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“Move to iOS” is Apple’s first Android app

by Brandon Russell | September 16, 2015September 16, 2015 3:00 pm PST

Apple’s first app for Android has arrived, but it’s not what you think it is. Instead of Apple Music, the Cupertino company has infiltrated the confines of Google Play in an effort to convince Android users to migrate to iOS. Camera roll, messages, contacts, and more.

With the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus releasing next Friday, and iOS 9 already available to users, Apple is doing everything it can to turn the spotlight onto its products. With an app over in enemy territory, Apple is taking the pain out of transitioning between different operating systems. That means most of your data can be seamlessly transferred from your Android phone to the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus without issue.

Of course, your apps and other information will have to start from scratch, so it won’t exactly be painless. Anything you’ve purchased will need to be purchased over in Apple’s ecosystem; that’s not Google’s or Apple’s fault, but it highlights one of the biggest obstacles when switching between platforms.

“With just a few steps, you can migrate your content automatically and securely from your Android device with the Move to iOS app,” the app’s description reads.

Apple has provided instructions to users before about making the transition from Android to iOS, but offering an app takes much of the brunt work out of the whole process. Once you decide to make the switch, your new iPhone will set up a private Wi-Fi network, and all you’ll have to do is enter in a security code. After that, you should mostly be moved over.

Move to iOS will work with all phones and tablets that run Android 4.0 and later.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...