Transfer your Android data to your new smartphone

If you have bought a new phone, you naturally want to get all the data from your old smartphone onto your new one as soon as possible. How can you transfer your Android data? In this article, we'll explain how to transfer your data from your Android phone.

With your new device in your hands, it is very tempting to start it up right away. Still, it's better to wait a while, because you first have to check some settings around backups on your old phone.

1. Contacts

We would sometimes forget it because of all the exciting new functions, but we have a smartphone in the first place to be able to make calls. Then it is great that you have all your contacts directly at hand. If you've saved your contacts on your SIM card, hopefully it's just a matter of putting your old card in your new phone.

But it's not always that simple, for example when you got a new SIM card because the old one doesn't fit. In that case, it is useful to copy your contacts from your SIM card to your Google account. Go to the Contactsapp and tap the three dots at the top right. Tap on Import / Export and now choose here for you to copy contacts from your sim card to your google account.

This is also an option if your contacts are stored on your SD card, but your new smartphone does not have the option to exchange memory cards.

You can read how to import the contacts to your new phone in the next step.

2. Google data

The fact that Google knows a lot about you is not always a pleasant thought, but it is very handy when switching to a new device. Go to Settings, backup and reset and make sure Back up my data on. Things like your saved Wi-Fi passwords and call history are then stored online. But that's not all. Also take a look at Personal, Accounts, Google and choose your primary email address here. Here you can see that Google also keeps track of your calendar, mailbox, contacts and more. If that is not the case yet, you can switch it on or off for each component here.

By tapping the three dots at the top right and for Sync Now By choosing this option, make the most recent backup of your data. Now you can finally grab your new phone. When you start it up for the first time, Android walks you through a short installation process.

Choose in one of the first steps Keep your apps and data. This will restore the backup you just made to this new device. All you have to do is log in with your Google account. Once all further steps have been completed, all your data has been transferred automatically.

Where is my Android backup?

The backup that you automatically make of your Android is stored online and can be found in Google Drive. Open the Drive app and open the menu panel, by the item Backups you can see exactly which devices have been backed up. You can also find the backups on Google Drive in the browser on your PC.

3. Apps

You probably have a lot of apps installed on your old phone, your new phone is still completely empty. So nice and tidy, but most of them you probably want to get back as soon as possible.

To do this, open the Play Store and tap the three horizontal bars at the top left. Then choose My apps and games. At the top you see now Library to stand. Tapping on that will give you an overview of all the apps you've downloaded in the past, assuming they're associated with the same Google account. Here you can quickly download them again.

4. WhatsApp

As you may know, WhatsApp can only be active on one phone at a time. The chat service is linked to your telephone number. It is therefore the intention that you transfer the data and contacts from your previous phone to your new one.

On your old phone within WhatsApp, go to Settings, Chats, Chat backup and tap here Backup. It may take a while to complete, but after that you can install WhatsApp on your new phone.

The messaging app will immediately ask you if you want to restore your old data. Choose to do this, and in no time all your contacts and messages can be viewed as usual. Retrieving photos and videos may take a little longer.

5. Browser Data

Are you very attached to your favorite websites and don't know all your passwords by heart? Then you can also take these settings with you to your new smartphone. We'll use the default Chrome browser as an example. Go to Institutions and make sure you're signed in with your Google account. Things like bookmarks, history and passwords are then kept.

As soon as you start the Chrome browser on your new device for the first time, Google will ask you if you want to log in. Choose your email address and tap Get on, followed by OK. Now you can continue surfing where you left off to your heart's content.

The Firefox browser also offers similar functionality. With a Firefox account, you can't just sync your browsing data across multiple devices. When you log in in the browser with your account, you immediately have your favorites, history and browser extensions at hand. Once you've installed and opened the Firefox app, go to the Institutions and choose you Firefox Account. In this window you can log in and then indicate exactly which data you want to synchronize.

6. Photos and Videos

Of course you also want to take your photos and videos with you. Again, Google can help you with this. To do this, open the photosapp, which comes standard on Android phones. Tap the horizontal bars at the top right and choose Settings, Backup & Sync. This ensures that photos are automatically copied to the cloud.

You will then automatically find them in the Photos app on your new phone, where you must of course be logged in with the same Google account.

If you don't like the idea that your personal media is in the cloud with Google, you can also transfer photos manually. To do this, first connect your phone to your computer with a USB cable. By default, the phone is only charged, so choose in the pop-up menu Transfer files.

Now you can browse the files on your phone on your computer. Photos and videos can be found in the folder DCIM. Copy or cut the files and park them in a handy place, for example your desktop. Now disconnect your old smartphone and connect your new one. Follow the same steps to restore your files back to the new DCIM folder.

From old to new iPhone

If you bought a new iPhone and want to transfer the data from your old phone, then you need to go through some steps other than those covered above. For example, you need an iCloud or iTunes account. In this article we explain in detail how to transfer your data to a new iPhone

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