Google makes it easier than ever to switch from Android to iPhone

More people than ever are switching from Android to iPhone, be it for the new, big screens, the terrific industrial design, the focus on security and privacy, the great apps, or any of a dozen other reasons. We've been getting a lot of feedback, however, from people who want to make the switch but are worried that it might be too much work — or are especially concerned over the stress involved in finding new apps and services to replace the ones they've been using on Android. Luckily, that's not the case, thanks to Google!

That's because Google treats the iPhone as a first-class citizen and makes sure all their best apps and services work great on iOS as well. It's in Google's best interest, after all: They're first and foremost an advertising company and the more people who use their apps and services, the more attention and data those services get.

All the Google apps for iPhone

  • Google: Née Google Search, this app gives previous Google Now users the information cards they know and love, and even accepts voice commands and questions with a familiar "Okay, Google!" - Download now.

  • Google Maps: If this app is how you've been used to finding your way, it's ready and waiting for you with voice-guided turn-by-turn directions, live traffic, street view, and more! - Download now.

  • Gmail: This app offers the classic Gmail interface, though you can also pick up the new Inbox by Gmail to keep track of all your email with stars, labels, and all the other features Google provides.

  • Google Calendar: If you want to keep all your appointments, events, and meetings on Google's system, Calendar will make sure you're alerted, as well as let you add new ones. - Download now

  • Google Keep: There are notes to take! Always notes! So. Many. Notes! And recently Google brought Keep to iOS, so you can jot it all down, anywhere, and access it on your iPhone. - Download now

  • Google Chrome: The same web browser that you know from Android, Windows, and the Mac is also on iOS. If you log in, you can sync everything from your bookmarks to your tabs, as well as enjoy translation, voice search, incognito, and all the trimmings. - Download now.

  • Google+: The app front-end to Google's social network, Google+ lets you post what you're doing and thinking, keep up with the people in your circles, interact with groups, and store and share all your photos. - Download now.

  • Hangouts: This app makes sure you can keep in touch with all your Google+ friends — singularly or in groups — over text, voice, and video. - Download now

  • Photo Sphere Camera: You can keep taking 360º panoramas and sharing them with your circles on Google+ with this app. - Download now

  • Google Drive: The company offers a suite of apps to replace Google Drive's functionality on Android. There's Google Drive proper, which lets you access all your files from Google's servers. Then there's Sheets, Docs, and Slides to let you get all your office work done and synced on the cloud.

  • Youtube: There are several YouTube apps for the iPhone, including the YouTube app itself, which lets you access your account, subscriptions, and more; YouTube Kids for children; YouTube Studio Creator for on-the-go channel management; and YouTube Capture for getting your videos online.

  • Google Voice: This app lets you make calls and send texts from your GV number, and listen or read your GV voicemail, right on your iPhone. - Download now

  • Google Play: Play makes all your media content accessible and available on your iPhone via a few different apps, which include Google Play Music, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies & TV, and Google Play Newstand.

  • Google Wallet: This app keeps your cards with you on the iPhone so you can make payments, send and receive money, and use your loyalty programs. - Download now

  • Google Authenticator: With this app, you can keep protecting your logins with two-step verification for all the sites and services that support it. - Download now

  • Ingress: If you're playing Google's real-world-set video game, this app lets you keep going on your iPhone right where you may have left off on your Android device. - Download now

  • Google account apps: If you rely on Google for certain web services, apps for those are also available, including Google Analytics, Google Adsense, Google Adwords Express.

  • Google Device: These apps let you control and interface with all the hardware Google makes, including Chromecast, Google TV Remote, My Glass, Google Fiber,

  • Google apps: Beyond the apps listed above, Google's made programs on iOS for almost every service, including Google Translate, Snapseed, Blogger, Google Classroom, Google News & Weather, Field Trip, Google Express, Zagat, Chrome Remote Desktop, Google My Business, Google Coordinate, and Google Life Scienses.

The best of all worlds

With iPhone, you not only get all of Apple's great apps, but almost all of Google's, and the best of Microsoft and pretty much every other platform as well. It makes switching to iPhone not only relatively painless, but downright pleasurable. That's one of the iPhone's biggest strengths — it enjoys first-class support from everyone else — and it's one of the biggest reasons to make the switch.