12-14-2010 10:24:17 AM - edited 12-14-2010 10:24:38 AM
Connect your iPhone 3G to your computer, load iTunes, then do a sync of the iPhone. Once the sync is done, right-click on the iPhone icon in the left gray panel of iTunes and choose Backup. Now, disconnect your iPhone 3G and now plug in your iPhone 4. iTunes will detect a new device and ask what you want to do with it; either set it up as a new device or restore a backup. Choose restore a backup, hopefully the one you just made of the iPhone 3G and there you go.
Mind you, some settings won't transfer. Passwords for email accounts, WiFi networks, etc. Don't know why but don't be surprised.
Apple really made the ability to transfer to new model iPhones easy.
12-14-2010 02:11:48 PM
What is the best process to transfer all of my data, programs, settings, etc from my current iPhone 3G to my new iPhone 4G?
"Best" is subjective.
The easiest way is the backup method already described for you. The jury is still out as to whether or not that method is also a factor in some of the proximity sensor, and other issues some people have encountered. When I got my iPhone 4, I manually installed it as a new device because I didn't want to risk beinging any "artifacts" from my old iPhone 3G into my new iPhone 4 (I didn't get my iPhone 4 until mid July so I had already seen/heard about the problems some people were having). No one I had spoken with had restored an old backup onto their iPhone 4 and none of them had any of the issues with the camera white balance, or the prox sensor not working right, so I chose to setup as new and manually select what apps to load. I also have not had any issues with my Prox sensor, or camera white baance so there may be something to the theory ( granted 10-20 people is a very small sample to base such a theory on but hey, it's a start )...
12-15-2010 01:12:11 AM - edited 12-15-2010 01:18:10 AM
iTunes is Apple's media center to control your iPhone, iPod and iPad. Manage music, videos, films, audio-books, podcasts, photos, ringtones, apps and many more and add them to iPod and iPhone. So you can use iTunes to transfer your iPhone 3G music, videos, photos to iPhone 4.
But for Contact and SMS backup to new iPhone, iTunes cant help you to do this. I suggest you use Outlook to transfer iPhone contact to computer firstly,and then transfer to another phone.SMS is important for us. Some useful 3rd tool can do your a favor.By the way, you can refer this article about iphone transfer reviews:
Have a good luck!
12-15-2010 02:52:06 AM
All my contacts transfered from my iphone 3G backup to my iphone 4 via iTunes. I know it came from the backup since I don't sync with my Outlook Express address book.
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