If you’re jumping ship from Android to iOS, Apple offers an app called Move to iOS on the Google Play Store, allowing you to seamlessly migrate your Android data to an iPhone. But if you want to do the opposite — switch from iOS to Android — Google currently doesn’t have a similar tool on Apple’s App Store. But at last, Google seems to be readying a rival.
With the release of Android 12 Beta 3, Google revamped the SetupWizard UI to fit better with Material You guidelines. During the setup process, the SetupWizard launches a system app responsible for helping the user restore data from their old phone. That app, called the Data Restore Tool, was recently published to Google Play, and an update to version 1.0.382048734 contains strings hinting that Google wants to help iPhone users switch to Android.
The strings tell the user to download a “Switch to Android” app from the App Store and then go to Wi-Fi settings on your iPhone to connect to your Android phone using a Wi-Fi hotspot. This is similar to how the Move to iOS app works.
It’s not clear what kind of data users will be able to transfer, but we have found additional strings that suggest that the tool will help you transfer your WhatsApp chats among other things.
From what we can tell, it doesn’t look like you’ll be able to actually transfer your WhatsApp chats using the Switch to the Android app itself. Rather, the app will only provide helpful instructions on how to migrate WhatsApp data using WhatsApp’s upcoming “Move Chats to Android” feature.
Finally, some strings point to support for migrating supported apps, but it appears this will only work if your iPhone isn’t encrypted. We surmise that Google will match apps published on Google Play with apps installed on the user’s iPhone, so while this will help migrate the most popular apps available on both platforms, it won’t migrate everything over.
Google currently maintains a page called “Switch to Android” that explains how iPhone users can backup their contacts, photos, videos, and calendar events using the Google Drive app. This is not as convenient or as seamless as what Apple offers for those moving to iOS, so the Switch to Android app might finally close this gap. Searching the App Store yields no results for a “Switch to Android” app from Google LLC, nor does looking at the full app list from the company, so it seems the app hasn’t launched yet.