Google has quietly released a new Switch to Android app for iOS users looking to switch from an iPhone to an Android smartphone. It is currently not listed in the App Store which means that users cannot easily search and download the app. The Switch to Android app allows users to transfer important information including contacts, calendar events, photos and videos – without wires. Apple already offers a similar app in the Play Store for Android users moving 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 get out of Apple’s ecosystem, according to a report by 9to5Google. Users who download the app will be guided through transferring their data to their new android phone — including the important step of turning it off iMessageto ensure that messages from other iPhone users are delivered as SMS to the new Android phone.
The new Switch to Android app allows users to share contacts, calendar events, photos and videos of their iPhone to a new Android phone. Previously, users had 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 to a phone that supports Android 12† In addition to photos and videos that can be copied from iPhone, the Switch to Android app also allows users to transfer their photos from iCloud until Google Photos†
Unlike Apple’s Move to iOS app that has been accessible on the Google Play store as of September 2015, the Switch to Android app is currently not listed in the App Store. Earlier this year, Apple added: support for “unlisted app distribution” that allows users to download apps that can be accessed through 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 through the direct link on the App Store.
Here’s how to download and use the Switch to Android app on your iPhone
Download the Switch to Android app by clicking this link†
Start the app click on the Get started and then scan the QR code displayed on your Android phone.
On your Android phone, select your iPhone from the list of devices.
Select the switches for Contacts† Calendar events† photosand Videos and then tap Get on†
After the copying process is complete, disable iMessage by pressing the Go to Settings knob.
Request a copy of your iCloud data by tapping Start request on the next screen.
Close the app and continue setting up on your Android phone.
The App Store List for Moving to Android Shows Users Need to Turn iOS 12 or later on their iPhone. The description of the app also informs users that the app will ask for a series of permissions to access data on the user’s iPhone, in order to complete the transfer to an Android device. The App Privacy section shows location, contact information, user content, usage information, identifiers, and other data collected under “Data Associated with You.” Google has yet to officially announce the app and there is no word on when it will be listed in the App Store.