When it comes to our smartphones, tablets, and computers, we upgrade these regularly. During the time we use the devices, we tend to collect a lot of data, music, videos, pictures, and other files we do not want to lose. To ensure you do not lose any of your data, let’s take a look at some effective ways on how to safely transfer data to your new device.
Laptop and Desktop Computers
For Windows-based computers and a free Microsoft account, you get 5 gigs of OneDrive storage in the cloud. You can upload all of your data to the cloud using OneDrive to transfer your data. All you need is a secure internet connection to transfer your data.
Another option is to use an external storage device to transfer your data. Just plug the device into the USB port and select what data you want to back up and move to the new computer. With both methods, your apps and personalized settings do not transfer. These you will need to reinstall and re-configure on the new computer.
For Mac-based computers, you can use your free iCloud storage or an external hard drive.
Smartphones and Tablets
Smartphones and tablets typically have a cloud-based storage app you can use, like iCloud storage on iPhones and iPads. You could also plug the phone into the USB port on your computer and backup important data onto the computer before upgrading your phone or tablet.
Keep in mind some of your settings and apps may not transfer over, depending on the method used to transfer your data from your old device to your new one.
If you upgrade your PS4 or XBOX One, you probably have game saves, downloads, and data you want to move. The process is not too difficult but can be time-consuming depending on how much data you need to transfer.
For example, with the PS4, you just need to make sure the old and new systems are connected to your home’s internet network. It is a good idea to have both plugged into separate TVs or HDMI ports so you can switch between to the two to monitor the transfer progress.
After signing into your PSN account on the new PS4, you are prompted if you want to transfer data. Select yes and follow the on-screen prompts. If you have an external hard drive on the old PS4, moving it to the new PS4 is just a matter of unplugging it and plugging it into the USB port on the new system.
XBOX One systems will have a similar process you can use to safely transfer your data.
What If I Accidentally Delete Data Before It Was Transferred?
Sometimes data is still recoverable even after you deleted it from the device. Recovering it could be as easy as looking in the recycle or trash bin and restoring it. Other times, you could require professional data recovery services like those available at Taking It Mobile.
If you have data you want to recover from a working or non working device, please feel free to call us at 888.877.5002 (1-888-Call-TIM) today!