Quick Tip - Quickly Switching Phones
|Switching Phones - An Illustration|
I'll admit this last few weeks are kind of slow, so that's why I'm writing this. In this article, I'm going to share a tip on how to quickly move between devices. A decade ago, moving between devices is a pain. You have to manually backup your contacts, photos, etc. using PC Suite, if you still remember the term. Coupled with the limited technology back then, it was a painful chore. But now, thanks to cloud technology, everything is a snap. I'll show you.
Oh, and before we begin, let me tell you that I'll be using the most common services, which should be used by most people. You may use other services, but I bet that you are currently using at least one of these. Oh, and this guide is mainly aimed for switching from one Android phone to another. I'll mention iOS at some points, but that's not our main topic.
Contacts, Calendar, Mail: Google Account
|Some of Google's services.|
Notes: Google Keep, OneNoteOne reason why I love Google Keep is that it is integrated with your Google account. Just sign in, and your notes are automatically synced. It's also simple and cuttle-free, which makes it perfect for a simple scribble or to-do list.
|Contrary to the picture above, OneNote is also compatible with Android, MacOS, and Windows.|
Storage: Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive
|Google Drive is useful for storing and syncing your files across devices.|
This does require a decent Internet connection, though…
Photos: Google Photos
|With Google Photos, you won't have to worry about storage and memory cards anymore.|
Google is The Key for Moving Cross-PlatformLook at someone dead in the eye and tell them "I don't use Google". They'll most likely laugh, especially when they know you're using an Android phone. Unless you live in China or in a highly-isolated country, chances are you're using Google. Not only for emails, but also for everything else: Photos, Notes, Storage, etc. Apple has their own iCloud solution. However, like any other Apple products, support for external platform is very minimal, if any...
What about My Messages?
|WhatsApp has their own built-in backup solution, even though it is not cross-platform.|
Trust is The KeyIf you've been paying attention, I've been recommending either Google or Microsoft. I am aware that there are privacy concerns, especially with the former, given their advancements in their AI technology (their Google Assistant is decades smarter than Siri). As you know, AI requires a lot of training, and where does your training come from? Your data. Targeted advertising, which is currently still Google's primary source of income, also requires your data: your browsing behavior, to be precise.
|Google has a tool which allows you to control what you share with them.|
Like it or not, cloud is the way forward, and it will get more and more widespread in the future. It comes with a risk, yes, but is that risk worth the effort to go back to the old days of manually transferring files and contacts through your PC? Or is it worth setting up your own cloud infrastructure (this one is really pricey...)? I don't think so.
Well, I guess that's all about this quick guide, Folks. I know some of you may disagree with this article, that's fine. In fact, I'd like to know how you move over your data when switching to a new phone. Tell me more in the comments section. Finally, as always, thanks for reading and see you in the next article! :D