Google’s Eric Schmidt Shares Guide on “Converting to Android from iPhone”


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Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt has posted to Google+ an extensive guide on “Converting to Android from iPhone”. The post basically details how existing iPhone users can seamlessly move over to Android:

Many of my iPhone friends are converting to Android. The latest high-end phones from Samsung (Galaxy S4), Motorola (Verizon Droid Ultra) and the Nexus 5 (for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile) have better screens, are faster, and have a much more intuitive interface. They are a great Christmas present to 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. 80% of the world, in the latest surveys, agrees on Android.

Schmidt should be a comedian, especially with the following line he wrote “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.” Oh really?

At the end of the day, Schmidt is just doing his job of pushing Android and Google as mobile platforms of choice, plus also pushing Chrome and Gmail over Apple’s equivalent services of Safari and iCloud email:

PPS. Some general advice

Be sure to use Chrome, not Safari; its safer and better in so many ways. And it’s free.

Be sure to use two-factor authentication for your Gmail and Google accounts. Makes it very hard for someone to break into your Gmail. Also free.

Schmidt sat on Apple’s board of directors back in 2006 and later resigned in 2009 due to a conflict of interest as he was simultaneously involved with Google’s Android platform.

Have you switched to Android from iPhone? Or have you recently switched back to iPhone from Android?


  • ShawnMerrikin

    The problem isn’t switch your stock apps over. Its all the paid apps I bought on iTunes now I gotta buy them again on Google play.

    I personally did the switch when the s3 came along, then just bought a nexus 5 but my wife has bought about $100 worth of apps and doesn’t want to re buy them all over again.

    We already live in the Google apps world (calendar, contacts, gmail) for iPhone so switching would be very easy but the 3rd party apps is where she won’t go.
    Great guide though.

  • crosseyed_mofo

    this is awkward on so many levels

  • Edge

    Ultimately, it’s good that we have choice. It’s good that one company can learn (even copy or improve on) from a another OS. Competition is good.

    I’ve been an Apple and iPhone guy since the first iPhone. Frustrated from a lack of choice in equipment, especially I’m screen size, so I moved to Android. I think it’s actually good to have experience with both to make an informed decision. I loved it for two months, enjoyed some of the “open source”, but then realized I don’t really use that as much as I thought. The constant managing if things, not playing nice with my Mac, and terrible battery life, caused me to long for my iPhone where things just worked and played nice.

    I sold the Android, bought a used iPhone 5, and hoping for a larger screen iPhone 6 next year.

  • Yeah I can see that. Even though I’m using an iPhone, Google Calender, Gmail and Docs are still my first choice over Apple’s services.

  • backing.andriod

    For me the decision to switch from iPhone to android had nothing to do with OS, apps, screen size, or any of the cliche nonsense arguments. For me, when my iPhone’s battery failed an blew up, breaking the screen and spewing acid all over my kitchen table. THAT! Was the kicker. It wasn’t even a year old and when I complained to Apple they said, “tough, sucker!” Now I’ve switched to android and to my shock and amazement the battery hasn’t blown up yet. Oh yeah, the phone is almost three years old, so by my math it is nearly 300% better based only on craftsmanship and support. That’s a win in my book every day.

  • RyleyLamarsh

    Hardware and software working in perfect unison, this is why I’m sticking with the iPhone. Really need to see a larger screen though.

  • Al

    Wow… That story was truly believable!

  • Edge

    The true majority of my friends who have Android say they like it because all the apps are free. We know that’s not the case, but piracy is much easier. I bought my Android apps, but I wonder what the percentage is.

  • WestCoastStar

    I trust the iPhone but who knows. I still see Android as a copy.

  • downhilldude

    They aren’t all free, but a much higher percentage of them are free, compared to iTunes.

  • djepsilon

    Ugh. Reading the comments section of Schmidt’s post made me throw up in my mouth a little. Fandroids are the worst.

  • Chrome262

    Funny how he didn’t get it replaced, since, i get an email from apple about an ipod Nano I had from 10 years ago (sat in a drawer for teh last 3), and they were so worried that it would get warm, that they send me a new nano.

  • All hail Schmidt!

  • Chrome262

    I have had an iPhone from the 3G loved it, but I have actively tried out androids that come out (partly from curiosity but also because I have family members with Androids and often ask for help or advice). and every year I try to make an informed decision to see if I will be sticking with iPhone. And I do every year, from having a secure OS (relative to Android) to haveing well build hardware, there is no other choice for me. And even when something nice comes out (HTC one, well built phone) the OS still fails to capture my money lol. So, even if I left iPhone, I wouldn’t go Android, the OS is just so cluttered, has to many issue, and is probably the least secure OS out there. And most of my relatives have switched over time, especially when the ones with S3’s and S4s have had cracked screens.

  • Chrome262

    use docs for work, but always use native or other apps to gmail

  • Chrome262

    Hey the rumors seem to agree with you. Not sure I want a bigger screen as pocket real estate is limited.

  • Al

    I don’t know man… I have a friend who is on crack (berry) and his facebook page is packed with just two types of things…
    – posts praising blackberry (including his header & profile pictures)

    – posts against Rob Ford

    The latter, I can understand.

  • websnap

    No, he’s basing his decision on a story he made up in his mind. Apple would replace the phone if a button sticks, you telling me they wouldn’t replace a failed, blow-up and acid-leaking battery with in the first year of warranty? Please. I believe that’s called “shenanigans”.

    Cash that Samsung check, hommie… get your paper.

  • websnap

    Many of the ones that are free are of much lower quality and support – and that’s not counting the ones that are straight up theft from the actual developers and reposted as “original work”. Yes, eventually those get weeded out but by that point he damage is done and reputation is soured.

  • downhilldude

    I haven’t found any that were of lower quality, unless that’s your way of describing having to put up with ads, rather than have the ad-free version.

  • Edge

    Maybe it’s lower quality, or just the look and feel of it. I too found that most of the same ads for Android were definitely less polished, usually just looked odd, and weren’t quite as intuitive. Remember, I really tried to like Android, and I did like it for two months (I even converted an iPhone using friend to Android, which I now feel bad about, lol). At the end of it all, it just felt so good to go back to something that truly works, and where my battery actually lasts the whole day.

  • downhilldude

    Fair enough, but I would suggest you not lump all Android phones together. Unlike the iPhone, every model is different, with respect to spec. I go 2 days, at least, on my Note 3.

  • Isn’t the Note’s battery larger than the iPhone though? So that would be a given.

  • websnap

    No, I mean low-quality. Poorly written, resource hogging, crash-prone. Even some lifted from original developers modded and poorly updated. I’m not saying that the whole ecosystem is only apps like that but the ratio is noticeably high.

  • Jeremy Alderton

    I started with the iPhone 3GS but changed to a Galaxy S3 because I didn’t like the switch Apple made to the lightening connector. Since a lot of my peripherals were now going to be junk I figured I’d switch to Android and have a replaceable battery and expandable memory. Like Edge, I loved it for a couple of months until I realized that there were compromises I was making. It sounds like a silly reason, but my podcast app, Downcaster, and some of my favourite camera apps aren’t available for Android. And the camera was good, but somehow the pictures didn’t look as good from the Android. Also, a lot of the apps I installed, both free and paid for, were buggy. The final straw was when my Bluetooth stopped working. I searched for help on the internet but found nothing useful, so I took it back to the store and was told that because there were so many settings, and combinations of settings, that could affect Bluetooth I’d need to do a manual reset and reinstall the apps one by one until it failed again. This may sound reasonable in the abstract, but in reality was just a pain in the neck.

    I gave the S3 to a family member with no need for Bluetooth and bought an iPhone 5. It just seems to work. I’ll be interested if the iPhone 6 has the rumoured larger screen but, regardless, I’ll be sticking with the iPhone.

  • Nick

    Even more awkward, is Schmidt is said to use a Blackberry as his main phone..