What are the best ways to Transfer Information from an Old Phone to a New One?

asked by Vernon Grisold
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    #1AirDrop

    AirDrop

    AirDrop is an Apple service that lets you share videos, photos, locations and more to a nearby iOS device. 

    Software

    Mac

    Free

    Elizabeth Valdez
    Written on January 28, 2018
    "Like most Apple products, AirDrop works flawlessly. It doesn't require you to add a device permission (one of your few that you have available on your device) so that it's not eating up your slot. You can easily send pictures and music back and forth much quicker than I expected. I use it around my house often rather than moving around a portable external harddrive and going from phone, to computer, to email, to harddrive, to computer, to phone, etc."
  2. 16

    #2Google Drive

    Google Drive

    Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service created by Google. It allows you to have all your files within reach from any smartphone, tablet, computer, and other devices.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Chrome

    Free

    Ernesto Velázquez
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Google Drive allows you to store data and access the data from any device. This will be useful when you are switching from an old device to a new device and don't want to lose your data."
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    #3Copy My Data

    Copy My Data

    Copy My Data is a useful app to transfer your data from your old smartphone to the new one through WiFi connection. With this app, you don't need a computer copy all your data. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    George Sanders
    Written on November 20, 2017
    "I recently upgraded my phone from an old Samsung Android to a new iPhone 10. Using Copy My Data I was able to transfer all my content from the old device to the new one with the click of a button. Fantastic tool that saved me a tremendous amount of time and effort. Now I just need a version that works with my laptops."
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    #4Dropbox

    Dropbox

    Dropbox is a cloud-based file hosting service for personal or business use, available on computers and mobile devices. Easily store all your data in a safe and secure location that sync across all your devices or can be shared with friends or co-workers for collaborative work.

    Apps

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Patricia Hopkins
    Written on November 18, 2017
    "Dropbox is a cloud storage app. It can be useful for transferring information from an old device to a new one, but there are better ways to do so."
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    #5SuperBeam

    SuperBeam

    SuperBeam is a free application for Android devices that enables large file sharing between devices via WiFi. It pairs devices by QR code scanning or by NFC and can also share files to devices that don't have SuperBeam.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Billy Bryant
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "My co-workers and I share a lot of files so this would be nice if we need to transfer something quickly when not around a pc. This will be a good solution."
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    #6iCloud

    iCloud
    iCloud makes sure you always have the latest versions of your most important things on all your devices.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Gabriel Mercado
    Written on November 15, 2017
    "iCloud is a great storage for pictures, documents, videos. You can even upload your old phone and download all the information you want to your new phone. It is the fastest and easiest way I have found to store, backup, and retrieve any information that I want. "
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    #7T Share

    T Share

    With T Share, you can transfer files to other devices: mobiles, computers or tablets. You can share apps, images, videos or others documents. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Eric Stewart
    Written on February 2, 2018
    "I downloaded T Share to move some files from my phone to my computer, and it worked flawlessly. The app is fast and reliable, and allows to share files in a very easy way. Great one!"
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    #8Xender

    Xender
    Xender is a free app that enables users to transfer and share documents and files like photos, videos and text documents between different devices. Xender lets users send files between iOS, Android and Windows systems.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Dennis Robertson
    Written on November 21, 2017
    "I recently switched from an iPhone to an Android and I wanted an easy way to transfer all my pictures and videos from the old phone to the new one. Xender allowed me to easily do this between the two platforms. With Xender, I didn't have to worry about losing all my precious photos and documents, and the transition from one platform to another was practically seamless! Also, I was able to do this completely over bluetooth, so there were no wires involved at all. A computer or internet wasn't even necessary which was perfect and easy. "
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    #9Zapya

    Zapya

    Zapya is a free app which lets you transfer files to other devices or a group of friends. There is an offline chat. Also, you can share content through a QR code. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Kathy Bell
    Written on November 21, 2017
    "I switched my Android phone to an iPhone and wondered how I would get all my files onto my iPhone. I heard about Zapya and tried it. It worked well for me and would definitely recommend it for transferring files from an old phone to a new phone. I haven't tried the share feature yet. "
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    #10SHAREit

    SHAREit

    SHAREit is a free cross-platform transfer tool that enables sharing of any file format to computers or mobiles. It also has a built-in music and video player so users can watch or listen to it inside the app.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Sara Bowman
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "This made my life so much easier ! Since I get upgrades from my carrier every year, transferring apps and photos have always been a huge hassle until I got this app."

Summary

Best What are the best ways to Transfer Information from an Old Phone to a New One
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1AirDropSoftware 20 Free
2Google DriveApps 16 Free
3Copy My DataApps 14 Free
4DropboxApps 13 Free
5SuperBeamApps 10 Free
6iCloudSoftware 7 Free
7T ShareApps 7 Free
8XenderApps 4 Free
9ZapyaApps 3 Free
10SHAREitApps 1 Free
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