Google has quietly released a new Switch to Android app for iOS users who want to switch from iPhone to Android smartphone. It is currently unlisted on the App Store, which means users can’t just search for and download the app. Switching to the Android app will allow users to transfer important information, including contacts, calendar events, photos and videos, without a cable. Apple already offers a similar app on the Play Store for Android users switching to iOS.
The listing of the new Switch to Android app is now live on the App Store as an unlisted app for iPhone owners looking to exit Apple’s ecosystem. Users who download the app will be guided through the process of transferring their data to their new Android phone – which includes the crucial step of disabling iMessage, to ensure that messages from other iPhone users will be sent to the new Android phone. are delivered in the form of SMS.
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 needed to transfer their data from their iPhone to Google Drive, which could take up considerable storage space—or connect a Lightning to a USB Type-C cable on a phone running Android 12. With photos and videos that can be copied 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, which has been available 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 direct links.
Here’s how to download and use the Switch to Android app on your iPhone:
Download this app by visiting Google Play Store.
Launch the app, click on the start button, then scan the QR code shown on your Android phone.
On your Android phone, select your iPhone from 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 reveals that users will need to be running iOS 12 or later on their iPhone. The description for the app also informs users that the app will ask for a series of permissions to access the data on the user’s iPhone to complete the transfer to the Android device. The App Privacy section shows location, contact information, user content, usage information, identifiers and other data listed for collection under “Data Linked to You”. Google hasn’t officially announced the app yet, and there’s no information on when it will be listed on the App Store.