2019 Update! Transfer Your Data By Samsung Smart Switch!

By Gina Barrow, Last updated: August 27, 2019

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Although the services of Google are efficient in keeping your content in the cloud, it is different when it comes to local data such as application data, game saves and more.

Even if it is not a hard task sign back into all your applications upon getting a new phone, Samsung Smart Switch will simplify the task when setting up or migrating to a new device. Simply download the application to your computer and link your phone. In no time, everything is backed up in case you are going to transfer your data to a new phone or restore the phone to an older state.

A close look on Samsung Smart Switch

Samsung Smart Switch is a macOS or Windows program that can be used to install software updates for your phone, backup and restore content when switching to a new phone or configuring email syncing with Microsoft Outlook.

With this application, you can also move photos, contacts, and messages from an iOS device to an Android phone.

You can also use the tool to back up photos, contacts, application data and other local files on your device. You can easily move all your data to a new device and simply pick up right where you left on your old device. Although the desktop application might take some time to set up, it is a relatively straightforward process that will only take a few minutes of your time.

Installation of Samsung Smart Switch

Once you decide to use Samsung Smart Switch, you need to take a close look at the installation process. Luckily, even newbies can accomplish this task.

When using Samsung Smart Switch with a Windows PC, you must make sure that both mobile devices are running on Android OS 4.3 or later while the PC must be at least on Windows XP or later.

Do not forget to make sure that the files you want to transfer are supported. Lastly, you must disable the computer’s anti-virus, anti-malware, firewall and other security tools to ensure that Smart Switch will function properly.

Once you have downloaded and installed Samsung Smart Switch, simply follow these steps.

  • Link your old device that contains the files that you want to obtain to your computer using a USB cable.
  • Tap on the “More” button in the right-upper corner and go to “Preferences”. You also have the option to choose the items to backup. Simply tap on the “Backup items” tab.
  • Allow access permissions on your device.
  • Wait as the backup finishes. Once it completes, you are presented with a breakdown of what was accomplished. Tap on “OK” to recognize the backup.
  • Link the new device and accept the “License Agreement”.
  • Select between Backup or Restore Now. If you are going to restore a different backup, tap on “Select a Different Backup” and “Select a Backup to Restore”.
  • Proceed to your device to allow permissions to finish the restoration.
  • Tap on OK. Smart Switch will provide a notification when the data has been restored successfully.

How to back up your data using Samsung Smart Switch

After opening Smart Switch and linking your phone, you can perform backups easily.

  • Tap on Backup.
  • At this point, you must allow access permissions on your phone.
  • Tap on “Allow” If you have a micro SD card in your device, you can also backup any data it contains.

Once the backup process completes, you will be provided with a summary of all the data that was backed up successfully. Complete the process by tapping on OK.

Why should I use Samsung Smart Switch?

There are other alternatives to Samsung Smart Switch such as the cloud services that are already available on your Android device. Generally, you can utilize the Google apps such as Google Contacts, Google Photos, and Google Play Games. Most of these cloud services by Google work on both iOS and Android devices so that your data is not locked to a currently used device.

Using Samsung Smart Switch has its own share of advantages. Remember that Google’s services will not back up everything. With Smart Switch, you will have a sense of security or control with a local backup. Once you decide to switch to a new device, you can depend on Samsung Smart Switch.

Quick alternative: FoneDog Android Data Backup & Restore

Another efficient alternative to Samsung Smart Switch is FoneDog Android Data Backup & Restore if you are using an Android device. With this tool, you can back up all types of data in your phone such as call history, contacts, photos, messages, audio, video and more. You can also check and restore a backup to any Android device.

How to back up your data

  • The initial step is to download and install FoneDog Toolkit for Android on your computer. Double check to ensure that no other backup application is running in the background.
  • Once FoneDog Toolkit has detected your device, tap on the “Device Data Backup” button. Generally, the software will assess all the types of files for you, but you can choose the specific data that you want to back up on your computer.
  • After you have selected the files, tap on “Start” at the bottom to start the process. In most cases, it will only take a few minutes depending on the file size. Make sure that you will not disconnect your Android device, use it or delete any data while the process is running.
  • When the backup process finishes, you can tap on the “OK” button. At this point, you can check out the content of every file. You also have the option to restore the earlier backup files to your device.

How to restore backup files to your device

  • Once you tap on the “Device Data Restore” button, it will display the files from the latest backup. You can select other backup files on the software.
  • Select the type of data that you want to restore on your Android device. You can check the file types on the left side of the interface. Choose the files that you want to restore and tap on “Restore” to start the process. Remember that you will receive a notification to confirm the restoration process. Tap on “OK” for the authorization. It will only take a few minutes for the process to complete. Make sure that you will not disconnect your device or open any phone management software at this time. You will receive a notification once the process is done.


If you need an efficient tool to migrate your data to a new device, you now know what to use. Depending on whether you will use Samsung Smart Switch or FoneDog Android Backup & Restore, both are dependable tools to backup and restore data especially if are planning to switch to a new Android device.






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Gina Barrow

Technical/Creative Writer

Kitchen, my safe space; black, my favorite color

Was a Technical Specialist for a while, troubleshooting Smartphone and Software-related issues until a writing stint caught my attention.

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