Get set up and running with these handy hints!
If you're picking up a new Samsung Galaxy S5 and moving from a past life with an iPhone, then there's some questions you might have. Firstly, welcome! We hope you enjoy your new Galaxy S5, but likewise we know that changing platform can be daunting at first.
But we're here to help. After the break you'll find some helpful links, tips, tricks and apps to help you get up and running before you really start to explore.
On your old iPhone, there's every possibility that your contacts, calendars and email were handled by iCloud. Moving to a Galaxy S5 will require a Google account and with it a Gmail account. But that doesn't mean you need to totally leave behind all your iCloud stuff, at least, not to begin with anyway. It's easy to move your contacts over to Google, as well as sync your iCloud email account and calendars to your new Galaxy S5. Check out the links below to see how.
- How to get your iCloud contacts onto your Android device
- How to easily sync your iCloud calendar to Android
- How to set up your iCloud email on Android
Also, when it comes to iCloud email, popular iOS mail app, Mailbox, just launched on Android. It handles both Gmail and iCloud, so while the method linked above works just great for the stock email app on your phone, Mailbox is also worth consideration!
- Download: Mailbox for Android
When it comes to your media there are also a few things you can do to make life easy. If you're a long time iPhone owner then you've likely got a lot of music in iTunes, right? No matter, getting it onto your new Galaxy S5 is pretty straightforward.
If you're completely halting using your iPhone, then naturally we'd recommend manually backing up all your photos to your computer. But if you want access to them all straight away on your new Galaxy S5, perhaps consider using a cloud service. Dropbox, Google+ and Flickr are just three of the popular options which have similar support across both iOS and Android. But there are plenty of options out there.
You'll also want to take action to turn off iMessage on your iPhone as soon as you can before firing up your Galaxy S5. A known – and exceedingly frustrating – issue where folks can't get messages because iMessage tries to intercept anything sent to you from an iPhone. Luckily, there's an easy fix which we've linked below.
Hopefully that helps you get up and running and covers off the basics. Many of your favorite apps and services from your iPhone will be available in the Google Play store and if they're not, there's likely an alternative. If you've picked up any tips and tricks of your own in the moving process, be sure to share them with us in the comments below!