The Apple iPhone 5S is here, and there’s no doubt many consumers are preparing to make the switch to the new smartphone.
Upgrading to a new smartphone is always an exciting time. With a new phone comes new features, a new design and an overall new experience. But when upgrading, there are still some things most users won’t want to lose – namely contact, photos, videos, and music.
Whether users are migrating from a previous version of the iPhone, an Android device or a Windows or BlackBerry device, there are many simple solutions that make migrating to the new iPhone a relative breeze. Now there are many services and options to accomplish this task, especially with Android and Google contacts, but at TechnologyGuide, we are tasked with presenting the simplest and the most effective means of migrating to a new iPhone 5S.
iPhone to iPhone
For current iPhone users looking to upgrade to the new model, Apple makes the process simple. For users migrating to the new iPhone from a device running iOS 5 or later, users can employ iCloud to back up the current device and then sync to the new one.
In the “Settings” menu of the current device, select “iCloud” and then “Storage and Backup” to save the settings and data on the current device. Make sure the device is connected to a Wi-Fi network and plugged in during the backup. Backup times will vary based on how much data a user has on their smartphone, as well as the network speed (again, do not do this over your 3G or 4G connection as it is data intensive). When it comes time to set up the new iPhone, simply turn it on and follow the setup assistant. When it prompts to set up the new iPhone, choose “Restore from iCloud Backup” and select the most recent backup. When the restoration is complete, the device will restart and it’s ready to use.
In order to transfer content not included on the backup, such as music, apps and videos, connect the new iPhone to iTunes to sync the additional data.
For users who are upgrading to the new iPhone from a device that runs a version of iOS earlier than iOS 5, using iTunes to back up and sync data is an easy solution.
Before backing up any data, make sure the latest available versions of iTunes is installed. Simply back up all data to iTunes via the “devices” tab and then save that backup file to the computer. When it comes time to sync the new iPhone, follow the setup assistant and select “Restore from iTunes Backup,” connect the device to iTunes on the same computer the previous backup was performed on, and select the latest backup. Keep the device connected to iTunes to restore it all.
Android to iPhone
While migrating from an old to new iPhone model is easy; transferring from an Android device to an iPhone can be a bit trickier, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Some content won’t transfer, such as text message history and call logs because it’s dependent on the operating system, but most data and important information can be easily transferred.
First things first, users must back up their current Android device to their computer. To back up, connect the Android smartphone to the computer via USB and put the device in Disk Drive mode. The device will appear as a drive in “My Computer,” or on the desktop as an icon. Drag all pictures, videos, and music you wish to back up to the computer desktop. To make things easier, create an Android backup folder and keep all files in that folder.
Make sure the new iPhone is setup and activated, and then connect it to iTunes. In iTunes, the smartphone’s name will pop up in the left hand navigation bar. Select “Sync photos” and choose the folder with the Android backup to sync photos and videos. To Sync music, simply drag the music files (easily kept in a single folder) and drop it onto the iPhone’s name in the navigation bar.
Transferring contacts, which for many is the most important data, can be a bit trickier and will require users to separately back up contacts, and then email themselves a VCF file folder with the information. To do this, first go into the contacts app on the Android device, select “Import/Export” in the menu, and save the file to the computer (make sure your phone is still connected to the computer via USB). After email is set up on the new iPhone, email the VCF file as an attachment. Open the attachment on the iPhone and select “Add all contacts,” and everything will be saved to the new iPhone.
BlackBerry to iPhone
It might seem daunting to migrate information from a BlackBerry to an iPhone because the operating systems are so different, but there are actually some easy ways to ensure all relevant information is transferred.
BlackBerry offers its users desktop software for syncing data between the smartphone and a computer. Users can back up their data from the BlackBerry to their desktop using the software and then simply use iTunes to transfer the data saved on the desktop to the iPhone 5S. Once the new iPhone is activated, connect it to the computer and the phone’s name will appear in the left-hand navigation bar. Simply drag the BlackBerry files to the phone’s name to sync. The BlackBerry desktop software will sync mail, contacts, calendar and media files.
Users can also employ the Google Sync software, which is compatible with both BlackBerry OS and iOS. Users will have to set up Google Sync on both the BlackBerry smartphone and iPhone. Simply back up data to Google Sync from the BlackBerry and then open Google Sync on the iPhone to migrate the data to the new device. Google Sync will migrate contacts and calendars.
Windows Phone 8 to iPhone
Windows Phone 8 users looking to switch to the iPhone can use Windows Live and Microsoft Exchange to transfer contacts and mail. The iPhone natively allows users to sync Windows Live when they’ve set up their Microsoft Exchange account.
On the iPhone, go to the “Settings” application and select “Mail, Contact and Calendars,” and set up the Microsoft Exchange account with the Windows Live account that contacts are stored to. Enter m.hotmail.com in the “Server” field. Users can then import contacts to the iPhone.
In order to transfer images and music files, users will need to back up their Windows Phone 8 smartphone to a PC, and import those files to the new iPhone using iTunes. Windows offers the Zune software, which allows users to back up their data to their primary computer. Zune will back up email, social network accounts, pictures, music and videos, which can then all be transferred to the new iPhone. Users can also use SkyDrive to back up some files.
When in doubt, check with your carrier, as often times AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile will be able to transfer some information, primarily contacts, for users right in the store. If purchasing from a big box retailer like Best Buy, it’s always a good decision to check with the tech professionals if any questions arise. Apple support is also available online and at the Genius Bar in Apple stores if users have any questions when beginning the migration process.
Unfortunately, apps aren’t really compatible between operating systems, so there is no easy way to migrate them. You’ll simply have to re-download them. The good news is that the Netflix account you used for your Android phone will work on your iPhone, and that goes for most any cross-platform services. The bad news is that you will lose any paid apps, and will have to repurchase. You could bug the app publisher for a download code, especially for any expensive downloads like the $15 Slingbox app, but it’s probably not worth it for the $1 cheapies you purchased on a whim.