I’ve been surprised with an early birthday gift – an iPhone 5. My instinctive reaction when I saw the sleek black beauty laying peacefully in its box was to vigorously wipe my hands before touching it. And then it hit me, I’ll have to let go of my old faithful, Nokia N8. Bittersweet as that moment was, my mind was abuzz on how to transfer all my content from a Symbian device onto an iOS one.
I haven’t owned an Apple device before, so the setup from the very beginning was new to me. Here’s my encounter with moving from Symbian to iOS (all my mistakes and what to avoid included).
Setting up your iPhone is fairly straightforward once you’ve inserted your nano sim and it’s activated. It took close onto 6 hours for my sim to activate via MTN (my service provider).
For those who haven’t owned an iPhone before, part of the phone setup is creating your iTunes account. One mistake I made after setting up my device – when prompted for my Apple ID and password, my ID is actually the email address, and not my name. I’ve done a basic set up of my iCloud account (necessary for all backup and syncing content) immediately after completing iTunes.
Then download and install iTunes on your computer. Let the transfers and app purchasing begin! [Note: I initially installed iTunes on my husband's laptop and somehow the information synced up to show my husband as the iPhone owner on my iTunes account and phone contacts. After installing iTunes on my laptop, the information updated to show myself as the rightful owner (?)]
Transferring Media from Symbian to iOS
Transferring contacts was my first worry and I became impatient while downloading and installing iTunes so I manually added important contacts only onto my device. There is no need to manually add your contacts. You can use Windows Contacts to transfer:
- Copy all your contacts from your phone onto your memory card. It will be in .vcf format.
- Transfer them from the memory card to Windows Contacts.
- Select Windows Contacts from the drop down menu on iTunes and Sync.
Pictures are a breeze to transfer from your computer.
- My Documents > My Pictures. Create a folder in your My Pictures. Insert the images you want from your Nokia into this folder.
- Then go to iTunes and select to upload the folder you created.
Music / Sound files are even easier. In your My Music folder on your computer, an iTunes folder is automatically created when you install iTunes.
- My Documents > My Music > iTunes > iTunes Media > Automatically Add to iTunes
- Drag sound files to Automatically Add to iTunes
- Go to iTunes and Sync
No uploading is necessary. Files dropped into Automatically Add to iTunes are immediately sent to iTunes, converted and ready to be synced.
My first app purchased was Whatsapp using a credit card online. A receipt is emailed to you once it’s bought. Downloading via iTunes works easily.
Whatsapp does not come with an emoticon menu, unlike getting it on my Nokia. I had to download an app called Emoji. To activate:
- Settings > General > Keyboard > Add New Keyboard > Emoji
Other emoticon apps are available.
I’ve also downloaded these free apps: WordPress, Twitter (came with the iPhone, including Facebook), LinkedIn, Instagram, Flipboard, Snapseed and more.
How to Save on Data
Basically one of the first worries of the working class – how can you minimise your data usage without compromising your experience? Turn off 3G and adjust your app settings. On your iPhone:
- Go to Settings > Notifications
Apps that are listed under In Notification Centre require more data as you are alerted when you have an outstanding message or notification.
- Change your Alert Style to None.
If you’re wondering how will you know when you have a notification pending on any app,
- Keep the Badge App Icon setting as On.
A number in a bubble will display next to the app in question.
I’ve downloaded Onavo to test out as I’ve heard it cuts down your data usage by approximately half (this would depend on your data consumption). I haven’t installed it yet. Looking forward to seeing positive results.
Watch this space for my iPhone 5 updates.
Have you any questions? I’m certainly no expert as I’m getting the hang of things but ask away. I’d love to help and the learning experience is advantageous