Google Finally Launches ‘Switch to Android’ App, 6 Years After Apple’s ‘Move to iOS’

'Switch to Android' app by Google is listed on Apple App Store and offers the same services as 'Move to iOS' for a smooth data transfer.


Apple has made it really simple for those coming over from the Android universe, to transfer all their data from an Android smartphone to iPhone. This shift is rather smooth and mainly possible due to the iPhone maker’s ‘Move to iPhone’ app. The app, which was released back in 2015, allowed Android users to move data such as messages, contacts, calendar data, Google accounts and images.

However, now, Google seems to have caught up with the game and has finally launched its counter app ‘Switch to Android’. This comes after around six years from the launch of ‘Move to iOS’, this new app by Google is now listed on Apple App Store and offers the same services for a smooth transfer – in case the user is moving from the iOS to Android universe.

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Key Features of Switch to Android App

From the screenshots shared by Google in the App Store listing, it is seen that the ‘Switch to Android’ app helps users to transfer their Contacts, Calendar Events, Photos and Videos. Surprisingly, it does not include the messages. However, many might be able to do it via third-party apps.

Here’s what the app description states: “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.”

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The ‘Switch to Android’ app is free to download and weighs 39MB in size. It also requires an iPhone or an iPod Touch running iOS 12.0 or a later version.

Adding to the Suite of Google Apps

With the launch of ‘Switch to Android’, Google is definitely easing the cumbersome task of backing up the data on Google Drive while transferring data. The firm already has a bunch of apps on the App Store. These include Google Search, Google Drive, GBoard, Google One, Google Maps, Stadia, Podcasts, YouTube and others. Besides having a suite of apps for iPhone and iPad, the firm also has apps for Apple TV and Apple Watch platforms.