8 useful iPhone tips for old Android users
Seven years ago working on a video web series shot in Puerto Rico, the director told me he liked the footage I shot on my smartphone. The problem was, I couldn’t figure out how to remove it from the phone. My devices, an Android phone and an Apple laptop, were arguing, as was my marriage. I thought, “Can’t everyone get along? But no, it doesn’t work that way.
I had to use a software bridge to transfer between phone and computer and every time there was an “upgrade” on either side the transition was uncertain. I used Commander One, Android Transfer, whatever I could find. Nothing worked consistently, especially with large video files. My co-host asked me, “Why do you live in two universes? While I thought he was referring to the fact that I had recently left my husband on another continent, he actually meant: Why do I have a Nokia phone and a MacBook Air?
Soon after this shoot, I gave up on my husband for good, but continued to have seven LG phones as their cameras and video quality kept improving. Anyone on any group trip would be okay with letting me take the pictures because my camera was better. It seemed worth fighting to keep the dual status as the quality was far superior.
Earlier in the pandemic, a Discovery Channel director told me he switched to the iPhone12 Pro Max. Shortly after, LG announced that it was leaving the telephone business. I asked myself, “What could make my life easier? and I went to Costco to buy a new phone. I knew the swap would have challenges, but figured Costco was always picking things up and stepped out with a new iPhone 12 Pro Max.
My iPhone friends told me “Welcome to the dark side”, as they eagerly waited for my chat bubbles to turn from green to blue. I was a rookie and it was like a tough new relationship at first, but I finally found my bearings. Here are some of my favorite features and some cool tips for Android users making the switch, some of whom have even made loyal iPhone user friends who say, “How can I do that?” “
Work with photos and videos
My main goal was for my photos to appear easily on my laptop instead of having trouble moving them around from Android. I initially needed help with this, so I made an online appointment to speak to Apple’s technical support, and after a few back and forth my devices were able to talk to each other. They helped me redirect the photo library. To work with my photos, all I do now is select a group of photos, create a new album, and drop them from my phone to my desk. The photos are also in the Photos app on my laptop and immediately backed up to iCloud. When making movies from an adventure like my recent trip with bears in Ketchikan, Alaska, I can move the videos from the desktop to iMovie and it’s seamless, painless, and so much easier than before.
A built-in magnifying glass
Good news: an iPhone can make you feel younger. My doctor takes her reading glasses everywhere and it makes her feel old. With one step, I taught him to activate the magnifying glass.
In your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Accessibility. Faucet Magnifying glass, then turn it on. Now press the button on the right side of the phone three times and the powerful magnifying glass will open. Now she can ditch the reading glasses at the market or on a date because she already has her phone. She’s had an iPhone for 14 years, but never knew it could help her read the fine print. With Android, you have to download a special app, and while there is a lot to choose from, it’s nice to have the feature built into your phone right off the bat.
Easy screen recording
Screen Record, as the name suggests, literally allows you to record video of your screen. To do this, swipe down diagonally from the top right corner to access Control Center, then tap the screen recording button. It will give you a countdown of 3 before it starts, so make sure you’re open to what you want to record BEFORE you press the button.
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