How to minimize device lock-in and make it easier to migrate to a new smartphone


Device lock-in is a term often thrown about. For example, one of the criticisms I often hear about Apple is you’ll be “locked into their ecosystem.” The implication being if you buy an Apple/Android/Whatever phone, getting off that platform will be difficult. The fact is, lots of things in our lives have lock-in.

I buy Gillette razors, so I’m locked into that brand. I have a Keurig coffee maker, so I’m locked into K-cups. I also have Apple and Android devices, so I have some lock-in to those two brands. Granted, it’s cheaper to move away from my razors than a smartphone.

Still, there are steps you can take to make switching devices a little easier. Throughout this article I will talk about the different types of lock-in you’ll experience with your mobile devices and how to minimize the hassle if you swap platforms.

Where I’m locked-in

The bulk of…

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