How to transfer all your data from one phone to another regardless of brand or operating system

With the new year likely and the imminent arrival of the Three Kings, a new phone may have come into your hands. Even if this is not the case, it does not hurt to know how to transfer data from one smartphone to another, as there are several factors that need to be taken into account to ensure that the process is carried out in the most appropriate and secure way possible.

So, it is appropriate to see how to save our data and pass it to another phone, regardless of whether we are talking about terminals with Android or iOS. All procedures are fairly straightforward and take no more than a few minutes.

From Android to Android through your Google account

 how to transfer data from one smartphone to another

One of the advantages and disadvantages of Android is that we practically depend on Google for everything. That Google has our data has the advantage that it is enough to have a Gmail account to have everything safe . First of all, let’s make sure that a backup is being made to our Google account.

  • Adjustments
  • System
  • Backups
  • Activate backup on Google Drive

Natively, regardless of the layer of personalization that we use, Android allows to make a backup through the Google account. This backup is stored on Google Drive, and is quite useful. Why? Because application data, call history, contacts, device settings, and, ultimately, all relevant data on our phone are stored in it, saving multimedia files.

Restoring the content of your previous Android is as simple as introducing the same Gmail email account in the new one. Your account backup will automatically be recovered


When turning on our new Android phone, in one of the points of the configuration wizard it will ask us if we want to restore data from a Google account. We indicate yes, and the restoration process will begin. It will take more or less depending on the amount of data to recover.

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Regarding the subject of photos and videos, to ensure that everything is done correctly, we will use Google Photos. Again, through our Google account, all the data is saved in the cloud. Therefore, it is enough to install this application on the new phone to have all the photographs that we had (they are actually stored in the cloud) in the previous one.

Through third-party applications

Our recommendation if we are going to pass data from one Android to another is to do it through the Google account. It is a reliable process, does not require installing third-party software and the backup is done automatically. However, if you want to do it through a third-party application, Copy my data is a good alternative.

One of the most complete we have found is All Backup Restore. While it doesn’t have a brilliant interface, it does its job pretty well, and leaves virtually nothing in the pipeline. With this application we can make a backup copy of our SMS, contacts, call logs, calendars and more.

Through this application we can export the corresponding files of the backups that we want to make, to later restore them after downloading them from the cloud

Its operation is to export the files that we want to save in their corresponding formats (if we want to copy applications, save the APK, if we save SMS, export an XML file, etc.) and send them directly to the cloud. The integration with Dropbox and Drive is very good, so we can send the copies at the click of a button. If we are anti-cloud, we can always access the application folder to recover the files manually.

When you have your new phone, you will have to download the application again , and recover the files that you saved in it. It is not as automatic a process as the Google account, but if you want to make the copy on your own, it is a complete solution.

All Backup Restore

From iOS to iOS

If we are going to upgrade our iPhone and want to pass the data from the old to the new, we will do it using the Quick Start option . With this, we can configure any iOS device using the information from our old device, also with iOS.

Just bring your old iPhone closer to the new one and use the Quick Start option so that the contents are synchronized from one to the other


To do this, with the old iPhone, we turn on the new one and keep it close to the old one. A message will appear indicating if you want to configure the new device using your Apple ID. You just have to click continue and follow the instructions that the operating system will give you.

In the same way that with the Google account, the data of your iPhone is stored in iCloud (unless you have filled the scarce 5 GB and stop synchronizing). Therefore, from the initial configuration, if you decide not to do a quick start , after entering your Apple ID , your photos, contacts, messages and others , previously synchronized in iCloud, will be downloaded.

From iOS to Android

When we talk about passing data from an iPhone to an Android, things change. For obvious reasons the Apple operating system does not allow you to retrieve information from the system using a Google account, but not everything is lost. Luckily, Google is interested in users migrating from iOS, and has a web page that explains the process.

Although we cannot recover all the information, by copying Google Drive we can pass data such as contacts, calendar events and others from iOS to Android


 how to transfer data from one smartphone to another

Basically, from our iPhone, we must download the Google Drive application and log in with a Google account . From here, we will go to the backup section , to perform it. As always, the more data you have, the longer it will take. The copy made here allows us to synchronize contacts, calendar events, and create a backup in Google Photos of our multimedia.

Once the copy is made, when we have our new Android, we will only have to restore it (just as we do when we go from Android to Android), and in a few minutes we will have the content that we have saved on our iPhone. Regarding the data of the applications or their own files, they cannot be restored.

From Android to iOS

transfer data to new phone

If you have been given an iPhone and you come from Android, Apple also has a tool so you can easily migrate. It’s called Move to iOS , and it requires that we have both phones on while we go through the restoration process.

Installed on your Android phone, you can turn on your iPhone now. During the configuration wizard, you will see the option of moving data from Android that you need to click. Now, on the Android phone, turn the device on and hit it again (the only option that the device can offer you).

You will have to enter the code that has appeared on the iPhone after clicking on transfer data from Android . Once the code is entered, we will be asked what content we want to transfer to the iPhone. We can transfer our email accounts, photos, messages, contacts and browser favorites, as well as those applications that exist on iOS (iOS can be instructed to install the app, but not recover the data it had on Android).