Have you been thinking about making the switch from iPhone, but you're intimidated by the prospect of having to move all your stuff over to Android-land? Google is about to make that process a heck of a lot easier by leveraging the power of Google Drive.

Back in the old days, you had to manually enter each and every phone number back into your contact list. Then, along came the notion of synchronizing your content with Thunderbird or Outlook or some other desktop software. Then, you could sync it to a cloud service... but the platforms still had this void of separation.

And up until quite recently, the easiest way to switch from iPhone to Android still required you to migrate stuff on an app-to-app basis. You had to move your pictures with Photos. You had to move your contacts with Gmail or iCloud. You had to move your messages. These were all separate steps.

But that's changing. According to The Verge, an update is being pushed out to the Google Drive app for iOS that will do all that work for you. The app will pull your contacts, calendar and camera roll and back it all up to the cloud.

All you have to do then is fire up the corresponding Google Drive app on your new Android device, like the Google Pixel, and let it import all that data via the cloud. It's automatic and seamless -- just loo for the "backup" option under the settings menu of the Google Drive app -- though the data transfer can take several hours (photos and videos are huge files) and you do need to keep the app open with the screen on the whole time on your iPhone. Plug it in and connect to some reliable Wi-Fi.


The biggest downside? This won't back up and transfer your messages nor will it move your music over. But this update is a pretty big step in the right direction.

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