Migrating from Android to iOS or iOS to Android

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iOS and iMessage

If you're an iOS user and have already intertwined your phone number with iMessage, you need to take care of some housecleaning before making the switch to a new operating system. Despite the apps you may find in the Google Play Store, iMessage does not work on Android.

In order to switch operating systems, you need to make sure you turn off iMessage from all devices (phone, tablet, laptop, and desktop) where iMessage is enabled, before removing your SIM card or transferring your service. Once iMessage has been deactivated, you can migrate to your non-iOS device, but it may take a day or so before messages start flowing correctly. In the meantime, you can figure out what messaging app/service to use next. More information on migrating off of iMessage can be found here: http://phandroid.com/2014/04/07/turn-off-imessage-iphone-to-android/.

Migrating from Android to iOS or iOS to Android can seem like a daunting task because everything from the software, to the apps, to the phone itself is different. Whether you're making the switch for your personal device, or your employer is providing a new device for work, you'll want to make sure you're set up for success on the new operating system. Again, this may seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be.

Today, cloud and software can communicate with different devices, making the migration a little less scary. This also applies if you use both platforms simultaneously and want your life available across your entire ecosystem of devices. Click through the slideshow to understand the steps you can take when making the switch from one operating system to the other, as identified by Andrew Blaich, lead security analyst at Bluebox Security.


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