How To Transfer Files From Android To Android

Have you recently bought an Android phone, or have you just grown out of your old Android? If so, you might be looking for ways to transfer files from Android to Android.

We save lots of memories, important files, apps, and much more on our mobile phones and wish that we would never have to upgrade them. But then a new device hits the market, and suddenly you find yourself in possession of one, thinking about how to transfer files from Android to Android. 

Well, don’t worry. You are at the correct destination. In this guide, we have listed multiple easy and fast methods to walk you through the process. Sit back, relax and enjoy the guide.

Method 1- How To Transfer Files From Android To Android Wirelessly

One of the fastest and easiest methods to transfer large files from Android to Android wirelessly is using the Near Field Communication (NFC) tool. Near Field Communication allows users to transfer data between two devices by pressing their backs together using the android beam.

To use NFC, it is essential that both your devices have NFC enabled, the settings which you can find in the wireless and networks settings.

  • On both your devices, navigate to the settings app and then navigate to Wireless and Networks. 
  • Now go to Share and Connect and look for the NFC option. 
  • Please tap on the toggle to switch it on.
  • Once both devices are NFC enabled, you must switch on the Android beam and use it to access all the data that needs to be transferred to a new device.
  • Choose the data you want to share and begin the beaming process by placing each Android phone’s back against the other.
  • Once both devices are connected, you will receive an audio and haptic message.
  • On the device that you are sending the data from, its screen will be shrunk, and you will see a “Touch to Beam” message. Tap this message to begin beaming.
  • Ensure that neither of the devices is turned off or locked during the beaming, and both devices are placed back to back against each other.

Method 2- How To Transfer Files From Android To Android Via Bluetooth

Bluetooth is built-in functionality in phones that allows users to transfer data wirelessly using special radio frequencies with a short-range and secure network. 

  • On both your devices, locate the Bluetooth functionality. You can find it in the notification dropdown menu from the top or in the settings app. Turn on Bluetooth on both devices by tapping the Bluetooth icon in the dropdown or navigating to Settings -> Connections -> Bluetooth.
Tap the Bluetooth icon
  • To establish a connection between both android phones, search for the other Bluetooth device on one of your androids by looking in the Available devices menu.
Pair both Android devices using Bluetooth
  • Tap confirmation when prompted about the code on both devices. Make sure that they are the same. 
  • Open the file explorer app in the old Android from which you want to send files and choose the ones you want to send. 
  • Choose the “Share” option to see a list of sharing options. Click on the Bluetooth icon and choose the android device that you paired with recently.
  • The receiving Android phone will get a confirmation to Accept the transfer. Allow it to start transferring.

Method 3- How To Transfer Files From Android To Android Via USB Cable

USB cable is the easiest method to transfer files between two androids if you don’t have a stable internet connection. You can use either a Windows laptop or Mac to transfer the files.

Android File Transfer For Windows

  • Unlock both your Androids and connect them using their USB cables to your Windows computer.
  • On both your Androids, choose the option to “File Transfer” instead of “Charging this device via USB.
File transfer using USB
  • On your computer, you will be able to see your phone’s drive icon in “This PC.
  • Open both drives side by side and drag and drop the files you want from one Android to another.
  • Once the transfer completes, right-click on the device icons and choose the eject option. After that, unplug your USB cables and disconnect both of your phones.

Android File Transfer For Mac

  • Mac doesn’t allow Android users to connect to it automatically. Using USB cables, you must download and install the Android File Transfer utility to transfer files from Android to Mac or another Android.
Download Android File Transfer utility
  • Once downloaded, plug in both your Androids and launch the Android File Transfer app. Alternatively, you can first copy data from the old Android to your Mac and then connect the new Android to transfer data from your Mac to that device.
  • On both your Androids, choose the option to “File Transfer” instead of “Charging this device via USB”.
  • In the Android File Transfer app, drag and drop the files that your want to transfer from the old Android to your Mac, and then drag and drop those files to your new Android.
  • Once transferring is completed, right-click on the device icons and choose the eject option. After that, unplug your USB cables and disconnect both of your phones.

Method 4- How To Transfer Files From Android To Android Via WiFi Direct

Android phones often come equipped with WiFi and WiFi direct, which you can use to transfer files between the two Androids. It is an easy method and doesn’t require any special skills.

  • On your old Android, launch File Manager and long-press the file which you want to transfer.
  • From the list of available apps and features for sharing, choose WiFi Direct.
  • On your new phone, turn on the WiFi. 
  • Scan for your new Android from your new old one and choose it when you find it.
  • Once the connection is established, allow the transfer to complete.

Method 5- How To Transfer Files From Android To Android Using Google Account

Google offers its users various amazing applications such as Google Drive and Google Photos that allow users to store their files on its cloud service free of charge (up to a limit) and access it from any device.

Google Drive allows users to back up all their data, including files, contacts, etc., and then access the backup on another device.

  • On your old Android phone, navigate to the Backup and Reset page and choose the “Back up my data” option. Turn the toggle on.
Backup your data to a Gmail account and then restore
  • Allow the data to be backed up to your Google account.
  • Launch Google Drive and open the menu from the sidebar.
  • Choose the Backups option to open the backups page. Look for the folder with your old device name on it.
  • The folder will contain all the data that was saved from your old phone. After verifying that the folder contains the recently backed-up files, restore the backup on your new device. Verifying data is important to ensure that you don’t lose any data.
  • On the new or receiving device, sign in using the same google account that you used for backup and choose the “Restore from backup” option to restore all your data.

Method 6- How To Transfer Files From Android To Android Fast Using MobileTrans

MobileTrans is a phone transfer application that allows the transfer of 18 types of data between two mobile phones, including call logs, contacts, music, apps, apps data, photos, videos, etc. It supports iOS, Mac, Windows, and Android.

  • Download the MobileTrans app on your Windows or Mac PC from here.
Download MobileTrans
  • Once the software is downloaded, install MobileTrans by following the on-screen instructions.
  • Launch the application on your PC and navigate to the “Phone Transfer” section.
  • Now tap the “Phone to Phone” tab.
  • Use a USB cable to connect both your devices to your computer and set them as Source and Destination depending on how you want to transfer. You can use the “Flip” option to swap the two phones.
  • Please choose the data you want to transfer from your old Android to the new one and click the “Start” button to initiate the transfer. Sit back and relax while MobileTrans transfers the data. 
  • Ensure that both your devices stay connected during the whole process and that there is no power loss. It might cause some data loss.
  • Once the transfer is completed, you can access the information on your new Android device.

Final Words

Now that we are at the end, we hope that our guide was helpful to you in transferring the data from Android to Android hassle-free. 

You can always use the traditional method of using the USB cable or switch the method up using the MobileTrans app, which also requires a USB cable but is faster and easier. You can use Google Drive and Google Photos cloud services for those of you with Google accounts.

You can also use emails, dropbox, Wifi-Direct, and third-party apps list SHAREit, Xender, or Bluetooth. Whatever method you choose, make sure that until the process completes, there is no disturbance to the connection, or you might lose some data.

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