Transferring Information

There are various ways of transferring data between devices, eg from a laptop to a tablet or vice versa. In general data can be transferred using any of the connection methods described on the last page.

The recommended way of transferring data to Apple devices is by using Apple’s iTunes software. This allows allows music, photos, videos, documents etc to be exported to a mobile device, and also allows devices to be synchronised. Unfortunately, iTunes does not allow files to be imported from a mobile device to a PC or laptop. This restriction can be overcome by using third-party alternatives to iTunes.

With Android devices things are generally simpler. Once the device has been connected to a computer an icon representing it will appear on the computer’s list of storage devices and files can be transferred in either direction by dragging and dropping.

Manufacturers generally supply synchronisation software specific to their own devices, allowing playlist, contact lists etc to be synchronised between devices.

Cloud-based storage services such as Dropbox have become increasingly popular as a way of transferring data to and from mobile devices.The main software is installed on a PC or laptop and allows the user to upload files to the cloud service. Client software installed on a mobile device allows files to be transferred to and from that device. Clients are available for most popular mobile devices.

Data can also be transferred by downloading it from a website. You should make sure that any sites you download data from are legal – there is more information about this in the next section. You should also make sure that you do not accidentally download viruses or other malicious software. The best way of doing this is to ensure that you have up-to-date anti-virus software installed.


Check this page on the BBC WebWise site for additional information on downloading files.

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