Smartphones are becoming an increasingly important part of our everyday lives, as we use them for storing everything from sensitive work data to photos and videos of our most precious memories. Therefore, upgrading to a new smartphone can be a daunting prospect. But with Samsung Smart Switch, whether you’re moving from an older Galaxy smartphone, another Android device, an iPhone or even a BlackBerry, it’s easy to transfer data from one device to another.

Ensuring a smooth transition to a new device such as the Galaxy Note8 is especially important if you use your smartphone for both business and personal purposes, as losing the data for both would be a major problem. To smoothly transfer data from your old phone to a new device using Samsung Smart Switch, there are three options: wired, wireless or PC.

Wired

To transfer data to the new Note8, simply use the adapter provided in the box, which connects to the charging port on your new phone and allows you to plug a USB cable into your old phone. Wired transfers work for these compatible devices: Galaxy smartphones running Android 4.3 or newer; iOS devices running iOS 5 or newer; and BlackBerry devices running BB OS7 or older. For other devices, you can use the wireless and PC methods described below.

When you connecting the USB cable during initial setup, the phone will automatically walk you through the data transfer process. If you’re transferring from an iPhone, you’ll need to agree to “Trust the Computer” after connecting, and if you encrypt your iTunes backup, you’ll need to disable this setting for the transfer to work. You should also deregister iMessage before you start to avoid missing any messages.

Samsung Smart Switch gives you granular control over the amount and type of data you can transfer, so once it’s up and running, you can decide what content you want on your new phone. If you’re transferring from an old Galaxy device, you’ll be able to essentially replicate everything you have on your old phone, including all your text messages, media content, details about your Wi-Fi connections and even how your home screen looks.

For iOS and BlackBerry users, although ability to replicate your old device’s set up is reduced, you’ll still be able to transfer all your contacts, messages and media files. Smart Switch will also suggest apps you can download from the app store which mirror those on your old device.

If you're transferring from an old Galaxy device, you'll be able to essentially replicate everything you have on your old phone, including all your text messages, media content, details about your Wi-Fi connections and even how your home screen looks.

Wireless

This process of wireless data transfer differs slightly depending on which device you’re using.

For Galaxy smartphones and other Android devices, download the app from the Google Play store. Then, on your new Galaxy, launch Smart Switch, which is built in and available through the Settings menu. Once launched on both devices, you then choose which type of device you’re transferring from, and which device is sending and which is receiving the data. Then, simply click connect and choose which data you want to transfer.

For iOS, you first need to make sure you’ve backed up your data using iCloud and have deregistered iMessage. On the Smart Switch app on your new device, choose iOS on the first screen, click on iCloud backup and then enter your iCloud credentials before choosing which data to import.

For BlackBerry users running BB OS7, visit this link on the phone’s built-in browser and download the app. For those running BB OS10, which only allows apps from BlackBerry World to be installed, you first need to hook up your BlackBerry to the PC it’s installed on, download this file, open it on your PC and click “Start Installation.”

PC

For those who use a PC or Mac to back up their iPhone or BlackBerry, the final option available to transfer all your content to your new Galaxy device is to hook it up to your computer. First, you’ll need to download the relevant version of the Smart Switch desktop software (PC or Mac). Again, if you’re using an iPhone, be sure to deregister iMessage and unencrypt your iTunes backup before starting.

Having backed up your old phone completely, launch the desktop app, agree with the terms and conditions, connect your new phone, select the name of your old device, find the latest backup and begin the transfer. Again, you’ll be able to choose which content to transfer before importing it to your new device.

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