Switching From Android To Apple? How Do I Transfer My Data?

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Switching From Android To Apple? How Do I Transfer My Data?

October 8, 2014 1 comment

You look down at your old Samsung Galaxy S4 or Note 3 and finally give into your Apple fan boy friends who give you a hard time, or maybe you are just willing to take a chance with the new iPhone 6. Regardless of the reason you are left with the proverbial "How do I transfer my data and contacts to my new device?" Sigh. So it begins, the daunting and tedious task of transferring your data. If only you could wave a magic wand or say "Abracadabra" and poof, your data is transferred.

How do I transfer my data?

Here are some tips and tricks to help you save time and sanity to make this process as painless as possible:

1. Mail, Contacts, Calendars

Whether you are using iOS 7 or have been brave enough for the iOS 8 expedition, iOS has the major e-mail providers. With a simple sign in, your e-mail contacts and calendars can be transferred in a heartbeat. Also, if you have all of your social media accounts linked with your e-mail and contacts, you can download the apps (Twitter, Facebook), go to settings and select the app, sign in, and change the calendars and contacts to "on". There are apps as well that can transfer your data for you such as "Copy My Data" and "AT&T Mobile Transfer".

2. Photos and Videos

Let's say you are like me and you hoard every photo and video you have ever taken on your smart phone. You don't want to go through every picture and delete ones you do not need, you just want to teleport all your photos and videos directly to your new device. This might be the simplest transition of the entire process! "Phew". With Apple devices you are inevitably going to be using their flagship program "iTunes." iTunes is used to buy music/movies and import all the music you might already have. All you need is a computer with iTunes, doesn't matter if its a PC or a Mac.

  1. Connect your Android phone to your computer and find your photos and videos. On most devices, you can find these files in DCIM > Camera. If you’re using a Mac, you can install Android File Transfer. Then go to Android File Transfer > DCIM > Camera.
  2. Choose the photos and videos that you want to move. Drag them to a folder on your computer, you can always create a folder and call it "Pictures".
  3. Unplug your Android phone and connect your iPhone to your computer.
  4. Open iTunes on your computer and click your iPhone.
  5. Click Photos, select the “Sync Photos from” checkbox, and choose the folder where you saved your photos. If you’re also moving videos, select “Include Videos.
  6. Click "Apply"

3. Music!

Now comes the fun part, MUSIC! I feel that Apple's iPhone and iPod allow for the best music experience with the use of iTunes. "How do I transfer my data?" You might ask, but transferring your data is just as easy as with photos/videos.

  1. Plug in your android device, and find where your music is stored. In most cases it will be in "music." (I know, imagine that.)
  2. Create a folder on your computer or use a existing folder that you currently store music on and drag and drop what music you want on your iPhone into that selected folder.
  3. With iTunes open, drag your music folder and all your songs will be uploaded.
  4. Now click on iPhone, and you can choose to sync all music when you plug your device into your computer ,or just the selected songs you would like at any given time.

4. Books/PDF/Documents

These are all uploaded in the exact same way as with music. If the Apple device supports the file type you want to transfer, just create a new folder on your computer, add the items you want to transfer to the folder, and drag the folder onto iTunes and sync it with your iPhone.

5. Apps

Most likely you will find whatever apps you had before on the Apple App Store. Just use the search bar to find them and install them with your new Apple ID and password. If you already had an Apple ID you can sign in and sync up your apps that you had previously downloaded or purchased. You wont have to ask how do I transfer my data in any way shape or form because it's already synced up to your Apple ID account.

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