Google has talked a lot about RCS and iMessage in recent months, and an iPhone-only solution has been top of mind as the Pixel 7 holiday push aimed at converts begins.
Coinciding with the start of the Black Friday sales today, Google posted “4 ways to make switching to a Pixel easier than ever” this afternoon. The blog post is very candid for people “who are looking forward to a Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro as a gift for [themselves] Or anyone else, but switching from iOS to Pixel seems more of a hassle than a gift.” Apple did something similar before the iPhone 14.
Google is addressing concerns across four poles of support, focusing on gifting differently than in years past when it communicated directly with the buyer.
All you have to do is connect that old phone to your Pixel 7, and then your selected data—like contacts, photos, and messages—will transfer over. And the whole process takes about 30 minutes on average!
The high point for potential buyers and giveaways of the 7 and 7 Pro is that “your Pixel device can send and receive messages with all other Android devices and iPhones,” with Google noting recent efforts such as iMessage feedback support in the Messages app.
We recommend that you unregister your phone number from iMessage when you make the switch to ensure that iMessage isn’t intercepting your messages.
Meanwhile, the company links to privacy.apple.com when moving from iCloud Photos to Google Photos. It notes that Google accounts offer 15GB of storage — or “three times as much storage as you might use” — in a cryptic case about iCloud’s 5GB commitment after all these years.
The recommended transfer is to connect your old iPhone via cable to your new Pixel 7 since more data is transferred that way (vs. Switch to Android over Wi-Fi), Google offers this new breakdown:
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