Lots of users who love their Android devices would never consider switching to iOS, and plenty of iPhone fans would never consider buying something other than an iPhone. But each year, some users do switch platforms, whether encouraged by a promotion or simply hoping that the grass is greener on the other side of the iOS/Android divide. For those who are loyal to Apple or those who are devoted to Android, it may seem an unconscionable question, but how difficult is it, really, to switch between iPhones and Android phones?
After all, you would think that switching between iOS and Android would be the same level of annoying as setting up a new phone always is; a lot of backups, data transfer troubleshooting, and app reinstallation is usually involved. But switching from Android to iOS or iOS to Android is another level of complicated, not just because of the more-complex setup process, but because of the ways you have to adjust your usage and workflow afterward. Here’s what you need to know if you’re contemplating the possibility of a switch.
Making a move
It turns out that making the switch isn’t as easy as it sounds. Vindu Goel reports for The New York Times that switching phone operating systems should be simple. “First you transfer your data from the old phone to the new one. Then you reinstall your favorite apps. Finally you customize the settings for features like ring tones and notifications and learn the quirks of your new device.”