How To Switch from an iPhone To An Android Smartphone Without The iMessage And Other Problems ? Part 1

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How To Switch from an iPhone To An Android Smartphone Without The iMessage And Other Problems ? Part 1

I have used an iPhone for the past several years, starting with the original iPhone to the later models. I am a big Apple iPhone fan and I cannot wait to get hold of the latest iPhone 6. However, after reading about the wonderful features and benefits of Android devices (especially from the very informative and interesting articles about Android gadgets here at The Bitbag….no kidding, you should go through our site if you want to know about Android devices), I have often wondered what it would be like to switch to an Android device.?Offhand, I am immediately worried about the loss of ?connectivity? to my Macbook Air, iPad, and Mac Mini, once I ?quit? using an iPhone.

I have also read some articles about the difficulty of transferring data from the iPhone to an Android device, as well as the problems concerning iMessages and receiving text messages, once you use the same mobile number in an Android handset.

An article I read in Entrepreneur magazine, talked about an ex-iPhone owner who is suing Apple, since Apple’s iMessages stopped her from getting her text messages (in the same mobile number) since she switched to an Android device.

I decided to know more about it and I found out that there are ways to make the ?switch? easier for iPhone users who decide to go Android.

Here are steps to make the change from iPhone to Android as painless as possible:

  1. Text Messages ? To make sure that you continue to receive your text messages, turn off messages on your iPhone before transferring to an Android device. Also make the effort to call the Apple hotline to request them to un-link your mobile number to iMessages. Reports say that Apple usually acts on this within 45 days (I did not say that it would be easy).
  2. Choosing your Android phone ? According to tech sites, the best bets would be the HTC One (M8) or Galaxy S5. Search through The Bitbag site, as these devices have been featured often.
  3. Choosing a carrier ? No problem here as you may have a personal choice at this time. Stick to your existing carrier or switch to a new one. Just make sure your carrier can provide you with what you need in terms of data plans, data speed, preferred phone handset, coverage and most especially, ?good? customer service.
  4. Contacts (the hard way)? to transfer your contacts, you can do it the hard way (transfer it one by one), or you can try doing it via iCloud (which is not so easy too, but it gives you a separate digital file for safekeeping). If you choose to do it via iCloud, you have to back up your iPhone contacts via ?Settings?. You can then access your contacts (and other data) via by exporting your address book using ?export vCard? onto your desktop. Then, upload your contacts into your Gmail account (set it up if you still don’t have one, please) by importing them with ?import contacts?. Choose the vCard file(s) you saved from iCloud. Your contacts are now in your Gmail account. Sync your Android device contacts (address book) with your Gmail account and your address book is now filled with your ?iPhone contacts?.
  5. Contacts (the easier way) ? Create a Google account in your iPhone > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account > choose Google. Enter your Gmail info. Sync your iPhone address book to your Gmail account. Once it is there, you can then access your Gmail account via your new Android device and sync it with your Android device’s address book.
  6. Photos ? To transfer photos from your iPhone to an Android device, download the Dropbox app on your iPhone and upload your photos there. Once you are on your Android device, get the Dropbox app too, and download the photos to your new device.

Now that you have switched to your new Android device, watch out for Part 2 of ?How To Switch from an iPhone To An Android Smartphone Without The iMessage And Other Problems?, where I will feature the ?must? apps you will need in order to make you forget your iPhone and embrace the Android way of life. See you again, here at The Bitbag.

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