There is no denying the fact that transferring data from one phone to another is a Herculean task. While some smartphones help you get over with it effortlessly owing to the efficient integration with cloud storage; some others take their own sweet time, making the entire process tiring and time-consuming.
Most smartphone stores will help you deal with the transfer of files if you can spend a couple of hours at the store but if you would rather do it in the comfort of your couch, then here is a simple list of things to follow.
To begin with, the process and the time required for the transfer of stuff entirely depends on what you are upgrading to and whether you are simply upgrading the phone or adopting a new Operating System altogether.
Transferring from iOS Devices
Google cloud services make transferring stuff from one Android to another as simple as it gets. It is even simpler if you have the Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade.
Most Android phones come equipped with migration tools that make the transfer a breeze. For example, Samsung comes along with Samsung Smart Switch and Motorola offers a Migrate tool to help get it done. Samsung Smart Switch allows you to transfer data from an iOS device to a Galaxy or an Android device as well.
In order to make the transfer happen from an iOS device to an Android device, the app is only required to be installed on the Android device.
The data from the iOS devices have two ways of being transferred and they are:
- The first method is via iCloud. This can be done either by a carrier network or by using Wi-Fi.
- The second method is to connect the iOS device to the USB adapter. Once that is done, you could follow these steps to transfer your data:
- Download the Samsung Smart Switch and install it on your computer.
- The next step is to connect the USB cable to a USB port on the PC.
- Your computer will take a few minutes to install the drivers required for the device.
- Open the app on your PC and let it make the connection happen.
- If there is a software update pending, you will receive an automatic prompt to update it.
- Click on ‘Update’ to start downloading the data/files.
- The final step is to click on OK to proceed and finish the transfer.
Transferring from Android devices
There are three methods to be followed when you need to transfer data from Android devices:
The first method is by syncing your old smartphone to your new phone by using Wi-Fi direct. The devices need to be within a distance of 10 cm of each other. The Samsung Smart Switch allows you to select the data and transfer accordingly.
If there is excessive audio interference, you might want to opt for a manual pairing. The sending device will receive a code that has to be entered on the receiving device and that will connect the two devices manually.
The third step is by transferring the data from your old device to a memory card and then transferring it to your new smartphone. There are some smartphones that do not have SD card slots. Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge users will not be able to take advantage of the SD card option.
Transferring Data from Android to iPhone
If you are tired of using an Android phone and want to skip to an iPhone, the new Move to iOS app will help you to transfer a majority of your content to your new iPhone and will also replace the Android apps with the iOS versions.
Once this app is installed, it will transfer contacts, email addresses, calendars, history, photos, bookmarks as well as videos to your brand new iPhone.
The best part about this app is the fact that when you are using it to make the transfer happen, the iOS equivalents of the Android apps that you have been using will be downloaded and added to your wish list. You are free to choose whichever app you want to download from the wish list. However, this is only applicable to the free apps and not the ones you had purchased.