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

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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29 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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).

3. epic_ninja420

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 18, 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.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

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

15. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

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

29. Daftama

Posts: 639; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

att mobile transfer app

2. kabiluddin

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

This app will get very poor rating.

4. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

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

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Android Wear by Google, Inc.https://appsto.re/us/CWlZ6.i Pebble Time by Pebble Technology Corp.https://appsto.re/us/0iEg5.i Pebble Smartwatch by Pebble Technology Corp.https://appsto.re/us/XwwsJ.i Google by Google, Inc.https://appsto.re/us/gjF-q.i Google Maps by Google, Inc.https://appsto.re/us/A8S3I.i

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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!!!!!

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

28. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Pebble has been approved only after weeks and only after they publicly complained:http://readwrite.com/2015/06/04/pebble-time-watch-app-app-store-approval-limbo

6. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 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

14. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

8. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Why should I move to an inferior OS?

9. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

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

10. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2260; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

ios 9 is crap cant update my ipad.

12. mrochester

Posts: 947; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

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

13. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Switchgate!

16. srgonu

Posts: 511; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Apple is desperate when losing..

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.

26. Cicero

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

vcf file?

18. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

The reviews are amazing :p

19. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 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.

20. ddxmms

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

not gonna happen !

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's Apple Smart Switch. Copy copy copy.

24. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

*Breaks my own neck*

25. DeDex

Posts: 121; Member since: Sep 01, 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... :/

27. MSi_GS70 unregistered

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

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