Moving from iPhone to Android: An Overview

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If you’re reading this you likely have some interest in Republic Wireless. Thank you for that interest! As you know or have discovered Republic’s unique blended WiFi/cell service depends on an Android app. Therefore, iPhones (and other iOS devices) are not currently supported.

The intent of this article is to help with the transition from iPhone (iOS) to Android from the perspective of a Republic member. Republic calls customers members. Though not trivial, moving from iPhone to Android is not as daunting as it might seem when contemplating doing so.

For most, the twin concerns are apps and user content (contacts, photos, music, etc.). The reality is one can’t bring their iPhone apps with them. Fortunately, most popular apps on iPhone have equivalents on Android. Google’s Play Store is Android’s version of Apple’s App Store and is where you’ll find those equivalents. Unfortunately, if you’re using paid apps on your iPhone, you may need to pay for them again. This isn’t something Republic, Apple or Google decide. Rather it’s the decision of the app developer. I do think you’ll find the savings Republic offers on monthly service (compared to one’s present service provider) will cover the cost of paying for any apps very quickly. Like Apple, Google bundles apps for most common uses. In fact, you may already be using Google’s apps and services on your iPhone and those same apps and services will be available to you on Android. If there’s a specific iPhone app you’re having difficulty finding an Android equivalent for, I suggest asking Republic’s Member Community. You’ll find lots of helpful folks there.

Moving user content between an iPhone and Android may be done in a variety of ways and the best way depends on one’s use case and the Android phone one is moving to. First I’ll provide methods specific to some of the popular brands currently supported by Republic, then follow that up with methods that work with all Android phones.

There Are Apps for That

Some Android manufacturer’s offer utilities that make transferring content from an iPhone (or other iOS device) as simple as connecting your iPhone to your new Android, running an app on your new Android, then following on screen prompts. If you own or are considering a compatible Samsung Galaxy series phone or a Google Pixel, check out the following:

If you’re looking to move user content to an Android other than a Samsung Galaxy series phone or Google Pixel or (like me) just want more fine grained control over what gets transferred and how, please read on.

Mail

The options here depend upon what email service one is using with their iPhone (or other iOS device). If one is already using Google’s Gmail, there’s nothing to be done. Google set that up for you when you added your Google (Gmail) account to your new Android during initial setup.

If one wishes to continue using Apple’s iCloud mail, that’s quite possible:

If one is using some other email service (for example AOL, Yahoo or their Internet service provider’s email), best practice would be to use that service’s specific app.

Calendars & Contacts

Moving calendars, contacts (and photos) from your iPhone to Android is easy. Here’s how:

  1. Install Google Drive for iOS.
  2. Open Google Drive.
  3. Sign into the Google account you intend to use on your Android.
  4. Tap Menu (three stacked lines upper left).
  5. Tap Settings (gear icon upper right).
  6. Tap Backup.
  7. Select what you wish to transfer. Hint, though photos can be selected here, you may wish to read on to the Photos heading and use Google Photos for that instead.

Google will backup selected content to its cloud and from there it will sync to your new Android. One caveat, if your Google account is a corporate or school account (it ends in something other than gmail.com), this method won’t work for you. Please read on for alternatives which will.

If your content is being backed up to iCloud. You may continue using iCloud calendars and contacts with an Android device:

Alternatively, you may move calendars and contacts from iCloud to Google’s cloud. Here’s how:

Photos

Arguably the best way to make your iPhone’s photos available to your new Android phone is to use Google Photos. The Google Photos app is available for iOS (just search Apple’s App Store). Once installed on your iPhone (or other iOS device), allow Google to upload your photos to its cloud (think of it as Google’s version of iCloud Photos). Here’s how:

  1. Install Google Photos for iOS.
  2. Sign into your Google account.
  3. Verify Back up & sync is toggled on, then tap Confirm.
  4. Google will locate and upload your iPhone’s photos to Goggle’s cloud.

Once in Google’s cloud your photos will be available on both Android and iOS devices as well as your computer via a web browser. This is quite useful if despite moving on from your iPhone you have other iOS devices (iPad or iPod touch). Even better, your precious photos are backed up in Google’s cloud should misfortune befall any of your devices syncing to it.

Music

If you’re using Apple Music for streaming, it’s available for Android.

If you’re using iTunes on a Mac or PC, moving to Google Play Music is one option. Google’s guidance for that is here:

The better option in my opinion is to continue using iTunes on your Mac and PC and sync that content to your Android phone:

If you’re using other streaming apps like Spotify or Pandora, you’ll find them available for Android as well as iOS.

Call Logs and Text Messages

The key to remember when moving from an iPhone to Android is to deregister your phone number from iMessage. Otherwise, you may not receive text messages from other iPhone users. Apple documents how here:

If despite deregistering your number from iMessage, you are not receiving text messages from folks still using iPhones, please ask them if the message bubbles in their conversations with you are blue or green. Blue indicates their iPhone is still trying to route messages to you via iMessage. Generally, this is cleared up by asking them to delete your contact information and reenter it.

Speaking of iMessage, if you’ve become accustomed to the ability to use iMessage via Apple’s Messages apps on multiple devices, you’ll be interested in Republic Anywhere. More on Anywhere from Republic here:

If your new Android’s manufacturer provides a utility for transferring user content, please avail yourself of that for call logs and text messages even if you decide not to do so for other content.

Candidly, if your Android’s, manufacturer doesn’t provide a utility to do so, there’s no great way to move call logs and/or text messages from an iPhone to an Android. Many take the opportunity to start fresh. That said, if one wishes to give it a try, here’s a way to attempt doing so:

FaceTime

One of the more popular apps for iPhone (and other iOS devices) is Apple’s FaceTime video chatting app. Android offers equivalent apps:


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