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Transfer Everything From Your Old Android To Your New – Best Apps

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Getting a new smartphone should be exciting but it’s usually accompanied by the dull process of transferring all your contacts, music, apps and data from your old one. Thanks to a host of useful backup tools for Android, though, that no longer has to be the case. We’ll show you how to transfer everything to your new device, whether you’re upgrading from an Android or an iPhone.

How To Transfer Contacts

Despite all the amazing features smartphones have these days, they are still primarily a method of communication, so your contacts are probably pretty important to you. Luckily the days of having to write them all down and manually enter them in the new phone are long gone. Here are the alternatives.Transferring your contacts: Synchronize Google Account

This is probably the simplest method of them all. If you’ve previously saved your contacts to your Google account you can just log into it and pick them up on your new smartphone. Just go Settings > Account > Google and toggle the Contacts Sync switch to on.

If you have multiple Google accounts you can pick the one you use the most or merge them all.

Synchronizing any data with your Google account is one of the best long-term strategies for backup and transfer because it’s unlikely to become obsolete any time soon (Google is probably going to stick around for a few more years), it’s secure and Google’s products and services are available on most platforms – no matter what you’re switching to.

Transferring Your Contacts: Via SD Card

If both your old and new phone have SD card slots, you can transfer contacts using a microSD card. Just open the contacts section of your old phone and hit the import/export button. Then select export to storage or something along those lines.

Next, pop the SD card in the new phone, go to the address book and find import on the menu and follow the instructions from there. The only problem with this technique is the potential for duplicate contacts, especially if you’ve already synced from Google. But there is a solution at the link below.

Transferring your contacts: Via internal storage

This method is almost the same as above, except instead of selecting microSD card as your export destination, you choose your internal memory.

Following this, you must connect your device to a personal computer and find the exported .vfc file in /System on your handset (the exact directory location will be given to you when you create the file). Copy this file to an easy to find the location on your computer and then send it or transfer it to your new device.

Navigate once more to address book > import on your new phone and select internal storage. Find the .vfc file location and open it to import the contact list.

Transferring your contacts: Via SIM card

If you want to change phones but keep your SIM card, you could use the old fashioned method for keeping contacts – essentially copying all the relevant contacts to the SIM and carrying them over.

The advantage of this is you can manually select which ones to take with you (and have a bit of a spring clean) but the downside is that most SIMs are limited to about 200 contacts. The other potential issues are that the option to export to SIM is not even provided after Android 5.0 Lollipop and you are also likely to create duplicates.

Further, there’s the potential that your new phone won’t support the same size SIM card as your previous device – so this one’s probably a last resort.

Transferring your contacts: From iPhone to Android

Unsurprisingly, data transfer between the great smartphone rivals is not always easy but, for contacts, at least, there’s a fairly simple solution. On one of its support pages, Google has explained how to synchronize Gmail, Calendar, and Contacts on iPhone and iPad.

Once you have a Google account set up on your Apple device, it will appear in the Email, Contacts and Calendars field, found in Settings. You can then perform the steps listed in the Synchronize Google Accounts step above.

Transferring your contacts: From Android to iPhone

You may decide to leave Android in favor of iPhone: we won’t judge you. In this case, there are plenty of options. In your iPhone settings menu, for example, you will find an entry for mail, contacts, and calendar. Here, you can navigate to Accounts > Add account and you will find Googlelisted.

If you have your Google account synchronized with your contacts already (find out how to do that at the top of the page) – and you select this option – after you sign in, all of your contacts will appear in your iPhone’s address book soon after.

Alternatively, Apple has its own Move to iOS app available to help you make the switch (found below), or you could make use of a third-party app to get the job done for you.

Transferring your contacts: By manufacturer

Many Android phone manufacturers offer their own solutions for transferring contacts from one phone to another. We’ve outlined some of them below.

Motorola Migrate

Motorola Migrate must be installed on both the old and new devices to work. Once that’s the case, any data can be transferred by Bluetooth.

Sony Xperia Transfer

Sony’s system works in much the same way as Motorola’s and will transfer content and contact from iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone or other Android devices.

Samsung SmartSwitch Mobile

The Android market leader also has its own setup, which attempts to make the switch to Samsung as simple as possible, with Samsung Smart Switch. It can deal with the change from iPhones, older models of Galaxy devices or other Android models. There’s plenty of detail on Samsung’s support page.

HTC Transfer Tool

The imaginatively named HTC Transfer Tool works on the same basis as Motorola’s and Sony’s and must be installed on both old and new devices.

LG Back Up

LG Back Up works when installed on an old and new LG phones and uses Wi-Fi hotspot to transfer all sorts of data, including contacts, pictures, and messages.

Keeping your old texts

If you are still attached to their old text messages, the best way to move them onto your new phone is by downloading SMS Backup and Restore, a free app that does exactly what you’d expect it to.

This is a solution that works on all Android phones, but some individual manufacturer solutions (such as Motorola Migrate) bring messages over as a matter of course, so check whether yours does before you use this option.

Keeping WhatsApp Chats

One of best ways to keep all the pictures, videos, and texts that were contained in your old WhatsApp is through a third party app.

Transferring photos

The easiest solution for transferring photos is to automatically back up your photos to the cloud. Apps such as Dropbox, Google Drive or Google+ offer auto-synchronization when your device is attached to a Wi-Fi network so you can access your photos from anywhere.

Alternatively, you can transfer individual images or albums from phone to phone via Bluetooth. But if you have a large number of photos or very high res images, this will take a long time. If both devices have an SD card slot, SD card transfer might be easier.

You can also use a PC. Just connect the phone to the PC with a USB lead, copy the images folder (or whatever photos you want) onto the desktop and the reverse the process for the new phone.

To transfer photos and videos from Android to iPhone, Apple recommends using Copy My Data, which, when installed, will give you a step-by-step guide.

Transferring music

Generally speaking, the methods that applied to the transferring of photos will apply to transferring music too. The only major sticking point with music may be the size of your collection. If it’s anything over a few gigabytes, be prepared to wait a while or be selective in what you transfer.

You’ll usually find your tracks in the Music directory and they should pop up as an openable option when you plug your phone into your computer.

If you want to transfer music from an Android to an iPhone with a Mac, you’ll need Android File Transfer. Once you’ve followed the in-app instructions, the new music will appear in the Finder section of your Mac and you can just accept the list as it shows up in your iTunes library. There’s more in-depth information on this here.

Transferring apps and their data

Assuming you log in to your new phone with your Google account, all the apps you’ve already downloaded should appear automatically – although in Android 5.0 Lollipop you’ll be asked which ones you want to keep.

Unfortunately, there isn’t currently a way to do this from Android to Apple so you’ll have to re-download all your apps manually if you’re moving to an iPhone and pay again for in the App Store rather than Play Store.

Your phone should now be completely set up and feeling a little like your old one. Except faster and shinier and better-looking, of course.

Android Scams That You Must Be Aware Of

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

It’s unfortunate, but there are a lot of scammers out there looking to steal personal and financial information from Android devices. But don’t fret, we’re here to help you stay safe. These are the Android scams you should know about and how you can avoid getting caught in them.

Text message phishing scam

Phishing scams use deceiving messages to entice you to provide personal information to thieves. This could include financial details, phone numbers, addresses, social security numbers, birth dates and more.

How a text message phishing scam works is a message comes from what seems like a legitimate institution like a bank, government agency, insurance company, etc. The scammers first try to gain your confidence so they probably won’t ask for personal information right away. Usually, you’ll be redirected.

One text phishing scams is a trickster tells you that your bank account has been stolen and needs to be verified. The message then prompts you input bank login details, personal information or a PIN into a link they provide. Once inputted, your information is stolen.

You can avoid this scam by never trusting a text message from an unknown source. Even if a message looks legitimate it should still be verified before any action is taken. If it’s from a bank just pick up the phone can call them directly. Then you’ll know for sure.

Look-alike apps

Cyber thieves are creating apps which look and function like legitimate apps but are actually malware that steals personal or financial information, tracks locations and communicates with contacts and scams them as well. This doesn’t just happen with APKs. Some of these apps can be found in Google Play.

Fishy APKs are pretty well known and can be avoided by ensuring they’re always download from a reliable source. Check out our APK file guide to make sure you’re safe. There are also plenty of apps in Google Play that are there to scam Android owners. Make sure you check the app’s permissions and don’t trust all reviews.

One recent scam was the ‘exclusive’ version of WhatsApp dubbed ‘WhatsApp Gold’. This is fake and when it’s downloaded your phone is immediately infected with malware. There are other WhatsApp scams out there too like ‘WhatsApp Plus’. Only download the updates from WhatsApp itself and don’t trust any upgrades.
Tech support scam

Tech support or ‘high-tech’ scams have been around since the late 90s. They started out with desktops and have since moved to smartphones. What happens is a call from someone who says they are the tech support for your service provider or device manufacturer. This person then tried to elicit personal information.

One of the biggest tech support scams is the ‘ransomware’ scam. The ‘tech support’ person claims your device has been infected with a virus and they are there to help you but only if you pay for the service first. Then they attempt to get you to make a purchase through a phony site or just ask for credit card details over the phone.

Whenever you receive a message or call from someone who claims to be there to help, be cautious. If your phone was compromised a legitimate provider would not use that device to solve the issue. If you get one of these calls, hang up, and call your service provider from the number on the website.

Repair store scam

Not all Android device repair shops are created equal. Some of them are owned or staffed by thieves. If you bring your phone into one of these disreputable establishments your data can be stolen or hardware switched out for worse equipment.

One of the most common violations of data privacy with scam repair shops is when they break into a device. This does not always mean they steal data but it nevertheless is not desired. If you bring a device in to get the battery or screen repaired don’t assume the shop will not get into your phone. Even the most encrypted screen lock will not help because they can bypass this.

If you need a repair be sure to shop around before settling. And the chain places aren’t always better. There could be a rogue employee there. Your data is not safe even at trusted establishments and any sensitive information should be scrubbed before bringing in your Android device.

How To Easily Recover Lost Contacts On Android

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Your contacts are some of the most valuable things you have on your Android device. So if you’ve lost one or more don’t worry: we have some quick solutions to get this important data back. Here’s how to recover lost contacts on Android.

Make sure all your contacts are being displayed

It’s possible that your contacts are still in your Android device but they’re not showing up in your contact list. You can find them right away with just a few steps.

  1. Open your Contacts list.
  2. Tap on the menu (the three dots in the top-right corner of your screen).
  3. Hit Settings and then tap Contacts.
  4. Open Contacts to display.
  5. You should see a list of the contacts your phone is set to display. Hit All contacts and all the contacts from your apps should now be displayed in your Contacts list.

If you still don’t see your contacts don’t panic yet. Head down for more solutions.

Get your contacts through your Gmail account

Your Gmail account has a special feature that can restore your contacts; if you’ve synced your Android device with your Gmail account then you can utilize this feature. Your email contacts should have other contact information in the email contacts list and you can use this to quickly get your contacts back.

Get on your computer and jump into your Gmail inbox. On the top left-hand side of your screen you should see a dropdown menu called Mail. Click on this and select Contacts.

There is a dropdown menu underneath your search bar called More. Click this and then select Restore contacts. You should have the screen below.

You can custom restore for up to 30 days on Gmail. Any contact added before then will be recovered. Beware though, if you added a contact after that time then it will be lost. Once you’re finished you just need to resync your Android device.

To sync again, go into the Settings on your Android device. Under accounts, tap Sync. You should see a Sync now button. Hit that and your contacts should return to your device.

Backup your data

To avoid this problem again you should back up all the valuable data on your Android device. We suggest you backup your data through Google. Just make sure you’ve connected your Google account to your phone first.

Jump into your phone’s Settings and tap on Backup and reset. From there you can adjust the settings for your data backup so you don’t lose anything again. You should see your account underneath the Backup account setting. If you don’t see a Google account just tap the button and follow the steps.