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 5 popular solutions to help you ensure your data is easily migrated to a new phone. Of the 5 options we offer, you may need to test all and then choose one that suits you the best. That being said, all methods are worth considering.

1. Transfer Important Data from Android to Android

Google Drive 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 last 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. Migrate WhatsApp from Android to Android

While there are many apps, software and methods to transfer data from Android to Android, it becomes a little complicated when trying to transfer WhatsApp data. Very few apps in the world offer a system of migrating WhatsApp data such as WhatsApp messages, chat history, videos, photos and documents. By far the leading tool for transferring such WhatsApp data from Android to Android is iMyFone iTransor Pro.

It is an outstanding desktop app that easily transfers all your WhatsApp data from any mobile device to another. It is simple, fast, easy to use and completes your transfer while guaranteeing that your data remains 100% safe.

Here is how you can transfer WhatsApp data with iMyFone iTransor Pro:

  • Download the app to your PC. Install the app after downloading it.

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  • Launch the app on your PC and choose to Transfer WhatsApp on the main interface.

choose Transfer WhatsApp

  • Connect the Android device to your PC via USB cable and Allow access to phone data on the Android device. Also connect the iPhone to your PC using a USB cable and Trust the PC on your iPhone. Remember to turn off Find My iPhone before beginning the process.
  • Choose to Transfer WhatsApp between Devices on the app and select the type of WhatsApp you wish to transfer. You can switch between the sending and receiving devices. Then, click on Transfer.

migrate WhatsApp from Android to Android

  • Follow the on screen instructions and wait until the transfer process is completed.


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Note that the program can also be used to transfer 17 more types of data from iPhone to Samsung, which is shown in detail in the official guide. This function will be applied to data transfer from Huawei/Samsung to iPhone soon.


3. Transfer SMS Text Messages & Call logs from Android to Android

The SMS Backup & Restore app will both backup and restore your SMS text messages via wireless SMS transfer. This means that you will need a stable internet connection. That aside, it only requires no more than 10 minutes of your time, which makes it a great option to consider.

Here are the steps involved:

Step 1: Download and launch the app

  • Head to Google Play Store and download the application on both Android phones.
  • Launch the app on both devices.

Step 2: Start sending files

  • Select Transfer (look either under the Settings tab or on the app home page).
  • Set your old Android as the Source phone by tapping on Send from this phone option.

transfer data via sms backup and restore

  • Set your new Android phone as the Target/Destination device by hitting Receive on this phone.
  • Find the target phone on the list of available devices on your old phone and tap on it.
  • Your new device will receive an invitation to connect. Simply press Accept.
  • Choose to either have your old phone send all the text messages and calls of the recent backup file and press OK.

You are done! Give it a bit of time to complete the transfer and check that all files have been moved successfully from one Android to another.


4. Transfer Media Files from Android to Android

Wireless SMS transfer is a great option to migrate your text messages. But, what about your other important data, such as your media files? In this case, you will need Google Photos to send videos and photos from your old device to your new Android. We provide a full list of instructions right below:

Step 1: Sync your files

  • Open Google Photos on your old Android device.
  • Tap on the left hamburger menu to reveal the device folders option as it contains your videos and photos.
  • Open the folders you wish to send to your new phone.
  • Tap on Backup and Sync.

backup and sync via google photos

Step 2: Download the media files

  • After the app has finished backing up your selected videos and photos, open Google Photos on your new phone.
  • Sign in with your Google account (the same you used to access the Google Photos app on your old device).
  • Start downloading your files in your new Android phone.


5. Move Data from Android to Android Mannually One by One

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.