Nine months ago, I dropped my cell phone within minutes of beginning a trail run. It bounced out of my shallow shorts pocket and landed screen-down on a community of rocks. After so many months of keeping my most sacred device safe—it had survived a study abroad trip without so much as a scratch—I was devastated to turn it over and find a three-inch crack making residence on my screen.
Through my own stubborn will and tightness of wallet, I managed to keep this cracked phone running (no pun intended) throughout multiple seasons. As this winter nears its end, I fear my technological confidant is going with it. The battery struggles to stay charged, and the broken screen often refuses to respond to my touch. I find myself asking the same question so many have pondered before: Do I stay with the phone system I know or opt for an indefinite commitment to change?
The choice between iPhone and Android is becoming more and more complex, what with providers upping their games and offering enhanced features with each new iteration. Apple is rattling the market by removing the headphone jack from the seventh generation iPhone and offering users wireless, bluetooth headphones. Google worked hard to produce the Pixel, which is said to have the highest-rated smartphone camera, as well as a built-in digital assistant.
There is no amount of new features, however, that make up for the pain of rebuilding a personal database of contacts, photos, and the personal life that lives in one’s pocket or purse. When it comes time to upgrade from the cracked screen or check out a different set of features, users want to know they can make the switch without completely compromising their digital personas.
How Google Drive Can Help You Make the Switch
An update from file storage and sharing software tool Google Drive could mean the end of “New phone, who dis?” texts around the world. The software’s mobile application offers iOS users an easily accessible backup feature that can protect contact, calendar and photo data. Those looking to switch from Apple to Android need only to download the Drive app and choose to backup their data. After activating their new Android or Google phone, users need to re-download Drive and all cached data can be downloaded to their new device. It’s similar to the Move to iOS app that helps Android customers convert to iPhone, but is part of the Google Drive app from which many already benefit.
As with any transfer of large amounts of data, the process of backing up images and phone numbers could take a considerable amount of time. Not quite as long, however, as it would take to reach out to every relative on Facebook to re-add their contact information to your address book. Consider, also, the comfort of knowing your mobile memories won’t get lost in the abyss should your phone take an unfortunate swim in the toilet or tumble down a mountainside.
Whereas many people like to stick with what they know in terms of mobile devices, it doesn’t hurt to try something new. Those thinking of making the jump from iOS to Android or another Google phone can rest assured software is on their side.