You’re ready to take the plunge.

Nope, not marriage, a career change or stopping smoking.

I’m speaking to jump over into Android, in search of greener pastures. Whether you’re fed up with Apple’s limiting iOS platform, poor battery life, or maybe you simply need a lot more selection in devices —   such as Google’s just-revealed Pixel 2 (from $649) or even Pixel 2 XL (from $849) — you’re ready to jump ship.

Before you do, however, you & rsquo; ll need to migrate your information that is iPhone over. And there are a couple things you’ll should know about Android.

This column will be able to help you out with both challenges.

You probably don’t need to manually set up a new telephone from scratch, as you’ll wish to import your current telephone’s contacts, calendar, notes, messages, web bookmarks, etc.

Android has a way to automate this procedure — even if you’re switching to Android from iOS — so don’t even ditch your iPhone just .

Step 1: Download Google Drive

The very first thing you’ll want to do is download Google Drive into your iPhone. You’ll find it. Sign in with your Google account (such as the email you use for Gmail, and your password). Create one if you don & rsquo; t have a Google account. It’s totally free.

Step 2: Back up you iPhone to Google Drive

As soon as you’ve logged into Google Drive on your iPhone, go to Menu>Settings>Backup, and then choose what content you want backed up. Now tap “Start Backup. ” Make sure your iPhone is plugged in for power, and you’ve got a strong Wi-Fi connection as your info will be uploaded by Google into the cloud. This process sometimes takes a few hours, depending on how much info you have in your iPhone.

Step 3:  Sign into Google on your Android phone

Input your Google account info onto your phone (you’ll be prompted to do this once you place it up for the first time), and also be sure it’s exactly the same Google account you signed into in your iPhone (in the event you have several accounts). As soon as you do this, wait a while as it will move your info to your phone. Your Android device should be connected to Wi-Fi and plugged in for power, and wait for this process.

It & rsquo; s here, although it can take you a while to find all. Access your photos in Google Photos. Your contacts are from the Messenger program. Look in Google Calendar at your occasions, Etc.

If you encounter any snags, have a look at

Step 4: A few finishing touches on your new Apparatus

Before you trade, sell or donate your iPhone, then as you won & rsquo make sure you turn off iMessage;t be receiving these messages on your own Android phone. Your buddies will need to text you or use another instant messaging app. (Hint: if you own an iPad or iPod touch, you’re still able to read and react to iMessages there.)

It & rsquo; s time to go to Google Play and download all your favourite apps, as your programs won & rsquo; t be taken over from iPhone. Many (but not all) will probably be available for Android, but paid programs will likely have to be bought again. You’ll must sign into your accounts again such as Facebook Uber, and so forth. However, your apps all will probably be preinstalled including Gmail, Google Maps, and YouTube.

Tips to getting the most out of Android

There & rsquo; s something you will need to understand: rsquo Android isn &; t when it might draw ire from some subscribers. (And yes, I’m an Android user.)

There’s rsquo & a learning curve you;ll have to have over. But once you do, it’s worthwhile. Why? Together with Android, you’ve got virtually limitless customization options (like fun widgets and more keyboards to pick from), better multitasking abilities, a smarter personal assistant, more programs, expandable storage in most models, along with a greater selection in apparatus.

Consider the following tips to mastering your new Apparatus:

·      Keep the box to your Android mobile, just in case you need to return it or should you decide to sell or trade it in for a newer version, later on. It’s always a good idea to have the box to your smartphone tucked. If you decide to keep your old iPhone, then there are some applications for this, like turning it into a alarm clock, home video surveillance camera, baby monitor, extra drive to hold files, and so on.

·      As previously mentioned, you won’t even have access to Apple-exclusive apps in your own Android phone (such as iMessage). That comprises FaceTime for calling. Rather, you’ll have to use other video programs, or Google or Skype Duo. Read reviews from Google Play until you download, and also speak to Android owners about what they enjoy.

·      Arrange the apps on your home display however you like. You’re able to somewhat mirror what you iPhone had, together with four of the favorite programs on the bottom of the home screen, but Android will allow you to add an extra one, too. You can even open two programs at precisely the exact same time, split-screen style, like watching a video on the top half of the display, while browsing the internet on the bottom. How you pull off this fluctuates between Android apparatus.

·      Not located in iOS, setting “widgets” onto a house display provides you advice at a glance that a simple icon can’t, like a calendar app that shows you appointments in this date, or a weather widget that gives you fever and precipitation info without having to open the program.

·           Much like iOS, swipe in the surface of the screen for quick access to settings and alarms. Swipe left or right to access all of your programs. You might want to set them. Press and hold a program and then slide it if desired. This procedure should be familiar to you. Running out of storage for both programs or media (like songs or photographs)? Your Android phone might take a microSD memory card, normally at the exact same tray as the SIM, or you can insert it into the side or rear of your device.

·           What you may want to get used to are the tiny icons (or dedicated buttons) near the bottom of the display, on every side of the house button or icon. An individual is going to be to open all existing programs, perhaps to immediately access or shut one (similar to double-tapping the iPhone home button). The button or icon is a “rear” button — something iOS doesn’t even need at all.

·      In case your previous life was synced through you, iCloud’ll have to locate another cloud provider to link everything together. I’d urge Google Drive, which is exactly what you used to migrate your info to your Android device. Sync your contacts, calendar appointments, photos, files via your account, which will be tied to apps such as Docs, Gmail, Contacts Google Photos, etc.

·      Get to know Google Assistant.

A lot. This useful assistant it far smarter than Apple&rsquo. “she” provides you contextual information whenever and wherever you need it, by you merely saying “OK, Google,” followed by a question or control. With your permission, Google Assistant may also preemptively alert you to relevant events through its own “Proactive Assistance” attribute, such as visitors notifications, calendar appointments, severe weather warnings, and more.

Through a little trial and error, you’ll master lsquo & your brand new;droid — and kick yourself for not making.