How to Move Contacts, Photos, and More to Your New Android

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Where to Start

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Setting up a new smartphone can be a real pain, downloading your favorite apps and uploading your contacts and photos over and over again. I was excited to learn about Motorola's Migrate app, when I was setting up my Moto X Pure Edition smartphone (supplied to me by Motorola.) You can use the Migrate app to transfer contacts, messages, photos, call logs, and more from any other Android phone, iPhones, and even older cellphones. Sadly, Motorola has announced it is retiring the app as of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. While it may eventually be replaced with a new app, for now, you can use it only on devices running Android 2.2 Froyo to Android 5.1 Lollipop.

If you've got Marshmallow, though, you'll have to look elsewhere. In their announcement, Motorola recommended three alternatives, each of which I downloaded and tested; you can see these apps in the next few slides. I also discovered an offering from Samsung, which can be used to transfer data to Galaxy devices. 

Starting with Android Lollipop, you can also use a feature called Tap and Go to transfer your apps to a new Android phone using NFC, though it doesn't transfer photos or text messages.

Which apps do you use to transfer your stuff to a new smartphone? Let me know on Facebook and Twitter. I'd love to hear from you.

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Copy My Data

Copy My Data

You can use Copy My Data to copy your contacts, calendar, and photos from one device to another. Both devices must have the app open and be connected to the same WiFi network so that it can make a connection. Once you've set that up, Copy My Data, will transfer your data from one device to the other. Copy My Data can also backup and restore your data using Google Drive.

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Phone Copier

Phone Copier

Phone Copier gives you a few options to transfer your contacts and text messages. First, can backup and restore your contacts locally or to Phone Copier's cloud storage. Second, you can import contacts and text messages from another phone via Bluetooth. You can also connect your Android to a PC and use Mobiledit desktop software to backup and transfer data. The app maker also has a companion app called Contacts Optimizer that finds and merges duplicates. 

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SHAREit also uses WiFi Direct to send apps, photos, videos, and other files from one Android device to another. You can use it to set up your new phone or to share these files with other smartphone users.The app can also clone your device and copy it to a new device, which is pretty cool. SHAREit is available for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.

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Samsung Smart Switch Mobile

Samsung Smart Switch

Finally, if you have a new Samsung Galaxy device, you can use Samsung Smart Switch to move your stuff between devices. The app works similarly to Motorola Migrate in that you can transfer data from an Android or iOS device to a Galaxy device. First, you have to install the app on both devices and then follow the on-screen instructions. Android devices can connect directly via WiFi Direct to transfer contacts, music, photos, calendar, text messages, and device settings. For transfers from an iOS device, you can either use a wired connection, import from iCloud, or use iTunes.

Have you tried any of these apps? Let me know your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter. I'd also love to answer your questions about Android apps, devices, and software.