How to use Xperia Transfer to switch to a Sony smartphone from Android or iOS (spoiler - impressively easy)

How to use Xperia Transfer to switch to a Sony smartphone from Android or iOS (spoiler - impressively easy)
Hey, folks, welcome to our third installment of "Using various manufacturers' content transfer tools to switch to a new smartphone". What we are doing here is testing the ease of use and functionality of apps, made to help new users copy over all their valuable data from their old handset, to their brand new smartphone. We've already tested how HTC's Transfer Tool and Samsung's Smart Switch deal with the task, so this time around – let's check out the Xperia Transfer.

Now, once in the Android transfer menu, we are presented with yet another unique way to ensure that you are sending all your sensitive data to the handset that you are holding in your other hand, rather somewhere else – while HTC used a confirmable PIN code, in order to establish a trusted connection between the two phones, and Sammy's Smart Switch used a weird audio signal, in order to make two Android phones "talk" to each other, Xperia deals with this in an elegant and modernistic manner – via NFC. Of course, there is the PIN option, for those phones that lack NFC, but since in this series we are looking at the fastest, easiest, most interesting ways to use the transfer apps – this demo will show the NFC path.

After the Android slideshow, stay tuned for the iOS to Xperia guide, as there was a surprise waiting for us in that operation as well – instead of using USB to PC connection, Xperia Transfer was able to pull out all the data from our iPhone with a simple phone-to-phone USB connection. Nice job, Sony.

You can grab the Xperia Transfer app here.

Pretty straightforward with no hiccups – just as expected. What we found really interesting, though, is that the Xperia Transfer app told us that it only needs a USB connection between the Xperia and an iPhone in order to pull the same type of data out of the iOS device. For this connection, you are going to need the Xperia Transfer cable or just a generic USB OTG cable (pictured on the right) – the latter goes into your Xperia's charging port while its other end connects to the charger-side of your iPhone's Lightning cable (or 30-pin, if you've got an older Apple device). What happens next is surprisingly simple and straightforward – check out the slideshow below.

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1. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Cool. No computer required!!!

2. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

[OFF TOPIC] Happy New Year, PhoneArena and audiences.

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

We're not audiences, we're fellow readers. But anyways, Happy New Year!

4. lebigmac506

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

Is moto migrate next?

5. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

If you know any Sony executives, you can ask them how easy it is to switch from an Xperia smartphone to a BlackBerry, too.

6. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Why would anyone switch from Xperia to junk?

8. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Lol ;)

9. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

They're both junks. Xperia is just a better looking junk. Sony mobile display is the worst I've seen.

11. kbakker

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 16, 2014

I wouldn't call their displays the best (that title goes to the note 4), but they most certainly aren't junk. It's actually a very nice looking display that's clear and bright. It's only problem is it has a bluish hue. This can be resolved though since they actually give you an option to adjust the white balance.

13. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

I can deal with the bluish hue but the touch panel electronic patterns are visible. Those touch panel grids reflect light from my desk lamp is really irritating. Take a look at the Z3C display and you'll know what I'm talking about. The display sharpness is terrible compares to LG E970 and iPhone 4 which all have the same PPI. DeltaE is way off so it doesn't matter much with adjusting the White Balance in the phone. Other major companies have been using IPS and AMOLED 5 years ago but Sony used IPS on their flagships just recently. All Xperia came out 2013 and prior used cheap crappy low tech TFTs. Now others had moved on to Super AMOLED and IPS+ 3 years ago but this donkey company just implemented IPS and they can't even get it right. That tells a lot about a company. I hope these Sony crooks see their end soon.

14. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

I forgot to tell you the display on my old iPhone 4 I used to compare with the Z3C is an aftermarket display I bought on eBay for $14. The s**tty Z3C display can't even match with an aftermarket's. Maybe it's certainly not junk but it is certainly a piece of s**t.

15. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

And the f**king Sony embedded spyware Baidu in the firmware. Check your xperia with a file manager and I'm sure you'll find it. Damn Sony b1tch

7. epic_ninja420

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

He was referring to the reports that Sony had to dig out old blackberrys to be able to function while they were being hacked. I used the ios-xperia transfer when I got our Z3's, worked fine on my 5s to z3 other than apps(it just gives suggestions and some links to the playstore) but my gf's 5s had all kinds of trouble and took forever to transfer but I think it was because of the 8gb of pictures and videos she had that I told her to delete.

10. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

An xperia utility to switch back is nice in case I factory reset my old phone. F Sony and their crappy displays.

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Neat, reminds me of other devices like samsung smartswitch and Nokia's Transfer My Data (which i have used so many times especially for flip phones).

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