What’s Samsung Smart Switch?
After the excitement of getting your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, you may wonder how can you transfer the data from your previous device to Samsung Galaxy S6. For example, you may want to transfer contacts, messages, call logs, photos, media files, documents, and many other staff, from the old phone to the shining Galaxy S6.
Samsung smart switch has two main functions:
- Transferring data from your previous device to Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, or other Galaxy devices.
- Backup and restore Samsung Galaxy devices, including Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 edge.
Please note, if you are a Kies user for your Samsung devices, you need know that Samsung Galaxy S6 (and S6 edge) doe NOT work with Kies. You need download and install Smart Switch on your PC.
How to transfer data from your previous device to Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge with Samsung Smart Switch?
You can transfer data from your previous device to Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge in two ways:
- from mobile to mobile (WiFi direct will be used automatically). All you need is the Samsung Smart Switch Mobile app, which you can get from Play Store or Galaxy Apps.
- through a PC. You will need a USB cable and Smart Switch for PC.
Both ways give similar options. So, you need only one of them. In this guide, we will show you detailed step-by-step procedure for these 2 methods.
What old devices are supported for transferring data to Samsung Galaxy S6 through Smart Switch?
As Samsung Smart Switch is a Samsung product, most Samsung devices are supported.
For transferring data from mobile to Galaxy S6 (or from iCloud to Galaxy S6), here is the list of supported devices:
- Samsung Galaxy devices with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later versions
- any iCloud-enabled iOS devices.
- Selected other Android devices from LG, Sony, and HTC (you can try to install Smart Switch app from Play Store to determine whether it is supported.)
For transferring data through PC, here is the list of supported devices:
- Apple iPhone with iOS version 4.2.1 or later
- Blackberry with OS version 6.0–7.1
- Nokia with Series 40 (S40) OS or later
- Nokia with Symbian OS 6.0 or later, except Symbian OS 10.
- Samsung mobile devices.
Step-by-step guide on transferring data from your previous device to Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge using Samsung Smart Switch app
Step 1: Install Samsung Smart Switch Mobile on your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge
You can install the Samsung Smart Switch Mobile app from Google Play store or from Galaxy Apps.
In Play store app, search smart switch as shown below.
You should find Samsung Smart Switch Mobile is listed under Apps. If you cannot find it, tap MORE next to Apps.
Tap Samsung Smart Switch Mobile as shown below to find the details of this app.
Tap INSTALL as shown below in app page.
After acknowledging the permissions, you can install it as normal apps.
Step 2: Install Samsung Smart Switch Mobile on your previous device
In your old device, you can use the exactly identical procedure to install Samsung Smart Switch Mobile app.
If your mobile device is not of Samsung brand and you cannot find the app in Play store, very likely, your device is not supported. This method is not for you. You need transfer data through PC.
Step 3: Start Samsung Smart Switch Samsung Smart Switch MobileMobile on your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge
In Galaxy S6 or S6 edge, start the Smart Switch app.
When you start the app first time, you need agree the license. Check “I have read and agree to all the terms and conditions above“. Then tap NEXT as shown below.
Now, you need choose the device type of the previous device from which you want to transfer data to Galaxy S6.
In this example, we use Galaxy Note 4 as old device, so the device type is Android device.
Select Android Device as shown below (iOS device will be deselected automatically), then tap START.
Because you want to transfer data from your previous device to Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 (or Galaxy S6 edge) is a receiving device.
Select Receiving device as shown below.
Do not tap CONNECT as shown below. You should tap it on the old device.
Step 4: Start Samsung Smart Switch Mobile on your previous device
You need start Smart Switch app in the old device exactly as you did in Step 3.
But you need set the device as sending device. So, you need select Sending device as shown above.
Then tap CONNECT as shown above.
Step 5: Connect and transfer
After tapping CONNECT in the old device (sending device), in Galaxy S6, you can find the following info:
The device is now connected to XXXXXX
Select the content you want to transfer on the sending device, then tap SEND.
You need note the available space in your Galaxy S6 and make sure you should not select so many contents that the size is beyond the available space in your S6.
In the sending device (old device), you now can select content to be transferred to Galaxy S6.
After selecting content, tap SEND as shown below.
Step 6: Enjoy your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge, and throw away your previous device
Now, check the transferred content in Galaxy S6 or S6 edge.
Make sure all content are transferred properly before throwing away the old device.
How to transfer data from your previous device to Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge through PC?
If you cannot use mobile to mobile or iCloud to Galaxy S6 method to transfer data from previous device to Galaxy S6, you can try to transfer the data through PC using Smart Switch for PC.
Step 1: Install Smart Switch on PC (or Mac)
On the computer, visit www.samsung.com/smartswitch to download and install Smart Switch.
Step 2: On the computer, launch Smart Switch.
If your previous device is not a Samsung device, back up data to a computer using a program provided by the device’s manufacturer.
Then, skip to step 5..
Step 3: Connect your old Samsung device to the computer using the USB cable.
Step 4: Back up old Samsung device.
On the computer, follow the on-screen instructions to back up data from the device.
Once finishing backup, you must disconnect your previous device from the computer.
Step 5: Connect your Galaxy S6 (or S6 edge) to the computer using the USB cable.
Step 6: Transfer data to Galaxy S6
On the PC, follow the on-screen instructions to transfer data to your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge.
Can you transfer data from your previous device to Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge?
If you have any questions or encounter any problems to transfer data from your previous device to Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge with Samsung Smart Switch, please let us know in the comment box below.
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For other features of Galaxy S6, please check Galaxy S6 online manual page.
For detailed guides on how to use Samsung Galaxy S6, please check Galaxy S6 how-to guides page.