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19/03/2024

How Do I Transfer Photos From My Old Phone to My New One?

an iphone and a samung phone laying on a flat surface

In this digital age, long gone are photo albums and taking your camera to the local photo printer. Now our phones are a treasure trove of memories full of photos and videos from holidays, family gatherings and everyday life. When it comes to getting a new phone, you don’t want to lose all of your pics, so how do you transfer photos to a new phone?

Whether you’re changing from Android to Apple or just upgrading your phone, we’ve put together this guide to help you transfer photos from your old phone to your new one.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Samsung phone

Moving over to the world of Android? Transferring photos from your iPhone to a Samsung phone can be done in a multitude of ways.

Using Smart Switch

Samsung's Smart Switch app allows you to transfer data wirelessly, including photos, from your iPhone to your Samsung phone. 

  1. Make sure both phones are connected to the same Wi-Fi.

  2. Download and install the Smart Switch app on your new Samsung phone from the Google Play Store.

  3. Open Smart Switch on your new Samsung phone, select "Receive data" then "iPhone/iPad" as the source.

  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to connect the two devices. You might need to download the Smart Switch app on your old iPhone to connect the devices wirelessly, or use a compatible cable for wired transfer.

  5. Choose the content you want to transfer, including photos, and start the transfer process.

Using iCloud

If your photos are stored in iCloud, you can use the "Get data from iCloud" feature in the Smart Switch app to move them to your new Samsung phone.

  1. On your iPhone, make sure iCloud Photos is enabled. You can check this in Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos.

  2. Download the Smart Switch app on your Samsung phone.

  3. Open Smart Switch, choose "Receive" on your Samsung phone, select "iPhone" as source, and "Get data from iCloud".

  4. Enter your Apple ID credentials and select the iCloud account you want to transfer data from. Choose the content you want to transfer, including photos.

Using a computer

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes.

  2. Ensure that your computer is authorised for your iTunes account.

  3. Select your iPhone in iTunes and choose to back up your device to the computer.

  4. Once the backup is complete, disconnect your iPhone and connect your Samsung phone to the computer.

  5. Download and install the Samsung Smart Switch on your computer and follow the on-screen instructions to transfer data, including photos, from the iTunes backup to your Samsung phone.

Just like that, you’ve got all your old photos and videos from your iPhone onto your new Samsung phone!

How do I transfer photos from Samsung to iPhone

If you’re making the move to Apple from Android, you can transfer your photos to your new iPhone easily.

Using Smart Switch

You can download the Samsung Smart Switch from the Google Play Store if it's not already installed on your Samsung device. But before you start, back up your data on your Samsung by going to Settings > Accounts and backup > Choose your preferred backup location.

  1. Open Smart Switch on your Samsung phone and choose "Send data". Choose the Wireless connection type.

  2. Install Samsung Smart Switch app on your new iPhone from the App Store.

  3. Open Smart Switch on your iPhone and follow the instructions to connect wirelessly. The iPhone will prompt you to scan a QR code on your Samsung to connect two devices.

  4. Once connected, Samsung Smart Switch will guide you through the process of transferring your photos to your iPhone. Make sure to follow the prompts carefully to ensure a successful transfer.

Using Google Photos

Install the Google Photos app on your Samsung phone (if you haven't already).

  1. Open the app and sign in with your Google account.

  2. Upload the photos you want to transfer to Google Photos.

  3. On your iPhone, download and install the Google Photos app from the App Store.

  4. Sign in with the same Google account used on your Samsung phone.

  5. Access the uploaded photos and download them to your iPhone.

Using a computer

  1. Connect your Samsung phone to your computer using a USB.

  2. On your computer, open the file explorer and choose your Samsung phone.

  3. Navigate to the DCIM (Digital Camera Images) folder or the folder where your photos are stored.

  4. Copy the photos to your computer.

  5. Connect your new iPhone to the computer and open iTunes.

  6. Select your iPhone in iTunes and go to the "Photos" tab.

  7. Choose the option to sync photos and select the folder where you copied the Samsung photos.

  8. Sync your iPhone to transfer the photos.

Transferring photos from an old iPhone to a new one

Although there are several different ways to transfer photos from your old iPhone to a new one, here are the quickest and easiest.

Transferring photos with iCloud

  1. Connect your old iPhone to the Wi-Fi network and let it sync your photos to iCloud.

  2. Ensure that iCloud Photos is enabled on your old iPhone. You can check this by going to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos and toggling on iCloud Photos.

  3. On your new iPhone, sign in with the same Apple ID you used on your old iPhone.

  4. During the setup process or after setup, choose to restore from an iCloud backup.

  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to restore your new iPhone from the iCloud backup.

  6. Once the setup is complete, your photos should start syncing to your new iPhone.

Using Quick Start

  1. If both your old and new iPhones are running iOS 11 or later, you can use the Quick Start feature to transfer your photos and other data like call logs or messages.

  2. Turn on Bluetooth on both iPhones, connect them to the same WiFi and place them close to each other.

  3. Follow the on-screen instructions on your new iPhone until you see the Quick Start screen.

  4. Use your old iPhone to scan the animation on your new iPhone.

  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up Face ID or Touch ID on your new iPhone.

  6. Select the option to transfer data from your old iPhone to your new iPhone.

  7. Wait for the transfer process to complete. This may take some time depending on the amount of data being transferred, including photos.

Transferring photos from an old Samsung phone to a new one

Sticking with Samsung? No problem - you can transfer your photos and videos from your old phone to your new Samsung in an instant.

Using Smart Switch

Samsung's Smart Switch app is a tool that allows you to transfer data between Samsung devices, including photos.

  1. Launch or install the Smart Switch app on both your old and new Samsung phones from the Google Play Store.

  2. Open the Smart Switch app on both phones.

  3. You can choose to transfer data wirelessly or via a USB cable, depending on your preference.

  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to connect the two devices.

  5. Select the photos you want to transfer and start the transfer process.

Using Samsung Cloud

  1. If you have backed up your photos to Samsung Cloud on your old Samsung phone, you can restore them on your new phone.

  2. On your old Samsung phone, go to Settings > Accounts and Backup> Samsung Cloud.

  3. Select the option to back up your photos and other data to Samsung Cloud.

  4. On your new Samsung phone, sign in with the same Samsung account you used on your old phone.

  5. Go to Settings > Accounts and Backup> Samsung Cloud, and select the option to restore data.

  6. Choose the photos you want to restore and initiate the restoration process.

What to do before and after transferring your photos from an old phone to a new one

You don’t want to fill up your new device with data you don’t need, so decluttering your phone before transferring over photos and videos is always a good idea. 

Wondering what to do with your old device? If you’re making a move to Apple or upgrading your Android model, you can compare prices and sell your Samsung for the best price. Alternatively, you can sell your iPhone with Compare and Recycle, too.

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