Smart Switch Not Working to Migrate from iPhone to Samsung

It reported that Samsung newly released Galaxy S8 has a bigger and better screen than iPhone 7, to satisfy your pursuit of high quality experience on visual watching. And you finally choose to give away your iPhone and use one new Samsung phone after comparing the differences between Samsung and iPhone.

Certainly, you will not give away the data and files on your old iPhone. So you use some transfer tools to save files on your Apple device to computer, and use Samsung Smart Switch to migrate data from old iPhone to new Samsung smartphone. But the trouble comes that the Smart Switch not working to do the job and pop up errors.

Samsung Smart Switch issues and solutions:

  • Unsupported device
  • Can’t transfer some content
  • The content is too large

1. Samsung Smart Switch supported devices

If you got a messages “Unsupported device”, you should check its supported devices.

Smart Switch for Mobile

Smart Switch allows you to transfer using iCloud or using Micro USB adapter. If you use iCloud,  make sure you have an iPhone backup on iCloud server.

Smart Switch for Mac and Windows computer

Smart Switch works in Mac OS X 10.6 or later, and Windows XP or later. And it supports migrate data from any iPhone in iOS 4.2.1 or later.

2. Smart Switch not working to transfer some contents?

Smart Switch Mobile can transfer Calendar, Contacts, Messages Notes, Pictures, user-generated Videos, Alarms, App list, Call logs, Microsoft office/PDF and Wi-Fi settings from iPhone to your Samsung phone.

If you want to transfer music, lock screen settings, Story Album, and wallpaper, you can use Samsung Smart Switch fro PC or Mac app.

And there some files that Smart Switch doesn’t migrate from your old iPhone,

  • Music that you purchased from iTunes before 2009.
  • Photos that you copies from somewhere else.
  • Videos (TV shows, movies) that you purchased from iTunes.
  • Native iOS wallpapers.
  • Most of third-party app data.
  • Synced contacts and Calendars (Google, iCloud and Exchange)

3. Received alert of “the content is too large”

When the Samsung Smart switch didn’t work and it showed you this message, you may need remove some contents on your destination device, or backup your large-sized files to computer, instead of moving them to another mobile device.

You can join the discussion to talk about your issues of using Samsung Smart Switch to transfer data from iPhone to Samsung.

iOS 10.3 Features: APFS, Change App Icons and Find My AirPods

Now all iOS 10.3 beta users can update to the final version of iOS 10.3. So what the new iOS 10.3 update will bring to you? Here are something I know about the features of iOS 10.3.

Change app icon

In Apple Developer API documents, it says iOS 10.3 beta enables developers to change iOS apps’ icons using the parameters function “setAlternateIconName”. That’s means you can change app’s icon without jailbreak after the iOS 10.3 final version release.

change app icons
change app icons in iOS 10.3 (image from iDownloadBlog.com)

Find My AirPods

Apple released wireless earbuds are easy to lose. Thus Apple add one feature on iOS 10.3 Find My iPhone app to help you find your lost AirPods just like finding my iPhone or Mac. It will show your earphone’s location and play load sounds from your earphone using this new service.

find my airpods
iOS 10.3 feature – find my airpods

Verizon iCloud-connected calling

This is a big change and benefit for Verizon customer who using iOS 10.3 beta. It’s said that if you are a Verizon iOS 10.3 user, you can receive an iPhone call on your Mac and iPad or other Apple device using the same iCloud account as your iPhone, even your iPhone and other devices are not in the same Wi-Fi network.

verizon icloud connecting calling
verizon icloud connecting calling (image from MacRumor.com)

APFS (Apple file system)

After updating to iOS 10.3 operating system, the file system of your iOS device(s) will be automatically upgraded from old HFS+ to the new Apple File System (APFS). According to Apple, this new system would be more safe and fast than HFS+. But once updating, this system can’t be downgraded to previous HFS+. So you’d better backup device before installing new system.

How to Smartly Backup iPhone Before Update to iOS 10.3

Apple has released the 7th beta of the iOS 10.3 last week. Quickly you’ll get a software update notification on your iPhone noting you to update to the new iOS 10.3. You may have planned the way to do this iOS update, using iTunes or iCloud. But, before updating to iOS 10.3, hold on please and follow us to backup your iPhone first.

The common methods people use to backup iPhone or iPad are iTunes and iCloud. So we’ll firstly introduce these two ways to create an iOS backup in case of your data loss due to some accident when updating to iOS 10.3.

How to Backup iPhone to iCloud Before iOS 10.3 Update

iCloud allows you to create backups wirelessly without using computer. If you have no computer around you, this can be a good method to backup your iOS device. Now let’s go on to backup your device.

Step 1

Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi, unlock your iPhone.

Step 2

Go to Settings > iCloud, and make sure you’ve logged into your iCloud account.

Step 3

Tap Backup and then the Backup Now button. (Keep you device connected to Wi-Fi and make sure your device have enough battery life to finish the backup)

How to Backup iPhone to iTunes Before iOS 10.3

Relatively speaking, iTunes will be safe and quick in backing up data and settings on your iOS device. This way requires you to download and install iTunes to your computer firstly. If you have done the job and update your iTunes to the latest version.

Step 1

Run iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone to computer.

Step 2

On iTunes menu, click File > Devices > Back Up, to backup your iPhone.

How to Transfer WhatsApp Messages Between Android and iPhone

WhatsApp is one of the most frequently used chatting apps on smartphones, and you may have stored lots of chats on your Android device. During switching from Android to iPhone, you may like to move all your WhatsApp chat history and attached images from the Android device to your new iPhone. But you may have found it’s not easy to make it via WhatsApp Backup and Restore.

You may have got a few apps to transfer WhatsApp chats between Android and iOS, but do they really work? We’ll cover these in this post.

Is it possible to use WhatsApp Backup & Restore to get chat history from Android to iPhone?

We’ve tried to follow a tutorial, using iCloud Drive to backup WhatsApp chats on Samsung Galaxy S7 and then restore the backup to the iPhone 8, but it failed. We found iOS won’t support restore WhatsApp Chats from iCloud drive to iPhone. We got stuck on this step. 

The backup way for WhatsApp data varies from the mobile operating system. The iOS devices use its default backup service iCloud to backup and restore WhatsApp chats. So it’s impossible to directly restore WhatsApp to iPhone from Google Drive used to make backups for Android devices.

How to Transfer WhatsApp Messages and Attaches to New iPhone

WhatsApp setting enables you to backup your chats and when you set up WhatsApp on another mobile phone, you can restore that chats from the backup.

Step 1

On Android phone, run WhatsApp Messenger and go to settings to backup Chats.

Transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone
Transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone – Credit from CNET
Step 2

Download and install WhatsApp on your iPhone 7.

Step 3

Run WhatsApp on iPhone, and set up with your WhatsApp account. Then restore chats from backup.

How to Transfer Android App to iPhone with Cached Data

Got a new Apple iPhone XS or XR? Is there a way to move your loved app with its cached data to your new iPhone from an Android smartphone?  Let’s talk about the methods to transfer apps from android to iPhone.

Is Move to iOS app able to transfer apps and app data?

Apple Move to iOS app will be definitely one of the best Android to iPhone transfer apps to migrate data to your new iPhone. This app is developed by Apple inc, and you can use it to copy all messages, contacts, calendars and some apps to your iOS device.

However, as Apple says, this Move to iOS app transfers only some free apps from android to iPhone, not including paid apps and app data. In fact, what Move to iOS do is just search and download apps from App Store again using the apps’ name on your old Android.

How to transfer apps and apps data to new iPhone?

It’s hard to move all apps from Android to iOS devices. And you have to purchased again on the App Store to get apps on your new iPhone. To moving app data, there is no easy way.

It seems that all depends on app itself. And you’ll find some apps supports app data migrating like WhatsApp, and you have to know whether your apps have data migrating feature.


Do you want to transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone? Read our post about how to transfer WhatsApps between phones.