Перенесите свои данные из iOS ®
Android готов помогать вам всегда и во всем. Это круглосуточная защита и новые средства управления конфиденциальными данными. И конечно, приложения от Google, которые отлично работают вместе. Перейти с iPhone ® на Android очень просто – нужно сделать всего четыре шага.
Шаг 1 Скачайте Google Диск
Убедитесь, что на вашем iPhone установлена последняя версия Google Диска, и войдите в это приложение, используя аккаунт Google.
Если у вас нет аккаунта Google, вы можете создать его после скачивания Google Диска.
Шаг 2 Сохраните резервную копию данных
Создайте резервную копию своих данных на Google Диске 1 . Для этого откройте настройки Google Диска и перейдите в раздел резервного копирования. Вы можете сохранить копию всех данных или только отдельных типов контента – выбор за вами.
Шаг 3 Отключите iMessage ®
Отключите iMessage и FaceTime ® в настройках iPhone. Так вы не пропустите ни одного сообщения и звонка после перехода на Android.
Шаг 4 Войдите в аккаунт Google на новом телефоне
На устройстве Android войдите в аккаунт Google, который использовался во время резервного копирования. Вот и всё! Ваши данные автоматически появятся в Google Контактах, Календаре и Фото.
Знакомьтесь, это Android
Добро пожаловать в мир Android. Все ваши данные – мероприятия из календаря, контакты, фотографии и видео – аккуратно разложены по своим местам. А чтобы пользоваться телефоном было ещё проще и удобнее, мы создали для вас множество потрясающих функций.
Google Ассистент всегда придет на помощь
Google Ассистент поможет успевать больше. Управляйте телефоном, работайте в приложениях и открывайте сайты с помощью голосовых команд. Теперь это просто, где бы вы ни находились.
Цифровое благополучие: жизнь в равновесии
Инструменты Цифрового благополучия помогут найти баланс между цифровой и реальной жизнью. Включите режим “Отдых”, чтобы комфортнее засыпать вечером, или ограничьте время работы в приложениях с помощью специальных таймеров.
Комфортное окружение для каждого пользователя
С Android использовать телефон становится все удобнее. От субтитров для элементов интерфейса до функций, помогающих четче слышать звуки вокруг, – мы помогаем вам сделать жизнь проще.
Функция “Адаптивное энергопотребление” эффективно распределяет расход энергии между вашими приложениями и сервисами, чтобы вы могли пользоваться телефоном дольше.
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Ответы на них вы найдете в нашем Справочном центре.
Больше информации об Android
Узнайте, как использовать телефон с ОС Android и сервисы Google. Наши пошаговые инструкции и другие полезные ресурсы помогут вам раскрыть все возможности своего устройства.
- Ресурсы для разработчиков
- Android Studio и SDK
- Android Open Source Project
- Корпоративные устройства
- Для партнеров
- Каталог решений
- Блог Android
- Блог Android Enterprise
- Материалы для прессы
- Android – платформа для всех
- Связаться с командой пресс-центра
- Как работает Google Play
- Android Auto
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- Wear OS by Google
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- Справочный центр Android
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- Найти устройство
- Участвовать в исследованиях
Некоторые функции и устройства доступны не во всех странах. Наличие не гарантируется.
Поддержка некоторых функций и технологий зависит от производителя оригинального оборудования и/или устройства.
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Ready to transfer to iOS? Download the Move to iOS app to get help switching from your Android device to your new iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
If you can’t use the Google Play Store, learn how to download Move to iOS.
Before you begin
- On your Android device, make sure that Wi-Fi is turned on.
- Plug your new iOS device and your Android device into power.
- Make sure that the content you’re moving, including what’s on your external Micro SD card, will fit on your new iOS device
- If you want to transfer your Chrome bookmarks, update to the latest version of Chrome on your Android device.
Tap Move Data from Android
While you set up your new iOS device, look for the Apps & Data screen. Then tap Move Data from Android. (If you already finished setup, you need to erase your iOS device and start over. If you don’t want to erase, just transfer your content manually.)
Open the Move to iOS app
On your Android device, open the Move to iOS app. If you don’t have the Move to iOS app, you can tap the QR code button on your new iOS device and scan the QR code using the camera on your Android device to open the Google Play Store. Tap Continue, and read the terms and conditions that appear. To continue, tap Agree.
Wait for a code
On your iOS device, tap Continue when you see the Move from Android screen. Then wait for a ten-digit or six-digit code to appear. If your Android device shows an alert that you have a weak internet connection, you can ignore the alert.
Use the code
Enter the code on your Android device.
Connect to a temporary Wi-Fi network
Your iOS device will create a temporary Wi-Fi network. When asked, tap Connect to join that network on your Android device. Then wait for the Transfer Data screen to appear.
Choose your content and wait
On your Android device, select the content that you want to transfer and tap Continue. Then—even if your Android device shows that the process is complete—leave both devices alone until the loading bar that appears on your iOS device finishes. Keep your devices near each other and plugged in to power until the transfer completes. The whole transfer can take a while, depending on how much content you’re moving.
Here’s what gets transferred: contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, photo albums, files and folders, accessibility settings, display settings, web bookmarks, mail accounts, and calendars. If they’re available on both Google Play and the App Store, some of your free apps will also transfer. After the transfer completes, you can download any free apps that were matched from the App Store.
Set up your iOS device
After the loading bar finishes on your iOS device, tap Done on your Android device. Then tap Continue on your iOS device and follow the onscreen steps to finish setup for your iOS device.
Make sure that all of your content transferred. Music, books, and PDFs need to be moved over manually.
Need to get the apps that were on your Android device? Go to the App Store on your iOS device to download them.
If you need help with the transfer
- Make sure that you leave both devices alone until the transfer finishes. For example, on your Android device, the Move to iOS app should stay onscreen the whole time. If you use another app or get a phone call on your Android before the transfer finishes, your content won’t transfer.
- On your Android device, turn off apps or settings that might affect your Wi-Fi connection, like the Sprint Connections Optimizer or the Smart Network Switch. Then find Wi-Fi in Settings, touch and hold each known network, and forget the network. Then try the transfer again.
- Restart both of your devices and try again.
- On your Android device, turn off your cellular data connection. Then try the transfer again.
If you need help after the transfer
- Get help if Messages doesn’t work as expected after you transfer your content.
- If you don’t see apps from your Android device on your new iOS device, find and download them in the App Store on your new device.
- You might find that only some content transferred and your iOS device ran out of space, or your iOS device might appear full even though the transfer didn’t finish. If so, erase your iOS device and start the transfer again. Make sure that your Android content doesn’t exceed the available space on your iOS device.
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Moving your photos, contacts, calendars, and accounts from your old Android phone or tablet to your new iPhone or iPad is easier than ever with Apple’s Move to iOS app. Apple’s first Android app, it hooks your old Android and new Apple device together over a direct Wi-Fi connection and transfers over all your data. While Move to iOS app transfers a lot of your data, it doesn’t transfer your apps (as they’re not compatible), music, or any of your passwords. Additionally, you can only transfer data from an Android phone or tablet to an iPhone or iPad running iOS 9 or higher. If you’ve got the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max, you’ll have no problem.
Products used in this guide
- Apple’s new standard: iPhone 11 (From $699 at Apple)
- Transfer your files: Move to iOS (Android app) (Free at Google Play Store)
How to move your data from Android to iPhone or iPad with Move to iOS
- Set up your iPhoneor iPad until you reach the screen titled “Apps & Data”.
- Tap the “Move Data from Android” option.
- On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Play Store and search for Move to iOS.
- Open the Move to iOS app listing.
- Tap Install
Choose Open after it’s installed.
Select Agree and then Next on the Android phone or tablet.
On your Android device, enter the 12-digit code displayed on the iPhone or iPad.
After entering the code, the Android device will connect with your iPhone or iPad over a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connection and determine what data will be transferred.
It will ask whether you want to transfer your Google Account info (so that you can quickly log in on your new Apple device), Chrome bookmarks, text messages, contacts, and the photos and videos in your camera roll. Select everything you want to move over.
Your Android phone or tablet will transfer the selected data over to your iPhone or iPad and place the appropriate content into the correct apps. The two devices will disconnect, and Android will prompt you to take your old device to the Apple Store, where they’ll recycle it for free.
Once the transfer process is complete, tap on Continue Setting Up iPhone or Continue Setting Up iPad on your device and carry on setting up a new Apple ID or logging into your existing one.
Once the setup process is completed, you’ll be prompted to log in to the accounts you transferred from your old Android device. Do that, and then you’re good to go!
How long the transfer process takes varies depending on how much data you’re transferring — especially if you were storing many photos and videos. We transferred roughly 400MB of files, and it took about 8 minutes from starting to set up our iPhone to entering account passwords.
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The unlisted Switch to Android app for iOS is now available to download
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Google has quietly released a free app for iOS to help you easily carry over data from an iPhone to an Android device, as reported by 9to5Google. The Switch To Android app works wirelessly, meaning you won’t have to worry about connecting the two phones with a cable.
“The Switch to Android app from Google helps you quickly and securely move your most important data types — photos, videos, contacts, and calendar events — to a brand new Android device without fussy cables,” according to the app’s description on the App Store. That list does not include messages, so it appears the app won’t be able to transfer those, though it will walk you through how to turn off iMessage so “you don’t miss text messages from friends and family.”
9to5Google says this is an unlisted app, and that does appear to be the case, as I can’t find it when searching the App Store on my iPhone. However, you can download it right now from this direct link. Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about when the app might officially become listed on the App Store.
If you want to get an idea of how the app will work in practice, check out 9to5Google’s hands-on video:
Apple has offered a similar app to help users migrate from Android to iPhone, called “Move to iOS,” since 2015.
Google and Samsung made moving iPhone data to your new Android phone simple and easy. You can even transfer your iMessage history.
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Switching from an old phone to a new one can be stressful, especially if you’re going from an iPhone to one that runs on Android. You have to transfer your number, move your photos and videos and remember passwords to accounts and apps. Switching phones with different operating systems makes everything even more of a hassle. In recent years, companies like Google and Samsung have made it quite easy to go from your iPhone 8 with a cracked screen to a Galaxy Z Flip 3 with its sleek clamshell design and folding screen.
The secret to an easy-peasy transfer process lies with the tiny plastic adapter that Google and Samsung (sometimes) include in the box. It’s like hiring professional movers to move your stuff, unpack it and decorate your new house just like your old one! The adapter has a USB-A connector on one end and a USB-C connector on the other that allows you to connect your new phone to your old iPhone. You can also use an USB-C to lighting cable for newer phones like the iPhone 11 and 12.
With the adapter, photos, videos, files, music and wallpaper transfer over. You can even use it to automatically download any Android versions of free iOS apps you had on your old Apple phone. And as far as iMessage, while Apple’s messaging service won’t work on an Android phone, you can even move your message history and threads to your new phone.
Switch from iPhone to a Google Pixel phone
If you’re switching specifically from an iPhone to a Google Pixel the first thing you want to do is to charge up both phones. Next, you’re going to turn off iMessage across all of your Apple devices – any device that uses your AppleID. Go to Settings, then Messages and then toggle off iMessage.
If your new Pixel came with a SIM card , install it, turn the phone on and tap the Start button. Next, connect to a Wi-Fi network and then select Copy your data. Now unlock your old iPhone, and put your lighting power cable into the bottom. Then, plug the other end into the “magic adapter” which Google calls a Quick Switch Adapter (QSA). Finally, plug in the QSA into the Pixel. You can also use a USB-C to Lighting cable.
The Pixel uses an adapter to directly connect to your iPhone and transfer the data you choose.
When prompted, tap Trust on your iPhone. Then sign into your Google Account on the Pixel. Next, choose what exactly you want to copy (photos, music, messages, etc.), then tap Copy.
Now it’s time for your Pixel to actually transfer everything. Depending on how much stuff you’re moving, this can take anywhere from a few minutes to a couple of hours. While the transfer happens, you can continue setting up your phone like adding a PIN or setting up Google Assistant and Google Pay. Once the transfer completes, you’re done. Check to make sure everything you wanted to migrate actually did and enjoy your new Google life.
Thanks to Google and Samsung, we found two easy ways to switch from an iPhone to Android.
Switch from an iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy phone
If you got a new Samsung Galaxy phone it also comes with an adapter, though you can also move your data over Wi-Fi, too. I recommend using the adapter because it’s faster. You can also use a USB-C to Lighting cable to connect the two. Just like the Pixel transfer, the first thing you need to do is make sure both phones are charged up and turn off iMessage on your iPhone.
However, unlike the Pixel, you have the option to set up your Galaxy phone as new and then transfer the data which means you can start using your phone right away instead of waiting. To start the transfer, open the Smart Switch app on your Samsung phone. Your phone might take a minute to download the app.
Once you have it opened, you might be prompted to send or receive data. Tap Receive. Then, choose how you want to transfer: Wi-Fi or cable. Next, connect both phones with the adapter and your iPhone’s lightning cable – if you’re transferring over Wi-Fi, there’s no need to connect the phones together with a cable.
Samsung Galaxy phones, like Google’s Pixel phones, let you select exactly what kinds of data to import from your old iPhone.
On the iPhone, tap Trust and on the Samsung phone you’ll see a message pop up that reads Connecting to your iPhone. If your iPhone uses encryption for backup, you might be prompted to enter your password. It should be your Apple ID password.
Next, the Samsung phone will scan your iPhone for data. This can take a few minutes after which you can choose exactly what kind of data you want to bring over. Then, tap the transfer arrow. The actual transfer can take a couple of minutes to an hour. Once it’s done, go through your new Samsung phone and check on your data. If you’re not finding your photos and videos in the Gallery app, check the Google Photos app.
Now that you have all your data moved onto your new phone, you can learn six new camera tricks on the Galaxy Note 10.
If you’re moving from an iPhone to a Samsung Android device, you can transfer your account information, profile photo, individual chats, group chats, chat history, media and settings. You can’t transfer your call history or display name.
What do I need?
- Samsung SmartSwitch app version 18.104.22.168 or greater installed on your new device
- WhatsApp iOS version 22.214.171.124 or greater on your old device
- WhatsApp Android version 126.96.36.199 or greater on your new device
- USB-C to Lightning cable (or equivalent adapters)
- Use the same phone number on the new device as the old device.
- Your new Android device must be factory new or reset to factory settings.
How to migrate from iPhone to Samsung
- Turn on your Samsung and connect by cable to your iPhone when prompted.
- Follow the Samsung Smart Switch experience.
- When prompted, scan the QR code displayed on the new device using the iPhone’s camera.
- Tap Start on your iPhone, and wait for the process to complete.
- Continue setting up your new Samsung.
- When you reach the home screen, open WhatsApp and log in using the same phone number used on your old device.
- Tap Import when prompted, and allow the process to complete.
- Finish activating your new device and you’ll see your chats waiting for you.
Note: Your old device will still have your data unless you wipe it or delete WhatsApp.
What happens to my data?
Transferring your data locally by cable means:
- Transferred data doesn’t go to cloud storage as a result of the migration (though you may have sent this data to your cloud storage separately via Chat Backup).
- WhatsApp can’t see the data you transfer.
What messages can I transfer to my new phone?
You can transfer:
- Personal messages
You can’t transfer:
- Peer to peer payment messages
Can I transfer my call history?
Your WhatsApp call history can’t be transferred from an iPhone device to a Samsung device.
Last year, reports began circulating that Google was developing a “Switch to Android” app for iOS users looking to make the jump from iPhone to a smartphone running Google’s Android OS. Now that app has arrived. On Monday, Google quietly launched the Switch to Android app on the App Store in a number of global markets, including the U.S. As expected, the app promises to make the transition between mobile platforms easier to manage by helping users import their contacts, calendar, photos, and videos to their new Android phone.
The app also instructs users how to turn off Apple’s iMessage in order to get text messages on their new device and has them connect with iCloud to migrate their photo and video library to Android.
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Google’s Switch to Android website has not yet been updated to indicate the new app is available and the company hasn’t officially announced its launch. The app is also not appearing on Google’s developer page on the App Store or in App Store search results. It can only be found when clicking the direct link.
Currently, the Switch to Android website guides users through the standard process for moving to Android which involves users backing up their contacts, calendar, photos, and videos via the Google Drive iOS app before changing devices.
The company’s plan to develop a standalone app for iPhone-to-Android switchers was first uncovered last year, when the website 9to5Google dug into the code within Android’s official Data Restore Tool and spotted a reference to a Google-developed Switch to Android app for iOS. The site just last month noted the app appeared to have gained the ability automatically migrate a users’ photos and videos from iCloud to Google Photos, also based on mentions in another Android app’s code.
There have been other hints that Google has been working to make it easier for users to shift their media content to its own platform and services through backend developments. Recently, Google announced an update to the Google Photos app that offered a way for mobile device owners to copy over photos from rival cloud storage services, including iCloud, Facebook and others. Before, transfers had to originate from Facebook or iCloud, not from Google’s app itself.
Unfortunately, one thing Google’s new Switch to Android iOS app doesn’t help with is migrating a users’ applications. This is likely due to limitations as to what third-party apps can access on the user’s device. Apps aren’t supposed to scan the user’s iPhone to extract a list of all the other apps a user has installed, that is.
In its App Store description, the new app promotes its ability to handle moving users’ content between devices without the use of “fussy cables,” meaning the two phones don’t have to be physically linked together to complete the process, as an added perk.
Google’s app is arriving many years after Apple’s app that helped switch Android users to iPhone. Back in September 2015, Apple launched its Move to iOS app for Android users which, notably, was its first app on Google Play (besides those from its acquisition Beats.). Similarly, its app helped to migrate users’ data including their Camera Roll, Messages, Google Account, Contacts, and Bookmarks.
The app is publicly available from the URL here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1581816143.
Google didn’t provide comment ahead of publication, but later reached out to alert us to the fact that the app is not currently available for download in the iOS app store — as we had already noted in our original story above.
Updated 4/13/22, 3:50 PM ET with Google’s comment.
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Google has finally countered Apple’s “Move to iOS” app by releasing “Switch to Android” for iOS on the App Store, confirming earlier rumors. As the name indicates, it’s designed to help iPhone and iPad users import contacts, photos, calendars and video to an Android device. It also shows users how to turn off iMessage in favor of Android messaging and transfer photos/videos by connecting to iCloud.
Google dropped the new app without a lot of fanfare, as TechCrunch notes. On its Switch to Android website, the app is still not mentioned and can only be found on the App Store with a direct link — search results still turn up nothing.
The app is a big improvement over the current system, which requires you to back up photos, video, calendar and contacts using the Google Drive iOS app. It was first spotted last summer by 9to5Google in code tucked into Google’s Data Transfer Tool, and seen in a more recent release with the ability to import iCloud video and photos into Google Photos.
Apple’s equivalent app arrived way back in September 2015, so Google certainly took its time responding. “Move to iOS” works in much the same way, helping users import photos, video, messages, contacts and more over to an iOS device. One Android device maker, Samsung, has its own device migration app as well called Smart Switch, helping you switch from an iPhone or other Android device to a Galaxy smartphone. However, it’s only available on Google Play or its own Galaxy store and doesn’t run on iOS.
Switching from iPhone to Android isn’t so difficult
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Switching from iPhone to Android is relatively simple. While the Android OS and Apple’s iOS each have fiercely loyal users who would never imagine switching to the other platform, it does happen. Many people switch more than once before choosing a winner. An Android user might get fed up with the operating system’s fragmentation, or an Apple user may tire of the walled garden and take the plunge.
With that switch comes a learning curve and the daunting task of transferring important data, including contacts and photos, and setting up apps. Switching from iOS to Android doesn’t have to be difficult, especially since many Google-centric apps are available on iOS, making it easier to back up data. One way that helps with the transition is that iCloud is available on Android, though with limited functionality.
Just be prepared to spend some time getting used to the new interface. And once you’re up and running, you can sell or repurpose your old iPhone.
The directions below should apply no matter who made your Android phone: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.
Set up Gmail and Sync Contacts and Calendar
Android smartphones require you to have a Gmail address. Aside from email, your Gmail address serves as a login for all Google services, including the Google Play Store. If you already have a Google account and have your Gmail contacts synced with your iPhone, then you can log in, and your contacts will transfer to your new device. You can also transfer your contacts from iCloud by exporting them as a vCard, then importing them into Gmail, or sync your contacts from iTunes.
Not sure where you saved your contacts? Go to Settings and tap your name up top, then tap iCloud and toggle Contacts to the on position.
Google Drive for iOS has a feature that lets you back up your contacts, calendar, and camera roll. It may take a few hours the first time you do it, but it’ll save a lot of time when you switch to Android.
If you have email on other platforms, such as Yahoo or Outlook, you can set up those accounts, too, using the Android Email app or the Gmail app.
Next, you want to sync your calendar with Gmail, if you haven’t already, so you don’t lose any appointments. You can do this easily in your iPhone settings. Google Calendar is also compatible with iOS devices, so you can still coordinate with other iOS users and access your calendar on an iPad.
Back up Photos to Ease the iPhone to Android Transfer
The easiest way to move your photos from your iPhone to Android is to use the Google Photos app for iOS.
Sign in with your Gmail, tap the back up & sync option from the menu, then download Google Photos on your Android, and sign in.
Transfer Your Music From iPhone to Android
If you’re an Apple Music user, you don’t have to quit—it’s available on Android (Apple’s first Android app). Sign in with your Apple ID, and you’re good to go.
If you don’t use Apple Music, you can import your music into another service such as Spotify or Amazon Music. In any case, it’s always a good idea to regularly back up your music and other digital data.
Bye Bye iMessage, Hello Google Messages
If you’ve been using iMessage to communicate with friends and family, you’ll have to find a replacement, as it’s not available on Android.
If you can’t cope with the green bubble effect when texting with iMessage users, there is a complicated workaround to get the app on your Android.
Before you get rid of your iPhone or iPad, be sure to turn iMessage off so your messages don’t continue getting redirected there, in case another iOS user texts you using your email address.
Go to Settings > Messages, and toggle iMessage off. If you’ve already ditched your iPhone, you can contact Apple and ask them to deregister your phone number with iMessage.
Google Messages is a good replacement for iMessage since it’s available on your smartphone and computer. It also incorporates Google Pay, so you can send and receive money right from the messaging app.
Other Android-compatible replacements for iMessage include Pushbullet, which also lets you send texts from your smartphone, tablet, and desktop as long as you’re online, as well as WhatsApp and Google Hangouts.
Getting Used to Android After Your Switch
Android and iOS are very different, and there is a learning curve when switching between the two operating systems. You have to trade Siri for Google Assistant, but the virtual assistants work rather similarly. Plus, you may already use Google Assistant with a Google Home or other smart speaker.
Take some time to set up your new Android, play around with the phone’s settings, and be sure to back up your data regularly.
iPhone users will have to get used to the back button and the “all apps” button, which are on either side of the home button and are either real hardware buttons or more commonly soft keys. The first thing you’ll probably notice is how few limitations there are in the Android OS in terms of customization.
Play around with widgets for weather, fitness, news, and other apps, and consider personalizing your interface with an Android launcher.
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Google has released a new app for iOS called “Switch to Android,” a counterpart to Apple’s “Move to iOS” app for moving important user data from an iPhone to an Android smartphone.
Apple has provided its “Move to iOS” Android app since 2015, with the app built to help transfer data from an Android device to an iPhone, with as little fuss as possible. On April 14, Google finally offered its own alternative, with “Switch to Android” enabling users to migrate data away from an iPhone and onto 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 performed wirelessly, rather that requiring any physical cables.
The app also assists by taking users through important steps that they should perform on their iPhone before switching away. This apparently includes tasks such as turning off iMessage, as that can cause problems with receiving messages on Android if not properly disabled.
As part of the process, the app can make a request to copy photos and video from iCloud, for transfer over to the Android smartphone. The product listing also says the app will “ask you for a series of permissions so that your iPhone’s data can be moved to your Android device.”
It is unclear why the app is suddenly available to download and use in the App Store, given the bitter rivalry between the two platforms, as well as it surfacing over six years after Apple’s tool was released. It seems feasible that Apple could’ve prevented the app from being listed in the App Store, but it is unknown if such a position 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.
Following Apple’s “Switch to iOS” app, which launched in 2015.
If you are an iPhone user looking to switch over to an Android smartphone, but are worrying about how you will carry over data between the two, Google has created an iPhone app that will make the switch less of a headache on your end.
As spotted by 9to5Google, the tech giant has quietly released a free app on its competitor’s storefront titled “Switch to Android.” As the name implies, the app is designed to help you quickly and securely move things such as contacts, calendar events, and photos from your iOS device over to Android. Unfortunately, the app does not allow you to transfer your messages between iOS to Android.
The app is unlisted, meaning typing in the app’s name and even looking at Google LLC’s App Store profile doesn’t show it available for download. Fortunately, 9to5Google shared the direct link for those looking to download it. Google did not immediately respond to IGN’s request for comment on the app, or when it will receive a wider release.
Interestingly, the app works wirelessly, meaning you do not have to worry about connecting the two phones with a USB cable. Previously, the data transfer from iPhone to Android was a lot more complicated than upgrading from one iPhone to another and vice versa. It required backing up your data over to a Google Drive and then manually restoring it on the new Android device. It was made somewhat easier with Android 12, but it is only for transferring WhatsApp messages. The new app smoothens the process significantly.
Google has taken a page out of Apple’s playbook, as the iPhone maker released a “Move to iOS” app on the Play Store in 2015, which tries to convert Android users into iPhone users while also making it as easy as possible to make the switch.
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- Google has released a new app for iOS users, dubbed as Switch to Android .
- The app, as the name suggests, helps users in switching from iOS to Android .
- It allows the user to easily transfer their files from an iPhone to an Android device.
Google has finally released a much-awaited app that will help iOS users to move to an Android device. The company has been working on the app for some time now, and it’s finally here dubbed as Switch to Android.
The Switch to Android app is currently unlisted on the App Store and was first spotted by 9to5Google. It can only be accessed using this link. The app allows you to wirelessly transfer the files from your iPhone to an Android device, meaning you won’t have to worry about connecting your devices.
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As mentioned above, users will be able to move their photos, videos, contacts and calendar events from an iPhone to an Android device. This means that you will not be able to transfer your call history and messages.
The app will also guide you through turning off iMessage so that you don’t miss any messages from friends or family members. The app will also help you transfer your photos and videos from iCloud.
Here’s how the app works
Once you start the app, you will be shown a QR code on the iPhone and a scanner on the Android device. Once you scan the QR code, you will be able to connect to the iPhone.
The app will then guide you through the process of transferring your files to the Android device and turning off iMessage. Finally, you will be able to transfer your photos and videos from iCloud.
Users will be able to use the app once it is officially launched by Google.
New Delhi. Google has released a new switch to the Android app for iOS users. This is for those who want to switch from iPhone to Android smartphone. It is unlisted on the App Store. This means that this app will not be found by searching users at the moment. Switching to the Android app allows users to transfer important information, including calendar events, photos and videos, without a cable connection. Apple already provides a similar app on the Play Store for Android users switching to iOS.
According to a report by 9to5Google, the listing of the new Switch to Android app is now live on the App Store as an unlisted app. Users who download the app will be told the process to transfer their data to their new Android phone. This also includes the important step of disabling iMessage. This step will ensure that messages from other iPhone users are delivered as SMS to the new Android phone.
With the new Switch to Android app, users will be able to transfer contacts, calendar events, photos and videos from their iPhone to a new Android phone. Earlier, users needed to transfer their data from their iPhone to Google Drive which took up a lot of space. The Switch to Android app will also allow users to transfer user photos from iCloud to Google Photos.
How to download and use Switch to Android app on your iPhone
- Download Switch to Android App by clicking on this link (https://apps.apple.com/in/app/id1581816143).
- Launch the app Click on Start button. Then scan the QR code shown on your Android phone.
- On your Android phone, select your iPhone in the list of devices.
- Select the toggles for Contacts, Calendar Events, Photos and Videos, and then tap Continue.
- After the copying process is complete, disable iMessage by tapping on the Go to Settings button.
- Request a copy of your iCloud data by tapping Start Request on the next screen.
- Close the app and continue with the setup on your Android phone.
To switch to Android, the App Store listing suggests that users will need iOS 12 or later on their iPhone to use it. Let the users know that the app will ask for permission to access the data on the users’ iPhone to complete the transfer on the Android device. There is no information on when it will be listed on the App Store.
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Google’s migration app comes years after Apple released its a similar app for Android devices (Image credit: Unsplash)
Google has silently rolled out the app to several global markets
- The app will let iPhone users migrate their data from iOS to Android without the need for physical cables.
- The transferable data includes messages, contacts, photos, videos and calendar events.
- The app is currently not listed on the App Store and can be accessed via a link.
Several years after Apple launched its first Android app, which helped Android users migrate to iOS easily, Google has now silently rolled out the Switch to Android app. The app has been rolled out to several global market and aims to make transition between Android and iPhone devices easy. As the name suggests, the app will let iPhone users migrate their data from iOS to Android without the need for physical cables. The transferable data includes messages, contacts, photos, videos and calendar events. The app is currently not listed on the app store, but can be accessed by clicking on the link here.
“The Switch to Android app from Google helps you quickly and securely move your most important data types, photos, videos, contacts, and calendar events to a brand new Android device without fussy cables. The app also walks you through other important steps to setting up your device, like turning off iMessage so you don’t miss text messages from friends and family. The app will ask you for a series of permissions so that your iPhone’s data can be moved to your Android device,” the app description reads.
Step by step explanation of how the ‘Switch To Android’ app works (Image credit: Google)
Here’s how you can transfer data from iOS to Android using the new app:
– Download app using the above link and initiate the migration process
– Select data that you want to transfer (Contacts, calendar events, photos and videos)
– Deactivate iMessage to recieve messages easily on new device (Go to Settings > Settings > Messages> Turn off iMessage)
– Allow persmission to copy photos and videos from iCloud.
It is important to ensure that the device is sufficiently charged and is connected to the internet during the entire process.
A teardown of Android’s data transfer tool suggests the Switch to Android app will make it easier to import iCloud data to Google Photos
Google is working on a ‘Switch to Android’ app for iOS that reportedly may be able to pull data directly from users’ iCloud into Google Photos.
9to5Google has been following Google’s Switch to Android app development for a while. It seems similar to Apple’s ‘Move to iOS‘ app for those making the jump from Google’s mobile OS to Apple’s.
The Switch to Android app appears to connect an iOS device to an Android handset using Wi-Fi and copies data that way, rather than the old method of backing up data to Google Drive and then restoring it.
9to5 says the app will be able to copy contacts, messages, and possibly even apps between devices. That said, app transfer is more likely a feature that checks for installed apps on iOS and then attempts to install those same apps from the Play Store — I highly doubt that it would transfer paid apps or anything exclusive to iOS.
The publication says that in a teardown of Google’s ‘Data Transfer Tool‘ app on Android, it found what looks to be an option to migrate iCloud data to Google’s ecosystem. More specifically, it seems Switch to Android will be able to move photos and videos from iCloud to Google Photos automatically.
The main way to move iCloud data like photos to Google services is to use Apple’s data transfer tool (available at privacy.apple.com) and then wait several days for the process to complete. It’s unclear if the Switch to Android app would streamline this process or replace it with something much faster.
Finally, 9to5 also found a line in a description within the Data Transfer Tool Android app that suggests it will work with Lightning cables. My experience with the tool is that it can already use a Lightning cable to connect an iPhone to an Android phone — the app shows an illustration of what appears to be a Lightning cable when telling users to connect a “cable that fits [their] old phone” to transfer data. It seems like this change is more of a clarification than anything.
Ultimately, it sounds like Google’s working hard to make switching from iOS to Android smoother going forward. That’s a win in my books — platform lockdown is incredibly frustrating, and anything that makes it easy for people to switch ecosystems is welcome.
(Pocket-lint) – Google appears to have quietly released a ‘Switch to Android’ iOS app – one that allows iPhone users to easily transfer their data over to an Android phone without a cable.
That’s according to the eagle-eyed folks at 9to5Google, at least, who have showed off the ins and outs of the previously rumoured app in a new video.
The outlet first reported on the existence of the Switch to Android last year after mentions of it were spotted in an APK teardown.
Now, we seem to have the resulting app – albeit in an unlisted form, at present.
“The Switch to Android app from Google helps you quickly and securely move your most important data types — photos, videos, contacts, and calendar events — to a brand new Android device without fussy cables,” reads the apps’ description on the Apple App Store.
Interestingly, as 9to5Google suggests, this list doesn’t include messages, though the app does appear to walk users through how to turn off iMessage and avoid the confusion that leaving it turned on entails.
As the report also indicates, the app currently isn’t available to download from the App Store through traditional means. And, when we tried it at the time of writing, that still proves to be true.
With that said, it does appear that you can download it from this link to the App Store.
Just when Google (or Apple) decides to eventually list the app officially remains to be seen, but it should give those switching a much easier route to do so – and a long overdue one.
Hopefully, we can soon see Switch to Android replicate the same experience that Samsung Smart Switch has created.
Ready to give up on Apple’s walled garden? Google will help you transfer your info over to your shiny new Pixel phone.
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If you’re ready to make the jump from Apple’s iPhone to an Android phone, the process just got a whole lot easier when it comes to transferring all of your data, thanks to Google’s latest iPhone app, Switch to Android.
Right now, the app only works for those who are ditching their iPhone for one of Google’s Pixel phones, but there’s no apparent reason (other than a benefit for Pixel owners) that the feature can’t eventually make its way to more Android devices.
Below I’ll walk you through transferring from iPhone to Android using the new Switch to Android app.
Install Switch to Android before you set up your Pixel phone
Before you start setting up your Pixel phone, you’ll need to install the Switch to Android app on your iPhone. You can find a direct link to the app here, or search the App Store for “Switch to Android” from Google.
It’s a small app, with little setup, so it’ll only take a few seconds. While you’re doing that, though, it’s a good idea to connect both your new Android phone and your iPhone to a charger to ensure their respective batteries have enough power to get through the transfer process. The more of a charge, the better.
Connect your iPhone to your new Android phone
Next, power up your Pixel phone and connect it to your Wi-Fi. When you get to the screen asking how you want to copy the data from your old phone, tap Next followed by Next once again on the screen labeled “Use your old device.”
To complete the transfer, you have two options: Connect your iPhone directly to your Pixel phone with a USB-C to Lightning cable, or transfer wirelessly. Using a wired connection is going to be faster, but not everyone has a USB-C to Lightning cable.
If you need to transfer wirelessly, tap the text No cable? followed by Using an iPhone device? on the next screen. Approve the location access request on your Pixel phone, then sign in to your Google account when prompted. After your Google account is added, your Android phone will display a QR code that you’ll need to use the Switch to Android app on your iPhone to scan.
Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/ZDNet
Open the Switch to Android app on your iPhone, accept the terms and conditions and then go to the next screen, where you’ll see a viewfinder to scan the QR code on your Pixel. Accept the prompts on your iPhone to allow the two devices to connect. Next, you’ll be asked to grant the Switch to Android app access to your personal information such as photos, contacts, and calendars. You can select OK or Approve for contacts and calendar, but for photos, make sure you allow access to all photos.
Once you approve all access requests, your iPhone will prepare itself for the transfer. But before it starts moving your data, you’ll have one last chance to pick what exactly makes the move. On the screen labeled “Step 2 of 4,” you can turn any info category on or off, as well as select the specific photos and videos you want to transfer. Once you’re happy, tap on Continue.
Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/ZDNet
Leave the Switch to Android app open on your iPhone will it works to gather and then transfer your data. On your Android phone, however, you can continue following the setup prompts, which include approving permissions, setting a PIN code to secure your phone, and so on.
After you’ve gone through the transfer process, which can take a while depending on how much data you’re moving over, you’ll be reminded to turn off iMessage on your iPhone.
Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/ZDNet
The final, optional, step is to request Apple transfer your photos and videos to Google Photos. This is something that’s not widely known about Apple’s iCloud account services — you can sign in to your Apple ID account and request Apple move your photos and videos over for you, but it only supports Google Photos as of right now. Read through Google’s support page if you have questions.
Your iPhone will tell you it’s done, and you’ll see a similar message on your Pixel phone showing you the transfer is complete. Tap Done and then follow the rest of the prompts on your new Android phone.
After confirming that all of your data has indeed made the transition over to your Android phone, make sure to properly reset it before giving it to someone else, selling it, or trading it in. Here’s how you can do just that.
Google is making it easier to switch from an iPhone to an Android phone — without using any cables.
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Google is yet to officially announce support for the unlisted Switch to Android app
- Switch to Android runs on any iPhone running iOS 12 or newer
- Users will need the link to the App Store listing to download the app
- Switch to Android can transfer user data from and iPhone wirelessly
Google has silently released a new Switch to Android app for iOS users who want to switch over from an iPhone to an Android smartphone. It is currently unlisted on the App Store, which means users cannot simply search and download the app. The Switch to Android app will allow users to transfer important information including contacts, calendar events, photos, and videos — without any cables. Apple already offers a similar app on the Play Store for Android users switching to iOS.
The listing for the new Switch to Android app is now live on the App Store as an unlisted app for iPhone owners looking to move out of Apple’s ecosystem, according to a report by 9to5Google. Users who download the app will be guided through the process of transferring their data to their new Android phone — including the important step of disabling iMessage, to ensure that messages from other iPhone users are delivered as SMS on the new Android phone.
With the new Switch to Android app, users will be able to transfer contacts, calendar events, photos, and videos from their iPhone to a new Android phone. Previously, users would need to transfer their data to Google Drive from their iPhone, which could take up quite a bit of storage space — or connect a Lightning to USB Type-C cable on a phone running on Android 12. In addition to photos and videos that can be copies from the iPhone, the Switch to Android app will also allow users to transfer their photos from iCloud to Google Photos.
Unlike Apple’s Move to iOS app that has been accessible on the Google Play store since September 2015, the Switch to Android app is currently unlisted on the App Store. Earlier this year, Apple added support for ‘unlisted app distribution’ which allows users to download apps accessible via a direct link.
Gadgets 360 was able to verify that the new Switch to Android app was not visible when searching the App Store, but was accessible by visiting the direct link on the App Store.
Google is offering its own app which will let iOS users ‘Switch to Android’ as the name states.
Apple has offered a ‘Move to iOS’ app for while now, and the app as the name suggests lets any Android user make an easy switch to iOS. Now, it looks like Google is offering its own app which will let iOS users ‘Switch to Android’ as the name states. The app, which has been reportedly in the making for some time now, is available as an unlisted link on the App Store.
This means that if you search for ‘Switch to Android’ you will not find the link, reports 9to5Google, which first found the app. However, a direct link is available for the app for those who wish to download it. We were able to download it from the link as well, which can be accessed here (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1581816143)
9to5Google had reported last year that Google was working on such an app, and it looks like the soft launch has taken place now. We will have to wait and see when Google decides to do the full release. We also managed to download the app on iPhone 12 Pro Max.
When you open the app, it states a user will be able to securely move all photos, videos and contacts to their Android device. Users have to accept the terms and service before moving forward. Users then have to scan the QR code which the Android phone should show during setup. Currently that’s not an option on Android. However, based on the screenshots posted on the App Store, it looks like the next step in the setup lets users choose which data they want transferred.
Google has now secretly launched an app that would make switching to Android from iOS easier. The app helps users in transferring their data from iPhone to Android phone.
- Google’s Switch to Android app helps users in switching from iOS to Android.
Google is clever and how. Smartphone users have always found it difficult to switch from Android to iOS and vice versa. However, Google has now secretly launched an app that would make switching to Android from iOS easier. The app helps users with transferring their data from an iPhone to an Android phone. As per 9to5 Google, the app is called Switch to Android and it can function with a wire, which means you would not require any data cable to transfer data from an iPhone to Android.
When we switch to an Android phone from an iPhone or vice versa, we lose the data. Unless you take the long route of transferring your pictures and videos to the computer and then transferring them again to a phone. This lengthy process is something no user wants to go through. Google’s new app will make things simpler for users.
“The Switch to Android app from Google helps you quickly and securely move your most important data types, photos, videos, contacts, and calendar events — to a brand new Android device without fussy cables.The app also walks you through other important steps to setting up your device, like turning off iMessage so you don’t miss text messages from friends and family.The app will ask you for a series of permissions so that your iPhone’s data can be moved to your Android devic,”the app description reads.
The app will let users transfer contacts, calender events, photos and videos from an iPhone to an Android phone. Users can also copy their iCloud data using the Switch to Android app.
As per 9to5 Google, the Switch to Android is an unlisted app and therefore, if you search for it in the App Store, you will not find it. The app can be downloaded through a direct link but it is yet to make an appearance on the App Store. Google is yet to reveal when the app will be finally listed on the App Store so that people can download. We wonder what Apple has to say about Google’s new app.
Back in 2021, Google started working on a new app to help the audience to transfer data from iOS devices to Android. The company has finally released the stable version of the “Switch To Android” app for iPhone users. The latest app by Google will allow iPhone users to easily transfer content from their old iPhones to new Android smartphones. How can you download and use the latest “Switch To Android” app to move your data from your old iPhone to a new Android device? Below are the steps:
Switch To Android App Makes It Hassle-Free To Transfer Data From iPhones To Android
Google has officially released the stable version of the “Switch To Android” application. The dedicated app for data transfers between iOS to Android ecosystem has been now added to Apple’s App Store. With the availability of this new app, iPhone users will now get the option to transfer all the necessary data from their old iPhones wireless to their new Android phones.
This is one of the most useful apps that will simplify the migration process between iOS and Android phones and tablets. It is worth mentioning that Apple already has a similar application available on its platform that lets Android users easily transfer data from old Android phones to iOS devices.
Google might be slightly delayed with bringing the stable version of this app to the Apple App Store, but finally is catering to the audience’s high demand for this app. With this app available, users will be able to transfer all the data wirelessly from one device to another. Earlier, this process required one to use any third-party app or wired connection with laptops or PCs to copy-paste content.
How To Transfer Data From iOS to Android Using ‘Switch to Android’ App
Step 1: You will need to download the Switch to Android app on your respective devices to begin with the data transfer process. Open the App Store and do the same.
Step 2: Once the installation is complete, follow the on-screen steps to move the data from iOS to Android devices.
Step 3: Since the entire process is completed using Wi-Fi, make sure you have an active Wi-Fi connection that can be accessed on both devices. The pairing process will be initiated on the required devices using a QR code scan.
Step 4: Make sure you have cleaned your older device if you plan to switch to the new Android phone entirely and not use the older device going forward. This will make sure your data doesn’t land in the wrong hands if anyhow the privacy is compromised.
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Been wanting to make the switch from iOS to Android but dreading the data transfer process? Google has launched a new app that makes switching from iPhone to Android a breeze
- 13:55, 18 APR 2022
There’s no rule to prevent you from deciding to switch from iOS and trying out Android for a change.
However, many of us tend to avoid switching phone operating systems because of how hard it can be to transfer all your data across.
Now Google has a launched a new app that’s aimed at making switching from iPhone to Android a breeze by allowing users to easily move their photos, videos, contacts and even their calendar events to a brand new Android phone.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Switch to Android app including how it works and where to download it from.
What is the Switch to Android app for iOS?
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iPhone users wanting to switch to Android can easily make the switch with Google’s new “Switch to Android” iOS app.
The app, which launched last Monday, helps users to transfer their data in a secure way from an iOS to an Android-based device.
The Switch to Android software allows you to quickly migrate important data like images, movies, contacts and calendar events.
It is also wireless, which means users will not have to worry about connecting the two phones with a cable to transfer any of the data.
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While the app doesn’t allow communications like messages to be transferred between phones, it does teach users how to stop iMessages so they don’t miss texts from friends and family.
The Switch to Android app also guides users through setting up their new device, turning off iMessages as well as copying photos and videos from the iCloud storage.
Presently, the website also walks customers through the general Android migration procedure, including how to back-up contacts, calendar, pictures and videos via the Google Drive iOS app before switching devices.
How to download the Switch to Android app
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The Switch to Android app is temporarily “delisted”, which means it can’t be found through an Apple App Store search, according to Google.
It is also not displayed in the App Store search results or on Google’s developer website. However, it can be downloaded via a direct link.
The app’s purpose is comparable to Apple’s ‘Move to iOS’ software – which has been free to download from the Google Play Store since 2015 – and helps Android users move to iPhones.
Some Android phones also have a similar software like Samsung Galaxy phones’ “Smart Switch” app to instantly import your iPhone’s data to Android.
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You’re jumping ship from an Android phone to an iPhone and want to transfer certain content, such as contacts, photos, videos, files, display settings, mail accounts and calendar appointments. If you’re setting up a new iPhone with nothing yet on it, you can take advantage of an Android app from Apple called Move to iOS. Here’s how it works.
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First, power up your Android phone. Download and install the Move to iOS app from Google Play. Open the app. At the first screen, tap Continue. Agree to the terms and conditions. Choose whether you want to share app usage data with Apple. You can opt not to send the usage data, and the app will work just as well. Grant the app permission to your device’s location. Stop at the screen for Find Your Code (Figure A).
Now segue to your new iPhone and kick off the setup process. At some point, an Apps & Data screen appears with several different options. Choose the option for Move Data from Android. The next screen tells you to download the Move to iOS app on your Android phone. Assuming you’ve already downloaded and installed the app, tap Continue. You’ll then see a screen with a one-time code for your Android device (Figure B).
At the Find Your Code screen on your Android device, tap Continue. At the next screen, enter the one-time code. Your iPhone will tell you that it’s waiting for your Android device. On your Android phone, check the items that you wish to transfer, choosing among messages, contacts, calendar, Google account, camera roll, display settings and accessibility setting. Grant the necessary permissions for each type of content that you want to transfer. You can also select specific files to copy, including music, podcasts, ringtones, alarms and pictures. When ready, tap Continue (Figure C).
After the transfer is complete, your Android phone will tell you that your data has been copied to your new iOS device. It will also list any items that were not copied, such as purchased apps or media. Tap Done. On your iPhone, tap the button for Continue Setting Up iPhone. Follow the rest of the steps to finish setting up your iPhone. After the process is complete, check the data on the new phone to make sure that the information from your Android device was transferred. You may also see a notification asking if you want to add the apps that were on your Android device to your iPhone via the App Store. If so, tap the option for Add Apps (Figure D).
Note: If you recycle, sell or donate your Android phone, make sure to do a factory reset on the Android device to protect your data.
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iPhone users looking for a taste of Apple’s rival mobile operating system can easily make the big switch as Google launches its “Switch to Android” iOS app. Now, users can easily move their photos, videos, contacts, and calendar events to a brand new Android phone.
Quietly launching last Monday on the App Store (via TechCrunch), the app is currently available in a number of global markets. It walks those switching allegiances through transferring data, and securely helps moves it to an Android-based device — whether it be the Google Pixel 6 or Samsung Galaxy S22.
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The app also guides users through setting up the device, along with the method of turning off iMessage “so you don’t miss text messages from friends and family” and copying photos and videos from the iCloud storage. This app isn’t anything new, as most Android phones ship with a one-stop tool that lets you instantly import your iPhone’s data, such as Samsung Galaxy phones’ “Smart Switch” app.
There are a number of ways to move data from iPhone to Android, with Google’s website guiding switchers to “move your stuff from iOS.” However, the app makes the process easier for any smartphone running Andriod OS. Apple already has its own “Move to iOS” app on the Google Play Store, offering simple steps to transfer data.
The debate between Android and iPhone still rages on, and you can check out what three phone experts said when asked which is best. Plus, find out what writer Shubham Agarwal learned when he switched to iPhone after 7 years with Android.
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If you recall a few months ago, Google had updated its ‘Switch [to android]’ page with more Google apps. This was only a placeholder, seeing as every method detailed on the website basically told you to download the respective app for iOS, and backing up the respective content to the app. Google Photos, Contacts, Google Drive, etc.
This didn’t really make it easy to switch between devices using any cloud-based methods. The Google Pixel (XL) came with the USB-C OTG adapter to connect any device directly to the Pixel, which would then pull all the pertinent information from your old device.
Google has updated its Switch website to support Google Drive. The migration tool can be installed on iOS devices and is a part of the Google Drive app itself. Then go into the app and find the backup tool, select what you would like to be backed up and hit ‘Start Backup’.
Upon setting up the new device, sign into the Gmail account used to perform the backup, then all your content will be waiting for you right where it all belongs. You contacts will be found in the Contacts app, Photos can be accessed through the Google Photos app, and Google Calendar will bring all your events over. As of this post, it doesn’t look like there’s any way to get all your text messages transferred over from iOS using this method, you’ll need to use the OTG adapter and plug your iPhone directly into the Android phone.
Both platforms now have migration apps.
While Google is a bit late to the game, it has quietly launched its official Switch To Android migration app to make it easier to switch from iOS to Android. Rumours of the app came out last year, serving as Google’s version of Apple’s long-existing Move to iOS app.
Switch To Android transfers your contacts, calendar events, as well as your photos and videos from iCloud to Google Drive and Google Photos. Just like with Apple’s app, the migration is done wirelessly using a Wi-Fi connection, so no cable is needed.
Users just need to scan a QR code on their Android phone during the setup and restore process using their iPhone, although Android Authority notes that this doesn’t seem to work yet. The app will also remind you to turn off iMessage on your iOS device to ensure that you only receive SMS messages during the process.
Oddly enough, Switch To Android seems to be unlisted on the App Store for now and can only be accessed through a direct link. While the app is a long time coming, migration between the two platforms is still not completely seamless when you factor in the popular messaging app WhatsApp, which does support iOS to Android transfers for certain phones but as of now, there’s no official way to migrate data the other way around.
With yet another iPhone in the pipeline, could it be time to make the change to Google’s operating system? These questions and answers may help you decide
The recent Nougat version of Google’s Android operating system, honoured by this statue at the company’s California campus, has many new features. Photograph: AP
The recent Nougat version of Google’s Android operating system, honoured by this statue at the company’s California campus, has many new features. Photograph: AP
A pple is about to unveil its latest smartphone, likely to be called the iPhone 7. Plenty of owners of older iPhones will be eager to upgrade, but what if you’re losing faith in Apple’s flagship device?
According to research firm Gartner, Android accounts for 86.2% of new smartphone sales, with impressive handsets from Samsung, Motorola and Google tempting people away from iOS.
Considering making the switch? Here are answers to some of the questions you might have.
Will I be stumped by an unfamiliar interface?
You will have to learn a few different conventions on Android, but the basic vocabulary of tapping and swiping is the same, as is the structure of apps and folders on your home screen. The major difference in Android is a few extra onscreen buttons. The universal “back” button takes you to the previous page or app, while the “overview” button pops up previews of all your running apps, so you can switch between them.
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Will I lose all my contacts and bookmarks?
No; you can keep them by copying them from iCloud into your Google account. Apple has a guide for exporting your address book as a vCard file via the iCloud website.
Safari bookmarks can be synced with Google’s Chrome browser: search the Chrome web store for “iCloud Bookmarks” to find the necessary plug-in.
Syncing your iOS calendar with Google Calendar is even easier; on your iPhone, go to Settings, Mail, Contacts, Calendars and then select or set up your Google account and turn on the switch next to Calendars.
Will people still be able to message me?
If you use WhatsApp or other popular messaging apps, these are all available on Android too: your friends won’t even know you’ve switched. There is one potential gotcha, however. iMessage is an Apple-only feature that automatically routes text messages over the internet where possible. After you’ve switched to Android, it’s possible that incoming text messages to your phone number will continue being diverted to the iMessage network, meaning you won’t receive them.
To ensure your settings update, visit Apple’s help page and remove yourself from iMessage manually.
Will all my favourite apps be available?
There are few big-name apps that don’t support Android, from games and social apps to productivity tools, even if new releases sometimes still come earlier to iOS. Certain genres still suffer on Android in comparison to iOS. For example, music-makers should be warned there is still no real alternative to Apple’s GarageBand on Android or the many professional-grade audio tools that exist on iOS.
There is also no direct equivalent to Apple’s iMovie, although there are a growing number of video-editing tools on Android that handle parts of that app’s features.
Will I lose access to my music?
Not at all. In the early days of iTunes, its downloads could only be played on Apple hardware. Anything you’ve bought since 2009 will be in the unrestricted M4A format though, which can easily be converted into MP3s that will play on any Android phone. Streaming services such as Spotify and Deezer are available on Android, as is Apple Music, so you can sign in on your new phone and access all your old playlists.
Android Nougat allows you precise control over app notifications. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian
Are Android phones worse for photography?
Apple might think so, but there are Android phones with cameras as good as the iPhone’s – or better. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 has a wider lens aperture than the iPhone 6 and 6S, for example, plus optical image stabilisation for steadier shots. If you’re worried about losing the photos from your iPhone camera roll, you can export them on to your computer or install the Google Photos app on iOS to upload them to your Google account.
Will I be vulnerable to viruses and hacking attacks?
Android gives app developers a lot of freedom, which means you can apply cool customisations that aren’t possible on iOS, such as third-party widgets on the home screen. But yes, this means Android phones are more vulnerable to malware attacks. In theory, a malicious app could snoop on your banking details, lock up your data or run up huge bills by silently calling premium-rate numbers when you’re not looking.
Don’t panic, though – such outbreaks are rare and a little common sense goes a long way. Don’t install apps from unfamiliar sites – stick to the official Google Play store and, ideally, stick to established apps with plenty of positive user reviews.
Will Android work properly with my Mac?
If you prefer to use iTunes on your desktop, then switching will demand a certain adjustment of your habits – there’s no comparable “central control panel” for Android. Your settings and content are managed from within the relevant apps and websites.
However, if you want to drag and drop files manually from your desktop on to a connected Android phone, you can do it using Google’s standalone Android File Transfer tool for the Mac. It works the other way too, so you can keep copies of your on-device photos and music or take your pick from the many backup apps on Google Play, both free and paid-for.
Will I have to get by without Touch ID and Night Shift?
Apple’s Touch ID sensor is a great piece of technology, but there are plenty of Android phones with similar thumbprint scanners, the Nexus 5X and 6P for example, which can be used in the same way to unlock the phone and authorise purchases from Google Play.
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Since opposition from Symbian, Microsoft and BlackBerry was wiped out, the market share for Android and iOS has remained pretty steady. One of the reasons for this is the difficulty in transferring data, settings and apps between platforms, but it looks like Google is about to launch an app to make the switch that bit less painless in future.
In an app teardown by 9to5Google, the site found references to a ‘Switch to Android’ app in the latest version of Google’s Data Restore Tool APK file. This will function in much the same way as Apple’s ‘Move to iOS’ app, which has been on the Google Play Store since 2015.
Frankly, it’s surprising that it’s taken Google this long to make its own version, as the process to transfer data from iOS to Android is a little intimidating to casual users. It involves backing up everything from your iPhone to Google Drive and then downloading it back again onto your brand new Android device.
Crucially, text changes in the app teardown suggests that this will not only be simpler than the Google Drive approach, but it will also be more thorough. While the old text referenced transferring content “like SMS messages and contacts”, the new one says it will transfer “apps, SMS messages and contacts.”
The addition of apps will go a long way to making the new phone feel nice and familiar, although paid downloads present something of a stumbling block, as there’s simply to way to transfer your payment from one operating system to the other. You just have to pay again, or do without.
Elsewhere, the text suggests that the transfer process won’t require any additional hardware, like a USB-C to Lightning cable, as the data transfer will be done wirelessly. The instructions seem to involve the Android phone creating a local WiFi network that the iPhone then connects to, creating a direct connection between the two.
Apple has made no secret of wanting to convert as many Android users as possible over to the iOS platform. Toward that end, the company has released an Android app called Move to iOS that is designed to make it easy for Android users to switch to iOS.
I have to give Apple credit for doing this, it’s a rather bold gesture. But it’s also a good thing for the Android users who really are considering a move over to iOS. Apple has gone out of its way to make it easy for Android users to switch to the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
How Apple’s Move to iOS Android app works
Apple’s Move to iOS app for Android makes it easy to migrate your contacts, calendar, photos and videos, and other data to iOS.
When a user wants to switch to a new platform, there’s a whole bunch of stuff that has to be moved over to the new platform. In the Move to iOS app for Android, Apple has made it easy to transfer the following things:
Camera photos and videos
And here’s some additional information from the official Move to iOS description about how the app works:
When you choose to migrate your data, your new iPhone or iPad will create a private Wi-Fi network and find your nearby Android device running Move to iOS. After you enter a security code, it will begin transferring your content and put it in the right places. Just like that. Once your content has been transferred, you’re ready to get going. iOS will also set up your default mail account. That’s it — you can start using your new iPhone or iPad and experiencing its endless possibilities. Enjoy.
Move to iOS is supported on all phones and tablets running Android 4.0 and later.
Once the transfer of your Android data is complete in iOS, you have the option of recycling your Android phone.
Apple seems to have made it about as simple as possible for Android users to make the jump over to iOS. Pretty much everything that a user would need to transfer is done automatically by the Move to iOS app in Android. This will no doubt be a huge help for Android users who have decided to buy their first iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Android users react to the Move to iOS app
The release of the Move to iOS app for Android caught the attention of some Android redditors, and they weren’t shy about sharing their thoughts about it:
Doctor_McKay: ”And yet mentioning “Android” or “Google” in your Apple app store descriptions will get you a warning that your app might not be approved.”
Frost_biten: ”I like the one guy who gave a review saying “this app is not material design”, I will eat my shoe if Apple ever makes an app that’s material”
RouseHouse1013: ”Do all the people installing it and then rating a 1-star know they are still counting towards the downloads? I can just see Apple saying “Look at how many people downloaded this app and want to switch!””
Punti: ”I think I get it now…The deal was Apple lets Android Wear App in the Apple Appstore and Google will allow the move to iOS app on the playstore.”
Novapikmin: ”LMAO that it doesn’t use the native GUI.”
NewToBikes: ”Are you surprised? It follows Apple’s guidelines, just like Google’s apps on iOS follow Google’s Material Design guidelines.”
JacksonCoulter: ”Really disappointed in the reviews.
Everyone is just posting 1 star reviews who clearly aren’t using the app just because they don’t like iOS. The fact of the matter is both platforms have their pro’s and con’s and having an application that makes it easy to migrate from one to another is a great idea.”
Night_day_man: ”Pretty cool to see an Apple Inc. app in the play store.”
MaxDPS: ”Good app to have for those people switching over to iOS, that app icon is ugly though. ”
Well it’s clear that Apple has…er…gotten the attention of many Android users if we go by the comments posted in the Reddit thread and those posted on the Move to iOS app page in the Google Play store. They certainly aren’t pulling any punches in making their feelings known.
It’s not surprising that some Android users are taking a negative view, I’m sure there are some iOS users who have done the same thing with some of Google’s apps that are in the iOS app store. People do tend to get rather partisan in these kinds of situations.
Kudos to Apple for the Move to iOS app for Android
While some Android users might resent seeing the Move to iOS app in the Google Play store, I think it will certainly be welcome by the Android users who are curious about iOS and who might want to switch over to it. And I bet that Google will release a similar app for iOS users if it hasn’t already done so.
Personally, I don’t think it’s a bad thing for either company to assist users who want to switch platforms. Sometimes people change their minds, so it’s a good idea to make them feel welcome on the new platform by making it easy to switch by making data migration a piece of cake.
So kudos to Apple for the Move to iOS app for Android. It will no doubt be a big help for some of the Android folks out there who want to make the jump over to the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
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The transfer feature is available on Samsung Galaxy and Pixel smartphones.
Updating your smartphone can be exhausting, especially when transferring data from one device to another is concerned. It can be an even more daunting experience if you are moving from an iOS to an Android device.
With the new Android 12 release, Google has made the chat history migration from iPhone to your new Android smartphone simple with the help of a USB cable.
Once connected with the iPhone, the new update lets your new Android device install the apps from Google Play, and move the SMSes, iMessage history, photos, videos, contacts, calendars, etc, – with prior permission.
WhatsApp chat history that includes photos, voice messages, videos and conversations with friends and family can also be moved between the different operating systems.
The transfer feature is available on Samsung Galaxy and Pixel smartphones. This will also be available on smartphones that launch with the new Android 12 update.
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How to transfer WhatsApp data?
You will need a USB-C to Lightning cable. All you need to do is, connect it to both the devices. Once you receive the prompt while setting up the Android device, scan the QR code on the iPhone to launch WhatsApp. You will be able to move your chat history to your new device.
If you are unable to scan the QR code, Go to Settings in WhatsApp > Chats > Move Chats to Android.
For people worried about the security of their data, the search engine giant said that its team has worked closely with WhatsApp’s to ensure the data remains protected throughout the transferring process. The company claims that no one else can ever access the WhatsApp information and files, and the iPhone will lose the ability to receive new messages when the device is transferring the data.
“Your WhatsApp chat history will simply be copied from your iPhone to your new Android phone, and we’ll automatically make sure you don’t receive new messages on the old device while the transfer is in progress,’ the statement read.
In early-Sept this year, WhatsApp had also started rolling out end-to-end encrypted chat backups for iOS and Android users, globally.
With the new update, if a user chooses to back up his chat history with end-to-end encryption, it will be accessible only to him, and no one will be able to unlock the backup. Neither WhatsApp nor the backup service provider will be able to access their end-to-end encryption backup.
The feature will roll out “slowly” for people on the latest version of the app.
There have been plenty of arguments comparing Android and iOS, but what if you want an alternative? There used to be quite the competition when it came to smartphone OSes, but Windows Mobile, Fire OS, and, Blackberry have all gone the way of the Dodo. Most people think that the big two that are left are the only choice, but you don’t have to be stuck with Apple and Google.
There are a few big caveats to using an iOS or Android alternative. You’re not going to have a wide selection of devices to choose from, and they’re frequently not flagship-level phones. You also won’t get the enormous app selection you get from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Support can be spotty as well, depending on what choice you make.
However, it is entirely possible to sever yourself from the Android and iOS ecosystems. We’ll list a few of the best alternatives below.
Best iOS and Android Alternatives
These some of the best alternatives to the two mainstream smartphone OSes that we’ve found. However, there are plenty more out there of varying quality.
If you’re more about getting Google out of your life than Android itself, you can try LineageOS. This OS uses the Android Open Source Project, and users can choose to install it without any Google services. Using open-source alternatives to Google’s apps and installing apps via alternative app stores gives users a similar experience to using a regular install of Android without any interference from the big G.
GrapheneOS is another alternative that’s built on the Android Open Source Project. It emphasizes security and privacy and can be configured to provide an experience very close to regular Android. Additionally, it supports the Google Pixel line, including the 6 and 6 Pro, so you can have an Android flagship phone without all the baggage that comes with Google’s OS.
Purism offers the Librem 5 phone line, which runs PureOS by default. PureOS is an open-source smartphone operating system that is community-built and based on Debian Linux. It uses open-source alternatives for many of the apps available on Android and iOS and claims not to have the trackers and other ethically questionable baggage that comes with mainstream phone operating systems. Interestingly, Purism offers the Librem 5 USA, which is assembled in the USA with components made in the USA. It’s expensive, but it’s also maybe the only smartphone with an entirely ethically sourced construction.
Ubuntu is one of the most popular personal-use Linux distributions. Despite that, most users don’t realize that there’s a phone OS based on it. It’s completely Google-free, and it can even serve as a desktop computer when plugged into a monitor. The biggest drawback to using Ubuntu Touch is that it can only be installed on a very eclectic range of hardware, much of which is outdated compared to the latest Android flagships.
The PinePhone was built as a low-cost alternative smartphone that comes with the Plasma Mobile interface running on top of Manjaro OS. It’s a serviceable, no-frills device that has the advantage of being entirely designed outside of Google or Apple’s sphere of influence. However, both the PinePhone and the OS are in beta, so if you’re looking for reliability, you may want to go with another entry on the list.
While it might seem weird at first, you can completely eliminate Google and iOS by not using a smartphone at all. Before 2010ish, most cellphones in use were dumbphones, and the world worked just fine. Of course, it’s a bit inconvenient not to have all of humanity’s knowledge at your fingertips, but you can adapt. Most major carriers still offer a smattering of basic phones, but unfortunately, you can’t get a sweet older phone like the Motorola Razr or LG Chocolate activated anymore.
Moving all your stuff from an old smartphone to a new one is rarely (if ever) a carefree experience. Typically, you have to leave most of your data behind, especially if you’re coming from an iPhone. Even when moving from Android to Android, Google’s backup/restore feature isn’t always the most ideal, sometimes leaving important data behind.
Taking much of the frustration out of this experience is the ability to use a Type A to Type C adapter, also called the Quick Switch Adapter. This adapter allows you to plug your old smartphone directly into your new Android device, transferring over your old data like contacts, photos, SMS messages, and more — even if you’re coming from the iPhone.
Before you start, you should know that the transfers using a cable is only supported on Android devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop+, as well as iOS 8 or higher. Pretty much any Type A adapter will work (either micro USB or Type C depending on your device), so if one didn’t come with your device, you can always find them for cheap on Amazon right here:
Copy your iPhone data using a cable
Upon booting your Android phone up for the first time and going through the initial setup process, you’ll be asked to transfer your data using a cable. You’ll have the option to see “Other ways to copy data,” but this isn’t the best method if you hope on copying all your old stuff to your new Android device quickly and efficiently.
The whole process is relatively straight forward. Just use the USB cable from your iPhone and plug it into the adapter. Then, after connecting the adapter into your new Android, plug it into your old device and follow the steps on-screen to begin moving your old stuff on over.
Before the transfer can begin, you’ll first need to enter your password/PIN/pattern on your old Android device to initiate the transfer. On iOS, the phone will ask if you’d like to “trust this computer,” this computer being your new Pixel (select yes). After a few minutes of reading the data on your old device, your Android will then ask you to choose exactly what you would like to copy on over.
Keep in mind that even if your device is supported, not everything will transfer on over. Here’s the full list of everything that can and can’t be transferred using the an adapter:
What CAN be transferred from an iOS device:
- Calendar appointments (local/iCloud)
- Contacts (local/iCloud)
- Messages (iMessage/SMS)
- Music (non-DRM)
- Photos/videos (on the iPhone, not backed up to iCloud)
What will NOT be transferred:
- Downloads (PDF files, that sorta thing)
- Photos, videos, & music stored in hidden folders
- Photos, videos, & music received via test message
- Apps that aren’t from the Google Play Store
- Apps data (if the app doesn’t use Android backup)
- Certain device settings
- Accounts other than Google Accounts (and any associated data)
- Contacts & calendars synced to services other than Google
Note: If you’re switching from an iPhone to an Android phone, make sure to turn iMessage off before you remove the SIM card. If you don’t turn off iMessage, SMS/MMS messages sent to your Android phone may continue to be directed to your old iPhone instead of to your new Android phone.
Copy your iPhone data without a cable
First, download Google Drive to your iOS device and sign in with your Google account. If you don’t have a Google account, you can create one now or when you sign in to Google Drive. If you already have Google Drive installed, make sure to update to the latest version.
From there, the rest is easy. Just follow these steps to begin backing up the data on your iPhone to Google Drive (this will carry over to your new Android device).
- On your iPhone, install and open the Google Drive app.
- In the top left, tap the Menu button.
- At the top, tap Settings.
- Tap Backup.
- Tap START BACKUP.
Once you’ve signed into your Google account on your new Android device, you’ll find all your photos stored inside the Google Photos app, all of your contacts inside the Contacts app, and all your calendar entries inside of the Google Calendar app.
If you’re having issues transferring data from your old Android phone to your new Android phone, head over to Android Forums, search for your specific Android device, and ask in the related forum.