If you’re thinking of getting a new iPhone and switching from Android (or vice versa), but don’t want the hassle of moving your contacts, photos, music, videos, etc. you may have just found a solution to your problem. There’s an easy way to move your stuff from one type of phone (or tablet) to another.
Getting a new phone may remind you of the excitement you felt as a kid the first time you got a new bike (or other favorite toy). We may be thrilled at checking out the new features and discovering all the things the phone can do.
But the downside of getting a new phone is transferring your stuff. If you’re switching phones, you may cringe when you think of all that’s involved in getting your data from your current phone onto your new phone. All of your contacts, photos, apps, text messages, call logs, apps and more reside on your old phone. Getting them onto your new phone can be a challenge.
MobileTrans is new software from a company called Wondershare that can make that task much easier. With this software you can: get your stuff from one phone to another without hassles. You can also use it to:
- transfer your data from one phone or tablet to another
- back up and restore the data on your phone/tablet in case it breaks or becomes lost or stolen
- erase the data from your phone/tablet before you sell it
What You Can Transfer
MobileTrans works with iPhone, Android and Symbian phones. That’s right, if you have an old Symbian phone that has information you’d like to move to your current phone, you can use MobileTrans to accomplish that task easily.
While MobileTrans doesn’t support BlackBerry phones directly, you can still use the software to restore backup files from your BlackBerry phone. Check out the WonderShare BlackBerry page for more information on BlackBerry.
Note that not all iPhone, Android and Symbian phones are compatible with MobileTrans. Check out the MobileTrans website for a full list of compatible phones. Also, you can get a free trial copy of the software to be sure that it works with your phone.
Using MobileTrans you can transfer:
- Text messages
- Call logs
Not all data can be transferred between devices using MobileTrans. This chart shows you what types of data you can transfer between which devices:
The software is available for Windows and Mac computers and works with the new iOS 8, scheduled to be released next week on September 17.
Using MobileTrans to Transfer Your Stuff Between Phones
To use MobileTrans, go to the Wondershare website to download the software onto your computer, then connect the two devices to your computer.
Note that both phones must be connected at the same time, you can’t download the files from one phone and then connect your new phone at a later time. So if you’re planning to use MobileTrans, be sure not to sell your old phone before you get your new one.
You’ll see a window pop up with choices of what you can do. Choose Phone to Phone transfer. Note that this works with both phones and tablets.
A window pops up showing the two devices. You choose which information to transfer and which device is the source and which is the destination. Then click Start Copy.
Within a few minutes your data will be copied from one device and added to the other device. You can then disconnect the devices.
With Android phones you have to take an extra step to debug your phone. This video from Wondershare walks you through the process:
Wondershare provided me with a full license for the software so I could test it for this review. I decided to test MobileTrans by transferring my contacts from my iPhone to my iPad. I never bothered to put my contacts on my iPad and this seemed like the perfect time to get that task done.
I opened MobileTrans on my Mac and connected both my iPhone 5s and my iPad Air to my computer. The software recognized them instantly but detected the iPad as the Source and the iPhone as the destination. I clicked the Flip button and switched the two easily.
The software then found my photos, videos, music, contacts, apps, text messages and call logs. I checked Contacts and then clicked the Start Copy button. MobileTrans sped through my contacts list and in about 3 minutes my 1775 contacts were copied to my iPad. (Note to self: start purging!).
After the job was done, I checked my iPad and found that the Contacts from my iPhone had indeed copied to my iPad.
Best When Used By
MobileTrans is most useful when you are switching between phones with different operating systems or switching from Android to Android and don’t have your contacts, photos, music and other data in the Cloud.
You can try out MobileTrans for free with a trial version of the software that allows you to transfer five contacts between devices. You can see whether you like using the software and make sure it works with your devices.
The full version of the license costs $19.95 for one year and $39.95 for a lifetime.
Have you ever heard of MobileTrans? Have you ever hesitated to switch phones because you didn’t want to have to deal with transferring your stuff? Have you ever lost any contacts, photos, music, etc. because the transfer didn’t go well when you tried to do it yourself? Let us know in the Comments section below!