Hoping to make it as simple as possible to switch to iOS, Apple is offering a Move to iOS app for Android users.

The free Android app migrates your Android content -- including contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, bookmarks, mail accounts, and calendars -- to an iOS device, over a Wi-Fi network. Move to iOS works on phones and tablets running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and later and works with iPads and iPhones running iOS 9 or later.

Before you begin, turn on Wi-Fi on your Android device and make sure that both iOS and Android devices are plugged in. Apple advises you do a quick check to make sure you have enough room on your iOS device. Open Settings and tap Storage to see how much room you have on your Android, and find your iOS device's available space by opening Settings, tapping General and then About. If you want to transfer your Chrome bookmarks, update to the latest version of Chrome on your Android phone or tablet.

Apple assumes your migration is part of setting up a new iOS device, so you need to start with a blank iOS slate. First, if you've already set up your iPhone or iPad, back up your iOS device. Then erase your iOS device's content and settings by tapping Settings, General, Reset, Erase All Content and Settings, and Erase. Now you can start the transfer.

  1. On your Android device, open the Move to iOS app, tap Continue, and agree to the terms and conditions. Then tap Next on the Find Your Code screen.
  2. On your iOS device, begin the setup process, and at the Apps & Data screen, tap Move Data From Android. Tap Continue on the Move From Android screen, and you should see a 10-digit code.
  3. Back on your Android device, enter the code.
  4. On the Transfer Data screen, select the content you want to move to your iOS device and tap Next. Apple says to not touch anything on either device while your content migrates, so now might be a good time to get a cup of coffee.
  5. Once everything is moved over, tap Done on your Android device.
  6. On your iOS device, tap Continue and follow instructions for finishing up.

If you run into trouble, consult Apple's Move From Android page for help.

Early reviews on the Google Play Store were, as you might expect from Android fans, overwhelming negative, with one-star reviews outnumbering five-stars four to one. "Stay away from this app unless you are ready to live rest of your life without one kidney," posted one reviewer, hopefully not speaking from experience.

Clifford Colby follows the Mac and Android markets for Download.com. He's been an editor at Peachpit Press and a handful of now-dead computer magazines, including MacWeek, MacUser, and Corporate Computing.