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The Google Drive app for iOS is now an Android migration tool

By Marcus Wong - on 14 Dec 2016, 11:44am

The Google Drive app for iOS is now an Android migration tool

Google has just activated a new feature in their Google Drive app that turns it into a migration tool capable of transferring calendars, contacts and photos from an iPhone or iPad to a new Android device.

The process takes only three steps:

  1. First, install the Google Drive app if you don’t already have it, or update to the latest version of the app if you do.
  2. Next, navigate to Menu > Settings > Backup and select what data to backup, or simply select “Start Backup” to backup everything. (Google recommends connecting your device to power and setting it on Wi-Fi as the process may take several hours.)
  3. Finally, switch off iMessage before signing in to your Android device with the same account you used for to backup your iOS device.

It’s a slightly more complicated process compared to Apple’s own Move to iOS app, but gets the job done fairly easily nonetheless.  One thing we would note is that Google Drive is limited to 15GB of Cloud storage, so you may want to do some trimming first if you’ve got lots of photos on your device.

Source: Apple Insider,

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