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Google Android Switch Guide: leave behind iOS

News by Luke Jones on Tuesday October 21, 2014.

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Google does not want you to use Apple and iOS, the company wants you to use Android and preferably the stock version on its Nexus devices. If you have been wanting to change from iOS to Android, Google is making it easier with an Android Switch Guide.

The pitch battle between Android and iOS is of course the stuff of tech legend; fought across multiple form factors it arguably defines the modern age of consumer technology. It is ramping up a little again with the launch of the Nexus 9 and iPad Air 2 tablets. For the first time, Google has a true competitor to the iPad, while the new Nexus 6 smartphone is also a rival to the iPhone 6 Plus.

The Switch Guide features detailed instructions on how to leave behind iOS to get onto Android, but how not to leave behind all your important data. For example, Google shows you how to transport photos:

Transfer photos stored on your iPhone or iPad

Google+ Photos is a great way to have all your pics - past and future - in one place, with unlimited private storage* and accessible from any internet connected device. There are always lots more choices on Google Play to find the photo app that works perfectly for you.

*only photos over 2048x2048 pixels and videos longer than 15 minutes count against your 15 GB of free storage

On your iPhone, download the Google+ app from iTunes.

Open Google+ and sign in using your Google account (i.e., your Gmail address and password).

Select "Auto Backup" for your photos by selecting the menu icon, followed by the gear icon at the top right. Now go to "Camera and Photos", touch "Auto Backup" and switch it on.

Sit back as all your photos are being saved to the cloud.

Open the Photos app on your new Android device to see all of your photos from your iPhone or iPad.

For more help with setting up Auto Backup, see here. If you use iPhoto on your Mac, please note that any new photos taken with your Android phone or tablet won't be automatically uploaded to iPhoto.

The company even wants to you leave behind iTunes in favor of Google Play Music, and here's how you do it:

Transfer your iTunes library

Easily transfer up to 20,000 of your songs from your iTunes library to Google Play Music for free. From there, you can access your collection on any web browser, any of your Android devices, or even from your iPhone or iPad.

Make sure your iPhone or iPad is fully synced to iTunes on your computer. Your music should all be backed up on your computer when this is done.

Install Google Play Music Manager on your computer. Music Manager will upload your iTunes music to the cloud. You can download Music Manager here.

Finish setting up your Google Play account by creating a Google Wallet account*.

*Even though the standard version of Google Play Music is free, you'll need to input a credit card into your new account.

Other pieces of the guide tackle the transfer of contacts, email content, and even how to find the same apps you loved on iOS. In some ways, this guide it a sort of retaliatory measure after Apple posted something similar last month. Cupertino's guide shows you how to ditch Android in favor of iOS and features such nuggets as transferring photos:

Use an app

An easy way to move photos and videos to your iPhone is with a data-transferring app. Many apps can even transfer your files over Wi-Fi, so you won't need to connect your phone to a computer. You can find several data-transferring apps on the Apple App Store and Google Play store, depending on your country. Here are some examples of data-transferring apps:

Copy My Data for iOS and Android

PhotoSync for iOS and Android

AT&T Mobile Transfer for iOS and Android

Just go to the App Store on your iPhone, find the app you want to use, and install it. If you also need to install the app on your Android phone, download it from the Google Play store. The app should walk you through the steps to transfer your photos and videos.

After you move your photos and videos, you can find them on your iPhone in Photos > Albums.

Use a computer with iTunes

You can move photos and videos to your iPhone using iTunes on a Mac or PC. Just find the photos and videos on your Android phone, move them to your computer, and sync them to iTunes. Follow these steps:

Connect your Android phone to your computer and find your photos and videos. On most devices, you can find these files in DCIM > Camera. If you?re using a Mac, install Android File Transfer. Then go to Android File Transfer > DCIM > Camera.

Choose the photos and videos that you want to move. Drag them to a folder on your computer.

Unplug your Android phone and connect your iPhone to your computer.

Open iTunes on your computer and click your iPhone.

Click Photos, select the "Sync Photos from" checkbox, and choose the folder where you saved your photos. If you?re also moving videos, select "Include Videos."

source: Android, via: Apple

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