Switch to Android, mobile phone change guide

Android step If you are fed up with Apple's iOS operating system restrictions and want to try harder, before you do the leap from iPhone to Android it is worth knowing what to expect, how to adjust, how to find all the functions, how to configure the mobile phone and what differences there are, since we will not always find the keys and gestures we were used to on an iPhone (even more so if we used an iPhone X or later).
While both operating systems have their pros and cons, iOS users often find themselves frustrated by the unbearable blocks imposed by Apple that prevent them from using their mobile as you would a normal computer.
In this post we will show you then the main differences between Android and iOS and how to make the switch from iPhone to Android in complete safety and keeping the personal data, contacts and messages exchanged so far.

Buttons and gestures

Depending on the version of the iPhone we come from, we will be used to the famous central button (up to the iPhone 8 Plus and now re-proposed on the new iPhone SE) or to the gestures on the edges of the screen (from iPhone X onwards).
Also on Android we can find two models with which to manage the interface:

  • The classic touchscreen buttons at the bottom of the screen that work, starting from left to right, to: exit or go back, open the home screen, start multitasking and see which applications are open, to be able to reopen them quickly.
  • Gesture on the edge of the screen, iPhone X style.

The Back button is perhaps the most difficult to understand because it works differently in each case. In most apps, it will go back to the previous screen, but if it is the last one, it will go back to the home and exit the application.
Fortunately, on Android smartphone models we can recall the gestures, so as to have an experience very similar to the iPhone; by choosing the gesture system also on Android we will notice very few changes, such as the absence of the upper right corner for the Control Center, replaced by the notification area and the quick keys on Android by sliding from the top edge.
In this regard we can also read our guide Guide to gestures on Samsung Galaxy and Android smartphones.

The key to open all apps

As on an iPhone, Android we can have many screens where to add application icons. On Android, however, we also find the Drawer button generally placed at the bottom, which serves to open the list of all apps. You can add apps to the main screen by opening the application list, tapping and dragging your finger wherever you want.
You can also do the same by tapping any empty space on the main screen by holding down for a moment until the menu asking which application to add appears.
On Android, you can create folders like you do on iOS by tapping, holding and dragging one application over another.
Organizing the Android home screen has several advantages, first of all because it is not necessary to view all the installed applications but only the favorite ones.
On modern smartphones with Android or with some new launchers we can also give up the Drawer button to open the list of apps by swiping from the bottom edge or making two or more touches on the screen, so as to combine the ease of use of Android with the user experience. from Apple.
In this regard, we advise you to read our guide on different launchers and graphic themes for Android.

Default applications

On an iPhone, the Apple house forces us to use their applications as default and in many cases it becomes difficult to change them or use others in their place: they prefer to always pass everything through their apps.
In Android, on the other hand, you are free to choose the app you prefer and you can also change the app to read SMS, for Email, to surf the internet or even the app for making calls. To change a default application, just download the new one and open it, open a file or perform a certain action, so as to open the list of supported apps and choose the preferred one.
If you ever want to cancel this change, you can cancel the default choice by opening the menu Settings -> Applications and tapping the app you no longer want to use as the default.
On this topic we can also read our article How to change default apps on Android.

Notifications

An Android smartphone offers a number of extra features in its notification area. The notification area expands by dragging the black line at the top to the bottom and contains messages of all events generated by installed applications that are running in the background. For example, new messages, emails, Facebook notifications and whatever you want will appear there. The Android notification area also has a quick settings menu which you can view by tapping the little man icon in the upper right corner.
From this point of view it will take very little to appreciate Android notifications!
To learn more we can also read ours Guide to the Android notification bar.

Voice commands and voice assistant

On the iPhone there is Siri, the virtual assistant that answers all kinds of questions; While Siri isn't perfect, it's one of the best features of iOS, although worthy rivals like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa have appeared in recent years, both of which can be used on both Android and iPhone.
The voice commands are therefore also present on Android and work well for doing searches, for driving directions from the Google Maps navigator, for sending messages: to learn how to use the Google Assistant, we recommend reading our guides How to activate OK Google on Android is Android voice commands for making calls, reading SMS and voice notifications.

Operating system updates

An iPhone is always the same and there are no other smartphones with the iOS operating system. However, when we switch to Android there may be aesthetic differences and even different features between one model and another, because Android is freely customizable by phone manufacturers.
Even though Android is Google it remains an open source system that can be adapted and installed on any smartphone. For this reason, Samsung adds some proprietary apps that are different from those of Xiaomi and Huawei. If you want an original Android smartphone, that is as conceived by Google itself, we must focus on the Pixel series models.
Updates are also not the same on Android phones: Pixels are the first to update when a new system version comes out, then the others have to adapt Android with their customizations and it can take a long time.
To find out which manufacturer updates the operating systems immediately, we can read our in-depth analysis Android updates: who faster among Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi and other manufacturers?

Battery life

Theoretically, the battery life of an Android smartphone and that of an iPhone are equivalent. In practice, it all depends on how you use your smartphone and how many apps we install on it, although it is possible to make the battery last much longer by reading our guide to Android apps to optimize battery and save energy.

Applications

All the apps available for iPhone are also present on Android in the Google Play Store, which is the equivalent of Apple's App Store. To download or buy applications you must use a Google account (a Gmail account or a YouTube account, which are the same thing, is fine) and the installation takes place automatically, even if you press the button Install on the application web page open on your computer. To buy apps you always use a Google account by registering your credit card in Google Play.
Some default apps change from iPhone to Android such as:

  • The Safari browser does not exist on Android where there is Google Chrome Firefox or other fast browsers such as those seen in the guide the best browsers for Android.
  • Find My iPhone or Where is it, the anti-theft and location function is also present on Android with Find my Android.
  • Apple Maps obviously doesn't exist, but there is Google Maps as a navigation and maps app.
  • iMessage is not there, so if you want read the SMS received on the Android smartphone from the computer there are other apps.
  • The do not disturb function on Android it is similar to that of the iPhone.

To start we can take a look at the list of best free android apps.

How to switch to Android if you had an iPhone

After seeing all the differences between Android and iPhone, in this part of the guide we will show you how to quickly switch to Android if we start from an iPhone. Luckily we can use online accounts and some apps that will help us with the migration.

Google account

By adding a Google account on the iPhone we will be able to quickly switch the contacts in the address book on the new phone, without too many thoughts since everything is synchronized online.
To add a Google account on the iPhone we open the app Settings, let's open the menu Password and account, we press on Add account and finally we select the item Google.
By entering the login credentials of a Google account ready to use, we can choose to immediately synchronize the contacts already present on the phone, so as to have them ready on the new Android smartphone.

On the same wavelength we can install the Google Photos app, Google Play Music and Google Drive on the iPhone, use the same Google account seen before and synchronize the photos, music, documents, images and videos present in the memory of the 'iPhone, so you can carry with you most of the multimedia files and data we care about.
To learn more about this transfer system we can read our guide Transfer Contacts, Photos and Apps from iPhone to Android on the new smartphone.

WhatsApp messages

Transferring WhatsApp chats and messages between Android and iPhone is not easy, since the backup system cannot be synchronized between two different operating systems. To understand how to act and how to make the transfer, we invite you to read our guides How to transfer Whatsapp from one phone to another or to another number is How to transfer Whatsapp from one phone to another or to another number.

Migration app

Among the systems that we can use to migrate from an iPhone to a new Android phone, the migration apps stand out, developed by some manufacturers to facilitate the passage of apps, messages, address book, SMS and app data, so as not to lose anything.
The apps we can try are:

  • Phone Clone from Huawei
  • Mi Mover from Xiaomi
  • OnePlus Switch
  • LG Mobile Switch
  • Samsung Smart Switch
  • MobileTrans – Copy Data to iOS (for all devices)

We install the right app based on the model of Android smartphone in our possession and follow the instructions given to be able to migrate from an iPhone to the new Android phone.

Conclusions

Compared to a few years ago, where the only way to pass the address book was to use SIM cards, today it is possible to take advantage of different methods for switch to Android from iPhone, using online accounts or dedicated migration apps. If you switch from iPhone to Android remember that you can also install theHow2do app to follow this blog more closely from the new Android smartphone.

In another guide we showed you the points to start with your Android phone or tablet. If the differences between the two operating systems are not very clear, we can read the guide to Differences between Android and iPhone (iOS); which smartphone is better to buy?
Do we want to take the reverse path? Just read our guide Switch from Android to iPhone and transfer all data.

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