How to transfer data from one cell phone to another

Transfer data from one cell phone to anothero can be a time-consuming task but this procedure is essential to recover contacts, photos, videos, apps and other important files. If you haven’t changed your operating system, it’s easy to migrate your data: in the case of the iPhone, it may be linked to your Apple ID and your iCloud account; on Android, on the other hand, you can use your Google account and specific apps for the transfer.

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When switching from Android to iPhone or vice versa, this task requires a little more of your time. The good news is that as long as you have an up-to-date backup on your old phone, this process can be done with just an internet connection and does not require the use of cables, computers, and other additional aids. See, below, how to transfer between cell phones!

How to Transfer Data from Android to iPhone

1. Photos, Videos, Contacts and Apps (iPhone initial setup)

If you’ve switched from your Android to an iPhone, Apple has its own app to simplify the transition, called Migrate to iOS (Android). However, this procedure can only be used during the initial setup of the iPhone, through the “Apps and Data” screen. If you have already advanced this step, you will need to reset the factory settings to be able to use the app again.

Migrate to iOS allows you to transfer contacts, message history, photos, files, folders, settings, events and free apps that are present in Google Play Store and App Store. The transfer is done over Wi-Fi and, to complete the process, you will need to have your Android device and iPhone in hand. Follow the step by step:

  1. Do the initial setup of your iPhone by following the onscreen instructions. When you get to the “Apps and Data” section, select the “Migrate Android Data” option;
  2. On iPhone, a six-digit numeric code will be displayed. Open Migrate to iOS on your Android phone, tap “Continue” and enter the code on the screen to start the transfer;
  3. Your iPhone will create a temporary Wi-Fi network. Connect to this network on Android via the app to continue;
  4. Choose the categories of data you want to transfer to iPhone, tap “Continue” and wait for the process to complete.

2. Photos and Videos (after initial iPhone setup)

To transfer your photos, the best alternative is to use Google Photos (Android | iOS). Free, the app can be used to migrate media content from Android to iPhone or the other way around. Just keep the backup activated in your Google account. Then open the iOS app, login via Google and turn on sync to access all your photos and videos on iPhone.

3. To migrate contact lists and events (after initial iPhone setup)

Many contacts are stored on your SIM card and are transferred automatically when you insert it into your new smartphone. On the other hand, if you use Google, Outlook or other email services to store contacts and create events, you can sync this information after linking your accounts in the Contacts app (iOS).

The procedure is simple: open the “Settings” screen and select the “Contacts” option. Then tap “Accounts” to open a new screen and select “Add Accounts” to login to your used services. After linking your access, you can manually select which information is synced on the same screen.

How to Transfer Data from Android to iPhone

1. Photos, Videos, Documents, Contacts, Reminders and Calendar (Samsung Mobile only)

Samsung’s Galaxy line phones have a native function to transfer data from the iPhone. Smart Switch can be accessed in your device settings or downloaded as an app (Android). To bring iOS data, it allows you to access your iCloud account and send data like photos, videos, documents, saved contacts, reminders and events created in the calendar.

There is also the option to carry out this transfer via cable, which also includes data such as applications and voice messages. In order to migrate data, you must keep syncing enabled in iCloud on your old phone. Here’s how to start the transfer:

  1. Open your Samsung phone’s settings, go to “Accounts and backup” and select “Bring back data from old device”;
  2. With Smart Switch open, tap “Receive Data”;
  3. On the next screen, choose the “iPhone/iPad” option;
  4. The app offers the option of using a cable or transferring via Wi-Fi. Select “Get data from iCloud”, at the bottom of the screen, to proceed;
  5. Sign in with your Apple ID and choose the data that will be transferred.

2. Contacts, calendar, photos and videos (any Android phone)

Again, Google account is an option to transfer data between smartphones. Google Drive app (Android | iOS) has a function to backup contact lists, calendar events, photos and videos stored in iCloud account linked to your iPhone.

That way, you just need to backup it on iPhone and then login to your Google account on Android to get all the information back. The path is simple: open the Google Drive app, tap the three-bar icon on the home screen and select “Settings”. Then select “Backup” option, tap “Start Backup” and wait for the process to complete.

When accessing your Google account on Android, the data is distributed across different apps. Contacts are found in the Contacts app (Android), events are added to Calendar (Android), while photos and videos are accessed through Google Photos.

Source: Apple (1, 2), Google Drive

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