How to transfer your data to a new Android phone

Google officially announced its upcoming Pixel 6A phone on May 11, 2022, and it will ship its new line of Pixel 7 phones next fall. You may plan to upgrade once the new phones are ready, or you may simply be moving from your current Android phone to a newer model. Either way, you’ll want to be able to transfer your data with confidence.

Google makes it very easy to move from one phone to another – once you start your new phone, you’ll be given step-by-step instructions on what to do. (Note: If you have two-factor authentication or a 2FA app like Google Authenticator on your phone, your data won’t be transferred automatically—you’ll have to take a few extra steps.) If your old phone is lost or broken, you can also install your apps and data on a new Google copy of your phone. One backup.

But of course, it won’t work unless your old phone is It was recovered. We’ll go through how to do that first and then go through the different ways you can transfer your stuff to your shiny new Android phone.

How to backup your phone

  • Choose Settings > Google > Backup
  • If you have not backed up your phone before, you will be invited to sign in with Google One. (If you decline the invitation by clicking not now button, you will find yourself again in the previous menu.)
  • The to support The screen lets you see how much storage you have and what’s already backed up (note that if your photos and videos are synced with Google Photos, they’re already backed up, even if the rest of your data isn’t). You can also make an instant backup. So if you are going to transfer your data to a new phone, go ahead and tap Make a backup now. (It might be a good idea to check where and connect your phone battery if it’s low.)

You can backup your phone to the cloud with Google One.

Backup page with account storage and backup now

The Backup page allows you to start backing up right away.

  • If you have a specific screen lock (and if not, why?), enter the PIN. (For this, you will not be able to use your fingerprint or face unlock.)
  • At this point, your data will be backed up. It may take a few minutes; The backup screen will be grayed out during the process.

Transfer your data

There are several ways you can transfer data to a new phone. Assuming your new phone will start from scratch (and if this is a used phone and it didn’t start from scratch, you should probably wipe it first), you can either transfer your data from your old phone or restore your data from backup (like the one you just did).

Another thing to remember: Due to the user interface differences in different Android phones, your process may be slightly different. So with all that in mind…

  • Turn on your phone and tap start.
  • If there is no SIM already in the card, you will be asked to insert it or download an eSIM. (If for any reason you cannot, skip this step by pressing skips.)
  • Connect the phone to a Wi-Fi network. (You can also set the phone up offline, but let’s say there is a network.)

Page: Welcome to Pixel

The appearance of the first welcome page depends on which phone you have.

Page: Connect to the mobile network

First, make sure that your SIM card is inserted.

  • After a few minutes, you will be told that you can backup your apps and data. handle next one. (If you want to start from scratch, you can select do not copy in the lower left corner.)
  • If you want to copy your data from your old device, turn it on and unlock it. handle next one.

Page: Copy apps & amp;  data

There are several ways to transfer your data to a new phone.

Page: Use your own device

If you have your old device, a cable is the fastest way to transfer data.

  • The best way to transfer your data from one phone to another is with a USB cable. If you have one, select next one. (We’ll deal with what to do if you don’t in a moment.)

with charging cable

  • The next screen will ask you to insert the cable into your old device. handle next one.
  • guess what? Now you connect the other end to your new device.

Page: Insert the cable into your old device

Use the usual cable to connect the two phones.

Page: Open the Google app on your old device

Then go to your old device to check and get ready for it.

  • If the phone says it can’t make a connection, give it a few minutes before you give up; It may still work. At this point, you will be asked to verify your other device, which should ask you if you want to copy data to your new phone. handle copy.
  • You may be asked to verify your identity using biometrics or a PIN.
  • Sit back and relax, or do something else – this may take some time.

Without USB cable

  • If you do not have a cable that fits both phones, when asked if you can use a cable, select no cable? in the lower left corner of the screen.
  • if you choose no cable?, you may receive an alert that you will get your items faster with a cable. handle Complete.
  • You will be told that you can try to use your old device to transfer data wirelessly. handle next one.
  • Go to your old device and open the Google app. You may not have to; You may see a popup inviting you to set up your new phone. If you do, tap Accommodation.
  • You will be asked to verify that the four skins that will appear on your new and old devices match. If they match, tap next one on your old device.

Page: Check the skins on your old device

If you are connecting your phone wirelessly, it will use a page of shapes to verify the connection.

Page: Choose what you want to copy

The fewer copies, the faster the process.

  • handle copy on your old device and verify your identity. You will be reminded to keep the devices close together.
  • You will then get a chance to choose what you want to copy from one phone to another and you will get an estimate (on your new phone) on how long the transfer will take (I read about 58 minutes). Run the checklist, which will include apps, photos, videos, audio, SMS, call history, and other settings. (Google calendar, contacts, photos, and Gmail will sync automatically.)
  • If you scroll down to the bottom of the copy screen and tap learn moreyou can get a summary of what won’t transfer, like downloads, ringtones, and apps that aren’t from the Google Play Store.
  • ready? handle copy repeatedly.

Transfer data from a backup

If your old phone isn’t available but you’re smart enough to back it up, you can copy all your apps and data from that backup.

  • Follow the same starting instructions as before, when you get to the screen you’re heading to Use your old deviceFaucet You can not use the old device? in the lower left corner.
  • You will be warned that you may not be able to recover as much data as possible without your old device. shrug my shoulders and press yes.

Page: Want to recover data without an old device?

If your old phone is missing, you can still backup most of your data.

Page: Recover data from an old device

If you are restoring from a backup, you will choose the backup you want to restore from.

  • Sign in with your Google account. If you’ve set up two-step authentication on your account and your old phone isn’t available, you may need to use another method to verify the account, like one of the backup codes that I hope you’ll save when you sign up for two-factor authentication (2FA).
  • Agree to Google’s Terms of Service.
  • Choose the backup you want to restore your data from. You may then need to enter your PIN from this device.
  • You can then choose what you want to restore. As before, your photos, videos, Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Drive will be synced automatically; You can then choose if you want to sync different apps, contacts, SMS messages, and device settings. When you’re ready, tap Restores.

Page: Choose what you want to restore

You can choose what you want to restore from a backup as well.

Page: Anything else?

Once your data is restored, you can tweak some features.

  • Toggle on or off different Google services, such as backup and location tracking. handle Acceptance.
  • Again, you must agree to Google’s terms of service, and you can generate a PIN.
  • Set up biometric verification, if you want.
  • Turn on Google Assistant if you want. You can also decide if you want to use Google Pay and whether you want an always-on display. Finally, you have the opportunity to add other features, such as another email account.

You should have access to your phone almost immediately; However, it will take some time before you download and install all your apps and other data.

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