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Transfer data from an Android phone to a Pixel

You can copy data, like texts, photos, music, contacts, calendars, and apps.

Pixel | Set up your Pixel & copy data from your Android phone

Step 1: Know what copies to your Pixel

What copies during setup

You can copy these during setup:

  • Apps and app data
  • Music, photos, and videos
  • Google Accounts
  • Contacts stored on your device or a SIM card
  • Text messages that don't have photos, videos, or music
  • Most device settings (varies by device and Android version)

You'll see these when you sign in to your Google Account on your Pixel phone:

  • Email
  • Contacts
  • Calendar events
  • Any other information associated with your Google Account

Important: Contacts and calendars that you copy to your Pixel phone will sync and upload to your Google Account online. Information associated with your Google Account syncs when you sign in to your Google Account on your Pixel phone.​

What won't copy during setup
  • Downloads, like PDF files
  • Photos, videos, and music stored in hidden folders
  • Text messages that include photos, videos, or music
  • Apps that aren’t from the Google Play Store
  • Data from apps that don't use Android backup
  • Accounts other than Google Accounts and their data
  • Contacts and calendars synced to services other than Google
  • Ringtones
  • Certain device settings (varies by device and Android version)

Learn how to transfer some of this data after setup.

Step 2: Get ready to copy

  1. Charge both phones.
  2. On your current phone, install all available updates. Learn how to update Android.
  3. Find what you'll need. See what comes with your Pixel phone.
    • A cable that works with your current phone, like the cable you use to charge it
    • Your Quick Switch Adapter, if your current phone or cable has a connection other than USB-C
    • Your SIM card and SIM card insertion tool, unless Project Fi is your mobile carrier and you're using eSIM
  4. On your Pixel phone:
    1. Insert your SIM card. Learn how.
    2. Turn on your Pixel phone.
    3. You'll see a Start button. If you don't see "Start," learn how to return to setup.

Step 3: Copy your data

  1. On your Pixel phone:
    1. Tap Start
    2. Connect to a Wi-Fi or mobile network.
    3. Tap Copy your data.
  2. Turn on and unlock your current phone.
  3. Plug one end of a cable into your current phone. Plug the cable's other end into your Pixel phone. Or plug it into the Quick Switch Adapter and plug the adapter into your Pixel phone.
  4. On your current phone, tap Copy. Follow the on-screen steps.
  5. On your Pixel phone, you'll see a list of your data.
    • To copy all your data, tap Copy.
    • To copy only some data, first turn off what you don't want. Then tap Copy.
  6. When your transfer's done, you'll get a notification.

Troubleshoot copying your data

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