Google launches its Switch to Android iOS app

Google launches an iOS application to move to Android. Make the move to Android easier, sure, but there are still sticking points.

Moving from one operating system to another creates friction for users at many levels, including data transfer, getting used to a new user experience, and potentially application availability. Today, Google makes switching from iOS to Android easy with a new iOS app called Switch to Android.

Google launches an iOS application to move to Android

The app in question requires a Google account and an active internet connection, since data transfer takes place via Google Drive.

The screenshots of the overview cards show that typical data such as contacts, calendar events, photos and videos are transferred. Note, however, that some app data may not be transferred. So you have to find the information yourself and, in the worst case, assume that only the above data is actually transmitted.

The Google application also allows you to move photos from iCloud to Google Photos, which we suspect will gain new market share. That being said, Google Photo is a very solid storage option, and if you’re finally making the switch to Android, it makes perfect sense. We can’t recommend Google Photo enough without completely ruling out Microsoft OneDrive.

Make the move to Android easier, sure, but there are still sticking points

Because apps don’t move, many cases have to be handled manually to find and install the Android equivalent, which could have been done automatically. Maybe in future versions. Transferring data from an iOS version to an Android version of an app is much more problematic and often requires developer validation. But this could also be automated via an API via a conversion mechanism, albeit provided by the developer himself. Unfortunately, this is only a dream at this point.

We could also hope for an option to transmit this data in wired mode, but unfortunately we currently have to switch to wireless and therefore to the Internet. This may take a while if you have a 512GB device with a lot of data.

However, this new application is easier to use than the previous method which was based on backup via Google Drive. Hopefully this whole process continues to evolve. Anything that makes switching from iOS to Android and vice versa easier is a good thing for users.

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