Google Drive Update Makes It Easier to Transfer iPhone Content to Android

Google Drive was updated today to make it easier for users to transfer their content from iOS devices to Android devices, Google announced. The company also published a new web page on the Android website detailing how it works.

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Once a user downloads Google Drive from the App Store, they can navigate toward the backup wizard by going to Menu > Settings > Backup in the app. From there, users can choose to sync select contacts, calendar events and photos or everything. Google recommends that users backup when their iPhone is connected to power and is on Wi-Fi, as backing up can take several hours. Additionally, the Google Drive app must stay open and the screen must stay on.

When users sign into their Google account on their new Android device their content will automatically sync.

Google has tried to make it easier for iPhone users to switch to Android in recent months, packing in a "Quick Switch Adapter" with the Pixel, which quickly transfers data directly from an iPhone to a Pixel phone. While the Quick Switch Adapter only works with the Pixel phone, the Google Drive method will also work with non-Pixel Android phones.

iPhone users who want to switch to Android must turn off iMessage before they officially switch devices.

Google Drive is available in the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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41 months ago
But then you have to use Android... yuck.
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41 months ago

Now that I'm not tied down by my iTunes purchases with Apple Music being available x-platforms, the notion of jumping ship even just temporarily is becoming more of a possibility had it not been for iMessage. Such a shame I don't want to be the green bubble amongst my friends..


So your issue is with social acceptance?
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41 months ago

All my friends and family expect me to be able to see all the silly stuff they send. Like the poster above expressed, it sucks to be the odd green bubble.

It's interesting how something like the color of message bubbles might matter for some.
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41 months ago
Now that I'm not tied down by my iTunes purchases with Apple Music being available x-platforms, the notion of jumping ship even just temporarily is becoming more of a possibility had it not been for iMessage. Such a shame I don't want to be the green bubble amongst my friends..
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41 months ago
I just might be using this some time next year or so.
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41 months ago

Yes they have. They are called Whatsapp, FB Messenger, Telegram, ...

Amongst my friends (Europe) nobody uses SMS (paid) or iMessage (too limited). Of all the reasons to stay with iOS, iMessage is the least of my concerns.

Here in the States, nobody in my circle uses Whatsapp or FB messenger, it seems. (Unless chatting with people outside of the country). The lock-in is that none of the iPhone users are going to install an app just to text with me properly, so we are stuck on iOS with iMessage.
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41 months ago

It's also about being able to send live pics, vids, etc and knowing exactly what is seen at the other end. Android just doesn't have an equivalent yet, unfortunately.


Yes they have. They are called Whatsapp, FB Messenger, Telegram, ...

Amongst my friends (Europe) nobody uses SMS (paid) or iMessage (too limited). Of all the reasons to stay with iOS, iMessage is the least of my concerns.
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41 months ago

"iMessage lock in"?


All my friends and family expect me to be able to see all the silly stuff they send. Like the poster above expressed, it sucks to be the odd green bubble.
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41 months ago

It's also about being able to send live pics, vids, etc and knowing exactly what is seen at the other end. Android just doesn't have an equivalent yet, unfortunately.

It has several - Hangouts, Allo (the Google-made ones), WhatsApp etc. I use these three and they support pics/vids just fine, plus the Google ones have location support which is very useful.

Live photos is of course an Apple-only feature but to be honest it seems little more than a gimmick. In any case here in Switzerland I haven't heard of anyone - iPhone users included - to actually use iMessage. It seems more of a US thing. Here WhatsApp and Hangouts are the most used chat apps as far as I can tell, and they're multiplatform.
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41 months ago

It's interesting how something like the color of message bubbles might matter for some.

It's also about being able to send live pics, vids, etc and knowing exactly what is seen at the other end. Android just doesn't have an equivalent yet, unfortunately.
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