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Apple's 'Move to iOS' app is now available on Android

Apple's first Android app is meant to help you leave Android

The first Android app credited to "Apple Inc." has arrived. Apple's still working on Apple Music for Google's mobile OS, but today the company has delivered a product meant to help pull people away from Android. It's called Switch from Android to iOS (though appears on devices as Move to iOS) and, well, it does exactly what the title suggests.

"With just a few steps, you can migrate your content automatically and securely from your Android device with the Move to iOS app," reads the app's description. "No need to save your stuff elsewhere before switching from Android. The Move to iOS app securely transfers all kinds of content for you." This covers all the essentials: contacts, calendars, email accounts, message history, and your camera roll.

Move to iOS

Rather than sync everything over the cloud, Apple uses a pretty clever strategy to transfer everything from your Android phone to iPhone. The iPhone will automatically set up a private Wi-Fi network, request a security code from the user, and then migrate all the data and "put it in the right places." The Move to iOS app is launching ahead of Apple's latest iPhones, which will be released on September 25th. It's also compatible with previous models, and on the Android side, you'll need a device running Android 4.0 or above to use the app.

Correction: The article originally identified Android 4.0 as KitKat. It is Ice Cream Sandwich. Sorry for mixing up the desserts.