To ensure the growth of their operating systems, both Apple and Google are targeting a particular clientele called “switchers”, those who switch from one ecosystem to another. And visibly, with Android 12, Google is going to improve the support it offers to iOS users who are going to switch to an Android device.

This is revealed by a recent article published by the site XDA, which analyzed the code of the Data Restore Tool app. This application, available on the Play Store, allows Android users to transfer their data from an old phone to the new one.

Data Restore Tool therefore targets Android users who have purchased a new model running the same operating system. Nevertheless, XDA’s analysis reveals that the Mountain View firm is also planning to launch a similar application on iOS, which would make it easier for users to migrate from an iPhone to an Android-based model.

“Switch to Android”, Google’s counter-attack

More exactly, XDA has discovered strings that will be used to guide the user during this migration, downloading an app that will be called “Switch to Android” from the Play Store, and then make a connection between the old iPhone and the new Android smartphone via Wifi.

For now, it’s not clear what data will be transferred. But the recently discovered pieces of code show that this migration tool should, for example, guide the user to transfer their conversations on WhatsApp.

To date, it is not known when this new application will be available (currently, impossible to find it on the App Store). But we can assume that the functioning of this application from Google will be quite similar to the application that Apple offers on Android.

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A similar app is already offered by Apple for Android users who want to change OS

Indeed, to facilitate the migration from Android to iOS, Apple already offers an app called “Move to iOS” that allows you to transfer information such as contacts, email history, photos and videos, or emails and calendars. Note that the transfer of this data from Android to iOS is also done via a Wi-Fi hotspot.

“When you choose to migrate your data, your new iPhone, iPad or iPod touch will create a private Wi-Fi network and find your nearby Android device running Move to iOS. Onceyou enter a security code, it will start transferring your content and placing it in the right places,” Apple’s app description reads.

It’s worth noting that the Cupertino-based company recently made a few improvements to this application, in order to encourage more Android users to switch OS. Indeed, when activating a new iPhone, it is easier for the user to discover the application “<a h ref=”” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>Move to iOS” with a QR code. Apple has also modified this app so that more data types are eligible for this transfer.

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