Setting up an Android phone switching from iOS

Nexus 5 Android smartphoneI recently switched from an iPhone to an Android phone for the first time. I wasn’t particularly disappointed by iOS though nothing much had changed for me given that I was quite a long way down the product range. When it became apparent that my phone wouldn’t be eligible for the latest software update I started looking around for options elsewhere.

I certainly wasn’t going to buy a more recent iPhone so my recent experience of my daughters’ Android tablets tempted me to jump ship and try an Android phone. A recommendation from at least one person lead me to the Google Nexus 5.

These phones get tremendous reviews and if you get the 32GB version it’ll probably hold the whole of your music collection and more than a few photos and videos too. Buying them brand new is naturally the preference but of course you’ll pay full price, even taking into account a bit of discount from shopping round. Another option is finding a mint condition example from CeX.

Whichever way you choose, you get your new phone out of the box and want to get straight down to business. Think of a few key considerations first. Your existing phone could bring you a nice pile of cash if you recycle it with your phone network or even with CeX. You may also need to transfer digital security keys from one phone to another if you use online banking apps or particular transaction software.

The main aspect of moving to Android is the need for a Google account. Get yourself a Gmail account if you don’t already have one and then you’re off. Make sure your new phone is charged up and then switch it on. You’ll be prompted to sign in with your Google account, connect to your WiFi and then all the key features of the phone will be configured automatically. Your mail, browser, YouTube, maps, Google+, calendar and online storage (Google Drive) are all waiting to be used.

It’s so simple. There may well be software updates that download automatically and that’ll take a few minutes but that’s about it. Now you’re connected to WiFi it’s time to install all your chosen apps from Google Play. As I mentioned in my last post, apps for Android phones don’t vary much from their iOS counterparts. An interesting development from that post is that the Sky Sports Football Score Centre app now does allow you to sign in with a Sky ID and set up goal alerts.

At this point, now that you’ve done all the setting up, it’s time to transfer your SIM card from your old phone to new. Make sure your phones are switched off when you remove or insert a SIM card. It might not be necessary to wait until this point unless some of the things you need to set up require you to receive text alerts, e.g. If you’ve set up 2-step verification on your Google account then it’ll text a code to your phone when you sign into your account from a new device. Also, referring back to the banking app issue the same could be true.

That aside, your task is now done. All you did was switch it on, sign in, connect to WiFi and that’s it. Two months later I’m still very pleased with my Android phone and I think one of the best aspects of it is having all Google products presented front and centre.

The fact that I hardly ever seem to put it down is probably the reason why the battery needs charging regularly!

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