When you buy a new phone, next is getting to move all your files from your old phone to the new one. But moving to a new phone can be a pain, it consumes time, and most times frustrating. But with the right steps, some third-party apps, and perseverance, you should be able to overcome most of the misery that usually comes with prepping for a new device. Sure, it takes a little work, but what you’ll learn here will be very useful if you find yourself in such situation.
Remember it’s always advisable keeping all your data backed up in case of any catastrophe hitting your phone.
How to transfer your stuff / files from the old phone onto a new one
A. Transferring your contacts
Your contacts are probably among the most important to you. Luckily the days of having to write them all down and then manually enter them in the new phone are long gone. Here are the best alternatives.
▪Transferring your contacts: Via SD card/Phone storage
Transferring Via SD card is pretty much easier if both your old and new phone have SD card slots, you can transfer contacts using a microSD card. Just open the contacts section >> menu >> manage contacts >> import/export contacts. Then on your old phone hit the import/export button. Then select export to storage or something along those lines.
After exporting, next is to remove and insert the SD card into the new phone, go to the address book and find import on the menu and follow the instructions from there to successfully import or transfer your contacts.
Transferring contacts Via internal phone storage method is almost the same as above, except instead of selecting microSD card as your export destination, you choose your internal memory. It’s a long process as it requires you to create a Vfc/VCard file before you can be able to export your contacts. So I prefer the Via SD Card method very straight forward!
▪Transferring your contacts: Via SIM card
This is an old fashioned method for transferring contacts – essentially copying all the relevant contacts to the SIM and then carrying them over.
The advantage of this is you can manually select which ones to take with you, but the downside is that most SIMs are limited to about 200 contacts.
Further, there’s the potential that your new phone won’t support the same size SIM card as your previous device. Most phones comes with either Micro or Macro SIM cards. – so this one’s probably a last resort.
B. Moving your old text messages
If you are still attached to your old text messages or got an important text messages you would want to keep, the best way to move them onto your new phone is by downloading SMS Backup and Restore
, a free app that does exactly what you’d expect it to.
The messages are stored in .XML format and can then be sent to your new smartphone over Bluetooth, or by email after backup from the old phone. You’ll also need to install the app on your new phone in order to restore your mess
C. Transferring your media files (photos, musics, and videos)
You can transfer individual media files or albums from phone to phone via Bluetooth or using xender file transfer app. But if you have a large number of media files especially very high resolution images, HD songs and movies, then this will take a long time.
So, for faster transfer you should use a PC. Just connect the old phone to the PC with a USB cable, then copy the images folder, musics and videos folder onto the desktop and reverse the process for the new phone by pasting the folders back to the new phone.
D. Transferring apps and their data
Whenever you log in to your new phone with your Google account, all the apps you’ve already downloaded should appear automatically – although in Android 5.0 Lollipop you’ll be asked which ones you want to keep.
However, if you want the data to come across too (stuff like saved games, personalized settings and data, etc) then you’re best off using one of the apps listed below.
▪Restoring app data on your phone
If your using Android phone and its rooted then there is no better backup solution than Titanium Backup
. Titanium Backup lets you back up absolutely everything on your phone. The complete backup can be restored at any time.
Backups can be performed without even closing the apps you’re currently using and they can be saved as flashable zips and you can install to your new phone via TWRP or CWM.
That’s all! Your phone should now be completely set up and feeling a little like the old one. Except faster and shinier and better looking. I hope you find the post useful and if you think we missed something out, let us know in the comments. Thank you for reading and please do share with your friends, like our facebook page below to get any latest Tech gist on your timeline.