iOS to Android Challenge – Quick Win App Migrations

Below are the applications that have cross-platform equivalents or were otherwise quick wins to move or install.  I’ve indicated if there were any extra steps needed other than installing and logging in, for example if they needed to be re-purchased.  I haven’t included any applications which required extensive setup as those will be tackled with individual posts.  This list is mainly to track the “install, log in, and go” applications.

I’ve grouped these into categories based on how they were grouped on my iPhone.  I use iPhone folders to keep similar apps together like “Games” and “Social Apps” and so on.  I’ve placed apps into these groupings based on my preference and where I’d generally look for them on my phone, so if something seems out of place under a certain category it is because I placed it in that folder for some reason, most likely related to how I use the app or out of convenience to access it.

It may also be worth noting here that I have a 64GB iPhone, but only a 32GB .  This is because of two main drivers, first, the 32GB was in stock and the 128GB , the only other size offered, had a very long back-order wait.  The second driver being that I have accumulated a lot of unneeded apps on my iPhone.  My current space usage was 44GB and as part of this migration to I also wanted to do a digital clean-up of my device.  Having less space will force that in a good way.  I’m a strong believer in minimalism, especially when it comes to digital footprints, so being limited to less space is a positive thing in my mind.

Most of these came over using the Google Pixel XL migration tool.  I’ve marked those with a *.  The others were manually added within the first two days as I found functions missing that were needed.

  • Social Apps
    • Facebook*
    • Instagram*
    • LinkedIn*
    • Facebook Messenger*
    • Facebook Moments*
    • Skype*
    • Skype for Business*
    • Snapchat*
    • Timehop*
    • Twitter*
  • Games / Gaming
    • Angry Birds Blast*
    • Playstation*
    • XBox*
    • IGN
  • Home Automation
    • Alexa*
    • OnSwitch*
    • PhilipsHue*
    • Ring*
    • Sonos*
    • Nest – which seems odd it wasn’t detected by the migration wizard as it is a Google product
    • Eero
  • Music / Stuff To Listen To
    • Amazon Music*
    • Audible*
    • Headspace*
    • Apple Music – not yet working (see dedicated music post)
    • Last.fm
    • Pocket Casts – to replace the Apple Podcast app.  I needed to setup my podcasts as they didn’t sync, but no issue.  There are other good, free, podcast players but this one was suggested by many people so I went with it even though it was a small cost ($3.99).
  • Shopping
    • Amazon Shopping*
    • Fandango Movies*
    • ParcelTrack*
    • Southwest Airlines*
    • Stocard*
    • StubHub*
    • Ticketmaster*
    • Uber*
    • Yelp*
  • Productivity / Cloud Storage
    • Box*
    • *
    • Evernote*
    • *
    • LastPass*
    • WD MyCloud*
    • WordPress*
    • Tasks
  • Photos / Media
    • Prime Photos*
    • Nixplay
    • Electric Objects
  • TV / Movies / Things To Watch
    • HBO Go*
    • Netflix*
    • Time Warner Cable TV*
    • VLC*
    • Vudu*
    • YouTube*
    • Next Episode – I already own this on iOS but re-purchased the Android version, only $1.99 for other platform owners.  All my data synced across the devices.
    • AllConnect – to AirPlay media to the AppleTV.  This also does so much more.
  • Health
    • Withings Health Mate*
    • Google Fit
  • Other / Misc
    • myAT&T*
    • Six Flags*
    • Dark Sky – my favorite weather app.  I believe this was a one-time purchase on iOS.  On Android it is a yearly $2.99 fee.  Totally worth it.
    • AT&T Visual Voicemail – This is a new app, because the feature was built-in to iOS, but certainly worth having.
    • Norton / Symantec Anti-Virus – This is a new app, but worth a mention, as Android security is very iffy.  I have a a Norton subscription that allowed me to cover the Android device for no extra cost.
    • Fing

 

Here are a list of apps I decided not to install, even though the data copy / migration tool allowed it.  I either do not use these enough, or would prefer to manually install and setup for some reason.  Since I assume many of Google’s apps are built-in I opt out of all Google apps for now, assuming they are easy enough to install if not there by default:

  • Angry Birds 2
  • Anova Culinary
  • Birchbox
  • MyFitnessPal
  • GoPro Capture
  • Concur
  • ESPN Fantasy Sports
  • Fing Network Tools
  • Fiverr
  • FreeVRPlayer
  • Google Drive
  • Google Maps
  • StarMaker Sing Karaoke
  • Soundcloud
  • VPN Unlimited
  • WhatsApp
  • Wish

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