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How to transfer all data, photos and contacts from one Android mobile to another

26 mayo, 2021

We are in festive times and gifts are the order of the day. Some lucky ones have received a shiny new Android smartphone as a gift. It may have been given to you or you bought it yourself, it doesn’t matter, but within minutes of taking it out of the box and removing all the plastics you will be enjoying it.

But in order to reach that desired moment, you have to go through the arduous task that is to configure everything and put everything to your liking within the possibilities offered by the terminal. The heaviest of all will, perhaps, be able to have the data that was on your previous mobile in the new one, so here are some tips to make that task easier for you and enjoy your gift as soon as possible.

Making the backup

It never hurts to remember the importance of backups, a basic step so that nothing is lost in the move. More and more people are worrying about backing up their data, so a little reminder never hurts.

Android Backups From left to right: Backup with Drive on a Pixel 2 XL, with LG Switch on a V30 and with HiSuite on a Huawei P10 Plus.

To make the backup, only You must go to the Settings section and look for the backups section which, depending on the model, may be different. For example, in LG equipment there is the LG Switch option, in Huawei we have the HiSuite function and in Android stock the copy is made with Drive and is associated with our Google account.

But in addition to making a backup, one of the most comfortable and reliable methods to avoid losing data such as contacts, calendar events or application info is always use the same Google account.

Android Backups By syncing your Google account, you ensure that you will not lose essential data.

In Settings – Accounts you can make sure that the synchronization of the parts that interest you is activated. In this way it will be enough with log in with your account on the new mobile so that data is copied from apps, documents, Chrome bookmarks, contacts, or Keep notes.

However, this method does not copy all the data. If you also want to pass photos, videos and other elements, you will have to use specific applications. As we said, It is very possible that your new smartphone has an application or data recovery system of its own, in many cases (it always depends on the manufacturer) perfectly implemented. This is the case of Samsung with Smart Switch, Lenovo with Motorola Migration, LG with LG Mobile Switch or Sony with Xperia Transfer Mobile. That said, below we propose several methods that you can use on any mobile.

Google drive

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Google, in its attempt to give importance to cloud services, has been adding features to its application, Google Drive, for us to use. One of the most successful, perhaps, is to be able to restore backup copies, whether from contacts, photos, videos, calendar events, etc., and if you come from iOS, you can also use this application.

To do this, after having made the backup on your previous mobile, You will only have to download the app (if you did not already have it), enter your Google account, and the aforementioned data will already be on your brand new smartphone. Easy, simple, and it will hardly take up time, perhaps it is the best way not to lose memories by not having them saved on a microSD card.

Google drive

Google drive

Copy My Data

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If, for some reason, you have forgotten to backup your photos, contacts, video, etc., and you don’t feel like using Google Drive, Copy My Data can be a good solution to your problems, and that is basically does something similar to Google Drive, but without having to rely on the cloud or make backup copies.

All you have to do is install the application on both devices, make sure they are both connected to the same Wi-Fi network and let Copy My Data guide you in the transfer of the data you want. The only effort you will have to make will be to be aware of both smartphones.

Copy My Data

Copy My Data


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If Copy My Data is not a complete application, SHAREit will leave you quite satisfied, and that is It not only allows you to pass photos or videos, but you can share any file, and even applications that you have installedAlthough on the new device you should enable unknown sources to install the shared application. The only thing that does not allow to pass are the contacts.

As in the case of the previous application, You only have to have SHAREit installed on both devices and connect them to the same Wi-Fi network. On the mobile that sends the file, you must select the recipient as the recipient and you will see the progress in both. The biggest advantage of SHAREit is that it is multiplatform, being available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows (from XP) and Mac OS.

SHAREit - Transfer & Share

SHAREit – Transfer & Share


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Although it may seem quite similar to SHAREit, they are actually quite different from each other to be applications of more or less the same type. To begin with, the way in which both devices are connected is somewhat different, still requires connecting to the same Wi-Fi network, but the sender will also activate his Wi-Fi zone automatically.

When downloading the app on both phones and running it, each one must assign their role as sender and receiver, the latter being the one who must choose his partner and the one who chooses what type of data he wants to receive. Unlike SHAREit, it does allow contacts to be passed, but in return it is not multiplatform.

The only thing that would remain pending for this app is that it allows you, for example, to pass photos or individual files, not all those that the sending device has, but everything transfers quite quickly.

CLONEit - Batch Copy All Data

CLONEit – Batch Copy All Data

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