Being a part of Apple’s ecosystem has its benefits but making a switch is harder than you think
Apple's ecosystem is amazing and being a part of it has benefits. For example, you can use iMessage which syncs seamlessly across all of your Apple devices. But switching to an Android means you'll have to say goodbye to iMessage.
To get rid of iMessage and finally get used to texts on your new Android, you need to turn off iMessage on all of your Apple devices and deregister your phone number from iMessage.
And once that's done and you successfully turn off iMessage, your texts may get all messed up. You won't be receiving iMessages anymore and if you're in an iMessage group chat, you'll need to make a new one for SMS.
Which makes one ask: Why is it so hard to make the switch?
iMessage is not the only way with which Apple keeps its users in its ecosystem. iCloud plays a significant role here as well. It's Apple's built-in cloud storage space that automatically keeps all of your notes, calendar events, Safari bookmarks, and photos.
It allows you to seamlessly access all this information on any of your Apple devices, but not on your new Android. There's no iCloud app for Android, meaning there's no easy way for you to transfer all of your iCloud data to your Android.
Of course, if you've been using Google as your main ecosystem, then you may have an easier time going back and forth between your iPhone and your Android.
But then, what about your photos that are stored on your iPhone that aren't backed up on iCloud? How do you transfer those? The easiest way is to ask if your phone carrier can do it for you. Otherwise, several apps can help transfer your photos from your iPhone to Android.
And speaking of apps, you may have trouble transferring those too. For the most part, you'll have to redownload them individually, and you might need to repurchase iOS apps on the Play Store.
But if you used a Facebook login or email registration, you might be able to get around that. The Play Store does have more apps than the App Store, but some iOS apps you've used might not be available on the Play Store, like Bear or Rent the Runway.
Google is making this transferring-data process easier with the Quick Switch Adapter for the Pixel. But even if transferring photos and apps are made easier, it's hard to say goodbye to AirDrop.
You'll no longer be able to conveniently send files from your iPhone to your MacBook, to your iPad, or another person's Apple device.
Switching to Android also means losing all of Apple's preinstalled apps. There may be a good chunk you don't use but think about FaceTime. You'll have to use another app to video call people, like Facebook Messenger or Google Duo.
You'll also be losing Apple News, Voice Memo, Podcasts, Health, Wallet, and Apple Maps.
You aren't just saying goodbye to Apple's software. Think about all your other Apple products and accessories. If you have an Apple Watch, it'll become useless. If you have AirPods, you can still use them on Android, but it won't be nearly as seamless or customizable. And all your chargers, adapters, and dongles that you bought will begin to collect dust.
And as Android phones keep coming up with more innovations that iPhones lack, like better cameras with wide-angle lenses, it doesn't make sense for Apple to help their users jump ship.
The article originally appeared on Business Insider and has been slightly modified