Google updates ‘Switch to Android’ app to ditch iPhone

As part of its efforts to make it easier for users to switch from one smartphone platform to another, Google announced on Wednesday that it has updated its Switch to Android app for iPhone.

The update is important because it removes the requirement to transfer your data to a Pixel phone.

Instead, as long as the Android phone you’re switching to is running Android 12 or higher, you’ll be able to transfer your data and personal information from your iPhone to your brand new Android phone.

Moving personal data to Android

Specifically, the app will move your free apps, contacts, photos, videos, call history, music, and messages from iPhone to Android.

Apple and WhatsApp recently announced that the two companies have worked together to make it possible to transfer your WhatsApp account, complete with conversion history, using the Move to iOS app from Android to iPhone.

Good to see Google and Apple making it easier to transfer users between the two platforms. Granted, there are still areas where you are surely locked into one platform, like iMessage, but the fact that your personal information is freely restricted between platforms is a win for consumers.


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