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How to transfer data from Huawei to Xiaomi

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How to transfer data from Huawei to Xiaomi: After spending a lot of time with your Huawei smartphone , it’s time to replace it; you proceeded to purchase a new phone, and this time the choice fell on a Xiaomi- branded smartphone . Now, however, you need to transfer your personal accounts, documents, photos, videos and application data, but you have never done this before and you just don’t know how to get around.

How do you say? That’s it? Don’t worry: you’ve come to the right place. In this tutorial, it will be my job to explain to you how to transfer data from Huawei to Xiaomi , showing you step by step the different procedures that you can choose to perform: depending on your needs, you can decide whether to rely on a service to transfer all the data of the your old smartphone on the new one, or whether to transfer individual data by relying on chat services, cloud storage platforms and Bluetooth. Finally, I will also provide you with information on how to make the transfer from a PC and to perform the WhatsApp transfer.

Keep the Huawei smartphone from which you want to send the data and the Xiaomi one you want to receive it at hand, make yourself comfortable and take a few minutes to carefully read the next paragraphs. I am sure that, by following the instructions I am about to give you, you will easily succeed in your intent and you will be able to start using your new smartphone efficiently. I just have to wish you a good read and good luck!

Transfer all data from Huawei to Xiaomi

If you are planning to permanently replace your old Huawei smartphone with a new Xiaomi phone, then you may want to transfer all data from Huawei to Xiaomi . In this case, you can use the Mi Mover app or, if your Huawei smartphone has Google services, you can take advantage of the cloud functionality of the latter. Some Huawei smartphone models, especially those released more recently (e.g. Mate 30 Pro, P40 lite, Mate Xs, P40, P40 Pro or P40 Lite), do not support Google services and rely on a proprietary ecosystem, i.e. HMS : in in this case, you will have to necessarily use Mi Mover or another of the methods that I am about to illustrate, but you will not be able to use Google synchronization.

Finally, I would like to point out that if you want to make a complete transfer via the cloud, the amount of data could quickly consume the Giga you have available: therefore, I recommend that you connect your smartphone to a Wi-Fi network . If it’s all clear to you, let’s get started!

Mi Mover

The first method I want to recommend is Mi Mover , an app developed by Xiaomi that allows the transfer of third-party messages, contacts, call history, images, videos, audio and apps from one Android device to another. To use its features, the app must be installed on both devices involved in the transfer.

On your Xiaomi smartphone, you can download Mi Mover directly from the Play Store ; on the Huawei smartphone, on the other hand, since as I have already mentioned previously some of these do not have Google services and therefore do not have access to the Play Store, you will need to install the application through the relative APK file, available on this link .

Once you have downloaded the APK file, you will find it in your phone’s download manager: open it and start the installation If the procedure is new to you and you are not very familiar with APK files, I recommend reading my tutorial on this topic to get more details on how to proceed with the installation.

Once the app is installed on both smartphones, you can start transferring your files. Both the old Huawei phone and the new Xiaomi must necessarily be connected to the same Wi-Fi network: make sure this is the case and open the Mi Mover app on the Huawei smartphone .

At the first access, click on the Accept button and then on Allow , to allow Mi Mover to access the data stored on the smartphone; then tap on the Continue button and on the lever located next to the item Allow changing system settings , to move it from OFF to ON and give the necessary permissions for the transfer.

Now, go back to Mi Mover, double-tapping the Back button , and press the Continue button again to allow access to the device usage data: in the screen that opens, tap on the Mi Mover item to move the lever from OFF to ON in the appropriate item Allow access to usage data . Finally, tap the Accept button to complete the transfer of permissions.

After this step, you can continue to transfer the files: go back to the main screen of the app on both smartphones and press the button I am the sender on the Huawei phone .

Then switch to the Xiaomi phone : open the Mi Mover app , press the Accept button and indicate that the phone must receive data by tapping the I am the recipient button . Then press the Installed button and start the transfer: in a few seconds, the name of the Wi-Fi hotspot will appear on the screen of the Xiaomi device (eg Redmi 5 Plus). When it appears, tap the name in question and wait for the smartphones to connect.

Data transfer with Mi Mover

Once this is done, the screen for selecting the files to send will open on the Huawei smartphone: indicate all the data you want to transfer (eg. Images; Messages, contacts and call history ; Audio, video and documents and third-party apps ) by affixing the sign tick to the right of the item that indicates them, and tap the Send and Got it buttons to start the transfer.

Depending on the amount of data chosen, the move will take more or less time. I recommend: do not close the app and do not use other Wi-Fi networks on either smartphone, in order not to interrupt the transfer.

The outcome of the procedure will be visible on both phones: at the end, press the Completed button on both the Huawei and Xiaomi phones and exit the app. Easy, right?

Google data synchronization

Google data synchronization

In case your Huawei smartphone is enabled for Google services, you can also take advantage of the synchronization of Google account data to transfer contacts, emails, photos, videos and browsing data over the Internet. To do this, you must have previously configured at least one Google account on your old Huawei smartphone and subsequently added the latter to the new Xiaomi phone as well.

If you have all the credentials to take advantage of this tool, let’s get started. In the Settings of the Huawei smartphone , accessible from the app drawer or from the Home, you can check that synchronization is active: to do this, select the items Users and accounts> Google> [your Gmail address]> Synchronization settings and make sure that the levers on the right are set to ON . If they aren’t, tap them to activate them. If you want to make sure the sync is up to date at the time of the operation, tap the Sync Now button at the bottom of the screen.

If you also want to transfer your photos and videos that you had stored via Google Photos , you can open the app and tap on your photo , at the top right; then touch the items Settings for Photos and Backup and synchronization . Here you will find the option to enable synchronization by moving the toggle from OFF to ON and select Device Folders to be Backed up , along with other options.

Switch to your Xiaomi smartphone now . If you are turning it on for the first time, follow the initial setup instructions, setting up a connection to a Wi-Fi network if possible, and accepting the terms of use . When prompted, select the option to copy data from another smartphone, press the Next button and choose to import data from an Android smartphone via backup .

Now, choose to import data from a backup from an Android phone and follow the instructions of your Xiaomi model for configuring your Google account: enter the same Gmail email you used on the Huawei smartphone, your password and, if necessary, carry out the required access checks.

Once your account is added, data transfer will happen automatically when you are connected to the internet. Alternatively, you can add a new Google account from the smartphone Settings : if you have any doubts, please read my guide on how to associate a Google account with a device.

I would like to remind you that Google services are no longer available on some Huawei models , especially the most recent: if your phone is really one of those, feel free to rely on one of the other methods indicated in this guide.

Transfer individual files from Huawei to Xiaomi

If you don’t need to copy a large amount of data to your Xiaomi smartphone, but just want to transfer individual files , you can take advantage of much faster systems to receive the files you want on your new phone. Let me recommend some useful tools that will surely come in handy for your purpose.



One of the services that I recommend for transferring single files is Snapdrop : in case you don’t know it, it is a tool on the web that allows you to send and receive files between devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network in a simple and fast way. without installations. As soon as smartphones have identified each other in the network, they will be able to exchange data very easily. It should be emphasized that the transfer takes place via the local network : this means that it is very fast and safe from the point of view of privacy.

The service is accessible directly from the website : open it from the navigation app of your choice , on both smartphones. Then make sure that the smartphones are connected to the same Wi-Fi network and wait for both phones to appear on the map. The phones will receive a random name , which you can view on the service screen: when they are “found”, you can start the transfer.

From your old Huawei , tap on the name assigned to the new Xiaomi to open the file manager. From here you can select the file to transfer: press on the corresponding preview to start sharing. On the Xiaomi smartphone, tap the Save button to receive the file. Anything you have decided to transfer will automatically be saved in the Downloads folder .

Send Anywhere

Send Anywhere

Another valid option is to contact Send Anywhere , an app available for free on Android and HUAWEI AppGallery and many other devices and operating systems. The transfer process is very easy: install the app from the links to the stores I just provided, both on the Huawei and Xiaomi smartphone.

Once you launch the app on your Huawei smartphone, accept the Terms of Use of the Service and grant permission to access the stored data . Select, therefore, the files you want to transfer: on the main screen you can choose between different types of files, where you have to check the preview of those to be transferred and press the Send button . You will be shown a 6-digit code : write it down and get ready to launch the same app on your Xiaomi smartphone.

Here too, allow access to the memory, tap the Receive item to open the relevant screen and type the code you just got on the other device. Finally, press the Receive button to start the transfer. Alternatively, the same operation can be performed via QR code instead of 6-digit code: in this case, scan the QR code from the Xiaomi smartphone to receive the file. Both codes go within 10 minutes to download the shared data from the source device to the target device. Convenient, isn’t it?

If you want to get more information about Send Anywhere, I recommend that you refer to my tutorial on how to transfer photos from one phone to another in which I covered this service.

Chat services

File transfer with Telegram

Surely, you have often used messaging apps such as to share images, videos and files: now, you can take advantage of this feature to do it from your old Huawei smartphone. One of the most effective methods is offered by Telegram , a famous free application, downloadable from the Play Store and from HUAWEI App Gallery capable of sharing any type of file. The operation of Telegram, however, differs from that of WhatsApp because it allows you to associate the service with the same phone number and use it on multiple devices, facilitating the self-sending of messages, images, videos and documents.

To auto-send you the files you want, simply download, install and configure Telegram on both Huawei and Xiaomi smartphones, associating the same phone number. If you need more details on this procedure, you can check out my guide on how Telegram works.

Once the app has been configured, open it, tap the ☰ button, at the top left, and choose the item Saved messages from the menu: the screen that opens is the one for auto-sending files. Now, tap on the paper clip icon and choose the type of document you want to send ( Gallery , File , Contact or Music ): select the file, press on the symbol to select the content. Once you have made your choice, click on the airplane symbol to send it.

You can now open the Telegram app on the Xiaomi smartphone: access the saved Messages again as described above, make a long tap on the icon of the file you sent yourself and select it. Finally, press the arrow symbol that appears at the top of the screen to download the document and save it in memory.

The same operation can also be performed via WhatsApp , but with a fundamental difference: the two smartphones must necessarily be associated with different telephone numbers. For all the necessary insights, I refer you to my tutorials on how to send photos with WhatsApp. Alternatively, with a “trick”, you could also create a chat with yourself on WhatsApp.


Transfer data from Huawei to Xiaomi with Bluetooth

A classic, but effective method: Bluetooth allows you to transfer files to other devices that support it. To rely on Bluetooth, smartphones can remain at a certain distance: take the Xiaomi smartphone and activate Bluetooth by going to the Settings> Bluetooth menu and moving the lever located at the top of the screen to ON . Remember not to close the open panel or lock the screen, so that the first connection between the two devices is successful. Then switch to the Huawei smartphone and activate Bluetooth following the same steps I have just described to you.

On the old phone, open the file you want to transfer, using the app relating to the type of document, then tap the share symbol (three dots joined by a line) and select Bluetooth by pressing the appropriate icon. Now, wait for the name of the Xiaomi smartphone to appear in the list of nearby devices: tap the name of the smartphone and proceed to send.

On the Xiaomi smartphone, you would receive a file sharing notification via Bluetooth: tap the Accept button and wait to receive the file, which will be saved in the Download folder of the device. For more details, you can refer to my tutorial on how to turn on Bluetooth.

Cloud storage services


There are many services, such as Google Drive , Dropbox and OneDrive that allow you to transfer files by uploading them, via the Internet connection, to your profile, usually accessible from the relevant smartphone app. In this way, you will be able to access the saved files directly from the new phone, simply by logging into your account of the cloud storage service of your choice.

Still keeping in mind that Google Drive is only available for Huawei phones that have Google services, for more details on this you can rely on my guide on the best cloud services.

Transfer data from Huawei to Xiaomi with PC

Wondershare MobileTrans

Another method for transferring your data in large quantities that single is to use a computer that acts as an “intermediary” between the two devices.

For example, if you want to transfer data from Huawei to Xiaomi with PC , you could rely on a software dedicated to the purpose, such as Wondershare MobileTrans : a program for Windows and macOS that allows you to easily copy data from one phone to another, even between devices. with different operating system. Transfer options include pictures, videos, music, contacts, SMS, call logs, reminders, history, apps and much more. In addition, it also offers specific functions for messaging apps, including WhatsApp , LINE , Viber , Kik and WeChat. Finally, it also allows you to perform full backups for restoring data on all smartphone models.

Wondershare MobileTrans is available to download and try for free to test its functionality, but to perform the transfer you need to purchase one of the licenses. Prices vary depending on the operating system on which you intend to use the software and the features you need: the offer includes three different plans, for the transfer only between smartphones, for the transfer and backup only of WhatsApp and others chat services, or for full access to all features. For Windows, offers start at $ 29.95 / year and $ 39.95 for a lifetime license; for macOS, from $ 49.95 / year and $ 69.95 .

If you think this is the best way to transfer data to your needs, I invite you to read my guide on how to transfer data from one phone to another, where I have described step by step the installation process of Wondershare MobileTrans and file transfer.

Alternatively, you can copy the files from Android to your PC “manually” and then copy them to your new smartphone always working from Windows or macOS: you can find all the details in the tutorial I just linked to.

Transfer WhatsApp from Huawei to Xiaomi

Transfer WhatsApp data from Huawei to Xiaomi

Perhaps you are particularly interested in making sure you can access your WhatsApp chats from your new Xiaomi smartphone: in this case, there is no need to worry, as the app itself offers a backup system to conveniently transfer data from a phone to the other. If this is exactly what you want to do, I have the right guide for you here: feel free to read my tutorial on how to transfer WhatsApp from one phone to another.