If you've purchased a new smartphone you might want to transfer all your important data from your old phone before you get stuck enjoying all of the new device's features.
Not sure what and how to transfer? You will find everything you need to know in our article. If you've made the jump from Android to iPhone, or from iPhone to Android welcome to the dark side , all of this is still possible. Smartphones make this easy thanks to cloud synchronization.
An easy way to keep your contacts on all your devices up-to-date is to sync your Google account. If you've previously saved your contacts to your Google account you can just log into it and pick them up on your new smartphone. Here's how to do it:. Are you signed into multiple Google accounts? You can then choose which one to use in your contacts app. By default, it will be the one with which you first registered.
Here's all you need to do:. You can also do so on your PC and then log in on your phone - it's up to you. On one hand, it supports more complex business card formats than the data export explained below. Google is one of the choices. Synchronize your Google account used above, and after a while, your Google contacts should be visible in your address book. Here you can set which parts of the Google account should be transferred to the iPhone. If you only want to move contacts from Android to iPhone, you can also deactivate the areas for Mail or Calendar.
To view or hide the contacts of individual Google accounts, you can turn the accounts on and off in the address book app. Go to the Contacts tab in the phone app and tap Groups.
Alternatively, you can also rely on Apple. Install this on your Android smartphone and start the app. You can then start importing the data on your new iPhone or iPad. The transfer takes place via a specially created Wi-Fi network protected by a PIN code, but it happens quickly.
If syncing via a Google account is not an option for you, and both your old and new smartphone have an SD card slot, you can add your contacts through the memory card:. Did it create more contacts? You may encounter this problem when you have merged many contacts from different address books, or if the contacts contain a lot of data. This can be annoying, so we have you covered:. This method works basically the same as the backup on an SD card, but in this case, the contacts are stored in the internal memory of the phone.
With this method, you can:. The advantage of this method is that you can select or deselect the contacts one by one, and work out something equal to your phone book. Export via SIM card is no longer offered in the phone app for newer systems.
However, importing is still possible without any problems. You also have the added risk that the old SIM card does not easily fit into the new smartphone. Moving your information between Apple and Android is not always easy, but there is a simple solution for contacts. On the new Android smartphone, you can then register with the same account information to synchronize and transfer the contacts as described above. If your old device was a Samsung Galaxy with Android Marshmallow, you can even have the start screen layout on your new device.
The app has to be installed on the old and the new smartphones, but the new phone must be from HTC. Then you can transfer all the important stuff. Your messages are stored in the XML file format and can then be sent directly to the new smartphone via Bluetooth. Alternatively, the backup file can be sent via email or backed up in the cloud and downloaded from there. The backup app must also be installed on the new Android smartphone. When it is started, it automatically detects the submitted file and restores the SMS messages.
Caution: when importing, the app doesn't pay attention to which SMS already exist. If you import twice, you will have every SMS in duplicate: annoying! So at least you can save the data. An extra app or similar third-party tools are not necessary for this, and if you need some more help, we describe all the steps in a detailed, separate article:. The integration of Google Drive as a backup medium has not changed this. On iPhones, WhatsApp saves the chat protocols in the iCloud, which cannot be accessed with the Android smartphone.
If you use your mobile browser to read and bookmark articles, log into social media accounts and so on, transferring this data on to your new smartphone is a must. How do you do that? It depends on your browser of choice. As a Google product, Chrome offers some of the best back up and transfer options. Simply open the app and go to Settings. From there you will be prompted to sign in to Chrome, if you haven't done so already. Once logged in, you can manage what you want saved:.
If you prefer Firefox to Chrome, don't fret - Firefox Sync functions very similarly. You can go to the browser's Settings , tap on Sign in and create an account. After syncing your data, you can simply log into the account on your new device.
The simplest solution for backing up photos from Android smartphones is to do automatic backups in the cloud. Thus, the mobile data volume is spared, the upload of the pictures is completely in the background, and pictures can simply be downloaded from the cloud on the new Android device as necessary. If both smartphones have a MicroSD card slot, you can also back up the images on the SD card and restore them to the new device.
Of course, there is also a way via PC: simply connect the smartphone, copy the pictures folder to the PC and move them from there to the new Android smartphone.
Mac users must download Android File Transfer , otherwise the finder does not display any files. This is one of the folders that will appear on your computer after connecting your smartphone. Mac users should download Android File Transfer to view the files.
No matter what your music folder is called your player should be able to find the songs. If you're doing this from iPhone to Android: we know a trick:. As soon as you log in to your new Android smartphone with the Google account, it will try to install the apps you previously downloaded from the Play Store.
To transfer the app data from one Android to another, you'll need additional backup apps like Titanium, oandbackup or Helium. Only then do you once again have the settings, stored accounts, game stats and so on, and the apps are immediately ready for use. Many games now use the Google Play Games cloud-saving feature. Then you just install the game on the new smartphone and you can continue in the same place where you left the game on the old phone. Once all data has been moved, the journey begins with your new Android smartphone.
If you need inspiration about the possibilities, we may have just the thing for you. Unfortunately, you won't be able to save your apps from your Android to your iPhone, or the other way around. Apple itself advises people to manually reinstall them. Of course, all the purchases you made for apps in the Play Store are no longer transferable to the App Store, so you will have to buy all of the paid-for apps once again. Have you successfully added all your important data to your new phone?
Was there a particular app or method that you found to be helpful? Leave a comment. This article has been rewritten since its first publication.
Comments below might not reflect current content. I appreciate your taking time to write this detailed guide. Don't get me wrong, but I guess it would take a hell lot of time and effort to transfer everything from one phone to another if we follow these instructions. I recently switched from a Samsung to Google Pixel and transfer all the content to my new phone in about minutes. I had around GB of media files alone on my Samsung Galaxy device, so I'd say that minutes wasn't that bad.
I think cloud storage is the best option, which we have. We can copy our all date into cloud storage and download it into our new device. Else, we can use file-sharing apps like Xender, share IT and Zapya app. Many more tips and tricks are available for these tools. Wow, big thanks for the great help and articles.
I wanted to know, is it possible to use WhatsApp for Windows or WhatsApp Web to sync chats and multimedia to a new phone? I have an old phone that keeps shutting off due to old battery and such, but my WhatsApp is on it and want to transfer to Note 9. Not sure how to transfer it without using Google Drive? I'm worried if I try Helium it might mess up both instances. Thanks Again. Very exciting MobiKin application, I'm going to be happy because I want to transfer some files special drawings from my phone's memory so I can access them from my PC.