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Apple iPhone 7 Data Transfer Guide: Different Ways to Transfer Files from other device to your iPhone 7

Given its high storage capacity, the new #Apple iPhone 7 (#iPhone7) would be able to allocate more files you want to transfer from your other devices such as videos, music, photos, or iBooks from your Android smartphone or computer.

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There are many different ways for you to transfer contents from your other devices to the new iPhone handset. In this guide, we will walk you through each of the commonly used and easiest file transfer methods available for your iPhone, should you need help in doing so.

  • Transfer contents from a Mac or Windows computer to your new iPhone 7
  • Transfer contents from an Android device to your new iPhone 7
    • Initial Setup Apps & Data with Move to iOS
    • Manual File Transfers with iTunes
  • Transfer contents from your old iPhone to your new iPhone 7

Before we proceed, you may also visit our iPhone 7 troubleshooting page should you want to view other tutorial topics as well as our recommended solutions to some issues we have previously addressed, which were all associated with this new iPhone. You may refer to our provided solutions when necessary. And should you need further assistance in dealing with certain problem(s) or some queries about your iPhone 7, you may reach us by simply completing our iPhone issues questionnaire found in the same page.

How to transfer contents from a computer to your new iPhone 7

Follow these steps to transfer files from your computer to your iPhone via File Sharing:

  1. Connect your iPhone to the computer using the supplied USB cable/connector.
  2. Wait for the computer to recognize your iPhone.
  3. When connected, select your iPhone 7 from the list of available devices.
  4. Click Apps.
  5. Locate the File Sharing option. Beneath that option, select an app from the list and then click on Add.
  6. If prompted with a new screen, select the files you want to transfer to your iPhone, and then click Open to continue.
  7. Wait until the file transfer is complete. Once finished, you can open the files in the app you selected in step 4.

Alternatively, you can move contents from a computer to your iPhone or vice versa using any available file transfer apps or software that is compatible with your iOS device.

File transfer is generally going to be quicker and simpler with these applications. One good example is the SynciOS iPhone Transfer tool, which is designed to automatically import and export various files between a computer and iPhone devices. There are actually a lot of other credible tools available for you to choose from. Just pick the best iTunes alternative tool for you to use in your file transfer.

How to transfer contents from an Android device to your new iPhone 7

File transfer from Android to iPhone 7 can be done either during the initial setup or later via manual file transfer.

Data transfer from an Android device to your iPhone 7 can be done in many ways and one of these is done during the initial setup. If you’ve already done the setup, you will have to erase your iPhone and start over.

Automatic File Transfer

Here’s how to transfer contents from Android device to your iPhone automatically with Move to iOS:

  1. Turn on your iPhone.
  2. When prompted with the Hello screen, press the Home key. The Hello screen only appears during the initial setup. If you have already completed the initial setup before, then you need to erase your device and start all over.
  3. Tap to select your preferred language.
  4. Tap to select your country or region.
  5. On the next screen, tap to select your preferred Wi-Fi network to join or connect to. If you don’t see any Wi-Fi networks available, tap the option to Use Cellular Connection instead.
  6. If prompted, enter the password for the selected Wi-Fi network, and then tap Join to proceed.
  7. Next, tap an option for Location Services.
  8. Follow the on-screen instructions to proceed with the TouchID setup. Otherwise, tap the option to Set Up TouchID Later to skip the process.
  9. To create a passcode for your iPhone, enter a six digit passcode.
  10. Confirm your passcode by re-entering the same digits.
  11. When you reach the Apps & Data screen, scroll down and tap the option to Move Data from Android.
  12. Now, go to your Android device. Make sure Wi-Fi is enabled on your Android.
  13. On your Android device, download and install Move to iOS app, if necessary. Make sure the Move to iOS app is open on your Android device before your proceed.
  14. Go back to your iPhone 7.
  15. On your iPhone’s Move from Android screen, tap the option to Continue.
  16. You will be prompted with a code on your iPhone. Enter that code into the Move to iOS app on your Android device.
  17. On your Android device, tap to select the content(s) you want to move or transfer to your iPhone 7.
  18. Tap Next when you’re done selecting contents for transfer.
  19. Wait for the Move to iOS app to complete the file transfer. Once the transfer is complete, go to your iPhone and tap the option to Continue Setting Up iPhone.
  20. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the setup process and then start using your new iPhone.

If the aforesaid file transfer method is not your option, then you may opt for manual file transfer instead. The following steps will help you transfer different types of contents from an Android phone to your new iPhone.

Note: You will need a computer with the latest version of iTunes installed to continue with this process. If you are using a Mac computer, you have to install the Android File Transfer app on it.

Manual Transfer of Photos and Videos:

Follow these steps to manually transfer various media contents from an Android device to your new iPhone.

For photos and video file transfers, follow these steps:

  1. Connect your Android phone to your computer.
  2. Wait until your computer recognizes your phone. When recognized, start finding your photos and videos to transfer.

Hint: Photos and videos are usually found in DCIM-> Camera folder on most devices. If you are using a Mac computer, open Android File Transfer and then go to DCIM-> Camera folder.

  1. Select the photos and videos you want to move and then drag them to a folder on your computer.
  2. When finished, disconnect your Android device from the computer.
  3. Now, connect your iPhone 7 to your computer.
  4. Wait for the computer to recognize your iPhone.
  5. When recognized, open iTunes on your computer.
  6. Locate and click on the option to Sync your Photos to your iPhone. You’re going to need to have an internet connection (Wi-Fi) in order to sync your photos to your iPhone to iCloud.

Hint: Photos and videos are usually found in Photos-> Albums of your iPhone directory.

Manual Transfer of Music and Audio Files:

For Music or audio contents, you will also need to use a computer with iTunes to transfer files. But if you are using a music app for streaming, just go to the App Store, install the app, sign in with your credentials, and follow these steps:

  1. Connect your Android device to your computer.
  2. When connected, find your music files on your Android device. You can usually find these files inside the Music folder.
  3. Select the songs or audio tracks you want to transfer and then drag or paste them to a specific folder on your computer.
  4. Disconnect your Android device from the computer when finished dragging music files for transfer.
  5. Connect your iPhone 7 to the computer.
  6. Open iTunes on your computer, go to your Library, and then click on Music.
  7. Open the folder where you placed your songs and then drag them to the Music view in the iTunes screen.
  8. Select your iPhone 7 from the list of iOS devices available, and then click Music.

Hint: You may opt to sync your entire library or select only the songs or artists you recently added.

  1. Click Sync to begin syncing.

When done syncing, open the Music app on your iPhone 7 and you should find your music in there already.

Manual Transfer of Books and PDFs:

For Books and PDFs, you can either import them to your iPhone or access them through pertinent apps like Kindle, Google Play Books, and the like. Here’s how:

  1. Go to the App Store to access books from an app.
  2. Install the app you prefer to use.
  3. Sign in with your credentials.
  4. Connect your Android device the computer with iTunes.
  5. Open the Documents folder on your Android device. This is where contents like these are stored.
  6. Select the books and PDFs you want to transfer and then drag them to a specific folder on your computer.
  7. Disconnect your Android device from the computer when done.
  8. Connect your iPhone 7 to the computer.
  9. When connected, drag the books and PDFs into your library.
  • If you are using a Mac, go to iBooks-> List, and then drag your books there.
  • If you are using a PC, go to iTunes-> Books.
  1. On your computer, open iTunes.
  2. Locate the option to sync your ePub books and PDFs.

Hint: On your iPhone, you can find ePub books and PDFs by going to iBooks-> All Books folder.

Manual Transfer of Mail, contacts and calendars:

For Mail, contacts, and calendars you need to add each of your email accounts to your new iPhone beforehand. Once you’ve successfully set up each account, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings-> Mail.
  2. Tap the account and turn on Mail, Contacts, and Calendars.

For social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter, you can transfer any of your contacts and calendars from those accounts with these steps:

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone.
  2. Install Facebook, Twitter, or other social media apps you are using.
  3. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  4. Tap to open the app.
  5. Sign in with your account credentials.
  6. Once signed in to your social media account, turn on Calendars and Contacts.

Your calendars and contacts stored on that account should now sync with your iPhone.

How to transfer contents from an old iPhone to your new iPhone 7

If you just made a new iOS device upgrade, you can set up your new iPhone 7 from a backup of your previous iPhone so as to move contents from your old iOS device. In this process, you are going to use iCloud or iTunes to create a backup of your previous iPhone and then transfer that backup to your new device. And you also need an Wi-Fi connection in order to get these things done.

Here’s how you backup your old iPhone with iCloud:

  1. Connect your old iPhone to Wi-Fi.
  2. Go to Settings-> iCloud, and then select Backup.
  3. Enable iCloud Backup, if necessary.
  4. Tap the option to Back Up Now.
  5. Wait until the backup process is complete. And make sure your device is connected to Wi-Fi until it’s all done.
  6. Once the backup is complete, turn on your new iPhone 7.
  7. You should see a Hello screen. Press the Home button and follow the onscreen instructions until you reach the Wi-Fi screen.
  8. Tap to select a Wi-Fi network to connect to or join.
  9. Follow the onscreen instructions until you get to the Apps & Data screen.
  10. While on the Apps & Data screen, tap Restore from iCloud Backup and then tap Next.
  11. Sign in to your iCloud account using your Apple ID and password.
  12. If prompted, select the backup file.
  • Be sure to select the correct backup file by checking on the date and file size of each. You may opt to proceed with iOS version update if prompted to do so.
  1. Stay connected to the Internet until the restore process is complete, and then finish the rest of the on-screen setup process.

After the initial setup, it is also recommended to keep your iPhone connected to Wi-Fi and plugged into the power source to allow other contents such as photos, music, or apps stored in iCloud to download back to your iPhone 7 automatically.

In case you need help in the backup process, here’s how to back up your old iPhone with iTunes:

  1. Connect your old iPhone to your computer.
  2. Open iTunes on the computer.
  3. Select your old iPhone from the list of devices.
  4. Click Back Up Now.
  • Wait until the process completes. To ensure that your backup has successfully finished, go to in iTunes Preferences-> Devices. You should see the name of your old iPhone as well as the date and time that iTunes created the backup.
  1. Transfer your iTunes backup to your new iPhone with the following steps.
  2. Turn on your new iPhone.
  3. From the Hello screen, press the Home button and follow the onscreen instructions until you reach the Apps & Data screen. While on the screen, tap to select the option to Restore from iTunes Backup and then tap Next.
  4. Connect your iPhone 7 to the computer that you used to back up your old iPhone.
  5. Open iTunes on the computer and select your iPhone 7 from the list of devices.
  6. Click Restore Backup.
  7. Select the backup file of your previous iPhone. Make sure to select the correct file by looking at the date and file size.
  8. Wait for the restore process to complete and then finish the rest of the steps in the initial setup process.

Again, keep your iPhone 7 connected to Wi-Fi and plugged into a power source after the setup in order to allow other contents to sync or automatically download from iCloud to your new iPhone.

Similar to file transfer between a computer and your iPhone 7, you can also use an alternative application or iOS file transfer software to move contents from an old iPhone to your new one. Again, all you have to do is pick the best app that offers smart files management functions to do the job.

If you encounter any problems or errors while attempting to perform any of the aforementioned file transfers with your new iPhone 7 smartphone, take note of the error messages or codes you see as they will be useful when troubleshooting the problem.

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