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How to Transfer Data from Android to Android

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Introduction

If you've got a shiny new phone and you don't wish to lose any data from your old device, help is at hand - this article will guide you through how to transfer all your content (messages, contacts, calendars etc.) from one Android phone to another.

First, we will introduce Droid Transfer. This is an awesome, popular app which allows you to take control of exactly what you want to transfer to your new phone. Use this method if you don't want to clog up your new device with old stuff that you don't want any more.

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Then, we will see how to quickly transfer all your data from your old Android to your new one. This method is for you guys who want to keep all your data and are not concerned about filling up space on the new device with data you may not need.

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How to Transfer Contacts from Android to Android - Droid Transfer

Contacts are among the most important pieces of information on a phone - they represent your friends, family, colleagues and even people you don't like or talk to anymore!

Using Droid Transfer, you can add contacts, edit contacts, delete contacts, copy to your computer, and backup and restore contacts. The function we're interested in in this article is "Backup & Restore".

Let's see how to transfer contacts from Android to Android:

  1. Download and install Droid Transfer
  2. Connect to your Android Device using the steps shown in our Start Guide.
  3. Click "Contacts" from the features listed in Droid Transfer.
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  4. Hit the "Backup & Restore" button
  5. Choose to backup all contacts or select which contacts you want to backup. Backup Android Contacts
  6. Click "Backup" and select the location on your PC where you wish to save your messages to.
  7. Hit "Save" to create the backup.
  8. Good Job - Backup Done. Now safely eject your phone from your computer and connect your new Android instead.
  9. When your new phone is connected, again go to Contacts > Backup & Restore.
  10. This time, choose to "Restore", and direct Droid Transfer to the backup file you just created on your computer. Restore Android Contacts
  11. Choose to restore all contacts from the backup or select the ones you want to add to the new phone.
  12. Hit "Restore" to start the transfer of your contacts to your new device!

As you can see, unlike other services, Droid Transfer allows you to pick and choose which contacts to backup and restore, rather than copying them all over automatically.

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How to Transfer Music from Android to Android - Droid Transfer

Ah, Music... one of our favourite pastimes. When you upgrade to a new phone, you certainly don't want to lose any of your music collection. There are multiple issues users face when attempting to manage music between Android and Android, or Android and computer: "Why can't I sync Android with iTunes?", "How can I deal with duplicate tracks on my phone?" and loads more.

We hear you. That's why we've made Droid Transfer the ultimate tool for managing your Android music. Using Droid Transfer, you can play music, copy to PC, add music from PC to phone, delete music from phone, sync music with iTunes or with a folder on your PC!

Let's see how to transfer music from Android to Android:

  1. Download and install Droid Transfer
  2. Connect to your Android Device using the steps shown in our Start Guide.
  3. Click "Music" from the features listed in Droid Transfer. How to transfer music from Android to Android
  4. Hit the "Copy to PC" button.
  5. Choose where on your computer to copy your music to.
  6. Click "OK" to copy your music.
  7. Good Job. Now safely eject your phone from your computer and connect your new Android instead.
  8. When your new phone is connected, again go to the Music section in Droid Transfer.
  9. This time click "Add Music" then "Add Folder".
  10. Next, direct Droid Transfer to the folder you just copied your music into. Add music from pc to Android
  11. Hit "OK" to start the transfer of your music to your new device!

If you are interested in keeping your music collection up to date on both your computer and Android devices, as well as avoiding duplicating music which you've already copied to either device, you can use the "Sync Folder" or "Sync iTunes" functions.

Using either function will tell Droid Transfer to scan your Android for music, as well your chosen music folder or iTunes library on your PC. Once Droid Transfer knows what music you have on either device, it will let you know what music you need to transfer to keep your music collection full and up to date!

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How to Transfer Photos from Android to Android - Droid Transfer

Photos are more important now than ever. Now that our smartphones have amazing cameras, and social media is booming, more photos are being taken and shared than ever before.

If you are upgrading your phone, I can't imagine that you'd be happy if you lost all your photos of precious memories. Luckily, it's easy to transfer your photos to a new device. Droid Transfer makes it incredibly easy to transfer photos from Android to computer, and then to add photos from computer to another Android. You can even use the handy "Export Photos" function to keep all your devices up to date with your photos collection, and avoid duplicating your photos!

Let's see how to transfer photos from Android to Android:

  1. Download and install Droid Transfer
  2. Connect to your Android Device using the steps shown in our Start Guide.
  3. Click "Photos" from the features listed in Droid Transfer. How to sync photos from android to android
  4. Hit the "Copy Photos" button.
  5. Choose where on your computer to save your photos to.
  6. Click "OK" to save your photos.
  7. Great. Now safely eject your phone from your computer and connect your new Android instead.
  8. Once your new phone is connected, go to the Photos section in Droid Transfer once more.
  9. This time click "Add Photos" then "Add Folder".
  10. Next, show Droid Transfer to the folder which your photos are saved to. Add photos from pc to Android
  11. Click "OK" to start transferring your photos to your new device!
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How to Transfer Calendars from Android to Android - Droid Transfer

Calendars are crucial in avoiding simply muddling our way through life. They contain all our important events and appointments and help make sure we are in the right place at the right time.

This section will show you how to back up your Android calendars to your computer and sync them with your new Android device using Outlook.

Let's see how to sync Outlook calendar with Android:

  1. Download and install Droid Transfer
  2. Connect to your Android Device using the steps shown in our Start Guide.
  3. Click "Calendars" from the features listed in Droid Transfer. how to sync Outlook calendar with Android
  4. Hit the "Copy as vCard" button.
  5. Select a save destination on your computer.
  6. Click "OK" to copy your calendar.

Great. Now grab your new Android phone - it's time to import your calendar into Outlook:

  1. Open Outlook on your computer.
  2. Navigate to File > Open & Export > Import/Export > "Import an iCalendar or vCalendar file".
  3. Hit "Next".
  4. Select the vCard that you saved with Droid Transfer. If your calendar is not displaying in the location you saved it to, you may need to change the file type dropdown box to "vCalendar format" if it is not already. Add Android calendars to Outlook
  5. With your calendar selected, click "OK" to import it into Outlook.

Last job - getting your Outlook calendar on your new Android phone:

  1. Download the Microsoft Outlook app on your new Android.
  2. Tap "Get Started".
  3. Add your Outlook Account. Get Outlook calendar for Android
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How to Transfer Files from Android to Android - Droid Transfer

The Files section in Droid Transfer covers files which are not necessarily included in the more specific sections like "Photos" and "Messages".

You can use this section for all your file management needs. You can Add files from your PC, add and delete files or folders on your Android, and copy files from your Android to your PC.

Let's see how to transfer files from Android to Android:

  1. Download and install Droid Transfer
  2. Connect to your Android Device using the steps shown in our Start Guide.
  3. Click "Files" from the features listed in Droid Transfer. how to transfer files from Android to Android
  4. Hit the "Copy Photos" button.
  5. Select which files or folders you want to copy.
  6. Choose where on your computer to copy your files to. Copy Android files to Windows PC
  7. Click "OK" to save your files.
  8. Good job. Now safely eject your phone from your computer and connect your new Android instead.
  9. Launch the Files section in Droid Transfer once more.
  10. This time navigate to where you would like to store your files on your new Android (for this example, I wanted to copy files from my PC to my Android's SD Card).
  11. Click "Add File".
  12. Direct Droid Transfer to the files you wish to add to your new phone.
  13. Click "OK" to add the selected files to your new device!
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How to transfer text messages from Android to Android - Droid Transfer

Messages is a tough one. We released Droid Transfer with the ability to backup text messages to your computer. You could then restore the backed-up messages to your new Android phone - simples.

However, since then, Google updated their Play Store policies, resulting in the removal of this feature from subsequent updates.

The good news is, we have made our older version of Droid Transfer and Transfer Companion available for users who need this feature. There's a bit of work that goes into getting these versions, but we've written a step-by-step article to guide you easily through the process.

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Transfer everything from old phone to a new phone

How to Transfer Data from Android to Android - Transferring all your messages, apps, media and settings from your old phone to your new phone can be an absolute pain. Some people decide not to bother and to just start afresh - this way, though, you may spend even more time in the long run re-finding and adding your contacts, apps etc.

There are heroes out there though! Depending on what phones you are using, the makers provide their own apps which make switching to their phone a doddle!

A great example of this is Samsung's Smart Switch, for transferring data from an old phone to a new Samsung Galaxy. It's as easy as connecting your devices, choosing what you want to transfer, and the app does the rest. This is great because you can easily transfer text messages from Android to Android, as well as other data like contacts, calendars, notes and more.

This service is already built into the Samsung S8, so you'll only need to install it on your old phone. You can get it free on the Google Play Store.

Other brands have their own apps to help you out. For example, if you've got a new LG device, you can use Mobile Switch.

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