An estimated 72% of U.S. residents own a smartphone, according to the PEW Research Center.
While the iPhone attracts the most buzz and attention, Android is certainly close on Apple’s tail. This smartphone sleeper candidate is lauded for its opportunities for personalization, sophisticated hardware, and comfortable price points.
If you’ve been thinking of joining the Android club, allow us to do the heavy lifting for you by answering some of the most common questions. Here’s what you need to know before you make the big switch.
Can I Still Access My Favorite Apps?
Of course, one of your biggest worries likely concerns apps. When making the switch to Android, iPhone owners often wonder if they’ll still have access to the apps they’ve grown so accustomed to. As we use our apps to do everything from pay bills to track our exercise, they’re certainly an essential part of the smartphone experience.
The good news? Android is stepping up their app game big time. App developers and publishers are taking note of the increase in Android users and making apps accordingly.
You’ll find most of your standard apps have an Android counterpart and ones that don’t are easily replaced by widgets.
Widgets keep you up-to-date on the weather, your email, upcoming events, and more. So, if you’re worried about losing your array of apps, don’t be. You may find the Android versions offer more flexibility and customization to boot.
How Can I Make Sure I Don’t Lose My Photos?
We’ve all become photographers with smartphones. While you probably have plenty of photos you’ll never look at again on your iPhone, there are certainly others you’d rather not live without. (The same goes for videos and epic Snapchats.)
Keep your media safe by storing your photos on your computer. Once you’ve uploaded them onto your computer from your iPhone, simply connect your Android to the same computer with a USB cord, move them onto your Android, and you’re finished!
Won’t I Lose All My Contacts?
We’re not sure which is worse: having to ask friends for their numbers again and again or responding to incoming messages with a sheepish, “Got a new phone. Who is this?” You don’t have to play eenie meeny miny moe to win this game.
Keep your contacts by making use of iCloud. Simply turn on iCloud in “Settings” on your iPhone, and head to the iCloud website on your laptop or desktop. Access the gear icon and use “Select All; Export vCard.” Finally, head into your Gmail account, choose and “Contacts” and then “Import.”
If this process gives you a headache, remember there are a number of apps available to get the job done for you.
I Live for My Calendar. How Can I Keep My Schedule Up-to- Date?
Good question. With so many of us relying on electronic agendas and reminders, the idea of changing smartphones can be daunting. You don’t have to worry about missing appointments if you make use of your Google account.
Go to Settings and select “Settings; Mail, Contacts, Calendars.” Add your Gmail account, and make sure to select syncing for your calendars. This is another scenario where you can browse the App Store and download an app to complete the sync without much work on your part.
No matter whether you’re calling from an iPhone and Android, the Weeks Team is here for you. There is more than one in our office who has made this switch and lived to tell the tale!
However, we’re really only experts about home loans and mortgage lending, and we’re always ready to answer your questions about that! Get in touch with us today.