One of the tough things about switching to a new phone is migrating your contacts, calendar, SMS messages and apps over to the new phone. Life is hard enough when you're upgrading to a new version of your current phone – iPhone to iPhone, for example. But if you're switching manufacturers and operating systems – iPhone to Samsung Galaxy (iOS to Android) then life gets harder still. Fortunately for new Samsung Galaxy S4 switchers, things are helped along by a new Smart Switch app that the company has just released. Let's take a look.
Samsung Smart Switch is a desktop application (currently for Windows only, but a Mac release is on the way) which handles the migration of your current smartphone's content over to the Samsung Galaxy S4. The app covers Messages, Contacts, Calendar, Photos, Music, Alarms, Wallpapers and tries to match apps on your old phone with apps available on Google Play. At the time of writing, Smart Switch supports migration from Apple iPhone, Nokia, Blackberry, LG and other Samsung smartphones. Nice! Let's walk through the process with an iPhone 4S.
Step 1: Backup your iPhone to iTunes
Before we grab the Smart Switch app, the first thing we need to do is to back up the data on our iPhone to iTunes. To do so, plug the phone into your PC and open up iTunes, then click the top right devices button to select your phone.
Importantly, you'll need to ensure that you backup the phone to your computer rather than to iCloud. Underneath Backups, select This computer, then click the Back Up Now button to copy your data from the phone and on to the computer. Ensure Encrypt iPhone backup is not set. Give it a few minutes, and you'll be ready for the next step.
Step 2: Download the Samsung Smart Switch App
OK, head over to http://www.samsung.com/us/smart-switch/ and download the Smart Switch application.
Once downloaded, run the installer.
Accept the license and data conversion agreements, and we're ready to go.
Step 3: Transfer Your Data
If your Samsung Galaxy S4 isn't already connected, connect it now as requested. The Smart Switch app will detect the phone automatically and attempt to connect.
After a minute or so, your phone's manufacturer will be detected and you'll be invited to transfer your data to the new phone. Click Next.
All of your existing phone's backed up data will be presented to you by category. Check the data you wish to move over to your new phone, and hit Start transfer.
Transfer begins – obviously taking a little longer if you have a lot of large media files to transfer.
You're done! You'll be offered the chance to download Samsung's Kies handset management application – keep the box checked if you want to proceed, otherwise uncheck and select Exit.
Check your Galaxy S4 and all of your data should now be transferred.