Switching to a new phone is fun and exciting but can be tedious if you have many data and you want to transfer from your old Android to a new device. Luckily, some excellent cloud storage services around make it quick and easy to transfer files, settings, and app data from an older phone with just a tap. Here’s how to transfer data to a new Android phone.
How to backup your Android data to cloud storage
- Backup to Google One
Google has different apps to back up documents, photos, and messages, so the experience is quite fragmented. Instead, you can use Google One, which is more all-encompassing and makes transferring data to a new Android phone a little easier. Google One provides 15GB of free data to backup apps and app data, photos and videos, SMS and MMS messages, call history, device settings, and Google account
To back up your data using Google One, go to Settings > Google > Backup and toggle Backup by Google One. Google One automatically backs up your data at regular intervals. But if you’re ready to transfer data to a new phone and want the most recent backup, Tap Back up now.
- Backup to Google Drive
Google Drive does the trick if you only want to back up and transfer important files from your phone. If you don’t already have the app, you can download it from the Google Play Store. Open the app, tap the + (plus) icon at the bottom right corner, and select Upload. The drive will take you to your phone’s file manager. Long-press on a file to get the option to select multiple files and tap Select at the top right. You can use Google Drive to store all kinds of documents, images, and videos.
- Backup to Google Photos
Going even more specific, Google Photos will let you back up photos, videos, screenshots, and other images. Open the Photos app, tap on your profile icon at the top right corner, and go to Photo settings > Back up and sync and toggle it on. You will have the option to set the upload size. You can save your files at the original quality if you have a Google One plan. If not, the free 15GB of storage might not be enough for all your photos. There’s also the option to pick specific device folders you can backup using Google Photos.
- Other cloud backup options
Backing up your data using Google One and other Google apps is best if you’re transferring to a new phone from another brand. However, OEMs have their own backup and cloud storage solutions if your new phone is from the same company. You can use your Samsung, OnePlus, or Xiaomi accounts to back up and transfer data. Using OEM backup options help when it comes to transferring phone data like settings, contacts, messages, apps, and more.
- Backing up app data
Google One is great for saving Google app data and a few others, but you’ll have to go through some extra steps for some third-party apps. The good news is that with most apps and games, you can sync the app data with an account. So if you sync your data with a game account, you can restore it on a new phone when you sign in to the same account. Remember that most game apps require that you specifically enable this feature. Make sure that you do this before erasing your old phone.
How to transfer cloud data to a new Android phone
Now that you’ve backed up all your data, it’s time to transfer it to a new phone. You should be able to restore your data as soon as you turn on your new Android phone. Tap Start and follow the prompts to set up your phone. Don’t forget to connect to a Wi-Fi network. If you want to restore data from the cloud, tap Can’t use old device. Sign in to your Google account and select the most recent backup. You can choose what apps, files, and data you want to transfer to the new phone and tap Restore.
If you’ve signed in with the same account, your photos, videos, and files will be available on Google Photos and Google Drive. Sign in to the app account and sync your data on the new phone for games and other apps.