Switch from Another Android to Essential Phone

Hey, you got an Essential Phone! Thanks for being a customer. Here’s how to transfer your data from your Android device to your new PH-1.

Before getting started, make sure you’ve made a backup of your previous Android device to Google Drive. This backup includes:

  • Apps and app data
  • Call history
  • Device settings (including Wi-Fi passwords)
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Contacts
  • Photos and Videos
  • SMS/Text messages

If you’re unsure how to backup using Google Drive, and you still have your previous Android device, follow the steps below. If you’ve already made a backup, you can get started setting up your Essential Phone.

 

Backup to Google Drive using Android Nougat 7.0 or later
  1. Tap Settings. You can get to Settings either by swiping down from the top of your display, then tapping Settings_Cogwheel.png. Or swiping to open your App drawer, then tapping Settings_Cogwheel.png.
  2. Scroll down, then tap Backup & reset
  3. Tap Back up my data
  4. Turn on Back up my data
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Backup to Google Drive using Android Oreo 8.0 or later
  1. Tap Settings. You can get to Settings either by swiping down from the top of your display, then tapping Settings_Cogwheel.png. Or swiping to open your App drawer, then tapping Settings_Cogwheel.png.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the screen, then tap System
  3. Tap Backup
  4. Turn on Back up to Google Drive
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On your Essential Phone

You can now easily transfer the saved backup from your iPhone using Google Drive and your Google Account. During the setup process on your PH-1, select Copy your data on the Welcome to your Essential Phone screen. Then follow the prompts, and sign in to your Google Account using the same login details.

And check out our Support post for detailed instructions on how to set up your Essential Phone.

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