How To Switch To A New Android Device Without Losing Data

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Google makes it easier to migrate to a new Android device from an older one, regardless of the different device manufacturers and Android versions. If you want to restore all of your existing data on your latest Android device, you will have to go through a few hoops.

This guide will show how you can switch to a new Android device without losing any of your data, including call logs, messages, contacts, photos, music, etc.

Backing up data on your old Android device

Before you switch to your new Android phone, you will have to do a manual backup on your old device first. While Google creates a backup of your call logs, texts, contacts, photos, settings, and saves it to your Drive on a frequent basis, it’s important that you do it manually, especially if you haven’t ever set up Google’s auto-backup feature before.

One of the best things about the auto-backup is that it doesn’t occupy storage space on your drive. Hence, you won’t have to clear out Drive space or pay for extra storage. You can also make a manual backup of your app data, device and launcher settings, call history, SMS text messages, and contacts to your Google Drive. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Settings from your app drawer or notification shade.
  2. Scroll down to the System option, then tap Backup on the following page.
  3. Toggle on the slider next to “Back up to Google Drive” if it’s not enabled already, and tap the Back up now option.

Note that this process is basically the same for every Android device running Android 7.0 Nougat or later versions. However, some manufacturers use their custom skins on top of Android, so you might have to open up other menus to find the backup option.

Also, install the Google Contacts app from the Play Store or visit contacts.google.com and make sure that the contacts on your old Android device are backed up to your Google account. All of the contacts that you see in the Contacts app should automatically get imported to your new phone.

Back up photos and videos on your old Android device

Google Photos is undoubtedly one of the best backup services for your photos and videos. It not only backs up your media files in the background but also gives you the options to share your photos and albums with others. It also groups your photos by faces and other objects, thanks to Google’s machine-learning capabilities.

Users also get unlimited cloud storage, if only they choose to back up their photos and videos at High quality instead of Original quality. Since saving your media in Original quality actually takes up storage space on your Google Drive, it’s a much better option to save them at High quality, which offers the same level of sharpness and detail while compressing the file size.

You will be able to access your backed-up photos and videos from the Google Photos app whenever you want. It’s interface basically resembles a photo gallery, and you can also save your media for offline viewing.

  1. Launch the Photos app from the app drawer of your old Android device.
  2. Tap the hamburger icon on the upper-left corner of the screen and select Settings from the sidebar.
  3. After that, tap Backup & Sync and toggle on the slider for the same option in the next menu.
  4. Set the Backup mode to High-quality (free unlimited storage).

Depending on your internet speed and how many photos and videos you have on your device, it might take several minutes or hours to upload everything on Google’s cloud servers. We recommend you use a Wi-Fi connection, as it may incur a lot of charges over cellular data.

Restore the data to your new Android device

Once you have backed up everything on your older Android phone, it’s time to switch to your new one. You will still need your old device for the setup process, so don’t wipe or reset it yet. All you have to do is switch your SIM card over to your new Android device and follow the steps below.

  1. First, select your preferred device language on the welcome screen and tap Start.
  2. Next, connect to your Wi-Fi network. You must use Wi-Fi to restore your data.
  3. On the Copy apps & data screen, tap Next, then select “A backup from an Android phone” option on the following screen.
  4. Tap Next to begin the data migration process, and tap Next once again on the following screen.
  5. After that, open Settings on your old Android device and scroll down to the Google option.
  6. Tap Set up & Restore in the menu and select the Set up nearby device option.
  7. On the Getting started screen, tap Next. Your old Android phone should begin scanning for your new device.
  8. Now verify the shapes and numbers that are shown on both on your devices, and tap Next to proceed.
  9. If you have a screen lock, tap Next again and verify your identity.
  10. Finally, tap Copy on the “Copy to your new device” screen and pick up your new device.

At this point, make sure that both of your devices don’t lose internet connection at any point during the restore process. Also, note that this process omits the need for the two-factor authentication, as you have already set up a direct data transfer connection between both of your devices.

  1. On your new phone, enter your Google account password and Sign In.
  2. Confirm the screen lock of your old Android device once again to decrypt the backup.
  3. Now choose what you want to restore on your new device. If you wish to restore all of your existing data, then leave all the options checked and tap Restore.
  4. Alternatively, you can choose the Apps that you would like to install on your new phone.

Once you go through the process, you will be asked whether you want to back up your data and use location on the Google services screen. After that, you will be required to set up biometric authentication or PIN.

Assuming that you have followed the steps correctly, your data should be completely restored in a matter of several minutes or hours. You should also notice that your wallpaper and home screen layout has also been restored. Thus, you won’t have to spend time on personalizing your device again.

It’s worth mentioning that the apps will get installed from the Play Store in the background, while all of your app data from your old device will be restored automatically. Make sure that you keep Wi-Fi enabled until the completion of the data restore.

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