This guide to transferring your data to a new Android phone will take you through the steps of both wirelessly and over USB transferring contacts, pictures, and other files from your old phone to your new one and vice versa. We’ll also give you some tips on using Google Drive and local storage. Here’s how to back up your contacts, and here are some great apps that can make it much easier.
Guide to Transferring Your Data to a New Android Phone
If you wish to change phones, back up your data in the cloud. All the backups for contacts, call logs, texts, and settings will be on Google Drive, so it’s easy to import that data to your new phone when you’re finished.
This Google backup feature doesn’t take up your 15GB of free Drive storage, so you don’t have to worry about running out of space. It includes call history, app data, contacts, device and home screen settings, and text messages. Before getting a new phone, you should ensure this data is already saved to the cloud.
I’ll be using a OnePlus phone as a reference, but these steps should be the same for all other best Android phones running Android 7.0 Nougat and up. To find the backup option, you can always search for it in the search bar in the settings.
> You’ll find Settings on the menu icon in the app drawer or on the home screen.
> Click the bottom of the page.
> Navigate to the System menu.
Tap the Backup icon.
To have a backup on Google Drive, make sure the appropriate options are turned on. Press Back up now to sync your phone data with Google Drive.
Here’s a helpful hint: Check your Google Contacts for any that may have migrated over from your old phone. These are the contacts that will show up on your new phone. When backing up the data on your old phone, don’t forget to back up your photos and videos to Google Photos.
How to transfer photos and videos to a new Android phone
Google Photos is an awesome way to save important memories. It seamlessly backs up data, offers fine-grained control over sharing, and automatically makes on-device machine learning categorize photos and videos. Choosing which level of quality to save your photos and videos is about deciding how much space you want them to take up your device or how clear you want them to be. Taking the factor mentioned earlier, Photos no longer allows for unlimited uploads. At some point, you’ll need to move to a Google One account. That is, by the way, the best way to back up your photos and videos from your Android phone. When you upload the data to the cloud, you’ll be able to access your photos and videos from a new phone and via the web. The following are the steps you’ll need to take to start using Photos.
> Click on the Google Photos icon on your app drawer or home screen.
> On the left-hand side of the screen, find the hamburger menu and tap on it.
> Access the settings page.
> Tap Backup & sync.
> Check the backup & sync toggle and ensure it is set to on.
> Ensure that the Backup mode is set to the High-quality setting.
It couldn’t be easier. Once your pictures and videos are safely backed up to Google Photos, you can set up your new phone.
How to restore data and settings to the new Android phone
After you unbox your new phone, you’ll need to restore the data from your old device. There are a few different ways to go about this, and I found this one to be the most effective because I often change phones.
You’ll need your old phone for this, so make sure you don’t delete the data just yet. Now it’s time to put the SIM card from your old phone in the new one. I say, let’s begin.
> You need to choose your language and click Start on the Welcome screen.
> Pick your home Wi-Fi network and log in.
> Select Next to migrate data from your old phone in the Copying apps and data screen.
If you’re using an Android phone, backup your data on the Bring your data from… page.
Follow the steps outlined on the next page to move your data.
Go ahead and tap the Next button on your phone again, and then I’ll show you detailed instructions on how to set things up on your old phone.
On the Verify your phone page, you will see your model number highlighted. After that, grab your old phone and stay on this page. You’ll now need to authorize data transfer from your old phone so that you can smoothly transfer texts, calls, and relevant data to the new device. Here’s what you need to do to do this on the old phone.
> You can access settings from the app tray or the home screen.
> Navigate to the Google icon. Choosing Set up & restore.
Now is the time to link up your devices.
On the getting started page, use the Next button. Your phone will now search for a few patterns and numbers to locate nearby devices. You will then verify the patterns and numbers on both devices, and after pressing the Next button, you will be finished
Press the Next button to confirm your lock screen settings on your old phone.
Tap Copy to the new device?
On the Copy to your new device?
Page to copy data to your new phone. You’ll see a notification about copying your account’s progress bar in the next few minutes. When you see this, switch back to your new phone
After the update, you’ll be able to see a sign-in window for all the Google accounts registered on your older device. You won’t need to input two-factor authentication after entering a direct data transfer. For the two-factor verification popup not to show up on your screen, it’s nothing to worry about. Ensure both phones have connectivity, then resume from where you left off.
> Log in to your Google account by typing in your email address.
> Confirm the lock screen of your old phone to authorize the data transfer.
> On the Choose what to restore page, select Restore all settings if you want all of your old data transferred to the new phone.
If you don’t want to install all the apps, the way to go about this is to choose the Apps setting.
Please choose any apps you would like to install on your phone from the list.
Click ‘Restore’ to install data from your old phone onto your new one. A confirmation message should appear.
You can also set up your iPhone to restore data and automatically use location services on the Google services page after selecting what you would like to back up. You can set up a password or a PIN from the options menu that can unlock your iPhone.
You’ll be required to identify yourself by scanning your thumbprint. You’ll see different systems among manufacturers, each requiring you to do the same thing. What I liked best about a cloud restore because I would have preserved even my home screen. Those details include the background and the app layout to get started on your new phone without any other effort.
All that’s left to do is set up, and you’ll have the Play Store running in the background and your old phone’s data on your new phone. That can take up to an hour, depending on the amount of content on your old phone and your internet connection, so let that run while you configure the rest of the settings on your new phone.