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Apple's 'Move to iOS' app for Android now available in Google Play

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Apple's 'Move to iOS' app for Android now available in Google Play
One of the most annoying hurdles to pass if you want to switch from one mobile OS to another is in making sure your data comes with you in the move. Microsoft has long had an app to make it easier for users to switch from Android (although the app suggestions have always been lacking), and now Apple is also offering an app called "Switch to iOS from Android", which is now available in Google Play. 

According to Apple, you'll be able to use the app to move from any Android 4.0+ phone or tablet to any iOS device as long as it is running iOS 9. The process itself is fairly straightforward too. Just install the 'Move to iOS' app on your Android device, start it up and accept the terms of service. During the setup process of an iOS 9 device, you'll be able to choose an option for moving from Android, which will give you a code to enter in the Android app. 

Once that is done, the two devices will connect via a private WiFi network and you'll be able to transfer over contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, and free apps. As always though, paid apps are a bit trickier. Apple has made it pretty easy by adding any paid apps you have on Android to a wishlist in iTunes. So, you'll have to buy the apps again, which can get pricey, but if you've invested a lot of money in Android apps, you might be less likely to switch anyway. 

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posted on 16 Sep 2015, 14:30 8

1. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

If it was the other way around, it would never have seen the light of day. Good on Google to let this through (unless they take it off lol).

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 14:47 1

3. epic_ninja420 (Posts: 99; Member since: 18 Nov 2014)

There is no need for an app store app to go from Apple to Android, the last time I switched from Apple to Android (5s- Sony Z3) I just downloaded a Sony app on my Z3 and it transferred everything over including messages and gave app suggestions.

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 15:05 3

7. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Just because you are savvy enough not to need it, doesn't mean everyone is. Someone can make use of it.

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 17:28 1

15. buccob (Posts: 2732; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

No need to be tech savvy, It is one of the basic Xperia apps suggested even by the manuals...

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 04:57

29. Daftama (Posts: 619; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

att mobile transfer app

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 14:42 6

2. kabiluddin (Posts: 220; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)

This app will get very poor rating.

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 14:53 1

4. cnour (Posts: 1494; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)

Recycle for free, hahahaha....good one from Apple.

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 15:04 12

5. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

See boys, Google has no issue with app devs even if they are a platform competitor, but Apple acts liek a dick to all of devs especially if they are competitors.

So if Samsung brings the G2 to iOS, how much issue will Apple have with Gear Manager for iOS? Hmmmm! We may fine out this December.

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 15:43 4

11. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Android Wear by Google, Inc.

Pebble Time by Pebble Technology Corp.

Pebble Smartwatch by Pebble Technology Corp.

Google by Google, Inc.

Google Maps by Google, Inc.

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 22:33 3

22. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Apple doesn't hate none of those guys, they hate Samsung. You Apple guys are suppose to be so smart.

I specifically said, I wonder if Apple will have an issue with the G2 con I ng to iOS.

When Apple made a watch, they made all those guys their competitors.

It was such a simple statement
I know Pebble and Google have apps for their devices, they aren't Samsung though. Remember Apple did block a Google app before...REMEMBER!!!!!

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 22:38 3

23. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Also Google Maps is what help make iOS popular. When Apple Maps roke, who did they go growling back too? GOOGLE.

just like after suing Samsung and then hiring TSMC, when they couldn't produce their chips, who did they go crawling back too?

When Apple was on the ropes and about to die who did they go crawling back too, Microsoft.

But in every single case they were difficult in allow I ng them all to get to popular on their platform. That's why Office for the Mac for a while was limited because Apple wants you all to use their stufd, but Office is to powerful.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 04:32

28. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Pebble has been approved only after weeks and only after they publicly complained:

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 15:05 8

6. Michael.Parker (Posts: 273; Member since: 22 Aug 2015)

It shows just how open and free Google Play is that Google wouldn't remove apps like this.
But Apple? Hahahahaha... There's a cold day in Hell's chance they'll allow an app making it easier to move to Android

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 16:21 1

14. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Even if they won't allow it, the apps that do allow the move such as those from HTC and Motorola do have the ability to move stuff from an iphone.

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 15:16 10

8. SirYar (Posts: 351; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

Why should I move to an inferior OS?

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 15:37

9. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

Hahaha... Move to Apple, and then "JailBreak"! O.o

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 15:42

10. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2195; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

ios 9 is crap cant update my ipad.

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 16:04

12. mrochester (Posts: 639; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)

Great to see a tool that makes it nice and easy for people to switch.

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 16:10

13. nctx77 (Posts: 2401; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


posted on 16 Sep 2015, 17:29 4

16. srgonu (Posts: 278; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)

Apple is desperate when losing..

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 17:41 1

17. gaming64 (unregistered)

So many harsh comments here. It's not desperation nor iGreed. They're just giving you an option if you want to switch or easily move contacts to your new iPhone. Dont like the idea? Cut the horsesh*t coming from your fandroid-spoiled mouths.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 02:24

26. Cicero (Posts: 924; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)

vcf file?

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 17:47

18. SamDH1 (Posts: 419; Member since: 21 Apr 2015)

The reviews are amazing :p

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 17:55

19. c.hack (Posts: 614; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)

My switch from android to iOS was seamless without this app. It was much easier than switching android phones. iPhones are very easy to set up and manage.

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 19:37 1

20. ddxmms (Posts: 170; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)

not gonna happen !

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 22:29

21. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

It's Apple Smart Switch. Copy copy copy.

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 23:09

24. legiloca (Posts: 1460; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)

*Breaks my own neck*

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 02:05

25. DeDex (Posts: 111; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)

I wonder if this app works if your iPhone was already set up beforehand: can you recover old data you left on your previous Android phone, without overwriting, for instance, any messages you previously got on your iPhone?

A relative got an iPhone recently, and they kept their old Android phone at hand waiting for the day they would be able to migrate its data on their new phone. But if this requires factory resetting your iPhone prior to the transfer... :/

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 03:12

27. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)

I would never allow this in play store !
Is something androidy in app store ? Fak NO!

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