Saturday, October 25, 2014

Switch, iOS Users Guide To Switch To Android, By Google

Google Switch, iOS > Android snap VoIP

Few years ago, we tried to switch an iPhone (iOS) account to an Android phone. It was not a happy or even close to happy event. So I was really curious about Google's "Switch", a website aim to help users of Apple iOS devices to Android. Say iPhone user frustrated with new iPhone 6 Dyegate and wan to embrace Nexus 6.
The instructions blew me away, it is so easy with the new Google+ app for iOS. Here are the instructions to move all your photos over (There is a limitation of 2048x2048 photos and videos longer than 15Min on the free storage, 15GB, provided by Google);

  1. On your iPhone, download the Google+ app from the App Store.
  2. Open Google+ and sign in using your Google account (i.e., your Gmail address and password).
  3. Select "Auto Backup" for your photos by selecting the menu icon, followed by the gear icon at the top right. Now go to "Camera and Photos", touch "Auto Backup" and switch it on.
  4. Sit back as all your photos are being saved to the cloud.
  5. Open the Photos app on your new Android device to see all of your photos from your iPhone or iPad.
You can read about the photo backup here, even if you do not switch but want to have an another option to secure your photos and videos.
But that is not all, here is how you transfer your iTunes library, up to 20,000 songs. Once done, you can access your music on any device, as long as it has a web browser;
  1. Make sure your iPhone or iPad is fully synced to iTunes on your computer. Your music should all be backed up on your computer when this is done.
  2. Install Google Play Music Manager on your computer. Music Manager will upload your iTunes music to the cloud. You can download Music Manager here.
  3. Finish setting up your Google Play account by creating a Google Wallet account.
You may say that is dandy and fine, but how about my contacts? Yes, that too is simple, here is how you bring your iCloud contacts over to Android;
  1. Go to “Settings,” then “Mail, Contacts, Calendars,” then “Accounts” where you should see “iCloud” listed. Open iCloud and turn on the toggle for “Contacts” which will prompt you to “Merge” your device's contacts with iCloud.
  2. In a web browser, go to, login with your Apple ID, and click on "Contacts". In the lower-left corner, click on the wheel, “Select All”. Once selected, click the wheel again and choose "Export vCard".
  3. In a web browser, go to, click on the "Mail" button in the top left and select “Contacts”. You should see a list of your Gmail contacts.
  4. Now click the "More" button above the contacts list and select "Import". Select "Choose File" and select your saved vCard file. When importing is complete, Gmail will display the number of contacts imported.
  5. Finally, delete any duplicates by using the “Find & merge duplicates” function under the "More" button above the contacts list.
There are many more information on the Google's Switch website. It is said that there is a website by Apple telling how to switch from Android, I will try to find it as well.


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