It is always exciting to switch to a new smartphone. There is nothing quite like the feeling of unboxing a new phone for the first time and booting it up to experience its new hardware and software. Many users find it satisfying to set up their new smartphone from scratch and customize it differently from their previous one. However, it is important to ensure that your important data and contacts are transferred to your new phone as well.

Make a backup of your old phone

It is important to make a backup of your old device before setting up your new one. This will come in handy if you are unable to access the previous device. Additionally, it is good practice to regularly back up your data to prevent the loss of important information.

To create a backup on your old phone:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and select System.
  3. Choose Backup from the options.
  4. Check what is being backed up and ensure that Photos & Videos is set to “On.”
  5. Click the Back up button.
  6. While your phone creates the backup, the Backup screen will be grayed out.
  7. To back up your photos and videos, tap Photos & Videos on the Back up screen.
  8. Enable Back up & sync by toggling the switch on.
  9. Select the image quality you want and tap Upload Size.
  10. Your old phone’s photos and videos will now be linked with your Google Photos account.

Set up your new phone

After successfully backing up your current phone, you can begin configuring your new one. There are two methods for transferring data from an old phone to a new one: you can move the data directly from your previous phone or recover it from a backup. Here’s how to transfer your information if you still have your old phone:

Transfer files and data using your old phone

“If you still have your old phone, you can use it to transfer files and data to your new phone. When your new Android phone boots up, you will be prompted to select a language. After inserting your SIM card, you will be asked to connect to Wi-Fi. While we will be transferring data via a wired connection, it is necessary to connect your Google account in this manner.

To copy apps and data, click Next and tap Use your old device. You will need a USB-C/Micro-USB cable to connect both phones. Both phones must have USB-C ports, but if you do not have the right cable, you can purchase one inexpensively on Amazon or use the wireless transfer method.

On the old phone, you will need to confirm the copying process. To select what you want to copy on your new phone, leave everything checked if you want to copy everything.

Sync files and data without an old phone

If you do not have your old phone, you can still sync files and data to your new phone. To do so:

  • Choose a language when the computer starts up.
  • Insert a SIM card and connect to Wi-Fi. It is recommended to connect to Wi-Fi for a quick restoration process.
  • To copy apps and data, tap Next.
  • Choose Can’t use old device instead of using old device.
  • Tap OK to confirm that you want to restore data without the old device.
  • Sign in with your Google account if you kept your backup there.
  • Back up the outdated device that you just created a backup of.
  • Verify the screen lock that was applied to your previous smartphone.
  • Tap Recover after selecting what you want to restore. Consider leaving all of the boxes checked.

After your new phone has been restored, it will have all the same data and settings as your old phone. You can then continue setting up your new device