6 Things to Know When You Switch to Android

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 now available, you may be thinking it’s time to switch to Team Android. But if you’ve decided to make the switch, it’s easy to get confused at first by an unfamiliar interface. Here are the top 6 things to know about switching to Android phones to make your transition a smooth one.

1. Each Model Is Different

Android phones aren’t all the same, so do your homework before diving in. While other operating systems have similar devices within their collection, Android phones come in many shapes and sizes, from the Galaxy to the Note (and many, many more). So finding the phone that matches your lifestyle is an important first step. Check out our list to find the phone that’s right for you.

2. Personalize Your Home Screen

Customization is the name of the game with Android, and it’s only natural to start with your home screen. With Android, you generally have more freedom than other operating systems. By going into your phone’s settings, you can control what appears onscreen when you open your phone, where your apps live, how they look and which widgets you have displayed.

3. Know Your Widgets 

Widgets are Android-exclusive app extensions that grant easy access to the things you care most about. They come in different shapes and sizes and can be customized (of course) to match your home screen display. To add one, simply open your phone, click the menu button, and then “+ADD”. From here, select Widgets, then choose which one you’d like to add. Widgets can be anything from a calendar alert or weather forecaster to a Netflix widget that sends you directly to the next episode of your favorite binge-watch.

4. Google Drive 

Android’s Google Drive gives you 15GB of free space to store documents, files, pictures and video. It’s accessible from anywhere, as long as you have internet access. Google Drive makes your life easy to organize, allowing you to access your important files on any computer, Tablet or Smartphone.

5. Say Hello to Your Google Assistant 

If you happen to choose a device running on 6.0 Marshmallow software or above, the Android phones come with a digital assistant that helps make your life easier. Part concierge, part secretary, the Google Assistant can follow full conversations (including back and forth dialogue), take photos, set reminders, check the weather and even control many other devices in your house. And the Galaxy Note 8 has a new feature that translates foreign languages from pictures you capture, so you can read street signs and storefronts no matter where in the world you find yourself.

6. Get Connected With Samsung 

Samsung makes a wide variety of smart appliances and accessories, and luckily for the Android user, you can set your phone to control all of them. Want to turn down the temperature in your fridge? Android has you covered. Lost the TV remote again? No worries, Android has your back. The option to connect your phone to your smart home offers a variety of Android-exclusive possibilities.

Ready to make the switch? Check out our selection of Android phones.