Samsung Smart Switch app now supports Windows Phone 8.1, entices Microsoft defectors to Android

If you’re a Windows phone user, then you might very well be making a decision soon between sticking with Windows 10 Mobile or moving on to another platform. New options exist in both of the leading smartphone operating systems, with iOS 10 being released yesterday (to go along with the newly announced iPhone 7) and Android N hitting primarily Google Nexus devices in the last month or so. In short, if you’re at all interested in testing the waters outside of Windows phones, then there are some enticing alternatives to consider.

Samsung is the leading Android device maker, and in spite of their recent troubles with exploding Galaxy Note 7 devices, the company has some nice options to take a look at. They’re also obviously conscious of the fact that many Windows Phone 8.1 users have been left behind in the migration to Windows 10 Mobile, as they’re now supporting the now-defunct mobile OS with their Smart Switch app (via Neowin).

You can download the app from the link below, and here are the details:

* Smart Switch Mobile is already preloaded on Galaxy S7/S7 edge/Note7 device.
– Galaxy Note7 owners : Tap [Settings] > [Cloud and accounts] > [Smart Switch] to open Smart Switch Mobile.
– Galaxy S7/S7 edge owners :Tap [Settings] > [Backup and reset] > [Open Smart Switch] to open Smart Switch Mobile.
Smart Switch gives you the freedom to move your contacts, music, photos, calendar, text messages, device settings and more to your new Galaxy device. Plus, Smart Switch™ helps you find your favorite apps or suggest similar ones on Google Play™.

Who can transfer?
• Android™ owners
o Wireless device-to-device transfer
o Wired transfer from your Android device to your Galaxy
• iOS™ owners – use the option that’s best for you:
o Wired transfer from your iOS device to your Galaxy
o Import from iCloud™
o PC/Mac transfer using iTunes™
• BlackBerry™ owners
o Wireless device-to-device transfer
o Wired transfer from your BlackBerry device to your Galaxy
• Windows™ Phone owners
o Wireless device-to-device transfer

What can be transferred?
Contacts, calendar(Device content only), messages, photos, music (DRM free content only, Not supported for iCloud), videos (DRM free content only), call logs, memos, alarms, Wi-Fi, wallpapers, documents, app data (Galaxy devices only), home layouts (Galaxy devices only)
You can send app data and home layouts by upgrading your Galaxy device to M OS (Galaxy S6 or higher).
Note: Smart Switch scans and transfers content stored on the device and from the SD card (if used).

What is needed to transfer?
• Android transfers:
o Wireless transfers between Galaxy devices: Android 4.0 or higher
o Wired transfer: Android 4.3 or higher, charger cable, and a USB connector
o Wireless transfers from a compatible Android device to Galaxy device: Android 4.0 or higher (Mobile AP) (see list of compatible models below)
• iOS transfers:
o Wired transfer: iOS 5.0 or above, iOS device cable (lightning or 30 pin), and a USB connector
o iCloud transfers: iOS 4.2.1 or higher and Apple ID
o iTunes transfers: Smart Switch PC/Mac software – Get started http://www.samsung.com/smartswitch
• BlackBerry transfers:
o Wireless transfers: BlackBerry OS 7 or 10 (Mobile AP)
o Wired transfers: BlackBerry OS 7 or 10 for transfers via USB connector
• Windows Phone transfers:
o Wireless transfers: Windows OS 8.1
Note: For more information and step-by-step directions, go to http://www.samsung.com/smartswitch

While the app description only mentions Windows Phone (which can sometimes be incorrectly written to include Windows 10 Mobile devices), the app’s changelog provides the specific nod to Windows Phone 8.1:

* Smart Switch Mobile is already preloaded on Galaxy S7/S7 edge/Note7 device.
– Galaxy Note7 owners : Tap [Settings] > [Cloud and accounts] > [Smart Switch] to open Smart Switch Mobile.
– Galaxy S7/S7 edge owners :Tap [Settings] > [Backup and reset] > [Open Smart Switch] to open Smart Switch Mobile.
1. Window Mobile support (Win OS 8.1, Smart Phone only)
2. Message Backup&Restore speed improvement
3. iOS9 iCloud : Additional content – Document(iWorks: Pages/Keynotes/ Numbers)
4. Bug fix

Yes, that’s very confusingly written, but unless we hear otherwise we’re going to assume Windows 10 Mobile is left out. If you give the app a try and discover it supports Microsoft’s Windows 10 flavor, then let us know in the comments.

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