Have you just bought a new Samsung smartphone and would like to transfer the contacts, photos, apps and all other data you had on your old smartphone, also produced by the famous Korean company, to it? No problem. Indeed, I am happy to announce that you have come to the right place at the right time!
With today’s tutorial, in fact, I will explain how to transfer data from Samsung to Samsung using some apps, some computer software and some online services that allow you to copy any type of information from one Samsung device to another, all for free and without any fatigue. Time a few minutes and you will end up with all your old data on the new phone. Do not you believe it? Then roll up your sleeves, read the instructions below and try to put them into practice. I bet you will be amazed by the excellent results you will be able to obtain!
How do you say? Don’t want to transfer all the data from your old smartphone to the new one, but just some of it? Don’t panic, you can do that too, I’ll tell you how soon. But now let’s not get lost in chat further, let’s get to work and see what are the tools we have to rely on.
Smart Switch (computer)
Smart Switch is Samsung’s official application for backing up and transferring data from one device to another. It is available for both portable devices and computers, whether they are equipped with Windows or with macOS. I believe it is one of the best tools to transfer data from Samsung to Samsung , so if you have bought a new smartphone from the Korean company and want to transfer contacts, apps, emails, photos, videos and other data to it, starting from the backup previous version of a Samsung smartphone, I highly recommend that you use it. The data transferred to the phone does not erase the data already present on it, but to obtain an optimal result it is preferable to start from a “clean” system.
To download Smart Switch on your computer, connected to the official Samsung website , scroll the page to the center and click on the Download button for Windows if you are using a Windows PC or the Download button for MAC OS if you are using a Mac.
When the download is complete, if you are using a Windows PC , open the Smart Switch installation package ( Smart_Switch_PC_setup.exe ) and, in the window that opens, click on the Yes button . Then put the check mark next to the two items I accept the terms of the license agreement and complete the setup by first clicking on Next and then on Finish . After clicking on “Next” you will have to wait a few seconds for Smart Switch to install the drivers for the Samsung devices, have a little patience.
If when you try to start the Smart Switch installation file you are shown an error message that says ” Could not start the specified application. The application side by side mode configuration is incorrect “, download the Security Update for MFC of Microsoft Visual C ++ 2008 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package in its 32 and 64 bit versions ( vcredist_x86.exe and vcredist_x64.exe ) and install it on your PC. Just start the two executables and click Next , Install and Finishby placing the check mark in the box relating to the acceptance of the conditions of use of the software. Once the installation is complete, run the Smart Switch installation package again and everything should work fine.
If you are using a Mac , to install Smart Switch, open the dmg package you downloaded from the Samsung website, open the SmartSwitchMac.pkg executable contained within it and, in the window that opens, first click on the Continue for three button consecutive times and then click Accept and Install . Then type the password of your user account on macOS (the one you normally use to access the system) and complete the setup by pressing first on Install software , then on Continue installation and finally on Restart (you will have to restart the Mac).
Once installation is complete, start Smart Switch and connect the Samsung smartphone from which you want to copy data to your computer (using the supplied USB cable). Therefore, wait for Smart Switch to detect the device and press the Back up button located at the bottom left to start a complete backup of all the data on the device.
If Smart Switch fails to detect your phone, try unplugging it and reconnecting it to your computer. Then expand the Android notifications menu (swiping your finger from the top of the screen to the bottom), select the USB connection icon and, if there is not, put the check mark next to the item Multimedia device (MTP) .
When the backup is complete, a summary screen will appear with all the data copied to your computer, including address book , Internet history , pictures , music , applications , emails , wallpapers , settings , videos and messages .
Now you have to connect the smartphone on which you want to copy the data to the computer, you have to click on the Restore button of the Smart Switch and you have to select the Restore now item that appears at the bottom right. This way Smart Switch will copy all the data from the backup you made previously to your phone.
If you want to “manually” select the data to be copied to the phone, after clicking on the Restore button of the Smart Switch, press the Select a different backup folder button that appears at the bottom left. In the window that opens, use the two drop-down menus located at the top to choose the backup to restore, put the check mark next to the backup items you want to restore ( Images , Music , Applications, etc.) and press the OK button to start data transfer.
Within a few minutes you will find all the data of your old Samsung smartphone on the new phone. Happy?
Smart Switch (smartphone)
As mentioned above, Samsung Smart Switch is also available in the form of an Android app . This means that you can transfer data from Samsung to Samsung (but also other devices) without going through the PC. The data transfer can take place wirelessly or via cable , by connecting a Samsung USB connector to the new smartphone and using a common USB cable to communicate the two smartphones. Personally I recommend the wireless mode, which seems to me more comfortable to use (albeit a bit slower than the USB one), but it’s up to you to choose.
- On your smartphone data source – presses icon Without cables , select the option Send and make “tap” on the button Connect which is located at the bottom. You will be given a PIN that you can then type on the data destination smartphone.
- On target smartphone data – presses icon Without cables , select the option Receive and wait a few seconds for the connection is established between the two devices.
- On the smartphone of data source – select the data to be transferred from address book , messages , calendar , call log , favorites , applications , images , music , videos and documents and press the Send button .
- On the data destination smartphone – press the Receive button and wait for the data transfer to be completed. At the end of the procedure, “tap” on the Close application button to close the application.
Note: if the smartphone from which you intend to copy the data is equipped with Android 6.0 or later, after pressing the Receive button of the other phone, you may have to authorize the communication between the two devices by pressing the Allow button .
The cloud services offered by Google and Samsung itself allow you to synchronize your data on various devices. If you connect a Samsung smartphone to the same cloud services as the other, you can achieve constant, fast and reciprocal data transfer between the two devices without making any effort. It all works over the Internet automatically and, above all, free of charge. The data you can transfer via the cloud are many: contacts, emails, photos, videos, favorites and more.
To find out if data synchronization is already active on your old smartphone (so know if the latter is saving data on the cloud), access the Android settings (by pressing the gear icon located at the top right of the notifications menu), go to Account and make sure that a Google account and a Samsung account are already configured on the device . If an account is missing between Google and Samsung, configure it now by pressing the Add account button .
At this point, to check that synchronization with Google services is active, go to the Settings> Accounts> Google menu , select your Gmail address and make sure that in the screen that opens there are all the levers set to ON. If any toggles are not yet active, activate them yourself. This will sync your calendar , app data , health data , people details , Drive documents , Gmail messages , address book and content from Google Play Movies to the cloud .
As for photos and videos, you can take advantage of the Google Photos service , which allows you to permanently archive both photos and videos on the cloud, at no cost and without space limits (photos are saved max at 16MP, videos max at 1080p) . To activate the online backup of Google Photos, start the app, press the hamburger button located at the top left and select the Settings item from the bar that appears on the side. On the next screen, go to Backup & Sync , make sure the Backup & Sync toggle is on, and check that Upload Size is set to High Quality .
As for the Samsung account, you can make an online backup of the watch, messages, emails and other data on the device by going to Settings> Backup and restore> Backup personal data and pressing the Back up now button . Instead, by going to the Settings> Accounts> Samsung account menu and selecting your Samsung account, you can configure the automatic synchronization of calendar, memos and contacts.
Perfect! Now you just have to configure the same Google and Samsung accounts on your new smartphone, check the activation of the synchronization services as just explained and you will find yourself with all the data synchronized on the new device. Easier than that ?!
Transfer single files from Samsung to Samsung
If you don’t have to transfer a large amount of data, you can resort to practical solutions to share single files from one smartphone to another. One of the most practical and affordable solutions for any device is Bluetooth , which allows you to transfer photos, documents and other types of files from one phone to another wirelessly.
To take advantage of Bluetooth, you simply need to make sure that both smartphones have this feature enabled. Then go to the settings menu > Android Bluetooth and, if it is not yet active, activate the lever located at the top right of the screen that opens.
At this point, open the photo, document or content you want to share via Bluetooth, press the sharing icon (the three white dots connected by a line) and select the Bluetooth icon from the menu that appears.
Next, select the name of the smartphone to which you want to send the file, answer in the affirmative to the request to receive the file on the target phone and that’s it.
If your smartphones are equipped with NFC (Near Field Communication) support, you can exchange data between them simply by opening the file to be shared and placing them back to each other. Within a few seconds, the smartphones will vibrate and a message will appear on the screen of the target device to confirm that the data transfer has started.
Obviously, for everything to work correctly, you need to go to the settings menu and make sure that NFC is active on both devices. Furthermore, I would like to point out that on some Samsung mid-range and high-end terminals there is a technology called S-Beam , which works with the same criterion as NFC but uses Wi-Fi Direct instead of Bluetooth to transfer the data (so it’s a bit faster).
If for one reason or another you can’t use Bluetooth or NFC, you can rely on Send Anywhere : a free app that allows you to share any type of file wirelessly using a convenient code system.
To explain how this app works in a few words: select the files to share, press the sharing icon , select Send Anywhere from the menu that opens and the app generates a code which, once typed on the target smartphone (on which Send Anywhere must be present), allows you to receive files in seconds. Alternatively, you can also directly open the app and select the files to share from it. The choice is yours.
Send Anywhere supports not only Android devices, but also iOS devices and computers. It can even be used via the web without installing any software. I highly recommend you try it!