Upgrading a mobile device can often prove to be difficult – migrating all the data and logs isn’t an easy task; Android usually handles most of it, but there’s plenty of information left behind.
The problem gets worse if the upgrade involves not only a new device but also a new operating system. Apple offers its own tool for Android users who want to upgrade to an iPhone; Google offers one, but for going the other way around.
While the two giants fight each other; Samsung saw an opportunity to build something that would make upgrading to a Samsung device a breeze. That’s where Smart Switch comes in.
A couple of days ago, Samsung released an update for the Smart Switch app; the patch notes highlight that it now works with Android 7 Nougat, but that’s not what we are interested in.
The update that piqued our interest was the added support for Windows 10 Mobile. The app already supported Windows Phone 8.1, but Windows 10 Mobile required additional support.
The app is capable of transferring contacts, calendar, DRM-free videos, photos, messages, music, call logs, memos, alarms, Wi-Fi settings, and much more; though, not everything can be copied from every device – you must check what can be transferred from your specific device yourself.
If you are giving up on Windows 10 Mobile – we don’t blame you – then Samsung’s got your back. If we may, you should consider what Microsoft has been saying about mobile devices recently, before you make the jump.
The app comes pre-installed on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (get used to that, by the way); it’s also available via the Google Play Store.
If you already have the app installed, the update should roll out via the Google Play Store at its pace; patience is a commodity required to deal with today’s app-centric world.