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3 best ways to move/copy files from one phone to another

Whether you bought a new mobile phone and wish to transfer data from the old one to the new one, or you’re looking to transfer files between any two mobile phones, this guide will put you through the steps. Interestingly, only 1/3 of the methods discussed here may cost you a subscription fee. Also, this guide will help someone looking to transfer data from Android to iPhone or vice versa.

How to transfer files from one Android phone to another

These methods will work for Android smartphones and they typically do not cost much.

First method: using a file transfer app (xender or flash share)

Although Xender is banned in some countries, Flash Share is still widely accepted. These two apps happen to be the best free file transfer apps for Android devices. Interestingly, you can copy/transfer a lot of data with either of these apps. Things you can share with Xender or Flash Share include media files, documents, mobile apps, ebooks, and more.

How to use Xender to transfer files between mobile devices

transfer files from one phone to another
First step:

Install Xender on both Android smartphones and launch the application. Follow the onscreen prompts to set up Xender on both devices.

Second step:

On the main screen, click the “share” icon that sits at the center of the interface, and further click “Send.” Now, on the new/other device, click on the share icon, and further click “Receive.”

Third step:

Identify the sending device from the “searched list” and click on it to connect. You may have to go through a QR scanning process to validate the connection. Once done, both Android devices are now connected; you can start sharing the files.

This method doesn’t require network connection and the sharing speed is quite fast.

Second method: using Google backup

All Android devices are activated with the user’s Google account in order to gain all the Android OS features. There’s a typical “Google” option on every Android device settings; this method requires using the backup option found in the Google settings page.

How to transfer files from an old phone to a new one (Android)

  • Go to your device settings page and click on “Google”
  • Choose your Google account and click on “Backup”
  • You can customize the data you want to backup by click on your device name
  • Click on “Back up now”

Note: this method requires mobile data, and the backup file will be uploaded to your Google Drive account. Since Google Drive has a limited 15GB space for free accounts, if your device data will consume more than 15GB, this method isn’t advisable.

To import the data into your new phone, use the “Backup and Restore” option in the Device Settings page.

Third method: using a file transfer software

There are quite a couple of software applications that can allow you to clone your device. Also, you can use these software apps to easily move/copy all the data from one device to another. Some of them work for transferring files between Android and iPhone. In contrast, others will only allow you to transfer files between two Android phones or two iPhones.

While this method remains one of the best, you may have to pay for the pro version of these software apps before you can use them to clone your device or transfer files.

The iMobie AnyTrans software is one of the best you can use to transfer apps and data in-between devices.

Samuel Odamah

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