Transfer data from your old handset to your new one with Samsung Smart Switch

Transfer data from your old handset to your new one with Samsung Smart Switch
Alliteration is a wonderful thing. It can take a boring sentence and make it roll right off your tongue. For example, we can tell you about Samsung Smart Switch. This is a feature built in to the Samsung Galaxy S7 that allows you to quickly and easily move over messages, photos, music, videos, call records and messages from your old iOS, BlackBerry or Android phone to your new Galaxy S7. And if you are moving the data from an older Android powered Samsung phone to your new one, you will be able to move over Galaxy Apps as well.

You will find Samsung Smart Switch in the Backup and Restore section of your grocer's freezer Galaxy S7; even if you are a smartphone novice, don't fret. The app practically holds your hand and shows you step-by-step directions on how to do it no matter which phone you are leaving.

While the Samsung Smart Switch is already pre-installed on the Galaxy S7, you will need to install it on your old phone. If that happens to be an Android model, you can pick up the app from the Google Play Store. If your old phone is a BlackBerry or an iPhone, click on the sourcelink.

Obviously, Samsung feels that by making it easier for you to move from an older phone to a Samsung Galaxy S7, you're more likely to make the switch to Sammy's new flagship phone.


source: SamsungSmartSwitch via AndroidCentral

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21 Comments

1. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Oh, so this is what the included adapter in the S7 retail box is for.

11. Floyd1

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

It's a OTG adapter so it can be used to plug in a keyboard, mouse or even a flash drive to the phone. I have yet to try it, but i've read that even a USB gamepad can be used.

18. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Yeah, any OTG device should work. I mean that was the main purpose of including it in the box.

19. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

No.. This has nothing to do with the Adaptor included in the box. I used this to transfer my data from my old S6 to my S6 Edge +. When I Bought my S7, I did not even use SMART SWITCH as I connected my S7 Edge to my old phone during the setup of the phone and got everything transferred. it is like plug and play.

2. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

like Apple's move to iOS...

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

This app is. the new. It was also on the S6 and Note 5. It was also prior to Apple application. What's great about Smart Switch, if you can log directly into your Apple account and move a backup right from the heart cloud. PA, shame on you trying to make this seem like it's something new. Smart Switch replaced Kies, with the s6.

20. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

I totally agree .. I used Smart Switch on my S6 and my S6 Edge +. I don't know why PA is trying to show that this is a new thing. its more than 1 year old !!!!

3. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I just ordered a silver s7 edge but don't know if I need this adapter. It's all simple enough to change everything over. I'll put my nexus 6p down for a bit to try this Samsung

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You do not need an adapter especially if you're moving from another Samsung. The 2 phones create there own connection. Some older Android may not be able to support the feature which is why you get the adapter. The apps works good. There is also a desktop version for Windows and you can backup your your PC. Works over USB and Wifi. But everything on the phone is not copied. It in my copies data from certain apps all your media . Another thing I don't like, is if you have apps in folder, when they are moved to the other phone, they are not in the folder any longer. Something iTunes does do and is nice to have. SAMSUNG needs to address that. But it's way better than Kies. But Kies can also manage your media, which Smart Switch doesn't.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I used it to bring my iOS stuff to my Note, but the music didn't switch, and since android doesn't natively play QuickTime, videos wouldn't play. I had to use HD Video Player for my vids. Smart switcher is not perfect, but it does what it's supposed to do. Some issues we run into, are copyright issues. Don't automatically think the app sucks cause data won't come over.

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I Saud it was a good app, but I also said it has a con. It doesn't copy everything. What copyright? If I have a Samsung phone and I am trafficking my data to another Samsung, it should move everything. The iPhone and iTunes moves everything including the data of the app. When I open an app on iOS, to I'm the same state and settings as I had on the previous phone or tablet. Gosh nothing is perfect and I simultaneously point it out. People who must iTunes will be use to everything getting backed up and this app doesn't do that. So why is it an issue to make people aware. That's what PA should have done.

12. Floyd1

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

Strange that music didn't come over, It worked with my 5s to s6 for music.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well it didn't work for my Note 5.

14. Floyd1

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

Most of my music was on CD's then ripped to iTunes and not bought from Apple. Maybe that's why it transferred.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Could be. I did it wirelessly, and it wouldn't transfer the music. It's gotta be a copyright issue. You know how Apple is with its music.

16. Floyd1

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

That's why iCloud doesn't backup music, it just keeps track of what you have and just lets the user re-download it. Either way I hope you got your music figured out, I would lose it if I had to rip all the CD's i own again.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I ended up using what I had in my Amazon account. I have a 100+ songs in Amazon, that's what I'm using on my Note. My iPhone has several hundred.

21. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Me too .. I moved all my music using Smart Switch.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Of it wanted my device to be setup like a new device, I can just set it up and not restore a backup.

23. Xkoiul

Posts: 36; Member since: Dec 16, 2015

Third party phone transfer tool can move your old phone data to new one at a click: mobikin.com/transfer-for-mobile/

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