Believe it or not, a successful Android phone move starts on your old device — the one you’re ready to leave behind. Before you even start thinking about your shiny new replacement, we’ve got two important areas to work through and make sure are fully prepared for migration: First and foremost, the reason switching from one Android phone to another is so much easier than it used to be is largely thanks to all of the simple syncing systems built into our devices. So take a minute to make sure you’re taking full advantage of those possibilities. It’ll set your phone-moving voyage up for much smoother sailing. And here’s the best part: If you use all of Google’s built-in Android migration mechanisms, you don’t even need Samsung Smart Switch or any other proprietary systems (and you can safely skip over those if the prompts come up during your new phone setup). Everything with the core Google Android phone-switching tools should just work, once fired up properly — and in most cases, it’ll require very little thought or effort.
A new phone, eh? Isn’t there something wonderfully magical about opening a package, peeling off the protective plastic, and turning on a brand-new pocket computer for the first time? Unfortunately, reality usually settles in after the fanciful startup animation ends, and you realise you’re in for a long, arduous voyage of copying data, setting things up, and attempting to make your beautiful new phone to look and act the way you want it to. To be honest, switching from one Android phone to another has become a lot simpler over time. Despite all of this progress, it may still be a difficult process full of surprises and uncertainty. And all of the advice on the internet about switching from an iPhone to an Android phone won’t help you at all. This tutorial, on the other hand, will. If you’re currently a part of the Android ecosystem and want to expand your horizons.
If you aren’t already using Google Contacts on your phone, download the app now and migrate your phone’s contacts into the service. That’ll get your contacts off your individual device (and/or out of your phone-maker’s limited and proprietary storage system) and make ’em immediately available on any device — phone or computer, no matter who made it — as soon as you sign in. Open up Google Photos, tap your profile picture in the upper-right corner, and confirm that your images and videos are being backed up to the service. If they aren’t, consider activating that option. It’ll keep everything you capture on your camera perpetually synced and available on any device where you sign in — including a computer! — and make your life immeasurably easier as a result.
Take a look at your text messaging setup. With most phones and messaging apps, Google will now automatically back up and sync up your messages and then bring them over to your new device. Google’s own Messages app makes this process especially straightforward and manageable. (And make yourself a mental note: If for any reason your messages don’t get migrated over as expected, an app called SMS Backup & Restore will help you handle that after the fact quite easily.) Download the Google One app, if it isn’t already on your device, and look for the box about your current device backup on its main screen. Tap that box, then tap “Manage backup,” and you should be able to see exactly what types of data the system is set to sync for you and when it last backed all of that up. Make sure both “Device data” and “Multimedia messages” are selected, then tap “Back up now” to get everything as up to date as possible.