You've got a new smartphone, unpacked it, turned it on, and the first thing you should do before you start using it is to adjust your device. Moreover, if you have been using a different phone, then you need to transfer the data from it onto a new one. Since making calls is no longer the only function of phones, our smartphones have become a kind of small personal computers on which our photos, videos, music and other documents are stored. In addition, the use of applications has become as comfortable as possible due to the fact that they retain a large amount of data about our user experience: customized settings, game process, interaction history and much, much more, depending on the type of application.
- What to use?
- Changing the SIM card size
- Changing the SD card
- Transferring data using standard apps
- Synchronizing data using Google services
- Google backup
What to use?
Unfortunately, you cannot completely transfer all data and settings from one mobile phone to another in the form of an exact copy at once. To do this, you will have to use both system services and applications. The easiest way is to transfer data using cloud storage, which allows you to save, in addition to the main files, your email, calendar, contact list and documents. Thanks to apps, most of them are synchronized with online servers. However there is a small catch, as some data is extremely difficult to transfer, such as internal application files. To transfer them, you should use a special tool.
Changing the SIM card size
It may happen that your SIM card does not fit in your new smartphone, since SIM cards are available in 3 sizes: mini, micro and nano. Fortunately, most mini SIM cards (except the oldest ones with a larger chip) can be cut to micro size, but you can’t use the same method to get a nano SIM card, since the risk of damaging the chip is very high. The best way is to visit the service provider's store and ask for a SIM card replacement. The price depends on the terms set by the operator. Typically, the activation process takes about an hour.
Changing the SD card
A memory card is quite a useful thing if the memory of your device is full. But what if you don’t have enough space on the card itself? The solution is obvious - replace it with a more spacious one. To transfer all the data from the old card, insert it into the reader of your computer/notebook and copy all the content into one catalogue. Make sure the system also displays hidden files and libraries. To do this, go to the "Start" menu, open "Folder Options", put a check mark next to "Show all hidden files, folders and discs" on the "View" tab and click "OK". Then, insert a new card in the reader and format it in the same file system as the previous one. Now, simply copy the content of the catalogue (not the catalogue itself) to the new card. Done! Insert the new card into your mobile phone and if the device does not recognize it, try restarting your mobile phone.
Transferring data using standard apps
Some brands specially develop applications for their devices. Therefore, very often the most needed applications are already installed on your phone. It is worth checking if there is one among them which will help you easily transfer data. Otherwise, you have to download it from the Play Store or from the manufacturer’s website. You can use such an application to transfer data not only between devices of the same brand, but also between devices of different brands, as well as between smartphones on different operating systems. One of the most advanced in this area is the Xiaomi brand. They have succeeded in introducing the feature that allows you to transfer internal application data, such as saved game results. Sony devices also have the same function. On Samsung devices, you first need to create an account in the network service so that you can then transfer data using the cloud. LG software doesn't require a network connection. You can copy your data onto an SD card using OTG pen drive (On-The-Go) by connecting directly to a mobile USB port. An alternative is to transfer data using WI-FI. To pair devices, you should either scan a QR code, as with Xiaomi, or use NFC, as with Sony.
Synchronizing data using Google services
For Android users, many Google applications are installed by default, and if you use them actively, all your data, such as email, contacts, calendar, to-do list, documents, playlists and fit activity data can be stored online. To do this, you should set up regular data synchronization. Go to "Settings", find "Accounts", then select "Google" and activate synchronization for certain types of data. Every time you log into your Google account, all data is automatically synced with the phone memory. You can also sync your media files, such as photos and videos, with Google Cloud. To do this, go to "Images" and select "Settings", and then activate "Back up my data", as well as the option "Images and videos". Return to the previous menu and activate Google Drive. You can also use Google Cloud to store your files and folders. To upload them online, open Google Drive, click on the plus sign, press "Upload" and then select the needed files. You can still view and even edit the files stored in the Cloud when you don't have access to the Internet. Just tap "More" next to the file and choose "Make available offline" when you have an Internet connection.
Another useful feature of Google Cloud is a backup tool that allows you to recreate some system settings on a new device, namely calendar information, wallpapers and display settings, Gmail configuration, WI-FI networks, keyboard configuration, a list of downloaded applications and the internal data of some applications with OS version 6.0 and higher. Unfortunately, not all application developers use this feature. To back up your device, select "Backup and reset" in the Settings menu, then press "Back up my data" and turn on the function. Also activate the Automatic restore option. Thus, all saved data will be automatically downloaded the first time you configure a new device. To view or delete your backup, open Google Drive and select "Backups".