Become a MacRumors Supporter for $25/year with no ads, private forums, and more!

Apple Debuts New 'Move to iOS' App for Android

MacRumors

macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001
50,441
11,827



Alongside the launch of iOS 9, Apple today introduced a new "Move to iOS" app for Android devices. The app, which is now available for download, is designed to help Android users transfer their content from an Android device to an iOS device.

With Move to iOS installed on an Android smartphone or tablet, the Move to iOS service is able to transfer almost all important data from the Android device to the new iOS device, including contacts, message history, photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail account information, calendars, wallpapers, DRM-free songs, and books.


Using Move to iOS also helps users transfer over their apps to rebuild their app libraries. On the Android device, the app will compile a list of all the apps that have been downloaded from the Google Play Store or other sources. All free apps that have iOS counterparts will be suggested as immediate downloads, while apps that have paid iOS counterparts will be automatically added to a user's iTunes Wish List for purchase as needed.

Apple has created a support document that walks Android users through using the Move to iOS app. It requires Android 4.0 or later, a Wi-Fi connection, and enough available space on the iOS device receiving content.

First announced at WWDC, Move to iOS is Apple's most aggressive move towards encouraging Android users to switch to iPhone. By making it easy to transfer content, Apple is removing a lot of the headache associated with changing platforms. Apple has had a support document and a microsite designed to help Android users switch to iOS for quite some time, but this new app is a more comprehensive, streamlined solution.

Article Link: Apple Debuts New 'Move to iOS' App for Android
 

thekeyring

macrumors 68040
Jan 5, 2012
3,441
2,075
London
Have Google made this deliberately difficult to find? Even searching "Switch from Android to iOS" on Google Play doesn't display the app in the results.
 
Comment

jrlcopy

macrumors 6502
Jun 20, 2007
476
292
Have Google made this deliberately difficult to find? Even searching "Switch from Android to iOS" on Google Play doesn't display the app in the results.
I'd imagine it's similar to the App Store, it's a new app, and usually buried until it's more popular and the search algorithm gives it higher placement.

Or.... google is being bad.
 
Comment

UnusedLoginID

macrumors regular
Feb 28, 2012
219
212
My understanding is that it does not need a wifi network as the app will create an ad-hoc network, maybe even through Bluetooth. Has someone tried this yet?
 
Comment

thekeyring

macrumors 68040
Jan 5, 2012
3,441
2,075
London
I'd imagine it's similar to the App Store, it's a new app, and usually buried until it's more popular and the search algorithm gives it higher placement.

Or.... google is being bad.

Ah fair enough. That's a tough algorithm: Typing the exact name of the app and it still puts other apps first!
 
  • Like
Reactions: lincolntran
Comment

malcolmffc

macrumors member
Oct 30, 2007
78
63
Great move! I have to ask the obvious question though, will Apple allow an iOS app called 'Move to Android'?

No chance, it would be rejected by Apple as a breach of the App Store T&Cs (an app is not allowed to promote a non iOS platform)
 
Comment

kingpushup

macrumors regular
Jun 24, 2013
222
234
Ah fair enough. That's a tough algorithm: Typing the exact name of the app and it still puts other apps first!

Yes I searched Move to iOS and Move to iOS Apple, yet no show in 10 pages of apps.

However as I typed Move, Google Play offered "Move to iOS" as the 3rd highest auto-complete suggestion.
 
Comment

66318

macrumors regular
Jan 31, 2006
130
56
Have Google made this deliberately difficult to find? Even searching "Switch from Android to iOS" on Google Play doesn't display the app in the results.
It's not deliberate, it's the lag time from publish to fully searchable as the new info makes it out to all the components that run the stores. The same happens on the App Store.

When I was last publishing apps to both stores a bit over a year ago, the lag time from publish to full searchability was usually 6-8 hours. Sometimes quicker.
 
  • Like
Reactions: thekeyring
Comment

waqas409

macrumors newbie
Sep 16, 2015
2
1
Yes I searched Move to iOS and Move to iOS Apple, yet no show in 10 pages of apps.

However as I typed Move, Google Play offered "Move to iOS" as the 3rd highest auto-complete suggestion.

LOL just search movetoios you will see that app in the last. :)
 
  • Like
Reactions: kingpushup
Comment

kingpushup

macrumors regular
Jun 24, 2013
222
234
No, of course not. I was kind of hoping Google would reject this for the same reason.

Google review process allows much - to compete with Apple.

They ascribe to a protective precept of plausible deniability.

So, you can observe they will try their best to act like they never noticed the app.
 
Comment

waqas409

macrumors newbie
Sep 16, 2015
2
1
Its already on google play store. Just search movetoios you will see in the last with Apple Inc. as devs
 
Comment

garylapointe

macrumors 68000
Feb 19, 2006
1,679
1,073
Dearborn (Detroit), MI, USA
I didn't realize the phones had to "talk" to each other. I (incorrectly) thought Apple would just upload data to iCloud either in the correct format or in some compressed format where it would ask later if you wanted to import into the phone.

Gary
 
Comment

macduke

macrumors G4
Jun 27, 2007
11,159
15,116
Central U.S.
I just sent this jokingly to my coworker who has been an Android user for years and he said "You know what? This is actually great timing. We're thinking about switching and our plan is ready for an upgrade soon." And yes, he was being serious. Everyone else on our team has iOS stuff so he would fit right in. There are lots of Android users sitting on the fence who don't really have much brand loyalty. They just want a cool phone that works well. Some people just start off on Android because they got it for free when they were a teenager—and they continue to upgrade because that's all they know. But this app removes barriers to entry and just might pull over people who would otherwise continue to upgrade on another platform because that's what they do.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Xtremjeepn
Comment

makingdots

macrumors 6502
Aug 14, 2008
293
177
I'm into Apple but you guys should know that search results with most/popular/relevant hits are not being updated instantly.. there's a cycle of it just like internet searches etc
 
Comment

Mike MA

macrumors 68020
Sep 21, 2012
2,055
1,696
Germany
I hope it doesn't require one of the latest Android OS as we have learned nobody has them installed currently :rolleyes:
 
Comment
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.