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Google’s New Guide Makes Switching from iOS to Android Super Easy

by Brandon Russell | October 21, 2014October 21, 2014 2:45 pm PDT

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus and Android-LG G3-2

It’s really easy to make the jump from Android to iOS. Turns out, it’s just as easy to make the switch from iOS to Android. In response to Apple’s cheeky guide for escaping Google’s ecosystem, the search giant has responded accordingly just as Android 5.0 Lollipop is set to roll out. Looking to pick up a Moto X (2014), Nexus 5 or even the upcoming Nexus 6? Google has a guide designed to make the switch as painless as possible.

Google’s guide covers everything from transferring your photos and contacts, to setting up email and messaging. Switching devices can be a pretty daunting endeavor, particularly if you’ve been attached to a specific ecosystem for years and years. Luckily there are apps and tools to make the process easier than ever. Want to transfer those photos? Google suggests you use Google+ Photos, which is one of the best parts of the service. And contacts? Google has thorough instructions for getting them from your iCloud account right to your shiny new Android device.

If you follow mobile closely, chances are you’ll already know how to perform most of these steps without Google’s help. But you can’t blame Google for preparing a guide—there are just so many good options on both sides, which means companies will want to encourage consumers to switch as much as possible. If you do decide to make the switch, be sure to check out Google’s guide, along with a pretty handy explainer about what makes Android so great (customization, Google Now, etc.).


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...