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How to transfer data between two Android smartphones

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Do you have files in the memory of your Android smartphone and want to send them to your friend’s device that has the same operating system? Do you want to transfer the data that is stored on your old Android phone to the one you just bought? If these are some of the problems you need to find a solution for, don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place.

In fact, in this guide of mine, I will show you how to transfer data between two Android smartphones  using both the functions integrated into the operating system and some applications that take advantage of the Internet connection or the wireless network of the devices. Also, I will guide you in activating Google account data sync to store and transfer data to your new mobile.

How do you say? Are you eager to discover the tips I have prepared for you? Make yourself comfortable and grab your Android smartphones: you only need a few minutes to read this guide and find the solution that best suits your needs. Are you ready? So let’s get started: happy reading!

Transfer data between two Android smartphones

If you are interested in transferring data between two Android smartphones , you can use some built-in features on Android devices, or third-party applications. In the paragraphs that follow, I’ll show you a list of solutions that might be right for you.

Messaging services

By taking advantage of the internet connection of smartphones, you can use messaging applications to share the data saved on your mobile. Below, you will find a list of some popular applications useful for this purpose.

Whatsapp

Among the messaging apps, the first I want to recommend is  WhatsApp , available on the Play Store completely free. This app allows you to start private or group conversations with other users, with the ability to share data, including documents, multimedia files, your location and contact information in the address book. You can consult my dedicated tutorial to better understand how this app works; if you are interested in using it, read the procedures I indicated in this other guide of mine to install it.

If you want to share a document or media file, first you need to open a conversation with a contact. To do this, start  WhatsApp  by tapping on its icon that you find on the mobile home screen and, from the Chat tab  , presses on an existing conversation, or a new one takes place using the button with  the symbol of a speech bubble .

After you have started the chat, press the icon with the  symbol of a paperclip at the bottom and choose one of the buttons you see on the screen that is shown to you. You can choose whether to share a document ( Document ), a photo or video ( Gallery ) or an audio clip ( Audio ); you can take a photo or record a video of the moment, using the Camera button . In addition, you can share your location in real time, using the Location function , or share information of a contact registered in the address book, such as a phone number or email, by pressing the Contact button .

If you want to learn more about how file transfer works via WhatsApp, I suggest you read some of my guides dedicated to the subject, such as how to send photos on WhatsApp, how to share your location in real time on WhatsApp or how to send PDFs via WhatsApp.

Messenger

Another application that I want to recommend is  Facebook Messenger , useful for sharing data with your contacts. If you have never used it, you can download it for free through the Play Store and then consult this tutorial of mine, if you have difficulty installing it. If, on the other hand, you want to know more information about this app, I suggest you read my guide on how Messenger works.

To start sharing data with your Facebook friends, start the Messenger app , through its icon located on the home screen, and presses on an existing conversation or create a new one, using the button with the symbol of a speech bubble .

Within a conversation, press the icon with the  symbol of an image  and then press on the one with the  symbol of the squares , at the bottom left, to start sharing a multimedia file. Alternatively, press the icon with the [+] symbol and choose one of the items on the screen: you can record an audio clip in real time ( Record ), share your location ( Location ) or an event ( Floors ).

Telegram

In addition to the apps that I indicated in the previous paragraphs, I recommend that you use Telegram , which you can download from the Play Store for free. This app is very similar to WhatsApp  and allows you to share any type of data. In any case, I refer you to my guide on how Telegram works, to learn more about every aspect of its use.

After downloading the Telegram app  (which I told you about in this guide of mine), start it through its icon located on the home screen. At this point, open an existing conversation or a new one takes place, by pressing the icon with  a pencil symbol  and choosing the contact from those in the list.

Within the conversation, press the icon with  a paperclip symbol at the bottom and choose one of the buttons you see on the screen: you can share a multimedia file ( Gallery ), an audio clip ( Music ) or any document ( File ) ; you can also take a photo ( Photo ) or record a video in real time ( Video ). Additionally, you have the option to share a contact’s information in your address book ( Contact ) or send your current location ( Location ).

Wireless systems

If you don’t want to use the internet connection to transfer data from one Android smartphone to another , you can use the wireless function available on devices with this operating system. In the next few lines, you will be able to choose between native tools and some third-party apps that best suit your needs.

Sharing Bluetooth and NFC

The first wireless system that I recommend is to use the Bluetooth connection  , to transfer data between two Android smartphones . If you don’t know what this tool is, I suggest you read  my guide dedicated to the subject, where I explain how to use this native feature, without using third-party applications, and how to activate it on the device you are using.

In addition to this type of connectivity, NFC is also available on some smartphone models , which allows you to make payments with your mobile phone or share data between two devices. If you want to get to know this tool better and know how to activate it on your mobile, I recommend that you read my guide on how NFC works.

After activating the tool that best suits your needs, to share a file in the smartphone memory, you need to access the Gallery  or  Photos app (for multimedia elements) or use a file manager application, such as Files Go by Google . When you have identified the file to share, press the Share icon  at the bottom right and, in the screen that is shown to you, tap the  Bluetooth or Android Beam button.

In the first case, wait for the scan to finish to find the smartphone to send the data to. When you have found it, tap on its name and make the pairing, following the instructions that appear on both displays of mobile phones. On the mobile phone that will receive the files, press the Accept button in the notification that appears, so as to start receiving the data.

If you are using NFC instead , put the surfaces of the back of the two smartphones in contact and then press on the confirmation requests that are displayed on the displays of both devices, to start the data transfer.

Send Anywhere

Another method to share data on Android smartphones is to use the Send Anywhere application , available for free on the Play Store . This app allows you to use the wireless network to transmit data between devices, using the codes generated by the app itself.

To download it on both mobile phones, reach the link I provided and click on the Install button , then on I accept and, finally, on Open . Now, start the app on the smartphone from which you want to send the data, press the Send tab at the bottom and press one of the tabs at the top, based on the type of file you want to share.

After selecting the file to send, press the Send button  , located at the bottom, to view a  numeric code , which you will need to pin, and a  QR code .

On the other phone, open the Send Anywhere app   and tap the Receive tab  at the bottom. Enter the  numeric code  you saved before or press the button with the  square symbol at the top right and scan the QR code that you see on the display of the other mobile phone. Wait a few moments for the data transfer to begin.

SuperBeam

An application similar to the one mentioned in the previous lines is SuperBeam , which you can download for free from the Play Store . Through this app, you can share any type of file using the wireless network. A paid version is also available , at a cost of 1.69 euros , which allows you to remove the limitation on the type of file sharing, using the numeric code , which in the free version is limited to the QR code only .

If you are interested in this application, download and install it on both smartphones via the link I provided, by clicking on the Install button , on Accept and, finally, on Open . After starting the app, press on the icon ( ) at the top left and select the item Send , in the screen you see. Choose one of the icons you see on the screen, corresponding to the type of file you want to share.

After selecting the file, press the icon with the symbol of an airplane that you see at the bottom right and then press the Yes item , in the screen that is shown to you, to set up file sharing.

Now, on the other smartphone, start the SuperBeam app and press the icon ( ) at the top left and select the word Receive , in the screen that is shown to you. Using the free version, you are given the opportunity to scan the QR code : scan the one on the screen of the other mobile phone to start the file transfer, which you can consult when sharing is complete, by pressing the View button .

Other solutions to transfer data

The solutions to transfer data between Android smartphones are not limited only to those indicated in the previous paragraphs. Another method you can use, in case you own a Samsung smartphone , is the one offered by the Smart Switch application , useful for sharing data between Android devices. If you are interested in this tool, I recommend that you read my guide dedicated to the subject.

In addition to this, you can also think of inserting the microSD of your mobile inside another, to copy the data between them. Obviously, this method is possible if both devices support external memories. If you want to know more, I recommend that you read my guide on how to move photos to SD.

In general, in addition to all the methods mentioned above, you can use cloud services, such as Google Drive , OneDrive or Dropbox , or file transfer services via email, such as WeTransfer . I have talked to you about all these services in many of my guides dedicated to the subject, among which I suggest you read the one on how to share files or the one on how to share files online for free.

Android data sync

Another method that can be useful for you to transfer data between two Android smartphones is to use the data synchronization of the Google account . This feature allows you to transfer saved contacts, app data, calendar, Google Chrome data, emails, files and much more to another smartphone in a few simple steps. In the next few lines, I will show you the procedure to follow to take advantage of this Google feature.

Add a Google account

To take advantage of this feature, you need to have a Google account . If not, you can consult this guide of mine to create one. Once this is done, you need to associate the Google account with the Android smartphone.

This simple procedure can be performed by starting the Android Settings , via the icon with the symbol of a gear located on the home screen. Now, go to Users and accounts and click on Add account . In the new screen, choose the Google item and follow the on-screen procedure by typing the login credentials of the Google account. Then enter your email address and password and, if you have activated two-step verification , use one of the configured methods to confirm access to the account.

Then press the Allow button and then Accept , to confirm the addition of the account on the Android smartphone.

Activate data synchronization

Now it’s time to activate data synchronization: open the Android Settings , via the icon with the symbol of a gear on the home screen. Tap on Users and accounts > Google and presses on the email address of the newly added Google account.

If you want to synchronize all the data, move all the levers you see on the screen to ON or choose to activate only the items you prefer. Once this is done, then click on the Synchronize now button at the bottom . This will take a few minutes, depending on the amount of data to be synchronized.

Share photos with Google Photos

Through the Google Photos application , available for free on the Play Store , you can start the automatic backup of photos and videos that are in the memory of your mobile phone and save them on the cloud of your Google account. In this way, by logging in with your credentials on any other Android smartphone, you will be able to access all the multimedia elements that you have previously stored online. If you don’t know this app, you can learn more by reading this guide of mine.

This service offered by Google is completely free and has no limitation on the space used, if you agree to use the High quality option which supports a maximum resolution of 16MP for photos and 1080p for videos. If, on the other hand, you activate the Original quality , the Google Drive space ( 15GB ) will be used which, if exhausted, requires a paid upgrade starting from € 1.99 per month  for 100GB of space.

If you are interested in Google Photos, download it via the link I gave you and press first on the Install button and then on  Open . Then start the app via its icon on the home screen and press on the icon ( ) . From the menu you see, tap on the icon with the  symbol of a gear  and choose the Backup and synchronization item . At this point, locate the wording Backup and synchronization and move the lever to  ON , which you see alongside . Now, click on the Upload size item and choose the High quality option , to make a free and unlimited backup of photos and videos, as already mentioned in the previous lines.

As soon as you are connected to a Wi-Fi network , all the media items in the gallery of the Android smartphone will be backed up. At this point, install the Google Photos app  on the other Android phone and launch it via its icon on the home screen.

If the Google accounts associated with the smartphones are the same, the synchronization takes place automatically, without any intervention from you. In case they are different, after starting the app, press the icon ( ) at the top left and tap on the name of the Google account that you see on the screen. Then press on Add Account twice consecutively and follow the on-screen procedure to log in with the credentials of your previous Google account on which you have backed up the media files.

In addition to the above method, via Google Photos , you can also share individual media files with other users. Then start the official app of the service and press the Shared icon  at the bottom right. In the new screen, tap the icon with the  [+] symbol , located at the top right, and select the photos and videos you want to share.

At this point, press the Next button  and add the  user’s name (if saved in your contacts), his  phone number  or his email , through the text field  To . If you want, also fill in the other optional fields, such as the message or title, and confirm the sharing by pressing the Send button .

Transfer data between two Android smartphones via PC

In addition to all the methods that I have shown you in this guide of mine, I finally recommend a solution that consists in using a computer as an intermediary for the transfer of data between two Android smartphones .

In this case, you can fall back on the simple USB cable connection  or use proprietary or third-party software, such as AirDroid , which interface with mobile phones to ensure data transfer. In this regard, I recommend that you read my guides on  how to transfer photos from Android to PC or how to transfer files to Android, which will clarify the whole topic for you.