I was one of the millions of Apple fans that decided to upgrade to the iPhone 4S even though it isn’t a drastic departure from the iPhone 4. I woke up like a jerk at 3AM on 10/7 to pre-order the 4S, so I could get it on its launch day, which just so happens to be today. Once my little bundle of joy showed up I put it through the upgrade process to transfer my settings from the iPhone 4, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how this operation went. I used to be an Android man through and through, but after a run of lemons I decided to make the switch to the iPhone 4, and after today’s upgrade process I keep thanking my lucky stars that I did.
The first thing I did when moving from the iPhone 4 to the 4S was to back up my buddy to the iCloud, as well as to iTunes just for sh*ts and giggles. I then shut down the 4 and powered up my shiny new black iPhone 4S. Literally within 5 minutes my 4S had every setting in place from my old 4, and quite honestly its environment was identical to what I had on the 4.
I can’t stress enough how impressed I was with this process, especially after having to setup a few Android based devices, which offer no sort of feature. Within the time it takes most people to take a dump I had a fully functioning iPhone 4S with every single setting from my old environment in place. The only thing that didn’t make it in my WiFi restore were all of my third party apps. I’m not sure if this is because I restored from iCloud versus iTunes, but none of my apps showed up on my iPhone 4S.
Fear not though, once I USB synced this sexy little b*tch to my iTunes account my apps immediately began downloading to my device, and best of all they all went back to the grouping cubes (folders) I had them in on my 4. There was literally no effort put into this operation outside of lifting my sloth-like hands and plugging the 4S into my MacBookPro’s USB port.
Once again, coming from the Android OS platform this experience was a dream. If any Android fandroid tries to tell you that setting up a new phone is simple they’re full of sh*t. I setup 6 various Droids and none of them worked as flawlessly as the upgrade process from the 4 to the 4S. The most work I had to do on my iPhone 4S was re-entering my account information on all of my 3rd party apps. Outside of that everything that I had on my old 4 was transferred to my 4S. I didn’t have to go in and configure all of my phone’s settings again be it mail accounts, environment controls, or network settings. The late Steve Jobs wasn’t f*cking around when he would say, “It just works!”
In the end the migration from my iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4S was a treat. I’ve been used to horrible upgrades on the Android platform that would steal hours of my life away just to get my phone, or replacement phone setup the way I wanted it to be. All I really needed were my iTunes account information, and my iTunes application to complete the process. I did have to copy music, ringtones, and apps back to the 4S, but a blind monkey could do that. I’d imagine if I just synced the 4S from the get go via USB everything wouldn’ve restored properly, but within and hour I still had the 4S operating the exact way I wanted it.
If you head on down past the break I’ve included a quick guide on how to upgrade from the iPhone 4 to the 4S. It’s not rocket science, but maybe it’ll help you get your 4S up and running to your liking. God bless Steve Jobs, and God bless technology just working. You’ve been needing to get over yourself and just give Apple a try…
Old iPhone Migration to new iPhone 4S Quick Guide
Backup your old iPhone to iCloud or iTunes
Shut down your old phone
Power on the iPhone 4S
Follow the prompts
Choose to restore from iCloud or iTunes
Let it do its thing
Once it’s done restoring you may need to hook up to iTunes to copy 3rd party apps, ringtones, and music
If you do need to copy media from iTunes make sure to clear out your old iPhone if you had it setup for WiFi backups
Drag and drop the media that may have not transferred, and at the same time you can fine tune other sync settings
Once all your media is back disconnect that slick new 4S and get to doing some Siri action
Things should all be in order outside of possibly having to login to 3rd party apps like Twitter, Facebook, and what not.
Laugh at your Android friends for not being able to migrate as simply and efficiently as you
If you have any questions, or if you run into an issue feel free to post it in the comments section below. I’ll do my best to get your head right.
[#ff entbuddha] “Making you a better geek, one post at a time!”