Export your data: Google-owned Bump and Flock are shutting down effective January 31

By , Jan 1, 2014

Bump for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

Back in September 2013, Google announced it was buying the popular mobile file-sharing apps Bump and Flock for an undisclosed sum. It was a typical acqui-hire (a talent-focused acquisition) so we were expecting the Internet giant would phase out these apps from the App Store and fold their functionality into Android.

Sure enough, the Bump team last night issued a notice informing users that the service will shut down effective January 31, 2014.

Customers are given a chance to export all their data ahead of the shutdown, including photos, video, contacts from both Bump and Flock and more…

“On January 31, 2014, Bump and Flock will be removed from the App Store and Google Play,” the notice reads. “After this date, neither app will work, and all user data will be deleted”.

To export your data, simply open either Bump for iPhone or Flock for iPhone at any point in the next 30 days and follow the provided instructions.

You’ll receive an email message with a link to download an archive containing all your Bump and Flock contacts, shared photos, video, contacts and other items.

Bump shutdown prompt (iPhone screenshot 001)Bump shutdown prompt (iPhone screenshot 002)

If the prompt doesn’t appear for some reason, just hit the ‘i’ button in the lower left corner and choose the Export Received Items option.

The blog post by company CEO and co-founder David Lieb notes that the team is “now deeply focused” on new projects within Google.

iOS 7 AirDrop

I’m sad to see Bump go.

The app was among the first App Store programs that’d allow folks to share items by bumping their devices together. Then came iOS 7 and AirDrop.

A proprietary Apple technology, AirDrop enables iOS 7 device owners to share information wirelessly by establishing a secure peer-to-peer direct connection between compatible iPhone, iPod touch or iPad devices, so no Internet connection needed.

You’ll recall Apple’s early iPhone advertising used to feature Bump so it’s kinda ironic that Apple’s mobile development chief Craig Federighi fired a potshot at the concept of bumping during September’s double-iPhone introduction.

“There’s no need to wander around the room, bumping your phone,” he said announcing AirDrop for iOS 7.

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  • Christian Mejía

    Damn I haven’t been on here since last year :D

  • rosssimpson

    I’ve never actually used AirDrop as of yet!

    • Preet Patel

      What is airdrop……lol

      • Sam

        Kinda like bump but you choose the device from a list in the area instead. AirDrop is better for developers because it’s built into the share menu now

      • Preet Patel

        Uh I know what airdrop is it was just a sacarstic comment

  • Victor

    AirDrop?

  • Mr Mop

    I would use Airdrop, but the only problem is that it doesn’t work with my iPad 3 :(

    • chumawumba

      I jail broke and got airdrop AND blurring effects on my iPad 3

      • Warren Skipper

        What tweak did you use to get Airdrop?

      • chumawumba

        iPhone 4 parallax ena blur

        (I don’t have my iPad now so I can’t say the repo, but google it and you will find it(

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Exactly! I really think Apple has shot themselves in the foot with AirDrop due to the fact it is a locked down proprietary technology included on a limited amount of Apple devices. Perhaps if it was an open protocol and had bluetooth fallbacks (e.g. if the wifi hardware is unsupported use bluetooth instead) it could actually take off…

      • chumawumba

        Actually it works on any iOS 7 device that is jailbroken

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        But what if I want to share some photos with an Android device or a Windows Phone or a BlackBerry or any device that isn’t a non-jailbroken-AirDrop-supported iPhone…

  • jack

    Bump was terrible anyways.. First time I like Google killing something.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      As awful as it was it was useful. Sparrow was also useful too and I’m sure other acquisitions were useful too. Google should concentrate on innovating themselves instead of buying out the competition…

      • Kash Gummaraju

        Pretty sure Google is going to use Bump to enhance NFC and its other file sharing features/services. And flock for enhancing autoshare for G+ and implement a photostream like feature for Android devices. I’m definitely looking forward to enhanced NFC. Especially since it’s limited to the area on the phone that contains the chip, not the whole phone.

    • John

      In the wise words of Jeff Probst, the tribe has spoken “jack” … Not one person has agreed with you mate.

      • jack

        I feel so bad about that

  • Mirko

    the fact is that you could use Bump also to transfer from iPhone to Mac/PC, and with Airdrop you can’t. It’s a bummer that it’s gone

    • John

      Indeed. One of THE biggest oversights by Apple for iOS7/Mavericks… I believe if that feature was added, the adoption rate would be higher.

      That said, there is a Wifi feature inbuilt into iPhoto but AirDrop has so many more possibilities, including the ability to stop using iTunes for some things.

  • Joseph

    Before someone accuses Google of being one of the few companies that would do this, let me remind you that not only is this a normal business practice, but Apple has done the exact same thing with the Siri app from the App Store, along with others. This is nothing new, and you’d be a hypocrite to complain about it.

    • John

      I agree, however, Google have a reputation of buying popular Apps and companies to do nothing more then shut them down and destroy them.

      Google destroys because they cannot compete.
      That’s the difference between Apple and Google.

      • Hyr3m

        Speaking of which, I miss meebo :/

  • chumawumba

    If only there was a cross-platform sharing service built right into every smartphone…

  • Warren Skipper

    Christian, don’t you mean “Back in September 2013″?

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com/author/dujkan Christian Zibreg

      Indeed I do. Thanks, I fixed it!

  • Mohammed Sahib

    And the best cross-platform app IMO will be gone. Sad. Now I need to use email just to transfer a photo to an android phone. Sigh.

    • s0me

      Use dropbox for photo/video sharing.

  • Sam Khan

    A big füçk ÿõû goes out to google.

  • http://www.avault.com Saulo Benigno

    I wanna see that bump iphone ad :)

  • Waleed

    So now its time to search for “how to use airdrop tutorial”

  • PoleGirl

    I use Photo Transfer App on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Pretty sure it’s on my Mac….anyway, uses wifi or BT, and works great. I guess it will be the next buy-out, huh?

  • nunyadambiznez

    This is just one more way for the NSA owned INFO THIEVES TO STOP U.S. CITIZENS FROM SHARING THEIR OWN PRPRIETARY PHOTOS, TEXTS, CHATS, E-MAILS, AND EVERY OTHER PART OF THEIR PRIVATE LIVES THOSE WHOM THEY TRUST !!!!!! BRRRRRRRRR !!!! DOES ANYONE ELSE FEEL THE CHILL OF THE DEATH OF OUR GOD GIVEN RIGHTS TO PRIVACY !!!!! EVEN SATAN HAS BEEN RENDERED UNABLE TO READOUR PRIVATE THOUGHTS, BUT LOOK OUT !!! HERE COME THE GOOGLE gods !!!! THEY WOULD STEAL YOUR SOUL IF THEY COULD !!!! WATCH OUT GOOGLE !!! THE ONE TRUE LIVING, ALMIGHTY GOD IS COMING SOON, AND HE KNOWS ALL OF THE LIES YOU ARE SPREADING !!! THE LIES OF THE NSA, CIA, FBI, THE MIC (MORONS IN CHARGE), AND SATAN ; FOR WHOM ALL OF YOU WORK WILL BE ACCOUNTED FOR BY ALL OF YOU. !!!! KEEP ON LYING FOLKS. !!!! HELL HAS LOTS OF ROOM LEFT FOR YOU !!! GIVE MY DISREGARDS TO LUCIFER; YOUR SOON TO BE (HELL MATE) IN THE LAKE OF FIRE !!!! YOU SEE; YOU LIE, BUT YOU WILL NEVER STOP THE TRUTH !! EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!