You just got your new Android phone, unboxed it and are now ready to set up. If you try to manually transfer data from your old phone to your new one, it can take many hours, depending on the type of information you want to transfer to your new device.
But there are easier and faster ways to transfer your texts, call logs, photos, videos, music and contacts to your new Android phone, making the process much easier.
We’ve put together this handy tutorial to introduce you to these different methods and quickly get your new device up and running without asking for help.
How to transfer data from Android to Android
There are several ways to transfer all data from your old Android phone to your new one. These include:
- Using Smart Switch
- Using Android Backup and Restore
- Bluetooth Transfer
- Moving Files with NFC
- Use an app to transfer files
How to use Smart Switch to transfer data to a new Android phone
Smart Switch is an app that comes pre-installed on some Samsung devices. It’s the easiest and easiest way to transfer all your data to your new Android phone while keeping your contacts, music, photos and more.
It is compatible with most major operating systems and offers many ways to switch over Wi-Fi, using a PC or Mac, or using a USB cable. You can also transfer data from the internal memory of your old phone to an SD card or other external storage device and to your new phone.
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Before using Smart Switch, you need certain requirements. These include:
- Have at least 500MB of free internal storage space for your old and new phone.
- If you are using a wired connection, the device must support the USB MTP (Media Transfer) Option to transfer content between devices.
- For third party phones that keep disconnecting from Wi-Fi, go to the device’s advanced WiFi settings and disable WiFi initialization and Disable WiFi weak signal settings before trying to connect again.
After confirming all of the above, you can choose whether to use Smart Switch to transfer data via Wi-Fi, USB cable, or using a PC or Mac.
How to use Smart Switch to transfer data over Wi-Fi
- Make sure both phones have Smart Switch by going to Settings> Accounts & Backup
- Tap Smart Switch. If your old device doesn’t have it, you can download the app from the Play Store or by scanning the QR code.
- When the devices are close to each other, press to open Smart Switch and select Get Data to New Phone.
- Then select your old device by clicking the Galaxy / Android option.
- Select “Wireless” when asked how you want to connect your devices.
- Go to the screen of your old Android phone and tap Wireless.
- On your new phone, select the data you want to move from your old phone.
- Then click “Transfer” and wait for it to complete. The time it takes to complete will depend on the strength of your connection and the amount of data being transferred to the new device.
How to use Smart Switch to transfer data over USB
- Connect two phones with a USB cable and USB-C connector to your new phone. Change the USB setting on your old phone to MTP (multimedia device).
- Press “Accept” on your old phone when you see “Accept invitation to connect” on your new phone.
- Then go to the Smart Switch interface on your old phone and select Cable.
- On the new phone, click Get Data.
- Now that the two phones are connected via USB, you can navigate to the new phone and select the items you want to transfer, then click “Transfer” to start the transfer process.
How to use Smart Switch to transfer data via PC or Mac
- Then connect your old Android phone to your computer and select “Back up to Smart Switch”.
- The data transfer process will start. When finished, click OK and disconnect your phone from the computer. Connect your new Android phone to your computer and select “Restore”.
- Click Select Backup Data.
- Click Samsung Device Information.
- If there is any information that you do not want to copy, deselect, click OK, then go back and click Restore Now, and then Allow or OK to start the transfer process.
How to use Smart Switch to transfer data over external storage
You can also use Smart Switch to transfer data to your new phone via SD card or other external storage. Just insert your SD card or connect your phone to an external storage containing the data you want to recover and follow the instructions on the screen to start the transfer process.
How to use Android backup and restore feature to transfer data to new Android phone
How to use the Android backup and restore feature to transfer data to a new Android phone
The backup and restore feature in your Android phone allows you to back up your old phone and use the restore feature on your new phone to move apps or other data between devices.
- Make sure your old Android phone is backing up data, then go to Settings> Accounts & Backups, click on Backup & Restore.
- You can use Samsung Cloud to back up your data, but if your phone supports Google Drive, enable Google Drive Backup if not, then click Back Up Now After the backup is complete, you are ready to restore data to your new Android phone.
- Turn on your new Android device and follow the onscreen instructions until it asks if you want to restore data from another device. Select your old device and click “Copy Data”.
- Make sure both phones are connected to the same Wi-Fi and then select either Android phone backup or cloud backup (if you don’t have an old phone) to recovery options screen.
- Sign in to your Google account using the same account you signed in to on your old phone and you will see a list of backup options, including your old phone. Choose the correct option and then select Recover to move all data and settings from your old phone.
- Click Applications to select the applications you want to move to your new device and let the restore process continue. In the meantime, you can continue setting up your new phone.
How to use Bluetooth to transfer data to your new Android phone
How to use Bluetooth to transfer data to a new Android phone
Bluetooth is another easy wireless way to move files like music, photos, videos, contacts, and more between Android phones, except it’s very slow, especially when you want to transfer large files.
- Turn on Bluetooth on both phones by going to Settings> Connections> Bluetooth, pair the devices, then press to select all the files you want to transfer to start the process
- You will see a list of devices you can pair with. Find your old and new phone and pair them with each other. If you don’t see any of them, click Scan to find available devices. If a password is required, it will appear on the screens of both devices, so make sure they match before clicking Pair.
- Open the Files app on your old phone, select all files. if you want to switch to a new phone, tap Share and select Bluetooth as the sharing method.
- Confirm the file sharing on your new Android phone and the transfer process will begin. The time it takes to complete will depend on how much data you transfer between devices.
When the transfer is complete, unpair the devices by tapping Settings next to paired devices and selecting Unpair.
How to transfer data to a new Android phone using NFC
How to transfer data to a new Android phone using NFC
Near-field communication, commonly referred to as NFC, is another simple method that you can use to transfer data between Android phones quickly over a wireless network.
- Then tap the switch next to Android Beam to turn it on.
- With NFC and Android Beam enabled, open your old Android phone and open the content you want to transfer. Slide the back of each device toward the other, and once they connect, you can feel the phone vibrate or make a sound and the screen zooms out. Tap the screen when you see that tap to share or Tap to share.
Once the content has been submitted, the image on your screen will return to its normal size.
How to transfer data to a new Android phone using third-party apps
How to transfer data to a new Android phone using third-party applications
If you’re not the type to follow too many steps to get anything done, you can use a third-party app to transfer data to your new Android phone. Some of the good ones available include SHAREit, Xender, or Send Anywhere. Either of these can help you transfer files between your devices, but you need to install the app on both phones for it to work.
Have you used any of these methods to transfer data between two Android phones before? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.