Apple doesn’t make it particularly easy to move your data from iOS to Android.It is more interested in moving people in the other direction. Still, you can use just a few tools and some can be up and running on Android without missing a beat.It’s been a big season for smartphone launches, with Apple, Samsung, LG and others releasing some new and improved hardware. If you weren’t wowed by what Apple had to offer with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, you may be tempted with the some of the Android-based phone makers have to offer.

Whether you’re looking for a little more flexibility or maybe for a cheaper smartphone, switching to Android has its appeal.But switching platforms can be daunting, particularly if you’re worried that you’ll lose valuable information on the move. Here’s a quick guide to making that process less stressful if you want to switch from iOS to Android:

1) Set up a Google account and download Google Drive:

If you don’t have a Google account before, this should be your first priority. Making a Google account while you easy to have your iPhone makes it much easier to sync contacts, calendars, and documents that you may need to keep. You can sync your contacts through your iPhone’s settings menu also through you want to export your iPhone’s contacts by connecting them to a computer for safe keeping.Once you’ve got your Google account in place, firstly download the Google Drive app.It can act as your staging ground for putting files from your iPhone onto your new Android phone.

2) Back up what you can:

There could be an automatic step when you get any new device, but it’s particularly good when switching from system to another. If you’ve downloaded Google Drive to your iPhone, just upload what documents you want to retain onto Google Drive to put on your new Android device later.Look at the apps you use, too. Most apps that have you make an account, such as Facebook, Twitter or Dropbox will be accessible from either iOS or Android.If there are files you’re worried about losing, pop them into a cloud storage service or onto your computer for safekeeping.

For photos recovery, it’s easiest to download the Google Photos app onto your iPhone and select the option to backup. You can plug your phone into your computer and download what you want there for safety.For music, you can find the files from iTunes Library on your computer. If you download Google’s Music Manager to your computer, you can have it upload the files directly to Google Music for you. Streaming services such as Spotify or Pandora should move easily between platforms. If you happen to really like Apple Music, you can actually still get it on Android.

3) Prepare for iMessage weirdness:

One thing that can get a little messed up in the Apple to anyone-else switchover is your text messages. Apple’s iMessage is only available for Apple’s products.Therefore, you won’t get your messages on an Android phone. The problem is that sometimes, there is particularly in the first couple of days, text messages can get lost as they try to reach your Apple account.To get out from that problem, deactivate all other Apple devices using iMessage. So, if you have an iPad or a Mac, you can head to your settings, tap on “Messages” and switch off “iMessage.” You should do the same for FaceTime. For your good measure, you should deregister your phone number from iMessage.You can go to an Apple website also.

4) Redownload your apps:

One thing that won’t transfer from Android to iPhone or reverse process are your apps .unluckily, you will have to download those again. This is a good opportunity to think about how many programs you really want on your phone, and thin out your selection. Most of the apps that require their own account to sign in should be good to go.There may be a few apps that aren’t available on Android that were available on iPhone.Developers rather tend to make iOS versions and updates first. But there are also plenty of Google Play exclusives, particularly for apps that get into the architecture of your phone more. Now, let you recall text messages, or change the way your phone’s dialer works.

5) Embrace Android:

The final main benefit of switching to Android is that you can get to have a little more freedom in how your phone operates.It particularly in how your home screens look. Android lets you customize by using widgets or custom app launchers, which can be a welcome change from the standard iPhone grid. Explore the Google Play store and try new options. Even if you ever want to switch back, it’s not such a scary process.