Make the Switch: iPhone to Android (KitKat)

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This document is intended for Moto E (1st Gen.), Moto G (1st Gen.), and Moto X (1st Gen.) users

If your phone currently runs on Lollipop, you can find the instructions on making the switch here: Make the Switch: IPhone to Android (Lollipop)

Switching from an iPhone to an Android phone might leave you lost and confused as you move apps or make phone calls. Here's some information on how Android is different from your iPhone and how to switch. 

You can also check out Android's new Switch to Android  page for more tips on getting started with Android. 

Your first step when switching from iPhone to Android should be to turn off iMessage.

Transfer your info 

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On Android 

Access phone settings 

iOS has two ways to access settings. Basic settings can be reached by swiping up from the bottom, or you can tap the Settings icon for access to the full settings of the device. 

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On Android

  • To access quick settings
    Swipe down from the top of the screen to see notifications and tap the icon in the top right of the screen.

  • To access through the apps list
    Go to Apps, then tap Settings.

Lock your phone 

iOS uses a passcode or swipe motion to secure your iPhone. 

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On Android 

To choose your lock method:

  1. Tap Apps.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Under Personal, tap Security.
  4. Under Screen Security, tap Screen lock.
  5. Choose your preferred screen lock method.

Learn more about the Republic Wireless App 

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On Republic 

The Republic Wireless app allows you to manage your service right from your phone. Check out Republic Wireless App for more info.


Make calls 

iOS allows you to make regular phone calls or use Facetime Audio. 

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On Android 

Calling

  • To get to the dialer once you've opened the Phone app
    Tap the dial pad or phone receiver icon. 

Contacts

  • To call someone on your contacts list
    Tap the Contacts icon (shaped like a person) inside the Phone app. Then, simply tap a contact to call them. 
  • To manage your contacts
    Check out Manage Contacts (KitKat) for instructions on adding, grouping, or deleting your contacts in the People app.

Voicemail

  • To access your voicemail
    Voicemails are displayed in the call log, not in a separate list. 
  • To play a voicemail
    Tap the Play icon next to the call in your call log. 

Other options

  • Touchless Control (for Moto X (1st Gen.)) or Moto Voice (for Moto X (2nd Gen.)) allow you to control your phone hands-free by speaking commands. See Touchless Control for more info.

  • Moto Actions (for Moto X (2nd Gen.)) allows you to silence calls or snooze alarms with a wave of your hand. See Touchless Control for more info.

Hybrid Calling

Republic's hybrid calling focuses on using WiFi first to make calls and features seamless handover from WiFi to cell. 

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On Republic 

  • To setup and connect to WiFi
    Check out WiFi (KitKat) for instructions on connecting to private and public WiFi networks.

  

Send text messages 

iOS has the Messages app which consolidates your SMS, MMS and iMessage messages into one app.

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On Android 

  • SMS (Text messaging)
    Use the standard Messaging app, Hangouts, or Android Messages to send and receive SMS text messages. Check out SMS (Text Messaging) (KitKat) for more info.
  • MMS (Picture and group messaging)
    MMS works a little differently on Republic. Picture and video messages can currently only be sent and received using the standard Messaging app, Hangouts, or Android Messages. Check out MMS (Picture/Video Messaging) (KitKat)  and When will MMS be available? for more info.

Turn off iMessage 

Removing your iMessage ID from Apple’s service is the most important step in switching, as iPhone users will still be sending you messages through iMessage. 

You should first try to deactivate iMessage on your Apple device. If you no longer have your Apple device (or if you're still unable to receive text messages from iPhone users), you can also deregister iMessage online. 

To turn off iMessage on your Apple device

  1. If you removed your SIM card from your iPhone, replace it in the iPhone before continuing.
  2. Make sure you're connected to the cellular data network.
  3. Tap Settings > Messages and turn iMessage off

To deregister iMessage online

If you no longer have your iPhone, follow these steps to turn off iMessage using a confirmation code:

  1. Go to Deregister and Turn Off iMessage - Apple Support
  2. Enter the phone number you'd like to deregister, then click Send code.
  3. When you receive the 6-digit confirmation code via text message, enter it in the Confirmation Code box.
  4. Click Submit

Check notifications 

iOS and Android use the same methods for viewing notifications. 

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On Android 

  • To see all your current notifications
    Swipe down from the top of the screen. 
  • To dismiss a notification
    Swipe it to the right. 
  • To open an application
    Tap a notification to go to that application. 
  • To remove all notifications
    Tap the stack bar icon at the top right of the screen.

Manage your apps 

Add new apps

Apple has the App Store, iBooks and iTunes for purchasing content and adding to your cloud or download to your device. 

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On Android 

Many of your favorite iPhone apps are also available for Android. If you sync your Google account with your device, your apps will also sync. 

  • Google Play Store
    Access apps and other digital content from your Google account. Visit Google Play for games, music, apps, and more.
  • Play Store app
    Download or stream content directly to your device. The Play Store app is already installed on your Android device.

View running apps

On iOS, double pressing the home button shows all of your running apps. 

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On Android 

  • To view a list of running apps
    Tap the icon that looks like two boxes on the right of the bottom of the page. 
  • To stop an app
    Swipe the app preview to the right.

Check your email 

On iOS, the Apple Mail app allowed you to consolidate your Gmail and iCloud in one app. 

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On Android 

Android has 2 apps for accessing your email, the Gmail app and the Email app (the yellow envelope icon) for accounts for other email providers. 

  • Your Gmail content will appear in the Gmail app when you sync your Google account.
  • To add or manage your Gmail and Email accounts, check out our Email document.

Browse the web 

iOS uses the Safari web browser; Android uses Google Chrome.

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On Android 

Google Chrome

  • To create a bookmark or highlight a favorite
    Tap the star icon. 
  • To access the web privately
    Select Incognito Mode. 
  • To access Chrome functions and settings
    Click the Menu icon in the top right corner.

Connect a Bluetooth device 

This is very similar to iOS, but you will need to make your device visible to other devices and search for available devices to pair. 

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On Android 

Check out our Bluetooth (KitKat) document for instructions.


Use voice commands 

Apple has Siri; Android has Google Now. 

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On Android 

  • To access Google Now
    Tap and hold the navigation bar at the bottom of screen and slide up. 
  • To access Touchless Control (for Moto X (1st Gen.)) or Moto Voice (for Moto X (2nd Gen.))
    Tap the microphone icon or say "OK Google Now" (or your custom launch phrase, for Moto X (2nd Gen.)) after training the phone to your voice. See Touchless Control for more info.

Customize your home screen 

iOS allows you to add app shortcuts, folders, and widgets to your home screen. 

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On Android 

Check out Customize Your Home Screen (KitKat) for instructions.


Take photos and videos 

In iOS, you can take photos using the Camera app and view them in the Photos app. There two apps in Android for viewing your images: Gallery and Photos. 

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On Android 

  • To access the camera
    Tap the Camera app icon, or press and swipe from right to left on the phone's lock screen to open the camera.
    • For Moto X (1st and 2nd Gen.): Twist your wrist a couple of times while holding the phone to use the Quick Capture feature. 
  • To take a picture
    Simply tap the screen. Touch and hold the screen anywhere to take multiple photos. 
  • To take a video
    Tap the recorder icon to start or stop recording. 

Check out Photos and Videos (KitKat) for more info.


Get directions 

iOS uses the Maps app to provide directions. Android uses Google Maps as the native navigation app.

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On Android 

To turn on GPS and adjust settings, check out our GPS document.

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