Switching phones has always been kind of a pain, and smartphones didn't so much make things easier as create different problems along the way. If you're an iPhone user planning to grab a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, it's not going to take you long to notice how moving from one ecosystem to the other isn't exactly as simple as entering in a username and password. Not to worry, though, we've got everything you need right here.
The biggest challenges when moving from iOS to Android is making sure you're not jumping through hoops on the simple stuff. Contacts, email, social networking, and any photos or files you want to move over. As long as you still have your iPhone nearby, all of this stuff is a breeze once you know what buttons to push.
Your new Galaxy S6 has a lot in common with your iPhone. Most of the functions are the same even if the buttons are labeled differently. For example, you iPhone relies heavily on iCloud to make sure your contacts, calendar, and email are all accessible from all of your Apple devices. While Android does not support iCloud directly, there are a few easy ways to get your data from iCloud to Google.
- 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 account on Android
If you're not using Apple as your email provider, iCloud isn't likely to have what you're looking for. Fortunately, almost all of the popular iOS mail apps and services have Android counterparts. For this, a quick search in the Google Play Store will reveal whatever app you are looking for, be it Mailbox, Outlook, Yahoo, or something else. Since these apps usually store all of your email for you, you usually only need to login to get what you want.
Texting presents another series of uniquely specific situations. Much like iMessage, Google's Hangouts software offers a combined SMS/Messenger experience that makes exporting and importing messages to other services a little challenging. Not all messages are text messages, after all, and that causes problems. We've got a quick guide for anyone having problems getting messages off of the iPhone, but you should also decide between using Hangouts with SMS integration or just a standalone texting app before going further. You can't really go wrong with either, but you'll have a lot less to do once you choose.
Now that your phone parts do everything you want them to do, you can worry about photos and music. Photo backups can happen right an your phone with apps like Dropbox, Flickr, Google+, Box, or any other free backup service. You'll find Google+ is already on your Android phone, however, so the fastest way to have your photos move from one device to another would be through the auto-backup feature on Google+. The same could be said of Google Drive, if you have documents on your phone you want to move to your Galaxy S6. These apps can be installed on your iPhone, used to backup files and photos, and they will simply appear on your Galaxy S6. Music is a little more complicated, as there's no such thing as iTunes in the Google Play Store. There are several options available to you for moving your music, however.
You're just about fully moved in now. What you'll want to do next is take a look in the Google Play Store and search for apps you enjoy on your iPhone to grab for your new phone. If you've got questions regarding photos on your new Galaxy S6 you can take a look at our Android Photography series, and of course don't forget to head to the Galaxy S6 forums to introduce yourself.