Samsung teaches you how to switch from iPhone to Galaxy S6, but why use a MacBook to do it?

Samsung teaches you how to switch from iPhone to Galaxy S6, but why use a MacBook to do it?

Moving to a new smartphone, especially a different brand, is a pain and manufacturers know that. This is why, in recent year, there have been significant improvements in data syncing either through an app, PC program, cloud, or just USB connection. Most smartphone makers nowadays have their own proprietary app, which helps you transfer all of the content from your old phone to your new one – and that's a welcome thing.

Samsung's switching software is available both as a smartphone app and PC program. It's dubbed Smart Switch and helps you copy over all of your pictures, music, documents, and contacts from an old Android handset or iPhone to your brand-new Samsung device. It also acts as backup software.

Apps and programs that support iOS to Android transfer are, in fact, increasing in numbers, however, most users are yet unaware, being well used to the fact that iOS is a pretty isolated ecosystem. Well, Samsung decided that some potential customers may need a nudge and a pointer, and has released 4 videos dedicated to showing how easy it is to use Smart Switch and move to a Galaxy S6 or S6 edge – and 3 of said videos are dedicated to the iOS platform.

You can check out the clips right below, and you can certainly use them as how-to step-by-step guides if you happen to be swapping phones soon. We do find it interesting that, for the “Transfer via iTunes” video, Sammy chose to use a MacBook Air instead of one of its own laptops – after all, the Korea-based manufacturer does have some pretty ultrabooks of its own. Sure, this may be because Samsung is trying to appeal to, and poach, Apple consumers, who are long used to seeing and using a Mac Air over anything else. Still, it kind of looks weird that a company would miss the opportunity to promote its own product and, worse yet, put a competing product's name in plain sight.

That said, Smart Switch is pretty awesome. We've actually made our own guide on how to use it to transfer your files wirelessly, and we found it to be quite straightforward.



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20 Comments

1. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Because majority of iPhone users own a MacBook as well duh..

2. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Bulls**t. Apple's laptop market share isn't that high. And people using macs rarely consider switching to Android.

6. ph00ny

Posts: 1993; Member since: May 26, 2011

Go to NYC and head into starbucks and let me know how many macs are there compared to any other brand combined. Even in my office with windows based network and all, ton of folks have MBP running parallel with windows 7

7. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

Facts > your bubble.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I see plenty of Mac users with Android phones, you simply think they dont use them. Just like many Mac owners still own Windows PC's. In fact as much as 80% of Mac owners still either own a Windows PC or have installed Windows on their Mac.

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Actually not, most iPhone users use Windows, at least outside USA, most likely there too. Just compare Mac and iPhone marketshares. Most Mac users probably have iPhones, though.

5. ph00ny

Posts: 1993; Member since: May 26, 2011

Sadly, US is different. Everyone and their moms have macs if you live in a metropolitan areas. Literally you walk into a starbucks and you see nothing but MBP/Air/MB. Once in a blue moon you will see a guy with HP/Dell/Asus/Lenovo/Sony/Samsung.

8. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

Google US operating system market share and then tell us how your personal experience is the reality for the broader reality.

10. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Yes, but what OS do most people usually have to install on their macbook via bootcamp? DING! DING! DING! Windows!

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No it isnt. Lots of people here yes have Macs, but it is no where near Windows PC usage.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

When I go to Starbucks I see both. Fact is, it depends on where that Starbucks is. Here in Chicago, if I visit a Starbucks in a rich suburb, then yes I see more Macs vs Windows PC. But right in the city, you see far less Macs. Stop spreading lies. Also most PC users rarely go to Starbucks let alone even bring a computer with them. Most of the people I see are using tablets and they aren't always iPad either. They are mostly e-readers like the Kindle.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Its a fact in ALL COUNTRIES. Most iPhone users have Windows PC's. Roughly only 135 - 150M Macs are in the wild vs 1.4Billion computers running Windows. In fact, if iTunes was only a Mac application, the iOS platform would have failed because not very many people would pay $1500 for a computer just to use an iPhone or iPad.

4. ph00ny

Posts: 1993; Member since: May 26, 2011

What is up with all the click bait articles?

9. mrochester

Posts: 947; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Can't see why anyone would want to switch in this direction. Talk about taking a major step back!

15. exran

Posts: 61; Member since: May 02, 2015

A lot of people have Macbooks nowadays. In real life, companies don't see the fanboy wars as we do...Laptops are a different market than phones, so it doesn't matter for that reason which laptop they use for a video guide to using a Samsung phone. Also this is a guide, not an advertisement. "We've actually made our own guide on how to use it to transfer your files wirelessly, and we found it to be quite straightforward." So you worked on a guide and found it was up to your own standards? Interesting.

16. engineer-1701d unregistered

cant see why anyone would still own a iphone thats so 3 years ago. most knowledgeable people have android or wp very few bb most companies force people to use apple, look at att they had ipads for pos know they are switching back same goes for other retailers. such a hassle keeping them going

17. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Id rather get a Mac, Windows rocks !

19. SundovChildress

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

Here is a video about transferring contacts from iPhone 5S to Samsng Galaxy Note 5, also works with other Samsung Galaxy and iPhone youtube.com/watch?v=tM1IiMpdujU

20. SundovChildress

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

Transfer photos, messages and contacts from iPhone/Android to New Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge + facebook.com/KSOFT.CC/videos/725893154182666/

21. SundovChildress

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

transfer data between iPhone and android phones http://www.facebook.com/KSOFT.CC/videos/725839117521403/

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