Google Pixel Phones Come with Quick Switch Adapter

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Written by Hassan Abbas

Moving all your data to a new device can be annoying and irritating at best. And its one of the Pixel’s latest features aims to help that. Google’s Pixel devices ship along with an OTG adapter, referred to as the ‘Quick Switch Adapter’. That allows you to easily transfer all of your data to a Pixel phone. The process actually works with any iOS device running iOS 8 and up, as well as most Android devices running 5.0 Lollipop or higher than that. In this article, we are going to talk about Google Pixel Phones Come with Quick Switch Adapter. Let’s begin!

Google has launched its Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, and the prices start at Rs. 57,000. The smartphones already have Google Assistant inbuilt, a rear camera with 89 DxOMark scores. Unlimited cloud storage for full-resolution photos and videos as well, and also Android 7.1 Nougat that is running out-of-the-box. Even with this steep price tag, Google is actually betting big on these smartphones and expects many users to make the switch. So with keeping this in mind, Google is bundling a ‘Quick Switch Adapter’ with all Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones for free to help users migrate from iPhones and other Android phones easily.

Switching between Android phones has always relatively easy because most of your data is backed up on Google accounts. The big pain point is that when users move to Android after using an iOS device. In order to make the switch easy for both Android and iPhone as well, Google has bundled the tiny Quick Switch Adapter. This adapter is bundled with the Google Pixel and also Pixel XL smartphones.

Quick Switch Adapter

quick switch adapter

All you have to do is use your old phone’s data cable, then connect one end to your old phone. And the USB port on the other side into the adapter that is attach to your new Pixel phone. When you connect the two devices, the Pixel smartphone will throw up instructions automatically. Google adds that the Quick Switch Adapter and the transfer process is compatible with both iPhone and also iPad devices (running iOS 8 and higher). And most of the Android devices (running Android 5.0 and higher).

Google also warns its users to switch off iMessage and FaceTime in Settings before removing the SIM from an iPhone. It also asks users to make sure that the Pixel smartphone is at least 50 percent charge before beginning the transfer. Briefly detailing the instructions that users will see on their Pixel phone during the process. Google says the Pixel smartphone will then ask you to sign-in into your Google account. If you do not have one, then you will need to register. When the sign-in process is completed, the Pixel smartphone will ask you what you want to move from the old phone. You also can move your contacts, calendar events, photos, videos, music, SMS messages, and even iMessages to the new Pixel smartphone with the Quick Switch Adapter.

Android 7.0 already has a similar migration tool but it needs a bit more effort. Transferring data from an old Android device is achieve via  NFC, and iOS users need to upload all the data themselves from their old device. It remains to be seen if this tool will be made available as part of Android 7.1, or if it will keep a Pixel-only feature.


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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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