Changing your android phone and transferring data

Android mobile phone users – Are you thinking of changing your mobile phone?

Meelie Mobile are always happy to offer you cash for your old android mobile phone, even if it is broken. But before we do this, let us help you by showing you how to transfer your data from your old phone to your new device.

We understand how important your phone is to you.   Not only for staying in touch with your family and friends but also for recording and storing those precious photo memories.

One of the most important factors when buying a new phone will be the seamless transition of transferring all your existing data onto your new device.  Meelie Mobile wants to show you how this can be done before you sell your old phone to us.

Back up your old phone

To avoid losing any of your data you need to back it up. This will ensure that if the transfer goes wrong somewhere, you can retrieve all your info in one place. Make sure you are logged into either your Google account or wherever your backups are normally stored.  Ensure all your data is backed up.  Generally, periodic and automatic backups are a good practice to get into.

Android mobile phone – Back up your data

The backup methods can be slightly different depending on your handset. Make sure you’re logged into either Google accounts or wherever you normally store your backups.

Android phones use Google Drive for backing up your data. It generally follows the following steps.

  1. Go to the Settings app
  2. Scroll to the bottom and select ‘System’
  3. Click on ‘Backup’ and follow any on-screen instructions, including turning ‘Back up to Google Drive’ on.
  4. Select ‘back up now’.

Please note: Your device may not follow the exact steps and you may need to search for ‘back up’ within your settings app. You’ll need to be logged into your Google account.

Some other Android phones, like Samsung, have their systems for backing up your data.

Samsung device – Back up your data

Samsung gives you the option of using their own Samsung Cloud storage.

To back up to Samsung Cloud, use the following steps:

  1. Go to the Settings app
  2. Browse to Settings> Accounts and Back-Up
  3. Here you’ll have two options, either follow the instructions above and press ‘Back up and Restore > Back-Up Data’ or select ‘Samsung Cloud’.
  4. Both of these options will back up your data using either Google Drive or Samsung Cloud.
Transferring your data and apps

Now your data is backed up, it’s time to transfer it to your new phone. If you’re transferring from Android to Android, this is pretty straightforward. Whichever you’re doing, just check the corresponding guide below.

Transferring data and apps from Android to Android

Restoring data, settings, and apps to your new Android from another Android device is pretty easy. Ensure both devices are in front of you before you get going.

  1. Transfer your SIM card over to your new phone.
  2. Power on your new Android phone and follow the steps on your phone, including connecting to your Wi-Fi network.
  3. After a short while, a screen will display called Copy apps & data. Click next.
  4. When asked where you want to Bring your data from the best way is to select A backup from an Android Phone, then press next again.
  5. On your old Android phone, open the Google app and keep it open.
  6. In the app choose to set up & restore and then set up the nearby device
  7. When you press next, you’ll be asked to verify the devices in question. You’ll need both to hand and to verify the other device on each. This is done with patterns and is to stop you from transferring your data to the wrong phone.
  8. After you’ve matched the patterns, your old phone will ask for your password to approve the transfer and select copy to your new device.
  9. You’ll notice a progress bar.
  10. Log in to your Google account on your new Android
  11. Then enter your screen lock code from your old device.
  12. A page will appear that gives you a choice of things you can transfer, called the Choose what to restore page. Everything is automatically ticked, but you can untick anything you don’t want transferring. This includes apps, call history, photos, and other data points.
  13. If you only want to install certain apps, you can select them from a list by going on the Apps
  14. Then click Restore.
  15. You’ll then be able to continue with setting up the new device, including setting up the screen lock code, face ID, or fingerprint recognition.

Restoring apps can also be done through the Google Play store, so if you want to re-download any old apps after this, you can just do so from there. The Google Play store will have your account history and a list of previously installed apps.

Transferring data and apps from Android to iPhone

You will need a specialized app called ‘Move to IOS’ from the Google Play Store to move your data from an Android device to an iPhone.

Once you’ve got that downloaded, you’re ready to set up your new phone.

  1. Turn on your new iPhone.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions until you’re asked whether you want to use ‘Quick Start’. You won’t be able to, so you’ll need to select the option to ‘Set Up Manually’.
  3. Next, you’ll be prompted to connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi and set up your security features, like Touch ID, Face ID, and a PIN.
  4. Now you’ll be asked about transferring data. You’ll be able to select ‘Move Data from Android’.
  5. Once you have selected this option, you’ll be asked for a unique code that’s either 6 or 10 digits long.
  6. Back to your old Android. If you haven’t downloaded ‘Move to iOS’ then do so now, otherwise open that app up.
  7. Open the app, agree with the terms and conditions.
  8. You’ll then be given a ‘Find Your Code’ screen. This will provide you with your code, either 6 digits or 10 digits.
  9. You then just need to enter this into your iPhone.
  10. Once done, your Android will be paired with your iPhone.
  11. Choose from the selection of data that you can transfer and tick the ones you want and click ‘next’.
  12. Depending on how much you’re transferring to your new one, it might take some time
  13. Once it’s completed you’ll be able to set up your new Apple ID.
  14. At this point, it’ll access your apps data and ask you whether you want to download the iOS versions of the applications you had on android, where there is an equivalent.

Once this is done, it’s worth setting up your iCloud ID settings so that your new iPhone will automatically back up to iCloud. You can see how to do that above.

How to transfer photos and videos from one phone to another

It’s not just new phones that need you to transfer items. Sometimes you may simply need to transfer photos and videos between your devices. This means you won’t be doing it during the main setup of the new phone. The process is a little different on both iPhone and Android, but the basics are the same.

How to transfer photos and videos to your new Android phone

On Android, transferring your photos relies on the Google Photos app. Google Photos lets you back up the photos and videos on your phone in high resolution, and then access them on other devices.

To get Google Photos set up, follow the following steps.

  1. Open the Photos app on your Android device.
  2. Tap on the menu in the top left corner of the screen (the 3 lines, otherwise known as a hamburger menu).
  3. Select Settings > Back-Up Sync
  4. Make sure you toggle Backup & Sync to ‘on’
  5. If you want to make sure your photos are backed up in the best possible quality, select ‘Backup mode’ and choose ‘high quality’.

Once you’ve backed them up, you’ll be able to re-download them from Google Drive. If you do this backup process before you get your new phone, they’ll download as part of your transfer.

Don’t forget, Meelie Mobile will buy back your old Android mobile phone for cash.  To find out more click HERE