Help going from iOS to SGS4Support

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  1. Experting

    Experting Member


    Ive got the new S4 delivered today, however having used iOS for the past 3 years, i wanted to change to android, however im totally lost with it all! Does anyone else have the S4 or a similar phone to what the S4 runs on? (I have no ideas). I kinda need help!!

  2. valorian

    valorian Well-Known Member

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  3. Experting

    Experting Member

    ahh thanks! Basically on the iphone you can restrict settings and that, how can i do this on android? Also you know when someone texts me, how do i make it so that it doesnt show the full text, only who its from?
  4. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    I don't know what "restrict settings" means precisely.

    In android app settings are accessed from inside the app itself, rather than from inside the system settings app as on iOS (from my limited experience of iOS - apologies for any errors here!). I don't know this phone's message app, but I'd poke around in its settings to see if there is something in there.
    If not, there are alternative SMS apps in the play store which do let you control what shows in the pop-up (or even whether there is one). So if the built in one doesn't do what you want, turn it's notifications/popup off (to avoid duplication) and try a different one. :)
  5. Experting

    Experting Member

    ahh ok thanks! and ive got another problem, when i add my google account, it keeps adding "contacts" into my contacts folder, how do i STOP this from happening?
  6. Stuntman

    Stuntman Well-Known Member

    Go into your Contacts app. Press the Menu button (left of the home key). Tap on <Accounts>. Tap on your Google account. Uncheck <Sync Contacts>.

    Note that I have a Galaxy S3. I believe the S4 will work the same way.
  7. Metroid Prime

    Metroid Prime Oil Can!!! Oil Can!!! VIP Member

    Moved thread to Samsung Galaxy S4 section. :)
  8. LookSir,Droids

    LookSir,Droids Well-Known Member

    I would also recommend YouTube as a great resource for tips, tricks, and troubleshooting! There probably aren't that many vids on the GS4 yet, but give it a week and there will be plenty!
  9. JerZyT28

    JerZyT28 Active Member

    I second YouTube...the GS3 was my first Android phone...took me about a week of messing with it and watching tips and tricks on YouTube to fully understand the phone
  10. Slug

    Slug Check six! Moderator

  11. rkkeller

    rkkeller Well-Known Member

    When you first open your S4 box, it will have a small paper with a website that allows easy transfer of all your iPhone stuff.

    I have the iPhone 5 and followed the directions and it synced my sms, contacts, music, pics, videos, notes, memos and more. The S4 is identical to my iPhone 5 now.

    I am still debating on which I like better but when I show them to people side by side, 9 out 10 pick the S4.
  12. Ougrad1

    Ougrad1 New Member

    I'm in the same boat. My iPhone 5 was a rock and battery life was great even if I used it heavily for me. This Gs4 is definitely more fun but I worry I will need to constantly be mindful of battery life, which I never ever had to pay attention with the iPhone. We will see, I guess.
  13. Beards

    Beards Well-Known Member

    It's all part of the swings and roundabouts between Android & Apple devices.
    Where you found your iPhone gave a great battery life it was done so at the expense of Apple locking iOS that tight in order to not allow any App to interfere with the OS.
    Locking the system down as iOS does takes away any personalisation like utility apps, widgets, file browser, Bluetooth file transfer, etc. etc.
    Android on the other hand allows you the choice to be as free and easy with the OS as you like, at the expense of battery life.
  14. lsmith9523

    lsmith9523 Member

    Wow, I just purchased my S 4 today, coming from Iphone 4s. I can send text messages, but cannot receive text messages from other Iphones. Android text are fine, but do not receive text from Iphones. This will be a deal breaker for me...Most of my clients are IOS...dang it....arrgg
  15. Slug

    Slug Check six! Moderator

    Text (SMS) messages should work fine regardless of the device/OS. My guess is that the iOS users are sending the messages as iMessages, which only works between Apple devices, rather than standard SMS.
  16. Techpcpro

    Techpcpro Member

    Is there an iMessage equivalent? Can it be rooted for imessage? Facetime?
  17. trparky

    trparky Well-Known Member

    The reason why you are unable to receive text messages from your friends who have iPhones is because you once had an iPhone that was attached to iMessage.

    This issue has to do with Apple's implementation of the iMessage protocol. It binds device's and/or SIM card's unique ID to their servers (using the UUID from the device and the SIM ID) and doesn't release them easily.

    So what happens is that Apple iMessage is taking over the text messages on your friend's iPhones and since you don't have an iPhone anymore, you can't receive iMessages anymore.

    There is a potential fix for all of this...

    1. Go to:
    2. Log in if not already logged in.
    3. Click on ">" to the right of the phone listing
    4. Click "unregister"
    If that doesn't work, get your SIM card swapped.
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  18. Punkrulz24

    Punkrulz24 Active Member

    I'm going to post this here to keep it contained as I too am coming from an iPhone 4 to a SG4. I do have somewhat limited experience with Android, but that's due to my work phone being Android. This is the first phone I can take free reign with.

    My questions:
    1) What's the best method to manage and maintain your contacts? Can I sync them directly with Outlook?
    2) I have one gmail account and two android phones. I have a feeling this is going to cause a problem if I sync contacts with the phones to GMail. Are there any ways to micromanage what phone does what with the gmail account?

  19. rkkeller

    rkkeller Well-Known Member

    You can use the same Gmail account contacts with multiple devices with no problems, I have 2 accessing my same account. Any changes effect all 3.

    Do the full sync like I posted about above and your S4 will mirror you I4.
  20. rkkeller

    rkkeller Well-Known Member

    I have my Apple friends using Skype. It allows video chats and txt for free as long as its Skype to Skype and alot of people already have it.
  21. JSchu22

    JSchu22 Well-Known Member Contributor

    Not disputing this at all, because it's definitely accurate info, but in my experience not receiving texts from iPhone users is because I've left my Macbook or iPad connected to the web. This then has the text go to the iOS device instead of reverting to standard SMS.

    This happened to me last night. I left my laptop open and I had to have my gf email me her dinner order because her iPhone texts were going to my laptop. Makes her even happier that I've gotten yet another phone.
  22. kage65

    kage65 Member

    I believe you have to go into settings on your iphone ( connected to the net ) and turn off I message...
  23. Punkrulz24

    Punkrulz24 Active Member

    Will gmail somehow let me keep my personal and work contacts separate? Dont want personal going to work phone and vice versa.

  24. Experting

    Experting Member

    Thanks, did take a look at youtube, with limited help there :D

    Yeah, ive kinda played around with it so i am kinda better with it

    thanks ill take a look

    There was no paper in there with a website on? Whats the website?
  25. Techpcpro

    Techpcpro Member

    I was able to test drive a G 3 in my environment. I clicked on the wireless settings and added the SSID and the key. I then held the wifi entry and was able to get advanced settings.
    Password: blank we don't need one.
    Proxy settings: set to manual
    Proxy host name: I put in my proxy.pac address
    Port: blank
    Bypass proxy for: blank
    IP: DHCP

    The "save" button would not allow me to save. Even if i populated every field.

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