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. Thankfully, Android has a few methods to make this process much easier. 

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. There are also apps you can use to copy your data without using NFC. Here's a look at a few options.

 

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Copy My Data

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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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SHAREit

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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 even clone your device and copy it to a new one. SHAREit is available for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.

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Samsung Smart Switch Mobile

Samsung Smart Switch
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Finally, if you have a new Samsung Galaxy device, you can use Samsung Smart Switch to move your stuff between an Android or iOS device to a Galaxy device. Smart Switch is pre-loaded into the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S8. If you have an older model, you'll 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.