Setting up a new device from scratch can be tricky, especially if you have a lot of data on your old phone that you want to transfer over. With the Smart Switch app on Samsung phones, you'll have everything within reach in just a few taps.
Once connected, you'll be able to transfer content seamlessly to your new Samsung Galaxy device. The app also lets you back up important data from your old device to a microSD card or PC. You simply need to install the app, connect, and transfer between devices. Here is a complete guide to the Samsung Smart Switch app.
What Is Smart Switch?
Smart Switch is Samsung's data transfer solution. The app scans for old and new devices and presents you with a user-friendly interface for transferring contacts, call logs, media, user accounts, and other data from your old phone to your new Samsung Galaxy phone. Let us take a look at how this works for various devices.
Download: Samsung Smart Switch Mobile (Free)
How to Transfer Data Between Samsung Devices
The process to transfer data between two Samsung devices is simple. Ensure you have backed up your data on an external storage device or cloud applications before you begin.
Start by installing the app on both Samsung devices. You can transfer data wirelessly or with the help of a USB cable. To transfer data via Wi-Fi, follow the steps below.
Install and Set Up Smart Switch
- Install the updated Samsung Smart Switch app from the Google Play Store or Galaxy Store, and launch the app on both devices.
- Tap Allow on both devices to grant necessary permissions for data access.
- Tap Receive data on your new Samsung phone and select Send data on your old device.
- On your new device, you will be asked to select the type of OS that's on your old device. Select Galaxy/Android.
- Next, the app will show up connection options for your device. Tap Wireless on both devices.
Connect and Copy Your Data
- The app will scan for devices within range. On both devices, tap Connect in the pop-up banner. Keep in mind that both devices should be connected to the same wireless network.
- Tap Allow on your old device to establish a connection to your new Galaxy device.
- Once connected, your new device will show a list of transferable items from your old phone, including apps, contacts, media files, audio, user accounts, and more. Choose the relevant files you want to copy and tap Transfer.
- Once the transfer process is complete, click Done.
Not all Samsung devices provide a USB cable and connector in the box. In such cases, the Samsung Smart Switch app only works wirelessly. For more information on how to transfer data via a USB cable from a non-Samsung Android device, refer to the section below.
How to Transfer Data From an Old Android Device
You can also transfer data from an old non-Samsung Android device wirelessly or with a USB cable. To transfer over Wi-Fi, follow these steps.
- Install and launch the Samsung Smart Switch app on both your devices.
- Tap Allow to grant the required permissions.
- Select Receive data on your new Samsung Galaxy device and Send data on your old Android phone.
- When prompted, select Galaxy/Android on your new device.
- For both devices, tap Wireless > Connect > Allow and choose the files you want to transfer from your old device.
- Tap Transfer to begin.
- Once the transfer process is complete, click Done.
You can also transfer your files using a USB cable. Here's how to do this:
- Install and launch the Samsung Smart Switch app on both of your devices.
- Tap Allow to grant the requested permissions.
- Select the type of your old device as Android/Galaxy.
- Tap Receive data on your new Samsung Galaxy device and Send data on your old device.
- Select Cable on both devices.
- Connect the devices with a USB data cable. The screen will show you relevant information about supported hardware that may be specific to your device. Make sure that both of your devices have a near-full charge.
- On your new Samsung device, choose the files from a list of items and tap Transfer. The app will now transfer your selected data to your new phone.
How to Transfer Data via the Desktop Smart Switch Client
You can also transfer data between two devices using the Desktop Smart Switch client. This app is available for both Windows and macOS operating systems.
Get started by going to the official Samsung website in your desktop browser. Scroll down to the Download Smart Switch section and choose your platform. We'll be using Windows for this guide.
Back Up Your Data
- Install and launch the Smart Switch desktop client on your PC.
- Connect your old phone to your PC using the USB data cable. Make sure your smartphone's screen is unlocked.
- Once connected, you will be able to view a list of items (from your old device) that can be backed up on your PC.
- Choose the items and select Backup on the desktop app.
- Once the backup process is complete, you can see a summary of the files that were backed up. Click OK and disconnect your old phone.
Restore Data to Your Galaxy Phone
- Now connect your new Galaxy device to your PC with the USB cable.
- Select Restore and click Select your backup data to retrieve the latest backup files.
- Choose the items that you want to restore, and tap OK.
- Once all of your data is transferred, you can safely disconnect your new device.
Smart Switch Problems
While Smart Switch works well most of the time, you may occasionally have some problems with it. Here's how to fix Smart Switch.
The Smart Switch tool is not fully compatible with all devices. It only supports transfer for compatible smartphones running at least Android 4.3 or iOS 4.2.1 versions. Similarly, the tool works with Windows 7 or higher, and Mac OS X 10.9 or later.
If you have functionality and compatibility issues, you may need to use third-party apps such as Wondershare MobileTrans instead. It is an easy-to-use tool that can transfer data between your PC and smartphone.
If your phone disconnects frequently during wireless transfers, go to Settings > Connections > Wi-Fi to check whether your Wi-Fi connection is enabled.
For hardware issues, check whether your USB cable is properly connected to both of your devices. When using a connector, make sure that it is wired to your new Galaxy device.
If you're transferring files via the Windows desktop client and are having USB device issues, you need to check that your USB drivers are updated and working correctly. To do this, press the Windows Key + X and go to Device Manager > Universal Serial Bus Controllers > Properties.
Check if the device is working properly or tap Update drivers. You can also try uninstalling the drivers and rebooting your PC to check for improvements.
If the Samsung Smart Switch app is facing installation issues due to lack of space, try clearing any cached data or uninstalling unused or rarely-used apps.
Smart Switch: Make Your Next Transition Easy
The Smart Switch app lets you transfer all the data from your old device to your new one. It's faster, easier, and more accurate than manually copying data to an external storage device. Whether you're a Samsung newbie or an experienced user, we recommend using this tool, as it will save you a lot of time.