Eric Schmidt Explains How to Switch from iPhone to Android

Eric Schmidt: Executive Chairman at Google

Eric Schmidt, former CEO and now executive chairman at Google, wrote up a lengthy guide on his Google+ profile yesterday explaining in detail how someone should go about switching from an iPhone to an Android device. His post is nearly 900 words long and explains the process in great detail.

He says he wrote this guide because many of his friends are switching to Android and he wanted a helpful guide for them and for others. He quotes a survey that says 80% of the world uses Android and even suggests an Android device as a Christmas gift for an iPhone user.

“Here are the steps I recommend to make this switch.  Like the people who moved from PCs to Macs and never switched back, you will switch from iPhone to Android and never switch back as everything will be in the cloud, backed up, and there are so many choices for you.”

His post explains the process step-by-step and includes some important notes like backing up contacts to iCloud and turning off iMessage before factory resetting the iPhone. Both of those steps are pretty important and it’s good to see him mention them specifically.

“In Settings/Messages, turn “off” iMessage, as that messenger is an iPhone-to-iPhone messenger and if it’s on your iPhone friends texts won’t make it to Android. Your iPhone will still use SMS messaging to reach your friends if you use the iPhone after this change.”

Another important point he brings up is syncing your iTunes music library to Google Play Music. A lot of users don’t know how easy it is to use Google’s Music Manager to directly sync an iTunes music library to the cloud.

He also rightfully suggests ensuring Gmail and contacts are synced properly before moving the SIM card and resetting anything.

Eric ends his guide by encouraging users to use Chrome instead of Safari, saying “it’s safer and better in so many ways.” He even points out the importance of two-factor authentication and urges everyone to turn it on. There are many people in the comments on his post who agree and thank him for making that point.

Overall, it’s a really good guide and could be helpful to forward to friends and family members who might be considering the switch themselves. What do you think? Is it a good guide as it is, or is there something you would add?

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