It’s been almost two years since I made the switch from iPhone to Android.
As a hard-core Mac user, I was a bit hesitant – switching my smartphone seemed like a counter-intuitive thing to do. After all, our family calendar and photos were all shared on the iOS platform and Android seemed like it might hinder productivity, not help it. But after hearing friends espouse the virtues of Android, I knew I had to try.
The big tipping point was the realization that my clients were increasingly using Google; they were sending meeting requests via Google calendar, sharing documents via Google drive, etc. In turn, I was defaulting more and more to my Gmail account and using iCal less.
So, if this sounds like you and you’re thinking of switching, it’s not as scary as it seems. (Really!)
The iPhone (and iOS in general) has a lot of great features, but a few things were causing me grief.
- Attachments ended up in cyberspace
Whenever I opened an email attachment on my iPhone, I couldn’t figure out where it went. If I wanted to access it again, I had to download it again. With Android, I simply look in my “Downloads” folder.
- Syncing with my other devices was becoming annoying. I realize this is a desirable feature for most people, but I hated how syncing through iTunes could cause me to lose data between devices if I had my settings wrong. (One device could overwrite another, etc.)
- iOS is almost too secure. Yes, I said that.
Case in point: my daughter forgot the password on her iPhone and, when I went to do a backup restore, it required me to turn off Find My iPhone first.
Um… can’t do that because I don’t have the password for the phone!
Then, I attempted to wipe her phone (do a factory restore), but because the iPhone was an older model, it was basically bricked when I tried to reinstall the software. (It attempted to install the latest version, which is incompatible with the phone; it didn’t give me the option to choose a previous version of iOS.)
- Little control over music files and apps
There’s something to be said for drag-and-drop. Android has it, iOS does not… ’nuff said!
Which Android to Choose?
In 2013, I was thrilled to get the Moto X – referred to as “the mani-friendly phone” because of its awesome hands-free capabilities, courtesy of the Google Now launcher. This was a game-changer for me, especially with two young kids and a business to run. The ability to have messages read to me when I’m on the go and being truly hands-free in the car has been amazing… I love the ease of use and functionality of the Moto X.
It’s now two years old and I’m in need of an upgrade, as space is becoming an issue (the original Moto X does not have an expansion slot). I’ve looked at all the latest smartphones and am dying to get my hands on the new Moto X Play.
iPhone to Android Migration Tips
When I first decided to make the switch, I got a bit scared. I had never used an Android phone before; how would I move over all my contacts, music, etc?
Here’s how I did it…
- Install MCBackup on iPhone
- Follow instructions to back up your contacts (I went into preferences and chose vCard format), then email it to yourself.
- Sign into Gmail (on my desktop), then at the top-left corner, click Gmail > Contacts.
- Above the contacts list, click More > Import….
- Click Choose File
- Select the file you just sent yourself (the contacts backup file)
- Click Import
- When it’s done, Gmail will display the number of contacts imported
- Download Android File Transfer and follow instructions for installing it on your Mac
- Use the USB cable that came with your Android device and connect it to your Mac
- Find the iTunes music library on your desktop computer
- Open Android File Transfer app (if it hasn’t opened automatically already) and drag desired music files over from iTunes folder to the “Music” folder on your Android phone
You’ll need a Google account to import your calendars. Once you’ve created an account (or opened your existing account), follow these steps.
- Start by opening iCal on your computer, then export your individual iCal calendars as .ics files (you may have more than one calendar, i.e. personal, business, home, etc).
- For full instructions how to download your .ics files, click here
- Next, open Google Calendar on your computer and import the .ics files (for full instructions, check out Step 2 of this tutorial)
The information above outlines how I migrated my contacts, calendars and music from iPhone to Android in 2013, but I encourage you to check out android.org for the latest resources and tips.
I’m Glad I Made the Switch
Overall, I’m extremely happy with my switch. Both platforms (iOS and Android) have great features, but when your smartphone is the lifeline of your business (like it is for me), it’s extremely important to use the technology that helps you work most efficiently. The funny thing is, if I hadn’t stepped out of my comfort zone to try something new, I would have never realized how great Android is.
Even my husband – who didn’t like my switch at first (“You’re disrupting our perfectly synced system here!”) – now uses Google Photos and Google Calendar. While it’s true he still loves his iPhone, he now ‘gets’ the allure of the G-suite.
As for me and my love of Android, it just keeps getting stronger. What’s your favorite smartphone?