Moving files between Samsung devices is easy, thanks largely to their intuitive Smart Switch app. In this article, we show you the three methods that you can try to do this task. We highly recommend that you stick with the official methods to avoid putting your data or device security at risk.

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How to transfer files from your old Samsung to Galaxy S10

Below are the three ways to move files from your old Samsung phone to your new Galaxy S10.

Method 1: Transfer files from your old Samsung to Galaxy S10 using Smart Switch

Moving files between Samsung devices is best done with the help of Smart Switch. This app is the official content mover developed by Samsung itself so it is very stable and easy to use. We highly recommend that you use Smart Switch when transferring your files from your old device to your Galaxy S10. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. If you have an older Samsung S device (Galaxy S6 and below), or if you have a non-Galaxy phone or tablet, you may need to install Smart Switch first. You can get the app from Google Play Store. Smart Switch comes pre-installed on Samsung Galaxy S7 and newer versions. Once you’ve installed Smart Switch on your old device, proceed to step 2.
  2. On your Galaxy S10, open Smart Switch app, tap Wireless > Receive. Then, select your old phone.
  3. On your old Samsung, open Smart Switch app, tap Wireless > Send > Connect. Since the S10 is ready, it should connect to it automatically.
  4. If you want, you can also connect your Galaxy S10 using the PIN code displayed on the screen.
  5. After you’ve established a connection between the two devices, select the data you want to transfer from the old phone to your S10.
  6. Then, tap SEND at the bottom.
  7. Wait for the transfer to finish.
  8. Tap FINISH when done.

Method 2: Transfer files from your old Samsung to Galaxy S10 via NFC

If your device has NFC capability, you can also use it to move files to your new Galaxy S10. NFC stands for Near Field Communication. It’s basically a technology that allows data to be moved wirelessly between devices using electromagnetic induction. If your old Samsung has NFC capability, it’s another alternative to move your files to your S10. Here’s what you must do:

  1. Turn on NFC on both devices. The general steps should be to open Settings app, the tap on More Settings > NFC.
  2. Connect both devices wirelessly by touching them back to back. Once you feel slight vibration or hear a notification sound, that’s your cue that they are now wirelessly connected via electromagnetic induction.
  3. If Wi-Fi direct is off, NFC between devices may not work. Wi-Fi direct is enabled by default but if you want to turn it on, just go to Settings.
  4. Select the data type to move. Some of the selected file types supported by NFC transfer includes contacts, calendar, S Notes, Photos, DRM-free music, videos, and documents.
  5. Once you’ve selected the supported file type, tap on Transfer.
  6. Tap OK to confirm.

Method 3: Transfer files from your old Samsung to Galaxy S10 using third party apps

There are also unofficial ways to move files from your old Samsung to your Galaxy S10. This method involves installing a third party app. This has its benefits and risks. While some non-Samsung apps may offer features that are not in Smart Switch, some may also be risky. Apps of this type often have access to contents you may not want others to see and since there’s no direct way to know whether or not an app does what it promises to do, you may be compromising your phone if you use them. There are many apps in the Play Store that you can use but we won’t vouch for them. Use these apps at your own risk.


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