Switch to a new Android phone

You can move your data to a new Android phone from another kind of phone, or start fresh with your new Android phone.
Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Before you begin

Switch from an Android phone
Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

  1. Turn on your new phone.
  2. Tap Start. If you don’t see “Start,” you can copy your data manually.
  3. When asked, choose to copy apps and data from your old phone.
  4. If you have a cable to connect your phones, follow the on-screen instructions to copy your data.
  5. If you don’t have a cable:
    1. Tap No cable?  Ok.
    2. Tap A backup from an Android phone.
    3. To copy your data, follow the on-screen instructions.

Switch from an iPhone

  1. Turn on your new phone.
  2. Tap Start.
  3. When asked, choose to copy apps and data from your old phone.
    • If you have a cable to connect your phones, follow the on-screen instructions to copy your data.
    • If you don’t have a cable:
      1. Tap No cable?  Ok.
      2. Tap An iPhone device.
  4. To copy your data, follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. To sync with your new phone, back up your iPhone and iCloud account to Google Drive. Learn how to back up iPhone data with Google Drive.
  6. To make sure you can get texts on your new phone, learn how to switch from iMessages to Messages.

Restore data from the cloudImportant: If you don’t have your old phone, you need to know your Google Account and password to restore some data.

  1. Turn on your new phone.
  2. Tap Start.
  3. To set up your phone without an old phone, follow the prompts.
  4. When prompted, sign in with your Google Account.

Copy data manuallyImportant:The options above will help you restore the most data. If none of the other steps work for you, try copying your data yourself.

  • Sync your contacts:
    • If you already use contacts in your Google Account, like in Gmail, they’ll automatically show on your Android phone after you sign in.
    • If your contacts are on a SIM card, learn how to import contacts from a SIM card.
  • Copy your music:
    • Music you buy from Google Play or YouTube music will automatically show on your phone after you sign in.
    • Back up your music from your current phone to your computer. Then, use your Chrome browser to drag songs into your Google Play library. Learn how to add music using Google Play Music for Chrome.
  • Copy photos, videos, files & folders:
  • Copy calendar events:

Tip: If your new phone is a Pixel or Nexus, view our Pixel setup guide or Nexus setup guide.

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