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Google released a new app for iOS called “Switch to Android”, an equivalent of Apple’s “Move to iOS” app to move important user data from iPhone to Android smartphone.
Apple has been providing its “Move to iOS” Android app since 2015, with the app designed to help transfer data from Android device to iPhone with as little hassle as possible. On April 14, Google finally came up with its own alternative, with “Switch to Android” allowing users to migrate data from an iPhone to an Android smartphone.
According to the app store listing, the Switch to Android app transfers data including photos, videos, contacts and calendar events to a target Android device. This is all done wirelessly, rather than requiring physical cables.
The app also helps users track important steps they need to take on their iPhone before they go. This apparently includes things like disabling iMessage, as this can cause problems receiving messages on Android if it’s not properly disabled.
As part of the process, the app may ask to copy photos and videos from iCloud, to transfer them to the Android smartphone. The product listing also says the app “will ask you for a series of permissions so that data from your iPhone can be moved to your Android device.”
It’s unclear why the app is suddenly available to download and use in the App Store, given the bitter rivalry between the two platforms, as it surfaced more than six years after the app’s release. tool from Apple. It seems possible that Apple may have blocked the app from being listed in the App Store, but it’s unclear if such a stance was taken by the iPhone maker.
The “Switch to Android” app is free, 39 megabytes in size, and requires an iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 12.0 or later.