Apple Forced to Make Switching to Android Easier by EU

The solution won't be around until fall 2025, so don't hold your breath if you want to smoothly switch to Android this year.

Apple is being dragged kicking and screaming into the future once again, as an EU mandate is forcing the tech giant to make it easier to switch from iPhone to Android.

There’s no denying that Apple doesn’t like to play well with others. Its walled-off ecosystem of devices is notorious for making it difficult to integrate with any product that dare not don the Apple logo.

In recent years, though, the company has been compelled to make tech easier for everyday people that just want to switch phones, text friends, and charge their devices without a bunch of barriers.

Apple Adding Mobile Switching Solution

According to Apple’s Non-Confidential Summary of DMA Compliance Report, the company is planning to create a service that can more effectively help users switch from iPhone to Android if they so choose.

“Apple is developing a solution that helps mobile operating system providers develop more user-friendly solutions to transfer data from an iPhone to a non-Apple phone.” – Apple DMA compliance report

Don’t hold your breath waiting for the solution to come any time soon, though. The report noted that the new functionality won’t be available until fall 2025.

Why Is Apple Making It Easier to Switch?

We’d love to be able to say that Apple is making it easier to switch to Android because, despite the potential impact on its bottom line, the tech giant is noble enough to put the needs of customers ahead of its shareholders. Unfortunately, we can’t say that, because Apple is effectively being forced, once again, to make the change.

That’s right, the Digital Markets Act (DMA) is largely to blame for Apple’s acquiescence on the matter, which is quite obvious considering the language was discovered in the DMA Compliance Report from the company.

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The goal of the DMA is “to make the markets in the digital sector fairer and more contestable, and if it can get Apple to start tearing down its walls to make the digital world a bit easier for those of use living in it, we’ll be more than happy. Luckily, it’s already made a lot of headway.

Apple vs the EU

This is not the first tussle between the big tech firm and the European Union, as Apple has been forced to make a lot of changes to its ecosystem of devices to avoid rulings and fines from the governmental alliance.

One of the more publicized battles saw Apple being forced to add USB-C charging ports to its devices to create a standardized charging experience for all devices around the world. The Lightning cable was the last holdout in the charging world, and Apple really had to be pressed to make it happen.

That’s not the only change Apple has made under EU pressure. The company recently announced that it would finally ditch SMS messaging between iPhone and Android devices to establish the better RCS standard for all devices. This will provide a better, more secure experience for all smartphones users, allowing for basic messaging features and encryption.

Suffice to say, the iPhone’s days of staying secluded on Apple Island may be numbered, as the EU is more than happy to impose its will on a company that refuses to walk with all of us into the future.

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Conor is the Lead Writer for For the last six years, he’s covered everything from tech news and product reviews to digital marketing trends and business tech innovations. He's written guest posts for the likes of Forbes, Chase, WeWork, and many others, covering tech trends, business resources, and everything in between. He's also participated in events for SXSW, Tech in Motion, and General Assembly, to name a few. He also cannot pronounce the word "colloquially" correctly. You can email Conor at
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