Switching between the two operating systems just got a whole lot easier
The tribal war between Android and iOS users has been raging for years. Once you’ve picked a side, it’s hard to switch teams, be it out of loyalty or convenience.
That’s something the two major operating systems are eager to change in their battle to steal each other’s users. Now there are signs that Android is heating up the competition and making plans to convince more customers to switch from Apple.
For most, the big stumbling block to moving from iOS to Android is how complicated it is to transfer everything. You’ve gotten used to your iOS apps and settings, so even though there are some extremely tempting Android deals out there, you just don’t care.
Worse, even if you have a new phone, moving all your files around is not easy. At this point, you need to upload everything on your phone to Google Drive, backup all device files, and then redownload them to your new iPhone. However, this is not transferred through your app files. Plus, it definitely takes ages.
While Apple has had a Move to iOS app in the Google Play Store for the past five years, which automatically migrates all your photos, messages, and contacts, there has been no reverse option until now.
Now Android is shooting back.
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APK reports that Google is working on a rival “Switch to Android” app. They found multiple references to the new app hidden in a Data Restore Tool in the Play Store.
How could it work? According to Android Authority, iPhone users could theoretically enter credentials of their Apple accounts into the Switch to Android app, automatically syncing much more data to their new Android phone.
APK thinks the swap will be wireless: “From what we can see, instead of copying your data over something like a USB-C to Lightning cable, the Switch to Android app will stream a local Wi-Fi network ( like a hotspot) on your Android. On your iPhone you connect to this new network and the two apps do the rest.”
This could be a real game-changer for those stuck in an Apple contract, updating their phone every few years, but wondering if the grass could be greener. Making the swapover nuts and bolts even easier can only be a huge bonus for Android – the obvious question is why they haven’t done it before.
whatsapp is reportedly also in development a way to transfer your chat history from iOS to Android. At this time, it is not possible to back up your messages between the two operating systems. Beta testers have found a “Move chats to Android” in the iOS version of the chat app.
Thank you @xdadevelopers for your recent discovery about “Switch to Android” app, to migrate WhatsApp chat history from iOS to Android.
These screenshots show how the process works. This feature is under development and will be available in a future update. https://t.co/FmZbXi33L2 pic.twitter.com/w7GiCUHSuS
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) July 28, 2021
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