Drive update makes it a little easier to switch from ione to Android

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 14 Dec 2016

made it clear that it’s targeting iOS users when the company released its xels with a dongle designed to easily transfer data between the two phones, now ’s making it easier for ione users to move to other Android devices, too.

Built right into the latest version of Drive on iOS, the process is about as easy as it can be. en you launch the app, simply open the menu, scroll down to Settings, tap Backups. Inside you’ll see three options for storing your contacts, calendar events, photos. Select the ones you want, hit Start Backup, Drive will begin trawling your ione. en it’s done, you need only sign in to your account on the new phone the respective apps will automatically populate with your backed-up data.

warns that the process can take a while if you have lots to back up (particularly when it comes to photos), so you’ll want to plug in your phone while it runs. And since the app needs to stay open during the transfer, it’s probably best to run it overnight.

The story behind the story: Switching your data between platforms is one of the biggest barriers for would-be switchers, Apple have each been working to make it easier for people who want to make the jump. Apple’s Move to iOS app is a little more comprehensive, moving messages, bookmarks, mail accounts in addition to contacts, calendars, photos, but the new Drive backup method is certainly an easy way to get started with your new Android phone.

But there’s more to changing from ione to Android than just calendars, contacts photos. For all the rest of your stuff (or just a little more control over the transfer of these things), check out our comprehensive Switcher’s Guide launching later this week.