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We really don't need a 'Switch to Android' tool from Apple

Anytime Apple does something that isn't an immediate and obvious product to draw users deeper into the Apple hardware ecosystem, people get excited. Apple does some great stuff, but the Apple experience only really works when you go all in and set yourself up with Apple everything. This is one of several reasons recent headlines about some kind of external pressure leading to a tool from Apple allowing for easy migration to Android really shouldn't have ever been taken seriously, but there's something way more important to keep in mind when thinking about this whole scenario.

New Android users don't need a "Switch to Android" tool from Apple — unless you count that fix for iMessage breaking things horribly — because those tools have existed for years already. And they're already really well done.

The truth is iPhone users have been switching to Android for years. The only reason any of this is getting any attention right now is because Apple made a "Switch to iPhone" app and put it in the Google Play Store (opens in new tab). We'll step right over the fact that Apple would never in a million years allow any Android manufacturer to do the same in the App Store, but a few months after the app was published we saw headlines claiming Android users were switching to the iPhone in droves. It turned out that information was not only inaccurate, but that more iPhone users were switching to Android in the same timeframe. There has been no mass exodus on either side, though. It's just the regular, predictable churn of users trying something new.

Besides, where else would they go?

iPhone with Google

So we already have lots of iPhone users trying something new, and Android is almost always the flavor they switch to. These users aren't leaving their iOS data behind, and they aren't screaming from the rooftops about how difficult it is to switch from one platform to another, and that has everything to do with the utilities that are already in place.

  • Google products sync effortlessly — If you're already using any of the 20-plus Google apps on your iPhone, you'll find that as soon as you log in on your Android phone that data already is at your fingertips. This includes contacts, email, photos, and documents, depending on the apps you use. It's all already there, no need for a clumsy sync tool to do transfer things for you.
  • Creating a Google account is easy — Google's services aren't hardware-dependent; they mostly work everywhere. Even if you've never used Google for anything other than search, creating an account and choosing what information you want to pull from your iPhone couldn't be easier, and works really well for users who don't want to haul every single thing from one system to another.
  • Almost every manufacturer has a migration tool — As part of the setup process for just about every Android phone, there's a section for importing contacts and photos from another phone. These tools are built for transferring from just about any phone, and while they vary slightly in functionality the process for each is simple enough that you aren't usually spending more than a few minutes to complete a migration. The best by far is Samsung's Smart Switch (opens in new tab), which among other features includes a hardware-based transfer system that will allow for the fastest migration.

As you can see, the tools already exist. It has never been easier to switch from an iPhone to an Android phone, and it's clear from the number of users that switch back and forth every year that there's really not much to separate the basic functions of these two operating systems anymore. In the end, people are going to use what works best for them, and every once in a while giving something new a try is bound to happen. That doesn't mean it's the end of either platform, and it certainly doesn't mean Apple is going to start doing anything that doesn't immediately result in more people moving to their hardware ecosystem.

Russell is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He's a former server admin who has been using Android since the HTC G1, and quite literally wrote the book on Android tablets. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter

181 Comments
  • Yeah, we've had pretty much every iPhone since the 3G, and moving things over was not an issue. My wife, it turns out, had a vast library of voice memos on her iPhone when she switched months after I. These did not transfer, so I had to convert them to Mp3's, but that was the only sticking point. I'm not really concerned about having to switch her back, as she's very vocal about how much she loves being set free. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well the app is terrible anyway. It doesn't work unless the iPhone is completely factory reset. So if you get a new iphonr and happen to skip over that one screen that says "Transfer from android" you have to factory reset the phone to go back to that screen. Apple always designs stuff in software in the most difficult manner. Has anyone ever tried to create an iTunes account through an iPhone? It will take you at least 30 minutes. Posted via the Android Central App
  • um android migration tools are also in the set up area. it would be the logical place for it. Yes gmail accts bring over many thing IF you use gmail. But even if you go from a moto x to a nexus, you don't migrate all your texts messages AFTER the phone is 100% set up. You bring that over as you are setting up the new device. using that phones migration assist.
    if it takes 30 min to set up an apple ID on an iPhone, you need to go back to a flip phone.
    Setting up an apple ID takes 5 minutes MAX unless you can only type 2 words per minute. An apple ID take no more time than making a new gmail account.
    The Android to iOS app works great. The 1 star reviews come from Tools that just downloaded it so they could 1 star the review and then delete it.
  • Yes they are in the set up but the difference is they are ALSO in the regular app screen. Meaning that if you don't have the time to sit there and wait for the phone to set up, you can transfer information later without having to face tory reset everything you've just done. Secondly, the process setting up an account through Google is much easier. You pick an email and a password and you're done. With Apple, you create the iTunes name, then you verify settings, then you are required to input a credit card afterwhich it takes you to the app store, which is great! But wait! Now when you download an app it tells you to wait again while they send an email to verify the account. After you've logged in AGAIN when verifying the account, THEN you can go back to the app store and start downloading your applications. It is a mess and takes too long. Trust me, I do this every working day of my life. The process on android takes seconds to complete. It takes many minutes to do on Apple and then explain to people why they need a credit card input on their device, and wait for them to remember their active email password, etc. Posted via the Android Central App
  • you do not have to put in CC info, there is a NONE option. after you make the apple ID, you simply click a link to verify and DONE. 5 minutes, literally. I work at apple. Trust me. 5 min max.
  • With Google takes seconds.
  • I don't know. Sometimes I think about switching to iPhone because Apple supports its older devices. I like how even the iPhone 4S got iOS 9. My S6 active finally got 5.1.1 and 5.1.1 first debuted 10 months ago! Would I have to wait another 10 months to get Marshmallow? Would I even get it? That's my annoyance with Android at the moment.
  • Apple can support its devices that long because they have a very locked-down closed-source ecosystem along with a small-ish line of devices with hardware they are familiar with. As such, it's simpler for them to optimize the OS for these devices. Compare that to how many different number of Android devices out there in the wild. It's both a blessing and a curse, and really, I don't mind. Like I mentioned below, I use Android as my phone OS and iOS as my tablet OS.
  • You need to understand that older iPhone's get only version update and some features. Not all features are imported to older devices from new version. There is fragmentation and the hardware & MARKETING defines limitation Posted via the Android Central App
  • While you are correct in your statement, what you say is somewhat misleading. All supported iOS devices get the security benefits of the latest OS version, whereas on Android no one can say that. Also, no, all Apple users do not get features that the hardware doesn't support, but they do get EVERYTHING ELSE.
  • Android gets all the security patches through google play services, ignorance is a bliss Posted via the Android Central App
  • That simply is not true. Unless you are on Marshmallow, go to the play store and download a Stagefright diagnostic tool. Run it. Yeah, Google Play Services isn't patching that. Google Play Services takes care of a lot of stuff to make apps compatible despite the Android version,but it isn't a miracle patching system for OS level bugs.
  • They do get the lag Posted via the Android Central App
  • Apple updates more devices than any other manufacturer right now.
    Just count how many updates to marshmallow will arrive for each manufacturer then count apple devices in latest version.
  • That's because Apple only has Apple devices. Android is an OS on many manufacturers phones.
  • You missed the point. Apple only have apple devices, and samsung only have samsung devices. Why can't they be updated the same way?
    Even nexus 4 was left behind, the next one is nexus 5 and iphone 4s will probably receive the next ios.
  • Because Apple has the software and hardware that they control. They have made 10 phones total, 12 if you count the plus variants. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Because samsung doesn't own android. Nexus has it's limitation too. Apple old device gets updated along with the extra lag
    Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm the same way. I don't use the tablet as much so I don't get as frustrated.
  • If you expect every feature of iOS 9 to work on older devices, you're sadly mistaken. Simply because they get support doesn't mean the upgrades work well.
  • It's obviously hardware dependent, but the same goes for older devices being upgraded to newer versions of Android. There's nothing wrong with that. Although Siri not being added to the iPhone 4 was kind of a dick move, if I recall correctly. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I respectfully disagree that "there's nothing wrong with that." The problem is, people say: "My iPhone 3Gs got iOS 9 so Apple is better than Android!" Well, that's deceitful to say that. They may get the update on older iPhones, but the updates are a shell of the real deal. I guess it's still cool that they update them, but I don't like when people aren't straightforward about it. I suppose it ultimately comes down to what the people really want. Do they want to feel cool by saying they get the newest update, even though their phone can't do anything from the new update? If so, by all means have at it. I personally don't count the update as a true update unless I get at least most of the features.
  • They get the security benefits of the new OS, and they get most features of the new OS, they do not get what their hardware won't support. That is not a "Shell of the real deal." What else do you think that they should get? On Android I only will use Nexus devices because I grew sick long ago of not getting software updates in a timely matter or oftentimes not getting them at all. In iOS, Stagefright would have been fixed pretty quickly, in Android land most devices will never be fixed.
  • Ignorance is a bliss Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's not the point. The point is that the security that comes with the new version iOS gets updated. I'm annoyed that I have to wait several months to get any security updates on my device, especially since I use Samsung Pay and I have sensitive data on my phone.
  • You have security updates many times a day, they don't require any input by the user. This is handled through Google services. Android is very secure Posted via the Android Central App
  • Really? Oh. Well then. There we are.
  • Stagefright still isn't fixed.
  • http://www.techtimes.com/articles/91962/20151007/google-releases-securit...
  • Insecurity... Insecurity everywhere. And it came along with ignorance Posted via the Android Central App
  • play services doesn't update security. that's why Nexus devices has monthly security updates which are OTA
  • Then you need to join google's nexus platform
  • Plus with old model, they pushed it too much it became a burden, they add extra lag along with the updates Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm sure there would be a lot of annoyances on iOS as well. but man iOS on iPhone 6/6s/ feels so silky smooth.. in my whole life I just used iOS iPhone 6s for one month its speed was on next level. but it got the worst dialer ;) and notification center is not that great.. also lacks quick charging.. other than that it was hell of a device.. Nexus 6P is my favorite Android phone at the moment but using LG V10.. Both have QHD display but LG V10 display seems more clear detailed like have more pixels(which it does have) but pictures videos looks really great on Nexus 6p but web and text looks great on V10.. V10 is fast but not smooth else I really loved V10 second screen.
  • Yeah. I was playing around with the 6S Plus and iOS 9 was just smooth. But damn, that $849 price tag for the 64GB version is such a turn-off.
  • Yes correct that is very expensive but best part is iPhone are like cash deposit.. you buy it and sell for next to no loss.. beside its only phone whose price whole year stays same.. and next year only $100 decreases.. Samsung, HTC, LG phones after a year you can get in half the price and if you own one you guess right how much you get in return.. people like me who buy and sell more often for them its good thing.. I guess I want to say iPhone have the best resale value too ;)
  • It has better resell but its like 30-35% compared to 45-50% Posted via the Android Central App
  • Here's the thing, should I buy a used iPhone 6 plus for 599 or 699, when I can get a brand spanking new nexus 6P for 499? With carriers removing phone subsidy programs, the price of the phone and bang for the buck become way more prominent. You actually have to pay the full price for your iPhones now. And, truth be told, the Nexus 6p is compatible with the iPhone 6s plus while it blows away the iPhone 6 plus which can be had for at least 100 more, used. Let me think "which phone should I get? " Those iPhone resell prices are about to take a nosedive as well because the competition for something later and greater in the form of Android can now be had. Posted via the Android Central App
  • People who are thinking about buying a new iPhone, though, don't even know that the Nexus 6P even exists.
  • But why people should buy Nexus 6P if they buying iPhone? iPhone is for old iPhone owners and Nexus 6p is for android users. I've Macbook Air and Nexus 6P, but if I had iPhone I could take advantage of many iPhone features which Nexus 6p won't give me.. and those features are really awesome, I had iPhone for a month and I miss those features.. beside Nexus 6p is very big not for most of iPhone users. they accustom to small sizes. I think Android is not for everyone same is iOS. and I don't see if any OS is clear winner both are great.
  • Then go back to the iPhone!
  • I'm that kind of person who don't use just one or two or three mobile whole year. I use all flagships phone through out the year. but in turns of course. at the moment using V10, Tomorrow my Moto X pure will be on my door(Imported from USA) and after 22 my Aunt coming from USA with Nexus 6P.. but I've used Iphone 6s for a month but iPHone 6s plus left ;) .. Once I was very conservative and was die hard HTC fan, Hated Samsung, LG iPhone.. Now I admire every OEM. like iPhone have bad dialer and slow charging and yea notification center is awkward,
  • What crap! You're telling me that I can sell my $850 iPhone in a years and get $750 for it?? Seriously??
  • if not $750 you can get $700 if you sell before Next iPhone come to market. but when next come you still expect $600 for most part of year.. but if its galaxy phone its value will be almost half like I can get Galaxy S6 for $350 but iPhone 6 stil costs me $500 for used phone.. recently sold iPhone 6 of my uncle for $480 it was 16GB variant
  • Mint iPhone 6 Plus 64GB is only selling for $475-$575 right now on Swappa.
  • Wouldn't take an iPhone without 3D touch ;) cuz my first iPhone ever was iPhone 6s. BTW its also depends on which part of world you live I guess then
  • All new phones are smooth, the other reason iPhone feels smoother is because it does not do much, also ios is not fragmented like Android is, ios runs only one one device the iPhone, have you ever tried a Nexus device, it's just as smooth if not smoother than an iPhone. At the end of the day, they all do the same thing, except Apple iPhone users have no choices, and are stuck with what Apple feeds them. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Apple uses a number of slick animations that make iOS feel really smooth.
  • So does stock Android and till lolipop they had bad animations it just got better with marshmallow which makes nexus and other devices like Moto X feel faster. Only thing I don't like in term of UI is scrolling. That's terrible slow to scroll on web pages but rest of iOS feels fasters smoother and quicker.
  • Naah...iOS on the iphone 6S definately doesnt feel any faster than my Nexus 6 on marshmallow. Id say my N6 is faster overall. I have an iphone 6S in my house that i play with occasionally. Actually because of the faster animations that android developers generally use i think stock android on high-end hardware definately feels faster than iOS on apples latest and greatest
  • I have nexus 6P and speed on nexus 6P is on next level everything is fast and smooth. No stutter. For me speed standard is nexus 6P I assume nexus 6 will be also same
  • It pretty much is. But from my experience the way to maximize performance on the N6 you need to decrypt it by flashing a custom boot image
  • My Android isn't fragmented. We're talking about a single phone
  • The price seems steep for sure, but if you want a phone that's reliable and updated for the next 3-5 years the price is actually a good value. Don't forget the decent resale value of an iPhone either.
  • They restrict a LOT of features for the older devices. And after about 2 major updates, lag starts to appear.
    I'd prefer not getting updates. That way you have all the features possible without having major lag.
    Of course, every man to his own... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Totally agree. You almost don't want to upgrade iOS after one major update. I swear they make you want to get a new phone because your old phone that used to be fast is now slow because the OS slowed it down. I leave some of my older iOS devices on older iOS (mainly tablets). Most phones don't last much more than a couple years anyways, but my iPad 1.0 is still going strong and holds a great charge.
  • You really don't want iOS 9 on a 4. Or a 4s, 5, or 5c anyway. I own an iPhone 6, but also have three 5c's on contract, and an iPhone 5c running iOS 9 is frustratingly slow. Turn on low power mode and it's pretty much unusable. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nexus devices... Posted via the Android Central App
  • THIS! If you want every update, get a Nexus! I switched to a Nexus 5X from a Lumia 822 because Microsoft will not release Windows 10 Mobile for older devices.
  • They supports their devices, but after 2 years, they are EXTREMELY laggy I have 2 ios devices, and I will not update them after 2 ". 0" updates, which is about what android flagship get anyway. I don't consider apples updates a selling point. And there's even a case of 4s owners suing apple because after the ios 9 update their devices are basically unusable do to lag and slowdowns. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, I read that. Something about how Apple is subtly (or not-so-subtly) letting 4S owners know that they should upgrade their device.
  • Also, your s6 active marshmallow update will probably take a very very very long time because it's an AT&T exclusive and they have a repulsion for not updating phones very well Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's what I hate about Android updates. They go through the carrier instead of coming straight from Google. iOS doesn't do that. All the updates comes straight from Apple. Why is there such a difference between the two? Why do my updates come from the carrier and not straight from Samsung?
  • Apple have significantly more influence over the carriers than any android manufacturer. Regardless, there's a fairly simple solution that involves not buying your phone from a carrier and bypassing their Bullshit. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Touche. The only thing that sucks about buying unlocked phones is that you have to pay full retail price for it upfront. But that may be worth it.
  • It can be a problem, especially if you're interested in something exorbitant like the priv or note 5, but I think a decent number of places offer financing options now. Posted via the Android Central App
  • On unlocked devices, the updates come straight from the device manufacturer. Which is why I always use them. I never ever use carrier-branded devices.
  • There is no reason to wait for the carrier to update your Nexus device. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That annoyance of waiting on Android updates is legitimate. That's exactly the reason why I use nexus devices. I was Damn tired of having to purchase the next new device from HTC to get the latest software. My nexus 6 received marshmallow before the nexus 6p was even released. That's the way it should be and at the very least, all devices should get the latest software at the same time as the release of the latest hardware. Switch to a nexus device and you will get timely updates and Google typically supports the older devices beyond two years. I'd never know because I love having the latest and greatest in hardware and software. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I like the idea of the Nexus device, but I work outside for 10 hours a day and I really need a phone to be waterproof or the phone to have the ability to use a LifeProof case. Unfortunately, there is no LifeProof case available for the Nexus devices.
  • Nexus 6 is waterproof and very cheap right now.
  • It's also a 1.5 year old phone model.
  • And it's still lighting fast, and runs the latest OS software, how has the powerful Snapdragon 805 all of a sudden become slow, I scratch my head sometimes with some of these comments in here. The Nexus 6 is a beast of a phone, it's waterproof, has fantastic front firing speakers, runs the latest software and will be just fine for years to come. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If I were buying a phone today, why would I buy something that's that old? I don't care if the 64GB version is only $299. I could spend $200 more and get a much better phone.
  • Sounds like you should be annoyed at your choice of phone, if updates are important to you then the only phones for you are Nexus phones (and thats one of my main reason for buying them). Or you can update your phones yourself...
  • That's android. Samsung only guarantees ONE update within 18 months. After that, you may or may not get more.
    Samsung only has Samsung phones to update. No excuse other than laziness to not get updates for 3+ years like Apple does.
  • I know someone with an iPhone 4s and iOS 9. The battery lasts about 6 hours on standby and webpages take for ever to load. Oh and she can't take a call and check her email. The screen is cracked and the whole phone is pretty scratched up. She loves the thing, but I'm not sure the market has matured enough to worry about update support. I'd give it til 2020 when battery tech and OS polishing catch up with demand. Sony is really good on updates. I have a Z3 compact and running lollipop 5.1 with marshmallow on the way. One more thing to consider, buggy updates. I have marshmallow on my shield tablet and it is not only got some bugs but a few apps won't work with it. It's nice to get an update about 9-12 months out just so the bugs are more likely to be worked out. Posted via the Android Central App on the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  • that's true.
    on the other hand when you update an old iPhone to the latest version of iOS you risk making the phone completely unusable.
    It happened when i updated my 3GS to iOS 4 and it happened when i updated my gf's iPhone 4 to iOS 7. Honestly, the phones became to slow that using them was painful (and it comes from someone who bought and loved the 3G, 3GS, 4 and 4s before switching to android).
  • That's because those depend on the manufacturer. I only use Google Nexus devices for that same reason. As for Apple, we'll, they are pretty good devices for basic users, except for the tedious and long account creation part. But once you do that, it's off to basic as hell heaven (pun intended). Now, for power users, undercover geeks and such, like me, I don't think I could ever live with such a closed platform as Apple's. I like to be able to say that, out of all the Nexus 6ps in the world, mine is truly unique, because it fully customized to my own personal taste and to how I use my phone, not how some nerd out in Google thinks is the right way to use it.
  • What do you mean where else would they go? Windows is a totally viable option Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Mmm...not so sure about that. You tube was alone enough to keep me off the os Posted via a nexus
  • Tubex on win phone is as good as android youtube, if not better Posted via the Android Central App
  • There are three or four third party YouTube apps that are as good as, if not better than, the official YouTube app Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just don't expect any updates!!
  • HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
  • Laugh all you want, but in my experience, Windows is a much better platform than android is Posted via the Android Central App
  • It would be interesting to see how good the platform is if they had a larger user base.
  • I do agree Windows is a better OS than Android but unfortunately the app support is minimal especially the Google apps like Youtube which makes the platform not very good.
  • I know it's not the best response, but there are plenty of perfectly good, if not better, third party Google apps in their store Posted via the Android Central App
  • When they get something like Samsung Pay then we'll talk.
  • really? I wish it was but it's a beta-feeling mess
  • Hard to tell if you are trolling. Windows Phone is a great OS, but even Paul Thurrott won't recommend it to his friends. I really like the Live Tile idea. Android could adopt it in a heartbeat.
  • Not trolling. Recently switched to android from windows. Really regretting the move. My next phone is back to Windows Posted via the Android Central App
  • Classic! Posted via the Android Central App
  • A couple of years ago... Perhaps. It still lacked a lot of apps, but at least you could say the core OS was good. But Windows don't-call-it-mobile 10 is a mess right now. If you think x.0 releases of Android are buggy, it's nothing compared to Windows 10. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I disagree. Been using Windows phone up until a couple months ago. Really miss it. If it wasn't for the fact that I paid a bunch for my current phone, I would've moved back by now Posted via the Android Central App
  • We know...you've told us 100 times it seems like!!
  • WP is irrelevant, nothing more needs to be said. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You say that, but if it really was irrelevant, there probably wouldn't be companies trying to match some of the features of WP Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not mentioned in the article, but some carriers have back up services that easily migrate data between ios and Android. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I can transfer data from an iOS device to an Android phone without issue thanks to all the available services. BUT, I still think it would make some sense for Apple to make a "Switch to Android" app. Because it evens out when you consider the existence of the "Switch to iOS" app on Android. Transferring content to a new device has been no issue for me. I transferred content from my sister's iPhone 4S to a Note 3, and then from that to an iPhone 5S, from my old HTC One M7 to my current LG G4 and from my old iPad 3 to my current iPad Pro. In all these cases, they're all easy and don't really care which manufacturer made the device.
  • Nah, it just doesn't make sense. Apple is a hardware company -- it makes the vast majority of its money from people buying iPhones, iPads and Macs, not cloud services. It has every interest in getting people to move only one way.
  • Am I the only one who is puzzled by such comments. Why would Apple need/gain to make an app like this. I could not stop laughing when I read that rumor because of how comical it was. If there ever was a need for such an app, it would have to from Google, not Apple. Sometimes I wonder what happens to folks and common sense.
  • Common sense does not exist on the web, at least not in a big way. It's what I learned after going to the comments section of many websites. Anyway, I've just read up that Apple denies this. Well, there goes my point. It's thrown out the window. Back to business.
  • Yeah, it's a waste of resources for apple to even consider making this app. Which is why they probably haven't. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Newsflash, without Google services, Apple is dead. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why would any company be expected to make an app to help people move away from its service. It is the job of the other companies that want that customer to make their devices good enough and provide a means of transferring your stuff over hassle-free. Most have done so, so this whole EU thing is crap.
  • Apple just denied that. Well, my OP has been thrown out the window. Let the downvotes pour in because I didn't bother to check for updates. Go figure. Maybe I could check for a security patch.
  • Two different companies and philosophies for sure.
    You are certainly right that Apple would never allow a transfer from IOS to anything, which annoys me since Google allows a transfer to IOS.
    https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anrdoezrs.net%2F...
  • I would disagree with this article. Not in how Android makes it easy to switch over, but in regards to how Apple makes it a huge pain in the ass to move over. I have helped both my parent convert from Apple to android. I switched my dad over around 4 years ago, and my mother a few months ago. Both had the exact same issue. Contacts... them bloody Apple contacts! When I switched my dad over, he had a Google account with gmail and everything, I could not understand why hundreds of his contacts did not get uploaded to google. I mostly ended up ignoring the problem, and my dad would voice his frustration every now and then over it, but I assumed I needed to use his old apple phone, connect to itunes, and bla bla bla. We never got around to doing that due to time and having the hardware needed at the time. Not to go into too much detail, but my dad only has the phone as his internet access gadget. When my mom was starting to have issues with her phone, I decided to give her my old N5 and switch her over to Android as well to better help support her. We ran into the EXACT same issue. Apple refused to give up all of her contacts. At this point, I refused to give up or let her leave till we solved this issue.
    Doing some rapid research into the Apple ecosystem, I discovered Apple Cloud stored contacts, photos, etc. Praise the Lord, I could just go on there and export the contacts, then import them into Google. But Apple had one more shaft ready for me hidden up its sleeve. The contacts wouldn't export!
    another 20-30 minutes later, I discovered the only way to export this common CSV, was through Safari..... "you're f**king kidding me!" Finishing my story, installed safari, exported the files, deleted safari, imported into Google, BOOM, DONE! I did the same with my dad's contacts the next day, discovering he also had an Apple cloud account. TL;DR: Moral of the story, Google will allow a free flow of information. Apple will claw at you and make it so difficult to leave, you may ultimately give up and stay with Apple.
    Apple makes solid quality products, but their closed ecosystem will always, ALWAYS have me feel and speak nothing but disdain and loathing for them.
  • I can transfer the contacts from an iPhone 4S to a Galaxy Note 3 and others in less than 5 minutes.....
  • Can you share your secret on this how you could do it so quickly?
  • Log in to icloud on a desktop. Export all contacts as a vcard. Log into gmail and go to contacts and import that same vcard and contacts should be there. That's how I did it for a friend anyways. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I spent 3 hours typing out every f*cking contact on my old iphone and 2.5 putting them in my new android....
    And you say it could be done in 15 minutes?!?!
    I'm gonna go cry in a corner now.... Seriously though, that seems like their actual strategy
    And I hate it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I did it 3 minutes. Just click on the HTC transfer tool... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I got a Nexus.......not an HTC phone.....
  • Not sure why it took that long... you should have set up an exchange account on iOS that points to GMAIL. Do a sync (contacts, Notes, calendar, etc.). Now, when you setup your android device with the same GMAIL credentials, everything gets synced to that phone. Total Time, 10 min tops.
  • I was actually having problems with my screen, and found somewhere online that an FDR would recalibrate the screen. I had my contacts stored on my iCloud account (I think) but I didn't want to risk it. So I typed every single contact into my computer in a .txt document.
    I didn't know there was a way to pull the contacts out of iCloud and didn't even know there was a way to access it from a Windows machine (knowing how Apple is) so I just typed every single contact out....
    The screen is partially a reason. It could take a few minutes just to select a contact that I wanted
  • I had no issues via chrome about 2 years ago when my wife switched. Went to iCloud exported then imported to google. Done. Took 30 seconds. Weird you had a browser issues.. Posted via Nexus 5
  • Honestly, for how bitter Apple is with Android, I'm not completely surprised they would do a change like that like that.
  • There's a really good app called transfer contacts on the play store that lets you rip the contacts out with bluetooth. It's blue with an arrow in it Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't recall seeing it, but I did see other apps and programs that costed money, and I'm too cheap to want to pay for something like that, especially when it shouldn't be necessary.
  • The only issue i have with Android or Samsung is updates. I don't know when the Note 4 will get Android 6.0, and is it going to get the new Touchwiz? Probably not. Thankfully i rooted my Note 4 and it runs the Note 5 rom. I am amazed that this rom runs better then the official Note 4 rom. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's Samsung. Android 6.0 is available to Samsung, but they are taking too long to implement it... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Other than app permissions there is nothing enticing in 6.0 for me. App optimization already does what doze is designed for. Don't care if it takes another 6 months to get the update on my S6 edge.
  • Uh....it runs extremely fast and efficiently. More so than any previous android version IMO. At least stock does anyway
  • yup I really like Marshmallow a lot more than Lollipop.
    Not a lot of new features, but enough to make me drool.
  • Wouldn't you rather it works when you get it than some half-baked update?
  • I have been wondering how hard it is to switch the other way (Android to iOS). I use Google Music, Inbox, Gmail, Keep, Google Maps, and Google voice (my voice number is my primary text and voice number). I'd be switching for security reasons as I'm tired of Android devices being way out of date and don't have the option of switching to a Nexus phone (on Tmo's Jump on Demand). Honestly, for security reasons, I pretty much recommend iOS to most people I know anyway at this point.
  • Nexus devices get a monthly security fix these days on the Android world. Don't know if this helps. I don't recall when they started though. I can find a source if your interested.
  • I know and wish I could move to the 6p now, but it is not available on Tmo's Jump on Demand plan, which I am in for another year. So an iPhone is currently my best option. That being said, it's a pretty sad state of affairs for Android when out of the tons of phones out there it's Nexus or nothing if you want timely security updates. I know it's not Google's fault, but in the end, for all of the Android devices on the market, there's really about the same number of phone choices with iOS as Android for those who want security.
  • I agree but if you think about it isn't Nexus really the equivalent to iOS devices? They are immediately supported and what Android would look like if the ecosystem were closed like Apple's? At least they are more affordable (until the most recent release). At least getting them in the Play store is an option if you could swing it. I bought my Nexus 6 in AT&T's store.... never again. Still haven't received my Marshmallow goodness. #bastards.
  • Really?! That's ridiculous.. Nexus shouldn't be sold that way. Think they would've learned their lesson by now. Posted via Nexus 5
  • Yeah. I troll the @att twitter handle like once a week. They've stopped responding to it. I still have no goodness. Fixins to unlock.
  • That's a good point. If I had a recent Nexus device I'd be satisfied about current and future security updates. I suppose I have three choices; wait until my Jump on Demand is done, buy nexus now and also pay for JOD, or trade in my current phone for iPhone with JOD at no extra cost. I'll likely go with iPhone for remainder of my Jump on Demand and then decide about switching to a Nexus device at that time.
  • You realize Android is only an OS right?
  • Why can't you just get a Nexus? Also, be aware Android had 0 real threats. It's perfectly safe. The threats you hear about have never been exploited and pretty much hypothetical. All Android phones are fine. Never use an Antivirus either, it's will screw everything up. Posted via Nexus 5
  • I agree with all of this. People ask me all the time which anti-virus to use on their Android and i go into a series of questions about App stores and i interrupt them to tell them to delete the anti-virus.
  • Android's architecture to the root is Linux. Viruses don't exist in a Linux Kernel. It's the greatest misconception to say android has viruses. Know what apk you install before installing an app through other means outside of google play and amazon. It's as simple as that.
  • I pay a monthly fee with Tmo's Jump on Demand program that pays for my phone and allows me to switch phones 3 times a year. The Nexus line is not included. I'd have to buy a Nexus AND also continue paying for a phone I don't use for a year. Not Google's fault, just the situation I'm in. If Non-Nexus Android flagships were updated regularly, like the Nexus line, it would be a non-issue. I realize real world cases of exploits hitting Android users are virtually non-existent, but the holes are there and I would like to use my banking, healthcare, and investing mobile apps. This data is too important to base its security on "it hasn't happened yet". Besides, let's face it, that's a pretty weak security defense when a choice that does not have that problem exists. I'm going pretty much off-topic, but just wanted to point out with all of the Android Central articles pretty much stating if you care about security, Nexus is the only good choice with Android, for some this makes iOS even more attractive.
  • Understood - I can't argue that. I do all banking, insurance, shopping, porn, etc.. But I may rethink that if I was on am older device for the just in case mindset. But also, remember, iOS is just as vulnerable if not more. They don't allow their OS to go through the same testing as Android. Their issues pop up when they're actually being exploited, not before. No platform is 100% - use credit monitoring. Cross your fingers. Posted via Nexus 5
  • Good points. I use Tor coupled with a vpn for my porn :-) My device is a tmo note 5, so recent, but not up to date with latest security patches and given Samsung's record, likely to always be a bit out of date. I need to investigate iOS's security a bit more, you may be right on that. I do have a credit monitoring service. It's a must in today's connected world.
  • I don't get it either. It's really easy to go from iOS to Android. I have a bunch of friends who switched from iOS to Android (through the good graces of my "bad" influences lol) and they didn't had a single problem. Actually most of them was delighted to simply get rid of iTunes for good. It's actually harder to switch from Windows Phone to Android.
    I had a far worst time moving from one OS to the other because (at the time) there was no tool to bring the data from WP to Android (Sony has since released the Xperia Transfer to the Windows Store). Of course, there are things that will probably not transfer easily (if at all) like call logs, sms's or WhatsApp messages (because the WP app is way behind). But that's normal.
  • I can't imagine most people will ever switch ecosystems. Once most people learn something they tend to stick with it especially if they've put money into apps.
  • I'm not sure why any normal person would think they were not "free" on iOS. I have used every phone OS out there. Started with iOS until the iPhone 4 and then went Windows Phone for a couple years. I had always had android phones around for development and light use. I made the switch to android full-time last year to the One Plus and then upgraded to a Galaxy S6 Edge. My family is all iOS except for me. What exactly in normal use can I do on my android phone that I can't on any other platform? Change the launcher? OK, I'll give you that. I actually prefer Windows Phone's home screen to all of them, but their ecosystem sucks. Yes, apple may restrict what apps can do and what can make it into the store, but when I look at normal people (aka 50 year old housewives, my parents, non-tech friends), they just care about taking pictures, sending messages, and posting to social media, and maybe playing Candy Crush. Where is iOS so bad in any of that? It isn't. Whenever anyone talks about the apple lock-in, I just laugh. Only someone who wants to change the OS on their phone and monitor their battery (because they have to) cares about these things on android. I love android, iOS, and Windows Phone for what they are. I don't really take sides on it, but I am really disappointed when people talk about anything and use words like we are now "set free". Did she really feel that she was "free" because now she is on an OS that has no default voice memo app or note taking app? Now she has a choice to use whichever one she wants on android because it doesn't exist in the OS natively. Show me an android phone that will allow me to backup my phone phone and then restore it to a brand new version of that phone without losing an ounce of data or having to setup anything new. Show me an android phone that will restore even your exact spot in your paused game onto a new phone...even each and every voice memo. I guess that is what you get by being free...you are free to backup everything yourself after you root the phone and install a real backup software package so you can restore app folders and their data on your new phone after you root it. To each his own, but the biggest reason to not use iOS really comes in at the cost. You can get a great Moto X or google nexus phone for hundreds less. That is the real advantage. Please sound off on what sets a normal phone user "free" when they switch to android. ROMs and rooting are not a part of this because that just isn't something normal people do at all...ever.
  • Finally, a common sense post here.
  • I don't mind any OS. I use both Android and iOS and never found iOS to be too-restrictive nor do I feel that Android sets me free (though it does offer more customization options than iOS as of this time)
  • Wow. Verbal diarrhea at its finest.
  • The hell are you talk about? All Android phones do this (except for games - as far as I know). That's not that serious unless you're 7 though.. Learn to work the platform before running off at the mouth. iOS is fine. But tell me how get all your pics, music, and movies out of iTunes/iCloud easily? - serious question, I have no idea. Posted via Nexus 5
  • Not true. Go get yourself an app that records voice memos. Do your default android backup to the cloud and then restore that android backup to a new phone. You will restore the app, but the voice memos will likely be gone. I haven't seen it work in most cases, but maybe that has just been my personal experience. Apps have to opt into working properly with android backup...most don't.
  • Voice memo... Never used them. Never even occurred to me lol. I use voice dictation to Keep. IOS has no customization so it's far easier to back up. I have no issues at with data, but Nova never backups my Launcher settings 100%, I have to take 5 min to fix widgets. But that's not a big deal at all.. Posted via Nexus 5
  • Well I mean Android is about being different, and yet still the same. Same framework, but the rest for the most part is given go the users. Android is simply free in comparison because of the options afforded. Default apps aren't a big thing because you can decide what the default is and that's cool. In a world where people have to give up various choices in order for the better good of society its nice to be able to have something that you can call your own 100% if you so choose. Sure it makes Android a challenge at times with communication with others since there's so iMessage or Facetime default apps but that's OK because Android is not about using all the same apps as your contacts to communicate, its about using whatever works for you to do what you need/want to do. Apple doesn't give users that type of freedom because of their simplified and streamlined system, which is fine, different strokes for different folks. Android is about options, iOS not so much. It's no biggie. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The whole problem with your argument is that most iPhone users have never used an Android device. So when they do switch to an Android phone, they tend to say "you mean to tell me that _insert annoying thing/"feature"/default app that their old iPhone used to do_ can be changed?" When you tell them "yes", they are truly happy! That's what "set free" means. And then they discover that there are other things on their phone that they can change. (Heck, my 69-year-old mother LOVES live wallpapers and you can't get those on iOS - not real ones anyway). So, when a new Android user says they are free, they really mean it. And you are absolutely correct about one thing - Google does need to implement some kind of back-up system similar to iOS - but it's not all roses. iTunes is a mess and don't get me started on the crap that is iCloud and why there is no dedicated app for it. The good thing is that Lollipop introduced the app backup, sorta. Data can be backed up various ways - but it's app dependent. So, it's not all bad compared to what it used to be.
  • Ok TheGeekNextDoor, I'll bite. Former Apple OS beta tester, hardware developer, owner of every iPhone after gen 2, and current owner of four iPhones on active contract here, so I'll be glad to answer.
    Being set free means not having your iPhone bricked by iOs updates (version 8.0 and 8.1). It means not having a fragile screen that scratches with a plastic comb or breaks in a 12 INCH drop to a flat table while wearing a dual layer case. Being free means dropping your phone face down on cement, and not even bothering to check it because you know it didn't break. It means not having to recharge 3 times a day (yes, iPhone batteries begin to degrade after 9 to 12 months, and we tested six different models with the same results). It means being able to view full building blueprints, and making CAD files on your phone. It means being set free from not being able to enjoy music or news because the speaker is the same one for the last three years, and the last three settings on the volume don't do anything because the audio circuits do not have enough power (I have the test results for both white noise and pink noise on my server at home). It means not having to panic when the battery gets low (an HTC with the battery 38% has more talk time left than an iPhone 5 at 100% or an iPhone 6 at 85%). Going from a phone that runs out of power and shuts off daily, to one that has never shut down since day one, is worth the price of admission. And I'm not sure about games being in the same spot after a reset: My iPhones can't even keep my place when interrupted by a phone call, and I'll have to restart the level. And yes, she does have a default voice memo app and a default memo app, which can be replaced by the apps of her choice. Being free means not standing by the window in the dining room because the phone keeps dropping calls. I could go on and on, about how she's now free to put a song on and dance with the younger kids because they can hear it now, or how she does not have to reset her phone due to problems. Ever. While her last iPhone was reset five times in the last year. Her current HTC has been up and running for almost a year now, and she does not even know how to turn it off, let alone do a reset. I could go on, but I think there's enough to see why she feels free now. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I like to LOL at the "iPhone Forever" plans they advertise these days... They make it sound like a good thing....
  • People can't do arithmetic Posted via Nexus 5
  • I've been switching between both platforms every now and again when trying out new devices, and agree that the Move to iOS app is useless to me. Most of my content are in the cloud with Google already, and Google services works great on iOS too. All i have to do is download the app and sign in. But i do see a need for the app to exist though. It is for your average non-tech-savvy consumer to make the transition for another platform a little bit easier. Not everybody knows how to move their data around and not be tied down. Some people I know don't even know they can sync their contacts on their gmail. If the only thing that is keeping a user on a platform is their data, and this tool could help them make the jump to the platform they want easily, i'm all for it. Just like I'm all for Samsung's SmartSwitch application which does a remarkably decent job at moving content from iOS to their Galaxy devices.
  • Apple just denied that they've been pressured by EU telco companies to make switching to Android easier. Quoting them, "We are entirely focused on switching users from Android to iPhone, and that is going great.” Well, we should be thankful that both platforms have their own transfer tool.
  • There seems to be an underlying misconception that apple cares more about its users than its profit margin. It's quite quaint really. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That misconception is not only related to Apple, but also to Google, Microsoft, Samsung and every for profits companies. Was that your way of taking a jab at Apple?
  • He's right.. There is a misconception of that. Posted via Nexus 5
  • No, it was my way of taking a jab at consumer ignorance. While it's true that every corporate entity is out to make money, it seemed irrelevant to point out that Coca-Cola are in it for the money on an article that is specifically about Apple... Posted via the Android Central App
  • That said, I do think Apple has a disproportionate amount of unearned good will. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't know, when my wife has issues with her iPhone and she does have issues, she goes into the store and they take care of it.
  • I wish Apple would change the name of their app store. The "app store", so generic and boring. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Play Store kind of sucks too.. Posted via Nexus 5
  • It's not the best name, but it is better branding on Google's part. At least with the play store it is tied to Google and Android. The "app store", what app store? There's so many. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The app store's full name was the iTunes App Store. Now, some have called it the iOS App Store. It's to separate it from the iTunes Store, which, unlike Google Play, is separate on iOS.
  • ... a lot.
  • If the number of people who appear in my Facebook and Twitter feeds, saying "I lost/broke/got a new iPhone, can everyone text me their number!" has taught me anything, it's that a lot of people don't use or understand cloud syncing. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This. So much this. Even some of the more tech savvy people I know have done this due to laziness or incompetence or just thinking it "wouldn't happen to them". I wonder if the less tech savvy people have a huge store of backed up junk that they have no idea how to access, or is even there. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This! Lol I haven't lost a contact since old flip phones. The carriers offered a cloud back up app. Not one person I knew used it. Also, you could export to sd card and just import on new phone.. The problem is nobody reads.. Anything. Posted via Nexus 5
  • You are so right. I don't know how a phone that is designed to be constantly connected doesn't almost force you to sync your information by default. I guess people would complain that they didn't realize their data was being stored elsewhere. They should also at least be backing up their iPhone basic information (which would cover contacts and such) to apple whether they are syncing or not. Makes life a lot easier down the road.
  • Weird... I've seen the opposite. I haven't seen these types of Facebook posts in a long time. I assumed is was *because* people are now using smartphones that automatically back up your contacts. On Android... GMail handles your contacts. On iOS... iCloud handles them. All you need to do is log into the new device and your contact reappear. It used to be a regular thing to see "I lost my phone... text me your numbers" Now I rarely see it.
  • As a worker for a national retailer, I can't you how many times I've had to use the switch to apps for iPhone, and now there is one for android too. That's actually good, because the average user doesn't realize everything synced to e cloud and asks us to use our machine to do the transfer and they lose stuff in the process. Another switch app is welcome in my eyes,
  • Yep dont understand why people were making a big fuss about this at all. Most Oems for several years have offered there own migration tool from ios which work really well. Have personally helped a iPhone user to both a Sony z3 and s6 edge with little hassle. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I beg to differ .......... It should work like this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEEe2B3Oq5I
  • There are so many comments about Android fragmentation and I just don't get it. Android first party devices aren't much (if any) more fragmented than Apple's first party devices. If you bought a device from Samsung and Samsung uses an operating system from another company, then of course your updates will be delayed. That's not any fault of Android, it's a fault of Samsung. To be fair, let's compare Android third party device fragmentation to Apple third party devices...oh wait, you don't have that option on Apple.
  • If apple Did make this Switch app, which they aren't, they would make it where it only supports the latest android OS, so only 1% of switchers would be able to use it.
    Either way Apple already said they are not making the app. Why should they. That's androids job. Not Apples.
  • I was very surprised when my wife's best friend moved from an iPhone to a Galaxy Note. She, her daughter and her best friend (my wife) are all non techie long time iPhone users. Of every female in my life (wife, nieces, sisters, friends, coworkers) only TWO are using Android phones. My best friend, who is easily the most technological educated person I know (very well paid IBM product development manager) uses an iPhone. Still those Android users I do know have no intention of switching. Myself include. And yes moving from my LG G3 to my G4 was cake. Posted using SwiftKey on my LG G4 via the Android Central App