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Use Google's updated Switch tool to go from iOS to Android

Using Google Drive you can back up and sync your contacts, calendars and photos with ease.

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Google has simplified the process for iOS defectors to switch to Android without forfeiting the most important data on a device: contacts, calendars, and photos.

Instead of connecting your iOS device to computer and going through a series of steps, as the process used to require, you only need the Google Drive account installed on your iPhone and a Gmail account.

Here's how it works:

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  1. Install Google Drive on your iPhone.
  2. If you already have it installed, open the App Store and ensure it's up to date.
  3. Launch Google Drive.
  4. Tap on the Menu button.
  5. Select Settings.
  6. Select Backup.
  7. Tap on each backup category to disable or tailor the data that's being backed up. For example, for Google Photos you can select the backup quality.
  8. Finally, tap on Start Backup.

The process will take awhile, especially if you have a lot of photos and videos (and back up in original quality). You have to leave your phone connected to a Wi-Fi network, leave the app open and your screen on. I suggest starting the backup before you go to bed.

When you're ready to set up your Android device, sign into the same Gmail account you used in the Google Drive app on your iPhone. You contacts will be in the Contacts app sorted into a group labeled with your iPhone's name, as will your calendar entries. Photos will be in the Google Photos app.