Apple's "Move to iOS" app helps Android users make the switch to an iPhone or iPad

Apple plans on offering an app that makes it easier for Android users to make the switch to iOS. Named "Move to iOS," the app will allow Android users to move over their "contacts, contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, wallpaper, and DRM-free songs and books"

The app will also help those making the switch from Android to iOS stock their iPhone or iPad with the same apps that they had installed on their old phone. Free apps that were on the Android device will be suggested for downloading on the App Store. Paid apps will show up on their iTunes Wish List.

Apple even gets a little snarky on the app. Once the transfer is complete, Apple leaves a suggestion on the screen that Android users recycle their old device at the App Store.

The "Move to iOS" app is expected to be available at around the same time that iOS 9 is released later this year.

source: Apple



1. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Copying more and more useful features from android and TW also makes this transition easier ;).

2. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

Recycle your Android phone , ha sounds rude. How about reducing the price of I phones by 100$-200$ that might help switchers more.

28. samsung_rulz

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

it does sound rude doesn't it apple would be pitching fits if google said something bout recycling your old iphone

3. gaming64 unregistered

Slap from Applr saying, "Hey, droid! Come see the new trend!" It aint gotta work for the techies Apple.

4. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

So...They decided to copy Samsung Smart Switch?

12. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

They're suing Samsung next week.

14. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

About time. It better work iPhone to iPhone too, though. Too many people skip iCloud or have forgotten too many passwords.

5. palmguy

Posts: 987; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Moto Migrate on my 2013 Moto X

6. Xavier1415

Posts: 220; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

No thanks!

7. pixelated

Posts: 108; Member since: May 03, 2015

It's the 2nd time PA has mentioned their 2nd icrAPP!

8. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

So awesome for Apple to offer a FREE recycling program for your brand new HTC M9. Not even a trade-in program where they give you 1/10th the amount you could get on eBay? Apple just can't resist the opportunity to be douches, can they?

9. waddup121 unregistered

That's pretty cool!

10. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Why would you need this app? All ya gotta do is take the SD card out from the HTC and...oh, right...

11. palmguy

Posts: 987; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Hey we'll give you $25 for your M9 so you can buy our unsubsidized iPhone 7plus X for $1200.

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

You have to commend Apple for taking the effort out of switching platforms. Odds are this app will not actually be a determining factor in whether someone switches or not, but it is a nice bit of customer service on their part, who cares if other companies did it first. Though it would have been even nicer if they fixed their text messaging black hole issue with iMessage, but I guess that they're not overly concerned with people leaving their platform.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Commend for stealing from Samsung to catch up? The same comp aybthey sued for copying Commend them for never having an original.idea since their existance? Please enlighten me.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It would be nice if apps purchased on one platform was recognized as purchased on the other.

17. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Yeah, that'd be the dogs' bollocks, but it'll never happen. Remember that Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon take their cuts out of app purchases (and IAPs). So even though you already bought it, you didn't buy it from "them", so "they" didn't get their cut. Plus, there's no way to determine an actual "switch". Plenty of people own an Android phone but choose an iPad for a tablet (and presumably vice versa, though I've never seen it). I'd bet that Google would be happy to waive their few cents per app if you could prove that you've abandoned iOS for Android/Google Play, but without a way to prove it, such a thing just won't happen.

16. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

I use both, but I still prefer Android.

18. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

well I was hoping to hear something about the 6s series to concider making a switch BUTTTT never mind i guess i stick to my laggy glitchy s5

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Expect a full unveiling in the first half of September, until then expect a flood of rumors between now and the actual release. Just remember to take everything you hear with a grain of salt, there were so many people convinced that the iPhone 6 was launching with sapphire glass and we all know how that went.

20. MajulahSingapura unregistered

meh, still love my s6 edge tho

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple S version of Samsung Smart Switch. IOS9 is a photocopy of Samsung TouchWiz. So stealing TouchWiz features right in the open. But Samsung won't sue because they k ow they are the true Ieader. Come one fanboys, what you think of your Apple Samsung all TouchWiz Galaxy 6S Note?

22. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Damn man, you love your TouchWiz. I personally think it has a lot of unnecessary changes to the stock OS, but that's just me.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I actually don't like or dislike TW When I first tried a TW based device which was the Druid Charge on VZW, which was the VZW version of the Samsung Focus which I also tried, I hated it. But I bought it to get use to the UI vs Sense which I was more use too. The Charge itself was terrible, but o but it to play with TW because I was getting the GS3. ICS was a huge improvement and I liked TW to poimt. I didn't buy anymore S models until the S6 Edge. I had the Noteb2, 3 and 4 and again not because of ztW, but because of Sapen andatherosclerosis size. I.prefer TW over Sense only after version 5 of Sense was so terrible. All the other phones for me are just ugky. I don't like Moto, Xperia or other phones. I barely like the Galaxy. I oy like it because it is the best Android IMO. I hate stick Android as those are ugky and featureless. GALAXY has nice features and I like many of them and yea TW makes them available, but I don't like TW per se. I like what it offers and I've dealt with some quiek s to Bit I 3zpext a top device dull.of features won't be perfect I don't look for perfect. Perfect is what works for me. Not just fancy looks and no substance. IOS UI is also boring and dated and the new colors for me is too...Alternative for me.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Even if Apple pays me i will never buy an ipad or iphone!

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Has anyone seen the recent tv series of the Flash? Apple is the new character known as the Reverse Flash. Nearly identical in every way, but one was actually more advanced. In this case Samsung. If you took them to court and ask anyone can you tell which one is a Samsung, many would likely pick the iPhone. iPhone 6 borrows the shape and design of the ATIV S. Down to the drilled speakers holes. Apple has a big phone now, notification screen, quick toggles, and the list goes on. Oh and you have one button to do it all, because anymore than that would be to confusing for customers.

27. samsung_rulz

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

the only thing i dont like is the whole you can recycle your android at any apple store thing. apple really had no reason to put that on there. let me decide what i want to do with my used device. i sure wouldn't give it to apple just so they can steal more features from android

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