If you’re anything like me, you agonize over which phone to get each time an upgrade is available or one breaks beyond repair (fortunately, this is less common now that I’m aware TAZ is available in Tampa). Though my last three phones have been iPhones, I always like to explore my options and look into the competition. In recent memory, that’s been composed of Android phones made by various carriers. Though they all have different physical and software quirks, the core is the same Google OS that stands to rival iOS for years to come. Windows Phones, thus far, have proven to be an excellent alternative, but thus far seem limited in light of the Android and Apple alternatives.
Moving between Android and iOS devices can be disorienting, as I’ve learned watching friends and family make the change, but does it have to be so confusing and, for lack of a better term, disruptive? Here are some tips if you’re thinking of committing to a new type of phone this year.
Familiarize yourself with the new interface: The core functions of Android phones and iPhones are very much the same. Many of the apps you use will be made by a single developer for both operating systems, but the gestures and layouts of the apps may be different. Take time to go through the initial startup tutorials and familiarize yourself with the settings for your phone and the basic gestures that take your from panel to panel, app to app, and option to option. It will make navigating your favorite apps much easier.
Safeguard your contacts for migration: Going from iPhone to iPhone and Android to Android is pretty simple. You basically log into your phone and create a local copy of everything that you need in the individual device’s memory. But if you’re switching fro iPhone to Android or vice versa, you’ll need to back up your contacts in a way that allows you to use them on your new device. Import your contacts into your Google account if you’re switching from iOS to Android to ensure they’re available when you setup your Android device, or import your Google contacts onto your iPhone to make them available in your main contacts directory. Here are some excellent resources:
Make a list of services you use: Many apps are service- or subscription-based. Go through your current device and make a list of apps you use on a daily basis, your login information and your account information – especially if you’re planning to trade in your current phone for credit. Spend some time setting up your apps with login information to make your day-to-day life easier as you adjust to the new phone.
Give it time: iPhones are relatively standard, while Androids have a wide range of sizes and physical interfaces. Give yourself time to adjust to button positions, basic functions in the software, and the physical quirks of your new device. It may seems strange even holding it at first, but if you give your new device a chance, you may find yourself excited to play with it and start navigating with ease.
If you need help, specifically with setting up your new iPhone, feel free to contact TAZ for resources or an Apple education session in-store. We’re happy to help!
Do you have any tips for moving between iOS and Android? If you do, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below!