Question
I have just got myself a sweet new Android phone. But I don't want to spend forever transferring all my stuff from my old Android phone. Is there a painless and fast way to move everything I need?

We feel you. Getting a new Android phone to replace an older one is fantastic. However, transferring data from one Android to another Android is not. In fact, it can be everything from risky to incredibly time-consuming. Fortunately, not all hope is lost. Our team has compiled this handy list of the two most effective solutions to help you ensure your data is easily migrated to a new phone. Of the two options we offer, you may need to test both and then choose one that suits you the best. That being said, both two are worth considering.

1. Transfer Important Data from Android to Android via Google Account

This is one of the oldest methods to migrate files from one Android device to another. Before you do anything, make sure that both Android phones are fully charged. Also, ensure that your old Android is signed in to your Google account. Chances are it is but do check it out. So, head to Settings and find the Google tab. Finally, be certain that your old phone can be unlocked with a password, pattern, or PIN.

This method is effective and does not require you to pair the phones with, say, Bluetooth, like in the second solution. That being said, it might take you a bit longer to migrate data between phones.

Here are the steps to follow to transfer data between Android phones.

Step 1: Sign in and sync data on your OLD phone

  • Sign in using your Google account credentials (create one if you don't have a Google Account).
  • Back up your data (aka sync your data) by heading to Settings > System > Backup (or simply type in "backup" into the search bar at the Settings option).
  • Tap on Backup to Google Drive to switch this option on and enable several types of content to be backed up (i.e., contacts, videos, photos, call history, etc.).
  • Check your Wi-Fi connection (should be stable).

backup to google drive

Step 2: Turn on your NEW Android and transfer data

Now when you set up your new Android device, all you have to do is sign in using the same Google account you used for backing up your data and select the "Restore from Backup" option to restore all your data.

Google would also automatically download and install the apps installed on your old Android phone to your new one, based on your preference.

If there is any omission of the data you want to transfer such as files or videos, follow the steps below:

  • Launch Google Drive on your new Android and sign in using your Google Account.
  • Find out the data that you just backed up and tap the More button on the bottom right of the file thumbnail. Tap Download.
  • Go through the same process for the other data. Then you should see all of your data downloading on your new phone.

google drive download files


2. Move Data from Android to Android Mannually via Bluetooth

Using Bluetooth is yet another easy way to help you transfer data from Android to Android free. Provided that you have ensured that both devices are connected, and paired with Bluetooth, here is what you need to do to exchange data:

Step 1: Turn on Bluetooth

  • Look at the phone desktop and pull down the menu.
  • Tap the Bluetooth option to turn it on.
  • Ensure that your phone is detectible and visible by nearby devices.

turn on bluetooth

Step 2: Pair the devices

  • Have your new phone scan for your old device.
  • Select the old phone once it is detected.
  • Enter the key that will be shared with you (a request will appear on both devices).

pair the devices

Step 3: Transfer files

  • Open the File Manager in your old phone.
  • Select the files that you want to transfer to your new device.
  • Go to Menu and tap Share > Bluetooth.
  • Get into the Bluetooth interface and set the new phone as the Destination device.
  • Tap Accept to initiate the data transfer process.

transfer data by bluetooth

After a little while, your videos, pictures, music, APK packages, and other types of data files will have found a new home to your new phone. Remember to turn off Bluetooth after the procedure ends and check that everything went smoothly.

One major disadvantage of this particular method is how time-demanding it is to move data between the two Android devices, especially if you have loads of files to migrate.


A Few Final Words

Moving files and important data from one Android device to another has become a walk in the park. With so many interesting and, sometimes even pioneering, options available out there, everybody can transfer data from Android to Android within a few minutes (if not seconds). The use of different tools makes things way easier for all of us. So don't hesitate to try them out and nicely transfer your data from Android to Android.