How to Use Smart Switch: Android to Android Transfer

Introduced by Samsung, Smart Switch can be used to transfer data from Android to Android. This guide offers detailed steps to use Smart Switch from Android to Android, as well as its alternative tools.

Demi by Demi Updated January 4, 2024
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As the need for wireless file transfer from Android to Android grows, tools like Samsung Smart Switch have become essential for users looking to upgrade their smartphones or simply share data with a new device. In this article, we'll explore the functionalities of Samsung Smart Switch and provide a step-by-step guide on how to use it for Android to Android transfers.

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Additionally, we'll discuss other tools available for Android to Android transfers, offering you a comprehensive understanding of your options.

Overview of Samsung Smart Switch

Samsung Smart Switch is a versatile and user-friendly tool developed by Samsung to simplify the process of transferring various types of data between Android devices, including contacts, messages, photos, videos, apps, and more.

However, even though the tool is widely compatible with most Android or iOS phone, and even some older Windows devices, Smart Switch lets you transfer content from old phone to Galaxy devices only

And the supported items may change depending on the connected device. Let’s see what you can and cannot transfer from Android to Galaxy phone by Smart Switch.

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Items that can be transferred with Smart Switch
✔ Personal content: Contacts, S Planner, Calendar, Messages, Memo, Call logs, Clock, Samsung Pass, Secure Folder, and Internet.
✔ App data: Images, Music (DRM free content only), Videos (DRM free content only), Documents, Story Album, and Applications.
✔ Settings, etc: Email, Wallpaper, Lock screen, Radio, and Preferences.

Items that cannot be transferred with Smart Switch
❌ Contacts: Contacts saved on the SIM card, social networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), Google accounts, and work email accounts are excluded.
❌ Calendar: Appointments synced with external accounts, such as Google, and calendar stickers are excluded.
❌ App data: Data saved in private storage cannot be backed up.

How to transfer data from Android to Android via Smart Switch

It is not so much using Smart Switch from Android to Android transfer as it is to a new Galaxy phone transfer. If you have just got a new Galaxy phone, follow the steps below to know how to transfer data from Android to Android using Smart Switch wirelessly or using a USB cable.

Smart Switch Android to Android wirelessly

Wireless transfer is the preferred method for copying data to a new phone. It is quick and allows you to keep both phones plugged into their chargers during the transfer.

Step 1. Open Smart Switch on your new Samsung device, then tap Start and read the terms of service, then tap Agree.

Step 2. When asked “What should this phone do?”, Select Bring data from old device on two phones. On the old phone, tap Send data, and tap Wireless.

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Step 3. On your new phone, tap Receive data, select your source as Galaxy/Android, and Wireless.

Step 4. Finally, tap Allow on the old phone. On your new phone, choose the content you want to transfer, and then tap Transfer to complete the transfer.

Smart Switch Android to Android with a USB cable

Wired transfer is ideal for those with minimal data, while wireless transfer is recommended for extensive data or years' worth of text messages. For a safe data transfer using Smart Switch and a USB OTG connection, ensure your devices have at least 20% charge. Fully charge them before starting if possible.

Step 1. Connect the phones with the old phone's USB cable. Most cables will require you to use a USB-OTG adapter.

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Step 2. Open Smart Switch on your new Samsung phone, the Smart Switch screen will display "What should this phone do?". Select Bring data from old device.

Step 3. On the old phone, tap Send data, and then tap Cable. On the new phone, tap Receive data, select Galaxy/Android, and then tap Cable.

Step 4. Select the data you want transferred to the new phone. When finished, tap Done on the new phone, and tap Close on the old phone.

More tools for Android to Android transfer

While Samsung Smart Switch is a powerful tool for Android to Android transfers, several other apps and tools cater to users with different preferences and requirements. Let's explore a couple of alternatives.

Tool 1. FoneTool app

FoneTool for Andrid app is a convenient app offering a wireless solution for transferring files between Android and Android/Phone. It enables the wireless transfer of photos, videos, music, contacts, and other files stored in the Files app among your Android and iOS devices. Let’s have an overview of how to utilize it.

Step 1. Download FoneTool on two devices, launch FoneTool and allow it to use WLAN. Enable Wi-Fi option without connecting any Wi-Fi.

Step 2. On either phone, go to Connect Device > Tap Connect to Android and tap the name of the other phone to connect the two devices.

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Step 3. On the source Android phone, Go to File Transfer > Click each icon and choose the files you’d like to transfer > Click Send to make it.

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Step 4. On the target Android phone, tap Confirm to receive the files.

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Tool 2. Send Anywhere

Send Anywhere is a versatile file-sharing app that enables users to transfer data directly between devices. It supports cross-platform transfers and doesn't require both devices to be on the same network. Here’s how you can use it.

Step 1. Download and launch the Send Anywhere app on both Android devices.

Step 2. On the sending device, select the files you wish to transfer and tap Send. You will receive a unique 6-digit code, a QR code, and a Share Link for the transfer.

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Step 3. On the target device, open Send Anywhere and choose Receive. Depending on the information received, you can either scan the QR code, enter the 6-digit code, or use the provided Share Link.

Step 4. Finally, select the desired destination folder on the target Android phone to complete the seamless file transfer process.


In conclusion, Smart Switch offers a seamless experience with both wired and wireless transfer options. The step-by-step guide provided ensures that you can make the most of this tool to transfer various types of data effortlessly.

In addition to Smart Switch, alternatives like FoneTool and Send Anywhere cater to you with different preferences and requirements. These tools provide additional flexibility, allowing you to choose the method that aligns with your specific needs and circumstances.


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