It’s easier than you think to switch from one to the other iPhone and Android

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There are obviously a lot of differences between how things work on the iPhone and Android phones. Some are small little quirks, others are pretty major philosophical differences. However, I think we forget that at the core, the two platforms are very similar. What do you use your smartphone for? You probably take photos, make calls, send text messages, read emails, get notifications, browse the web, check social media apps, and maybe play a few games. I’ve got news for you—both the iPhone and Android can do these things.

One of the most heated debates in the IT industry is iPhone vs. Android. Switching between platforms isn’t something most people do casually. I recently made the transition, and you know what? It was a great decision. It’s not like it’s a huge issue. I’ve been using an iPhone for a few weeks after using Android phones exclusively for over a decade. There are many differences between the platforms that have leaped out at me, but one thing I’ve observed is that switching wasn’t as difficult as I had anticipated. Things’s possible that you’re overthinking it as well.

Highlights

  • The good news is Apple and Google play nicer nowadays than they have in the past. Google, especially, supports the iPhone really well. Gmail, Google Photos, Google Maps, YouTube, and many other Google services you love are available on the iPhone and the apps are quite nice. Apple doesn’t support Android nearly as well. Apple Music and Apple TV are the main services it’s made available on Android. Services such as iCloud, Apple Podcasts, Apple News, and many others are simply not available on Android at all. Not to mention the whole iMessage debacle, which I’ve already talked about in-depth.

  • Crazy, right? Sarcasm aside, I’m not sure many people think about it like this. They focus on the differences instead of the similarities. In reality, the differences are mostly surface-level. The core of the smartphone experience is very similar on both platforms. Where things start to get more complicated is when we move outside of that “core” smartphone experience. It’s not just about the basic functionality, it’s about who controls those functions. In this case, we’re mainly talking about Apple and Google.

You don’t have to be locked to Apple’s services; nearly all of them have equal or better alternatives on Android. It’s even possible to receive FaceTime calls on Android now. Plus, the beauty of switching away from Apple services is it will be that much easier to switch back to an iPhone in the future.

All of those services are ultimately what make switching platforms so intimidating for a lot of people. As an Android user who primarily uses Google services, it was fairly simple to quickly find everything I needed on the iPhone. Does it work in the opposite direction? That really depends on your willingness to adapt. For example, something like Apple Podcasts can very easily be replaced by Pocket Casts, a great podcast app available on both platforms. Apple News can be replaced by Google News (if you don’t care about News+). There are also methods for doing things like transferring your iCloud library to Google Photos.

I mentioned iMessage briefly above and I can’t gloss over it here. iMessage is probably the one Apple “service” you can’t replicate on Android. Technically you can if you have a Mac, but it’s not something most people are willing to set up. Of course, you’ll still be able to text your iPhone friends to your heart’s content, but it will be as a green bubble.

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