If you’re thinking about getting a new phone, you don’t have to worry about losing your contacts, files and photos, as there’s a simple way to transfer them all across from your old handset.
We’ve created a step-by-step guide to help you with the process.
Backup your phone
Before you think about moving anything across to a new device, you should backup the existing contents of your phone first, to ensure you’ve got an up-to-date record of all your files. Whether you have an Android or an iPhone, it’s straightforward to do.
All Android devices can be backed up in the same way.
- Open Settings on your phone.
- Tap System and then Backup. If this doesn’t match up with your phone, search Backup in Settings, or contact the manufacturer if you require further assistance.
- Tap Backup Now and follow the instructions on screen.
When backing up your data on an iPhone, the process is equally simple.
- Open Settings.
- Tap Your Name.
- Choose iCloud.
- Select iCloud Backup and follow the instructions on screen.
Using Google Drive is another great way to store your backed up files. Just open the Google Drive app and press the + button on the bottom right of the screen, then Upload. Select the files you want to store and wait for them to be added to your folder. Once uploaded you’ll be able to access them on your new device.
Transferring data from Android to Android
It’s easier than ever to transfer data from your old Android phone to a new one. A number of manufacturers have created custom migration tools on their devices to make the process smoother. Samsung, for example, has the Smart Switch app, which is helpful if you’re transferring from another brand to one of their devices.
No matter which Android device you’re transferring your data and apps to, the process is a uniform one. Your new phone will help guide you through the task. To get started:
- Plug in your new phone and switch it on. After some opening load up screens you’ll see a message about transferring data, to begin the process select Backup from an Android Phone.
- Specify which handset device you want to transfer to and tap Next.
- You’ll need to mirror this on your new phone, choosing to link it to your old device. Both handsets will receive matching codes to confirm.
- Finally, enter your password to approve the transfer.
- Your apps won’t automatically transfer over. You’ll need to visit the Google Play Store to reinstall the ones you want. Press Menu > My Apps and Games to find the apps from your old Android.
Transferring data from iPhone to iPhone
Transferring data from your old iPhone to a new one is easy and can be done in one of two ways. You can either opt to directly connect your old device with your new one – a tool Apple has named Quick Start - or you can use the iCloud backup.
Moving data between iPhones using Quick Start is easy.
- Switch both handsets on and place your new one close to your old one.
- The Quick Start screen will appear asking to set up a new iPhone using your Apple ID. Check that the Apple ID is correct before pressing Continue (if it hasn’t given you the option, make sure your old iPhone’s is Bluetooth switched on).
- When an animation appears, hold your old device over your new one with the camera on. With the animation in the centre of your viewfinder, take a picture and wait for a Finish message.
- You’ll be asked to enter your current passcode on your new iPhone. This will allow you to set up Face ID and Touch ID on your new device.
- Select Transfer from your old iPhone to start the transfer. You can also decide whether you’d like to transfer preferences, such as Apple Pay and Siri.
- Keep your devices close together until it’s complete. The transfer time will depend on the Wi-Fi quality and amount of data you’re transferring.
To use iCloud backup when you’re setting up your new iPhone, follow the instructions on the screen. When the handset has loaded through to the home screen, tap Apps and Data and choose Restore from iCloud Backup.
Whichever phone you have now, transferring your data to a new one is quick and easy. So, whether you’re in the market for an iPhone, Samsung or another Android, you can find it at e2Save.com.