Google officially announced its upcoming Pixel 6A phone on May 11, 2022, and will ship its new line of Pixel 7 phones this fall. You might be thinking of upgrading as soon as the new phones are ready, or you might just be upgrading from your current Android phone to a newer model. Either way, you’ll want to be able to move your data with confidence.

Google makes it easy to switch from one phone to another. As soon as you start your new phone, you get step-by-step instructions on what to do. (Note: If you have two-factor authentication or a 2FA app such as Google Authenticator on your phone, your data won’t automatically move – you’ll need to take a few extra steps.) If your old phone is lost or broken, you can also install your apps and data on a new phone from a Google One backup.

But of course it will only work if your old phone been saved. First we’ll see how to do that, then we’ll see the different ways to move your stuff to your shiny new Android phone.

How to back up your phone

  • To select Settings > Google > Backup
  • If you’ve never backed up your phone before, you’ll be prompted to sign in with Google One. (If you decline the invitation by pressing the Not now button, you will be in the previous menu.)
  • the Backup The screen lets you know how much storage you have available and what has already been backed up (note that if your photos and videos are synced to Google Photos, they will already be backed up, even if the rest of your data isn’t not). You can also perform an immediate backup. So if you are going to move your data to a new phone, go ahead and tap Back up now. (It might be a good idea to check where your phone’s battery is and plug it in if it’s low.)

You back up your phone to the cloud using Google One.

Backup page with account storage and backup now

The Backup page allows you to start a backup immediately.

  • If you’ve set a screen lock (and if you haven’t, why not?), enter your PIN. (You won’t be able to use your fingerprint or face unlock for this.)
  • At this point, your data will be saved. This may take a few minutes; the save screen will be grayed out during the process.

Move your data

There are several ways to transfer data to a new phone. Assuming your new phone will be starting from scratch (and if it’s a used phone and it’s not starting from scratch, you should probably erase it first), you can either move your data from your old phone, or restore your data from a backup (like the one you just made).

Another thing to remember: Due to differences in user interface between different Android phones, your process may vary slightly. So with all that in mind…

  • Turn on your phone and press Begin.
  • If there is not already a SIM card in the card, you will be asked to insert it or download an eSIM. (If for some reason you can’t, you can skip this step by pressing To jump.)
  • Connect the phone to a Wi-Fi network. (You can also configure the phone offline, but assume a network.)

Page: Welcome to your Pixel

The appearance of your first home page depends on the phone you have.

Page: Connect to mobile network

First, make sure your SIM card is inserted.

  • After a few minutes, you will be told that you can copy your apps and data. Faucet Following. (If you want to start from scratch, you can select Don’t copy in the lower left corner.)
  • If you want to copy your data from your old device, turn it on and unlock it. Faucet Following.

Page: copy apps &  Data

There are several ways to transfer your data to a new phone.

Page: Use your own device

If you have your old device, a cable is the fastest way to transfer data.

  • The best way to transfer your data from one phone to another is to use a USB cable. If you have one, select Following. (We’ll take care of what to do if you don’t in a moment.)

With a charging cable

  • The next screen will ask you to insert the cable into your old device. Faucet Following.
  • Guess what? Now you connect the other end to your new device.

Page: Insert the cable into your old device

Use your usual cable to connect the two phones.

Page: Open the Google app on your old device

Then go to your old device to check and prepare it.

  • If the phone says it cannot establish a connection, wait a few minutes before giving up; it can still work. At this point, you will be asked to verify your other device, which should ask if you want to copy the data to your new phone. Faucet Copy.
  • You may be asked to verify your identity using biometrics or a PIN.
  • Sit back and relax, or go do something else – it may take a while.

Without USB cable

  • If you don’t have a cable compatible with both phones, when asked if you can use a cable, select No cable? in the lower left corner of the screen.
  • If you chose No cable?, you may get a warning that you’ll get your data faster with a cable. Faucet Continue.
  • You will be told that you can try using your old device to transfer data wirelessly. Faucet Following.
  • Go to your old device and open the Google app. You may not have to; you may get a pop-up prompting you to set up your new phone. If so, press Implement.
  • You will be asked to verify that the four shapes that will appear on your old and new devices are identical. If they match, press Following on your old device.

Page: Check forms on your old device

If you connect your phone wirelessly, you will use a forms page to verify the connection.

Page: Choose what you want to copy

The less you copy, the faster the process will be.

  • Faucet Copy on your old device and verify your identity. You will be reminded to keep the devices close to each other.
  • You’ll then be given the option to choose what you want to copy from phone to phone, and you’ll get an estimate (on your new phone) of the transfer time (mine says about 58 minutes). Go through the checklist, which will include apps, photos and videos, audio, SMS, call history, and other settings. (Google Calendar, Contacts, Photos and Gmail will automatically sync.)
  • If you scroll down from the copy screen and press Learn moreyou can preview what won’t be moved, like downloads, ringtones, and apps that aren’t from the Google Play Store.
  • Ready? Faucet Copy again.

Move data from a backup

If you don’t have your old phone available but you were smart enough to back it up, you can copy all your apps and data from that backup.

  • Following the same startup instructions as before, when you get to the screen that heads Use your old devicefaucet Can’t use your old device? in the lower left corner.
  • You will be warned that you may not be able to recover as much data without your old device. Shrug and tap OKAY.

Page: Restore data without old device?

If your old phone is missing, you can still copy most of your data.

Page: Restore data from an old device

If you are restoring from a backup, you will choose which backup to restore from.

  • Log in with your Google account. If you’ve established two-step authentication on your account and your old phone isn’t available, you may need to use another method to verify the account, like one of the backup codes you hopefully have -le, saved when you sign up for 2FA.
  • Accept Google’s Terms of Service.
  • Choose the backup from which you want to restore your data. You may then need to enter your PIN from that device.
  • You can then choose what to restore. As before, photos, videos, Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Drive will be synced automatically; you can then choose whether you want to sync apps, contacts, SMS messages, and various device settings. When ready, press Restore.

Page: Choose items to restore

You can also choose what to restore from a backup.

Page: Anything else?

Once your data is restored, you can change a few features.

  • Enable or disable various Google services, such as backup and location tracking. Faucet Accept.
  • Again, you agree to Google’s terms of service and you can create a PIN.
  • Set up biometric verification, if desired.
  • Activate Google Assistant if you wish. You can also say if you want to use Google Pay and if you want an always-on display. Finally, you have the option of adding other features, such as another email account.

You should have access to your phone almost immediately. however, it will take some time before all your apps and other data are downloaded and installed.