that you want to transfer to the new device; simply drag your selection into the new folder on your desktop. By opening up the new folder that you created, you should be able to see all of the files that you just transferred. Now all you have to do is to open up your mobile phone folder located in My Computer, select the Music folder, then drop all of the files from the new folder on your desktop to your phone’s Music folder.
There are also other ways to transfer the music from your iTunes to your Android phone.
Sharepod is a program which, once downloaded, will export the music and playlists on your iPhone to your computer, which can then be easily transferred straight to your new phone. Easy!
Alternatively, Easy Phone Tunes is an app which you can install on your Android for free. Users have claimed that it is possible to convert your entire iTunes library onto your Android handset within 15 minutes.
Because of Apple’s protection features on all of its applications, it can sometimes be as difficult as sneaking out of jail to export files onto other devices. It can also be a bit of a long-winded process having to sync your iPhone after adding new items.
However, with an Android, this process is so much easier to enact. It’s just a case of dragging whichever file you want from your computer into the appropriate folder on your phone! Plug your Android in using the USB cable and start transferring, with no syncing required.
Also, you can do this wirelessly by using Airdroid, making the process a whole lot simpler still. The app allows you to view and transfer files, pictures and messages from your phone to your computer by scanning a QR code in a browser with your phone. By doing so, you are able to drag and drop files from one to the other, manage apps, and even answer text messages using just your computer’s keyboard!
So there we have it: 5 easy steps to make your way from iPhone to Android without any hassle, stress or effort. So if you’re considering making the switch, don’t let the fear of crossing the proverbial border between Apple and Google put you off!
Written by Charlotte Kertrestel