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My wife and I just made the switch to ‘Samsung Galaxy Note 4s’ after years of being IPhone users. We loved the iPhones up until they would slow down and start having issues when the next new model came out. Not being able to expand memory was another issue. We decided it was time to try something new. We were originally just looking for a new smart phone, but once my wife saw the Note 4s large screen, she loved it. I liked the expandability and the S-pen and the large screen as well.
We are still learning a lot about the differences and getting them on the 24th was a good move as we got some extra time to play with them. If your thinking of making a similar move, there are a few things you should know before moving from an iPhone to an Android device. There are tons of articles that touch on most of this, and I have read a few of them. This is my take and what I recommend you do “Before” making the switch – you know the whole 20/20 thing…
Turn off Imessage:
This was one of the most frustrating items we encountered during the transition and wish the Verizon rep working with us would have passed this tidbit on. iMessage is an IOS to IOS device messaging system. If your phone is using iMessage, you need to turn it off before trading in or porting your number. If you don’t, it could be weeks before your friends or family members can message you. It takes awhile for the Apple servers to stop routing messages through their iMessage server. They may not even realize that their messages are not being delivered for days until they finally get failure messages.
If you forget though, there is hope. You can call Apple support 1-800-MY-IPHONE (1-800-694-7466) and work through it with them. They are very helpful and friendly, even Christmas day when we called. You will need your IMEI number when you call.
If you don’t have your old phone or just want to skip the support call, you can go to the following website and manually deregister the phone.
Backup to Itunes or Icloud
Be sure you do a full backup of your phone on iTunes or iCloud. Itunes may be better, if your maxed on space. Be sure to transfer your app purchases. I had best results with the iTunes backup.
Email your notes or Transfer to Gmail
I had little luck with transferring notes with the Samsung Apps. The iCloud version transferred to Snotes, but they lost all formatting. The windows Samsung app would not transfer them at all. I went with Gmail option, but I am still working on getting them in to an App I am happy with.
Do the switch
When doing the deal, you may opt to trade in the phone, which my wife did. (I plan to sell mine on Amazon or open market). The phone store can typically transfer contacts for you, or just wait until you get home and use the SmartSwitch App.Download Samsung SmartSwitch on your Android Phone from the Play Store and to your PC from Samsung’s Website.
If you make the switch, good luck and enjoy your new phone!