Apple vs Android has been a very long war. Sometimes Apple gains the upper edge, thanks to its superb user experience, while it’s Android sometimes for the level of customisation it allows. The second quarter of the year 2017, i.e. April-June saw a drastic increase in the number of people switching from Apple to Android OS, making the Android their primary phone. So here’s a small attempt for all those people who want to switch to a different platform from their current one. i.e. for the ones who wish to switch from iOS to Android.
Let’s first take a look at why people switch to Android:
- iCloud: Users have for long complained about the iCloud being very annoying. While comparing the iCloud with Google Drive, you get just 5GB of free storage while Google gives 15GB of cloud storage. This makes a lot of people unhappy and willing to switch from iOS to Android, especially the ones who need a lot of storage.
- Notifications: Many people have complained about the notifications part of the iOS is not handled very well. People find it annoying, if not difficult to interact with the notifications. Android wins big time here, with a lot of customisation, ability to dismiss and proper layout making it look less and less cluttered with every update. Moreover, the Android v8.0 promises to have a customisable notifications area. Another reason to switch.
- Customisations & Native Apps: Customisation is virtually a myth in Apple. There is so less you can customise in the Apple ecosystem. On the other hand, Android allows you to choose your messaging, video calling or any other third party app for any function. If you prefer someone else’s app over the native ones, you can easily download and set that app as the default. Apple? Not so much.
- Setting up a new phone is a chore in iOS: Most of the iPhone users upgrade to a newer iPhone as soon as it is launched. However, setting up the new iPhone like your old one is a long process. You have to change all the settings to your preferred mode all over again in a new phone. In case of Android, all you backed up is synced as soon as you sign in using your Google account including contacts, preferences and favourite apps.
- Battery Backup: Battery backup of Android is ages ahead of the Apple iPhones. We have Android phones with 5000 mAh batteries that last at least three days on a single charge. On the other hand, there are iPhones that barely last a day on the paltry 2700 mAh batteries. Having to charge your phone multiple times a day is boring. Also, the quick charge option is something that exceeds the iOS again. You can charge your phone for an hour and get done with it easily. Apple is not good here at all.
Let’s move to the next part of the article. How to switch from iOS to Android:
The process is easy. All you need to do is follow some simple steps.
Step 1. Download Google Drive
This is to backup all of your data from the iPhone to an online storage. iCloud is not available on Android, but Google Drive is. Download Google Drive and set it up using your Google account. It is similar to Apple account and is free to create and set up. Once you’ve set up your Google account, backup all the data you want on the Google drive. Make sure you have a wifi connection as it will cost a lot of data. Once that is done, you can now go to the Android phone.
Step 2. Sign-in from the Android phone
Once you start your factory reset Android phone, you will be prompted for a first boot setup. Sign-in to your Google account where you backed up your data. Once that is done, you can now download all your contacts, songs, photos and other files you uploaded to the google drive.
Step 3. Find everything in a place.
All your photos will be present in Google Photos, all your contacts in Contacts, all your music in Google Play Music etc. Google will automatically assign relevant files to relevant apps, you don’t have to do anything.
Step 4. Download any other apps you’d like on your new phones.
Unfortunately Android is a new ecosystem for you, and so your apps will not be synced with your Google account. You’ll have to download all the apps that aren’t present in the phone and you want anyway. Also, you’ll have to sign-in to all of them once more, due to security precautions.
However, once you’ve downloaded all these apps, you will be prompted to download all of them again in your next Android device, as Google remembers the apps you downloaded and suggests accordingly.
Congratulations! You just switched from iOS to Android. While iOS is a very useful platform, with everything already present for the users, Android lets users decide what they want in their phone right to the source code level, which iOS doesn’t give. There are aspects where the iPhone 7 fares better than the Samsung Galaxy S8, but when it comes to comparing the iPhone X with the newly released Pixel 2 XL, the Pixel 2 XL would surely beat the iPhone in terms of customization and sheer stock Android experience.