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Transfer content with Samsung Smart Switch

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So, you got a brand new Galaxy phone and it's awesome. But what's not so awesome is missing all your old photos, videos, and contacts. Well, your worries are over because Samsung Smart Switch lets you seamlessly transfer all your content from your old phone to your new Galaxy phone. And you can even transfer from Android, iOS, Windows, or Blackberry devices.

Note: Smart Switch lets you transfer content from Android and iOS devices to Galaxy devices only. The supported items may change depending on the connected device.

Transfer content with Wi-Fi

First, make sure the Smart Switch app is installed on both phones. When you're ready, place the phones within 4 inches of each other.

Launch Smart Switch on both phones. Tap Send data on the old phone, tap Receive data on the new phone, and then tap Wireless on both phones. On your new phone, you may have to select the type of your old phone.

Next, complete the connection by tapping Allow on the old phone. On your new phone, choose the content you want to move, and then tap Transfer. Once the transfer is complete, tap Done on the new phone and you're good to go.

Choose what to send on Smart Switch

Transfer content with a USB cable

First, connect the two phones using the old phone's USB cable and the USB-OTG adapter that came with your new Galaxy phone. Be sure to connect the adapter to the new phone.

Launch Smart Switch on both phones. Tap Send data on the old phone, tap Receive data on the new phone, and then tap Cable on both phones. On the old phone, tap Allow to complete the connection. Once it finishes scanning the old phone, select the data you want transferred on the new phone, and then tap Transfer. When finished, tap Done on the new phone, and tap Close on the old phone.

Data being transferred between two phones via a USB cable

Note: If you are transferring a large amount of data, use Wi-Fi to keep both phones charged during the transfer.

Transfer content with an external storage

Got a ton of photos saved on a microSD card? You can transfer them using Smart Switch too. Before you begin, insert the microSD card or USB OTG storage device into the old phone.

Launch Smart Switch on the old phone. Tap the SD card icon in the upper right corner, and then tap Back up. Select what you want to back up, and then tap Back up again. When it's complete, tap Done.

Next, insert the external storage device into the new Galaxy phone, and then launch Smart Switch. Tap the SD card icon, and then tap Restore. Select what you want to restore, and then tap Restore again. When it's complete, tap Done.

Restore the stored back up from SD card

Transfer content with iCloud

You have lots of valuable data saved on your old iOS phone but transferring it seems like a logistical nightmare. No worries, Smart Switch makes transferring through iCloud a breeze.

Launch Smart Switch on the new Galaxy phone, and then tap Receive data. Tap Wireless, and then tap iPhone/iPad. Enter your Apple ID and password, and then tap Sign in. Enter the verfication Code, and then tap OK. Select the data you want to transfer, tap Import, and then tap Import again.

iCloud sign in screen for Smart Switch transfer

Note: iTunes music and videos cannot be transferred from iCloud.  Use Smart Switch for PC or Mac to transfer iTunes music.

Transfer content from Windows and Blackberry phones

On the new Galaxy phone, tap Receive data, tap Wireless, and then tap Windows Phone/Blackberry. Next you will see the steps to download the Smart Switch software on to your old device. Follow the on-screen prompts to continue. Once complete, tap Connect on the old phone, and then select the network. Enter the password shown on your new Galaxy phone. Your data will now be transferred.

Windows phone/blackberry option displayed in Smart Switch

Note: For a wireless transfer, Mobile Hotspot is required.

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