The Samsung Smart Switch app was released in 2013 to assist users of older Samsung phones and other Android/iPhone users to easily move all their phone's data to newer Samsung Galaxy smartphones. This innovation has helped many people easily switch mobile devices – and operating systems – without losing any of their valued data.
Is Your Samsung Smart Switch Taking A Long Time?
Although Samsung's Smart Switch app has been a remarkable innovation, it is not without its shortcomings.
First, compared to most other mobile transfer apps, Smart Switch is a bit slower. It sometimes takes the Smart Switch app about 2 minutes to transfer 1 gigabyte of data, giving it an average speed of about 8.5MB per second. This is a slower transfer speed than those of rival transfer apps like SHAREit, CLONEit and Xender, among others. And sometimes it might even pop up a message saying "Samsung Smart Switch not enough space".
Furthermore, many users complain of an even slower speed than the aforementioned. For some reason, it could take tens of minutes to transfer basic data to another phone. There could be many reasons for this, but the most popular reason the Wi-Fi connection between the sending and receiving phones. This could be a problem with your phone's hardware, or a problem with your current OS version, or a problem with Smart Switch properly connecting with your phone's Wi-Fi.
Here are a few solutions on how you can solve the problem of your Smart Switch taking a long time to transfer.
Solution 1. Change some settings on your devices
- Step 1: After you observe a slow transfer speed, try to reduce the distance between the sending and receiving phones. Place them over each other if necessary.
- Step 2: If problem persists after completing Step 1, disconnect the Samsung and the sending phone from the app's private Wi-Fi network. Exit the Smart Switch app and disable your phone's mobile data and Bluetooth if they are on.
- Step 3: Launch the Samsung Smart Switch app again on both phones and restart the transfer process.
Solution 2. Reboot your devices and try again
- Step 1: If you observe a slow transfer speed, perform a hard reboot on your phone. Sometimes our phones simply need to be rebooted to function optimally.
- Step 2: The process in Step 1 is different on most mobile phones. For most Androids, you can perform a hard reboot by simultaneously pressing/holding the power and volume down buttons for at least 5 seconds. For iPhones 8 and later, you can force restart your phone by a combination of keys. First, you press and release the volume up button, then you press and release the volume down button, and finally you press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.
- Step 3: The transfer speed should be faster now. Launch the Smart Switch app again and begin your transfer.
Solution 3. Try useful Samsung Smart Switch alternatives
If after the aforementioned solutions your Smart Switch is still taking a long time, you might want to look around for a few excellent alternatives. Here is a guide on some of the best Smart Switch alternatives available.
3.1.Alternative to transfer 18 types of data to Samsung [WhatsApp Included]
iMyFone iTransor Pro is a computer app available on Windows OS. It excellently transfers up to 18 types of data from iPhone to Samsung via USB. It is a particularly noteworthy app because it is one of the few apps that can transfer so many data at one time, including your calendar, photos, ringtones, voice memos and even WhatsApp data.
Here is a simple guide on using iMyFone iTransor Pro. You can also check the complete one on the official website.
- Download and install the app to your PC.
- After installing the app, launch it and connect the Samsung device to your PC using a USB cable. You might need to allow access to phone data on the Android device. Also, connect the iPhone to your PC via a USB cable and trust the PC on your iPhone.
- The program will prepare your devices for the phone transfer and then you can select the types of data you wish to transfer.
- Next, you click on Transfer. Then you simply wait until the transfer process is automatically completed.
3.2.Try SHAREit to transfer files to Samsung
SHAREit is a mobile transfer app which can transfer data at a speed reaching about 20MB per second. The app transfers files like photos, videos and music from almost any brand of mobile phone to another, using the two phone's Wi-Fi connectivity. The steps to use it are rather simple.
- Download and install the SHAREit app on both the Samsung phone and the sending phone using. Launch the app on both phones.
- Click on Send on the sending phone to automatically turn on the phone's Wi-Fi hotspot and Receive on the Samsung phone. This turns on the Samsung phone's Wi-Fi. It also brings up the avatars and names of surrounding SHAREit Wi-Fi connections.
- Click on the name/avatar of the sending phone to connect the two phones.
- Once connected, select all the data or apps you wish to transfer and click on Next to begin your transfer.
3.3.Try Copy My Data to transfer basic data to Samsung
Copy My Data is a highly rated mobile app which is excellent for transferring contacts, calendar, photos, and videos, regardless of the operating system of the sending and receiving phones. It doesn't require any registration or sign in, and it guarantees data security through the use of a 4-digit code to verify data transfers before they are sent. Popular data like contacts, photos and videos can be transferred through the app.
Here is how you can use Copy My Data to transfer your data to a Samsung phone in 3 easy steps:
- Download it from either the App Store or Google Play. Make sure both phones are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
- Launch the app on both phones and grant the permission requests to allow the app to access the data on the phones. Tap on Next on both phones and then tap Copy data from another device on the receiving phone, and To another device on the sending phone. The name of the other phone should be displayed on both phones, tap on it to connect them together.
- You will receive a 4-digit code on the sending phone, enter it on the receiving Samsung phone. Next, you simply need to select all the data you wish to transfer and send them. Wait for the transfer process to be completed. After the process is completed, click on Finish.
3.4.Try Google Drive to back up and restore data
Google Drive is Google's official cloud storage platform. It was not designed for the purpose of data transfer but to offer cloud storage service to its users, but it can be an efficient transfer method where you simply need to back up and restore.
You need an internet connection to use Google Drive, therefore any transfer using this method is dependent on the speed of your internet connection. You also need a Google account to use Google Drive and it offers a free storage space of 15 gigabytes to every user. Any subsequent storage beyond this would necessitate buying additional storage space from the company.
- Make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi or a good 3/4/5G network. Download and launch the app on both the sending phone and the Samsung device.
- Log in to the Google Drive app with your Google account or sign up if you don't have a Google account. After logging in, look for the plus (+) sign at the top or bottom of the app's screen. Then back up the data you wish to transfer.
- On the Samsung phone, log in to the Google Drive app using the same Google account details as the sending phone. You would immediately be able to see all the backed up data.