In 2007, Apple unveiled the iPhone for the world. After 2008 when the App Store became the place to be with their “There’s an app for that” commercials, Apple always had a leg up on the competition. Once Android came into the picture, bringing the Play Store with it, Google slowly started to take bits and pieces of what Apple was doing with the iPhone and the App Store.
Over the years, Google has released a slew of applications onto the Apple App Store, with the most recent being the Android Wear application. There was even a period of time where the built-in Apple Maps application was powered by Google. However, nobody has ever seen an application from Apple developed for, or released on Google’s Play Store. That has changed today.
Announced at WWDC earlier this year, Apple stated that in addition to releasing an Android application for Apple Music, they also stated that there would be an easier way to port your information from Android to iOS. However, nothing else had really been mentioned or leaked about it, so there was no real way of knowing when it would be released.
With today’s launch of iOS 9, Apple pushed ‘Move to iOS’ app to the world on the Google Play Store. Essentially what this does is similar to what certain Android devices let you do now. Backup all of your content on your current device, and transfer to the new one via the application or Bluetooth.
For those who are brand new iOS, Apple has created a support page on their site that walks you through the whole process from start to finish. That way, when complete, all of the information from Android device will be nestled and organized on your new iOS device.
Now there are requirements for what devices are compatible with Move to iOS.
- Make sure that you have Android version 4.0 or later.
- On your Android device, make sure that Wi-Fi is on.
- Plug your new iOS device and your Android device in to power.
- Make sure the content you’re moving will fit on your new iOS device.
- If you want to transfer your Chrome bookmarks, update to the latest version of Chrome on your Android device.
If all of these requirements are met, you’ll be on your way to enjoying your new iOS device.
Let us know what you think about Apple’s first foray in the Google Play Store and how helpful this Move to iOS application will be for you.
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