How to transfer files and data to a new Android phone

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When you're ready to move your files and data from an old Android phone to a new one, you'll want to make sure it's as smooth as possible. We'll show you how to use Google's backup and restore tool to transfer everything from your old phone, as well as how to create automatic backups to safeguard yourself if anything goes wrong with your phone in the future.

Back up your old phone

Before we get started with your new phone, make a backup of your current phone. Even if you decide to transfer your data without Google, this is a useful precaution in case your phone is lost, stolen, or irreparable damaged. nGoogle backs up contacts, calendar items, emails, Wi-FI networks, wallpapers, Gmail settings, and app data automatically. You can simply restore it all to your new phone during setup once everything has been backed up.

transfer files and data to a new phone
  1. Go to your phone's Settings menu.
  2. Scroll down and select System.
  3. Select Backup.
  4. Here you can see what is being backed up. If the option "Photos & Videos" is not set to "On," follow these steps to back up your photos and videos.
  5. Select Backup Now.

It's worth performing a manual backup before switching phones to ensure that the most recent data is transferred across. This is also an opportunity to alter what you want to be backed up to the cloud.

Back up your images and videos

Back up your photos and videos
  1. Tap Photos & Videos from the Backup screen.
  2. To turn on Back up & sync, switch on the switch.
  3. Tap Upload Size and set the picture quality you want.

- If you don't have access to Google Drive's limitless storage, we recommend using High Quality instead. This will require less of your storage and, unless you do anything unusual with your photos or videos, you won't notice the difference when using it for basic tasks like sharing on social media.

- If you have a lot of storage or are planning on using your images and video for anything more serious, it's a good idea to use Original Quality. This will not reduce the quality of your photos, but it will use up additional cloud space, so be sure you have enough.

Your previous phone's pictures and videos will be synced with your Google Photos account now that it has been switched over.

Set up your new phone

Once you've backed up your existing phone, it's time to get started with your new one.

Using your old phone, you can transfer data and files

You may also send data and files using the wired connection if you have your old phone.

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  1. When you first turn on your Android device, it will offer you the choice of languages.
  2. You'll be asked to insert a SIM and connect to Wi-Fi after you've completed the initial setup on your new device. You'll at least need to do the latter in order to connect your Google account on your new device, even if we're using a wired connection.
  4. It's time to Copy Apps and Data now - press Next.
  5. You'll be directed to use your old phone - press Next.
  6. Then you'll need to connect both phones using a USB-C connection. If both phones are recent, it will most likely have to be USB-C on both ends; if you don't have the appropriate cable, buy one from Amazon or proceed with the following wireless transfer procedures instead.
  7. You'll need to confirm your wish to Copy on your old phone.
  8. Now, on your new phone, you must decide what you wish to carry over. You should probably select everything and then hit Copy.

While your data is being copied, you may continue to set up other features such as a screen lock, Google Assistant, Google Pay, and other device settings. You'll be informed that your phone is almost ready shortly after. You may now disconnect the cable while apps are downloaded over Wi-Fi. All of your other preferences and information have already been transferred, so you can simply hit Finish.

Without your old phone, you can move files and data

The most up-to-date backup saved to your Google account will be used to restore your files and data onto your new phone using this technique. If you can't access or link your old phone with the proper cable, this is your only option.

Transfer files and data without your old phone
  1. Select a language when your system boots up.
  2. Then you'll be prompted to insert a SIM and link to Wi-Fi, though the latter is recommended for a trouble-free restore.
  3. Finally, it's time to copy apps and data - simply hit Next.
  4. You'll be prompted to Use your old device. Tap Can't use old device instead.
  5. If the process completes successfully, it will check to see whether you're sure you want to restore data from an old device - select OK.
  6. You'll have to login using the same Google account that you used to save your backup.
  7. Choose which device backup you want to use: this will be the phone you backed up most recently.
  8. On your old device, confirm the screen lock you used.
  9. You'll be able to select what you want to restore next - probably everything. Select Restore, then tap it.

Your old phone will be restored with all of the same information and settings after you sync it to your new device. In the meantime, you may continue setting up your new phone.

Depending on how many apps you have, it might take up to 24 hours for your new phone to reinstall them all, but this will not interfere with the rest of the setup process. You may now get accustomed to your new phone without worrying about lost data since everything is being restored in the background. When you have to re-enter most of your apps... Unfortunately, there's nothing we can do about that.