New smartphone for Christmas? Excellent. Time to transfer all that data from your old smartphone. Before, this used to be quite a marathon task, painstakingly moving individual contacts over one by one. These days, phone manufacturers have made things easy, whether you’re switching from one of their phones to another, or from another manufacturer entirely.
Transferring to a Sony Smartphone
With the Sony Xperia Transfer Mobile app, you can transfer all your data without any computer at all.
If you’ve got an iPhone, use the special transfer cable that came with your new Sony Xperia smartphone. This is an adaptor that plugs into the port of your Sony phone. Then plug your iPhone’s cable into the other end of the cable. Fire up the app and all your contacts, photos and data are transferred.
When you’re transferring from an Android or Windows powered phone, it’s even easier. Turn the NFC (Near field communication) feature on for both phones, open the app on the Sony and everything starts transferring wirelessly. With Android devices, all of the apps on your old phone are installed on your new Sony.
Better yet, if you’re transferring from an iPhone or Windows Phone device, you’ll get vouchers to pay for the Android versions of your apps. It means you won’t have to pay again for apps you already bought from a different app store.
You’ll find the app available for free at Google Play™ Store
Transferring to an HTC Smartphone
HTC have developed a really handy website if you’re transferring to one of their devices. The aptly named HTC Transfer tool lets you transfer all of your contacts, photos, music and more from your old phone to your brand new phone.
Transferring from iPhone, there’s an HTC Sync Manager programme you load on to your computer. You back up your iPhone to iTunes, open up HTC Sync Manager and click Transfer, choose the iPhone back up and the types of content you want, and it’s all transferred over quickly and easily.
For Android Phones, use the HTC Transfer Tool, an app available on all new HTC devices, and from Google Play™ Store for your old phone. Open it on both devices, and the tool will let you transfer whatever content you choose.
Finally, for Windows and Blackberry phones, HTC have a Bluetooth transfer option. There’s the usual pairing devices involved, but once it’s up and running, follow the simple on screen instructions to transfer the stuff you want to your new phone.
To find out more about all of these transfer options, visit HTC Transfer
Transferring to a Samsung Smartphone
Samsung boast that their Smart Switch service is the easy way to transfer content between your current phone and your new Galaxy device. You cantransfer contacts, photos, music, videos, messages, notes, calendar and more, all by choosing your current device and following the onscreen instructions.
Users of Apple’s iCloud have it really easy, as you just need to enter your iCloud address and password, and all of your content will be pulled straight from your iCloud backup.
If you don’t use iCloud, then you can use their iTunes selection instead. You back up to iTunes as normal, then download the Smart Switch app onto your computer and choose the back up you want to transfer everything over. It’s a similar process for Blackberry or Windows users.
Transferring from another Android device? It’s as simple as downloading the Smart Switch app from Google Play™ Store on both of your devices, and following the on screen instructions.
Head to Samsung Smart Switch and pick your device.
Transferring to a Motorola smartphone
Motorola has also been busy improving its transfer app. Released at the end of January, it lets you change from an iPhone or Android to a new Motorola phone.
To get all your iPhone content onto a Motorola, like the Moto X, install the app on your Motorola. Then the app literally logs into your iCloud account and copies all the data to your Google account. From there it’s easy to sync up your Motorola to get hold of all your data. No cables or computers required.
If you’ve been using an older Android phone, install the app on both the old phone and your new Motorola. Open both apps, scan the QR code on the screen of your old with your new Motorola, and all your videos, contacts, texts and even call history will be copied across. Again, it’s all done without cables or computers.
The Motorola transfer app is available for free from Google Play™ Store
Transferring to an LG smartphone
If you’ve got your hands on a shiny new LG smartphone, the brilliant LG Backup will let you easily transfer all of your old data from your old LG phone. And if you’ve got your hands on a new LG G3 or G3S, the process is simple, as you can transfer data by WiFi, as long as both phones are connected to the same WiFi network.
You’ll find LG backup available for free at Google Play™ Store.
Transferring to a Windows Phone
If you’re moving from an older Windows Phone to a new one, the Transfer my Data app is what you need. It’ll transfer all your contacts, text messages, pictures and more via Bluetooth. This makes it fast and of course wireless.
If you’ve got a BlackBerry, iPhone or Android, this app is still useful, but it’ll only be able to transfer your contacts to the new phone.
You’ll find this app available for free at Windows Store
To move all the other data from an old phone to a new Nokia with Windows Phone, there’s Welcome Home to Windows Phone. Once you’ve visited the website and installed it on your PC or Mac, just plug in your old phone and follow the instructions. Everything from texts and to videos will be sent to your new Windows Phone.
When it comes to apps, the Welcome Home software will scour your old phone and the Windows Store and recommend apps for your new phone. You can then install them if you think they’re a good fit. And if they’re paid apps, Microsoft will actually give you money to buy them.
Visit the Welcome Home to Windows Phone website to find out more.
Transferring to a Blackberry
The team at Blackberry make it really easy to transfer to one of their devices. If you got the new Blackberry Passport for Christmas, then head over to Blackberry Device Switch, where you’ll find full details on how to switch from Blackberry to Blackberry, iPhone to Blackberry and Android to Blackberry.
For Android and iPhone, it’s as simple as navigating your new Blackberry to the Device Switch website, connecting both of your devices to the same WiFi network, then following the on screen instructions. You can download contacts, calendar details, music, video, pictures and details from iTunes for iPhone users.
Have you recently used any of these methods to transfer content from your old phone to your new phone? We’d love to hear how you got on, so let us know in the comments section below.