Google’s ‘Switch to Android’ app for iOS could make it easier for iPhone users to migrate
Google has been working on offering a simplified process for migrating data from an iPhone or iPad to a smartphone or tablet running the Android operating system. The “Switch to Android” app looks exactly like the “Switch to iOS” app that Apple has been offering on the Google Play Store for a long time. The current migration process from iOS to Android is neither simple nor transparent. But that could soon change.
Google’s tool is said to be similar to Apple’s own “Move to iOS” app on Android, but the development process has dragged on for a year. It looks like the search giant will offer two apps to complete the process.
The 9to5Google APK Insight team has dissected the Data Transfer Tool app (updated to version 1.0.430697386), which will reside on the receiving Android smartphone or tablet. They discovered how an iPhone or iPad user could easily complete the migration process.
The Switch to Android app, which will reside on the iPhone or iPad, simply suggests how to migrate all photos and videos from a user’s iCloud account to Google Photos.
To copy photos and videos from iCloud to Google Photos, follow the instructions in the Switch to Android app or learn more at g.co/transferfromicloud.
The link in the app currently leads to an existing Google Photos support page on how to transfer data from an iOS or iPadOS device to an Android device. This involves logging into the Apple account to be migrated, requesting a data transfer, and waiting up to a week for iCloud data to arrive in the selected Google account. It’s unclear if future iterations of the app might speed up this process.
Another method suggested by the data transfer tool is to copy iOS data using a lightning cable. The update includes a new accessibility description for an in-app animation, which mentions a Lightning cable.
USB-C cable, Lightning cable, Micro USB cable
This suggests that iPhone or iPad users could rely on a USB-C to Lightning cable to physically connect their devices to an Android device. Needless to add that Apple’s security protocols might prevent this simpler and faster option.