Google new 'Switch to Android' app for iPhone can securely move photos, contacts, and more; here's how

Google has released a new app called 'Switch to Android' in the App Store to help users switch from iPhone to Android smartphone. Here's how it work
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Google introduces Switch to Android app for iPhone

Tech Giant Google is finally rolling out its “Switch to Android” app on iOS. An application that helps to securely move photos, contacts, and more from an iPhone to an Android smartphone. The Switch to Android app is now available in Apple's App Store.

The Switch to Android app has been quietly released in the App Store. Switch to Android helps iPhone users who want to switch to Android to transfer data to the new smartphone. Contacts, calendar data, photos, and videos. This is possible with the help of Google Drive so that you can transfer your data without using a data cable wire. Also, the app can help transfer the photos and videos that you have stored in your iCloud to Google Photos. Unfortunately, the app is not yet able to transfer all data. For example, you cannot transfer app data from your iPhone to Android using Switch to Android.

For several years now, Apple has been offering “Move to iOS” for Android, which simplifies the migration of data from an Android smartphone to an iPhone. Today, Google is officially responding to Apple, in turn launching a similar app on iOS, aimed at making it easier to migrate data from an iPhone to an Android smartphone.

According to Google;

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 takes you through other important steps to setting up your device, like turning off iMessage so that 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.

Google "Switch to Android" - How does it Work?

Here's how "Switch to Android" works;

  • Step 1: Download Google Drive on your iOS: Make sure that you have the latest version of Google Drive on your iPhone, then sign in to Drive with your Google Account. If you don’t have a Google Account, you can create one after you download Drive here.
  • Step 2: Back up your iPhone data to Google Drive: On your iPhone, install and open the Google Drive app > In the top left, tap Menu >  At the top, tap Settings > Backup > Tap Start backup. 
  • Step 3: Turn off iMessage: Go to Settings and turn off iMessage on your iPhone. Also turn off FaceTime, so that you won’t miss any messages or calls once you’ve switched to Android. 
  • Step 4: Sign in on your new phone: Sign in on your Android device with the same Google Account that you used during the backup. And just like that, you’re in. Your backed-up data will automatically be available in your Google Contacts, Calendar, and Photos apps.
  • Step 5: That's it!  All your iOS stuff (Contacts, calendar data, photos, and videos) will now be migrated to your Android.

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