What You Need To Do When Switching To A New Android Phone?

Author Wouter Wargerink 20.11.2017. | 15:33

Nothing can match the mixed feeling of switching to a new Android phone. On one side you are trying your hands on a new slab of metal and plastic while on the other, you are anxious on how much to do to set it up and find out how to use it.

However, the overall experience shouldn’t be painful. If you have just switched to a new Android device, this step-by-step process will leave you with user-friendly, clean, and fully-functional device without any annoyance or clutter.

 

Part 1: Move Content to the New Device

 

Mail, Calendar, Contacts

If you are a Gmail user, it is very easy to transfer your content. All you need to sign in to Google account to bring all the texts. All you need to download an app you need, provide your user and password and you will be ready. With one login, you can keep multiple accounts synced.

Google has also covered you for appointments. Even without backup on Google Drive, entries in Calendar will appear automatically on your new device when you open the app. The same is true in Contacts. Whether you are using Phone app or opening the app itself, it will sync the contact list with your new device.  If you didn’t use Google account, then you can follow this tutorial to transfer contacts to Android phone as well as text messages, WhatsApp and apps.

 

Photos and Music

Photos are something which you will want to move from one device to another as you upgrade phones and Google has a great way to do it in Photos app. Backup is available for all phones. Simply go to Settings and tap “Back up & Sync”. Be sure the toggle is active and backup account is as same as the one which is used for everything else.

In terms of music, there are two ways. If you subscribe to a service like Google Play Music, Spotify, or Apple Music, simply go to the app and sign in to open all the songs. Google Play Music will help you groove on, and store around 100,000 tracks for free. Simply go to Google Play Music website, sign in with Google account and install the app Music Manager on your system. Select the source of music and let the app to upload whatever it finds and adds to the music library in the cloud.

Now sign in to Play Music on your new device and it will show up all your tracks. You may prefer to keep those tracks on the cloud if you don’t have much storage.

 

Part 2: Erase Content from Old Device

The easiest way to clean up your Android device is to conduct factory reset. However, it sometimes cleans up the data at application level and other details like chat and SMS can be restored using some typical data recovery tools. Well, you don’t have to install any special tool. Simply press Restore button in the settings.

Instead, go to myaccount.google.com to remove your device from Google account, click “Sign in and security” and find the model you need to wipe under “Device activity & notifications”. On Account Access option, press Remove.

 

 

Part 3: Backup Data Regularly With New Device

Whether updating your Android, rooting your device, or just trying to add more space on the device, it’s always nice to backup your data. How to do this exactly? There are different options in an Android device. First of all, simply go to settings are choose Backup and Reset.

 

 

Turn “Automatic Backup” on for app data, Wi-Fi passwords, and other settings to servers and set up backup account for the data. You can sync multiple accounts with one Gmail account.

Choose Automatic Restore to restore all the apps that you have removed in the past and pick up where you left off in an app or game and retain your previous settings.

It also allows you to reset settings to default, do Factory reset, or reset Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other network settings, which removes all the data from the device. The last resort is important before you sell or get rid of old device. Be sure to back up any content on SD card and move it to another device while upgrading.

An alternative to Gallery app, Google Photos also has option to backup and sync in its settings. It is different from Gallery app in a different way, such as backup option. It also features search function which used Geolocation and other important data to look for the relevant pictures.

You can also create shared albums, comment on pictures, and set up links to the pictures. Like the android stock Gallery app, Google Photos also features editing tools but Photos app also has filters like Instagram. You can also remove videos and photos from your device which have been backed up to free up some space on your device.

 

Summary

All in all, the above steps are just the starting point. You need to do more to your phone, such as setting up Android Device manager and removing the unnecessary preinstalled apps from your carrier or smartphone brand. Hopefully you guys found this article valuable and don’t forget to subscribe to our blog.

Author Wouter Wargerink 20.11.2017. | 15:33
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