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Migrate apps & data from iPhone 4 (iOS 6) to iPhone 6+ (iOS 8)

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I'm helping my kid to do this & I'm no iOS nor Apple product users.

Can someone provide me a step by step guide to migrate data (music, photo etc)
& apps from iPhone 4 to iPhone 6+  (without migrating the iOS version over ie
the iPhone 6+ should still be running iOS 8).

Calendars, appointments, emails (that are stored locally in the iPhone 4), reminders,
Wifi settings, email client settings/configurations, Whatsapp & SMS messages need
to be migrated over as well, ie everything except the iOS.

If there's anything that can't be migrated over, kindly indicate the item


If there are any 3rd party software that are better for this migration purpose
(ie better than iTunes), do indicate.   If it's iTunes, let me know the version.
I'm using Windows 7 on my laptop so the iTunes or 3rd party tool needs to run on Win 7
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Do you have the music already stored on the computer?
If not, how did it get onto the iPhone 4?

Assuming you have the music on the computer, in iTunes:

Downloand and Install the latest version of iTunes.
Connect the old phone.
Back it up using iTunes' backup facility.

Connect the new phone.
Restore using iTunes restore facility.

Done.

SOME SMS messages may not transfer, depending on your phone carrier.
Apps that ran under IOS 6 that do not run under IOS 8 will not transfer...but you don't want them to transfer since they don't run anyway.

If you don't have the kid's music on the PC (because he got it from someone else, for example), you'll need to first copy the music off the old phone into iTunes.  iTunes does NOT do this; generally, it transfers music (except for music bought at the iTunes store) only from the computer to the phone, not the other way around.

To do that, you can use something like Sharepod, available at getsharepod.com .
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Ok, for music, I believe I've seen it in the Computer;  just that I used it on a very old iTunes on my Win XP
a couple years back but that XP has since got rid of that version of iTunes.

Think I know how to use Win Explorer to copy the mp3 files over

I'm quite green to iTunes: a friend help me previously with it (even to make purchases from AppStore).

 if you have the screen shots to show what to click, (step by step) for iTunes V11.2.2.X), that will help
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You won't be able to use Win Explorer to copy the mp3 files from the iPhone to the PC.

Screen shots shouldn't be necessary.

When you plug the phone into the PC, with iTunes running, you'll see a screen, the backup button will be very obvious, as will the restore button.
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So how do I copy the mp3 files over?
 The last time a visiting colleague who is seasoned with using an older version of iTunes took a while to locate this backup function in this more recent iTunes version
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Where are the mp3 files now, and where do they need to be?
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The mp3 files are in the iphone 4,  to copy them to iphone6+
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You'd first copy the music from the iPhone 4 to the PC using software like that found at www.getsharepod.com.  Then from the PC you'd copy it to the iPhone 6 using iTunes.

But I'm not understanding why you don't already have the music on a PC.   How did it get on the iPhone 4 in the first place?
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It is my kids phone actually.  If it is just the music files, I m not so concerned.

It will help if u post screen shots of how to use iTunes to transfer the stuff over
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Screen shots are unnecessary, as iTunes is pretty self explanatory.

As mentioned, just back up the first phone  using iTunes, and then restore, using iTunes, to the second phone.

If you have first pulled the music off the first phone using getsharepod, and put it into iTunes, you can then sync as normal with iTunes to the second phone to put the music on the second phone.

As long as you don't erase the contents of the first phone, you don't need to get it right the first time, you can do it as many times as you need until you get it right.
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I  will post a screen shot of the iTunes of wat I m facing
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