How to Merge SMS, Contacts and Photos Between 2 Phones

Stop carrying two phones and want to merge data from two phones? Read this post to get some quick methods!

It’s so troublesome to use two phones simultaneously. Two phones mean two batteries, two SIM cards, and maybe two carriers, and need two pockets to fill.  That’s why you decided to stop carrying two phones.

But before giving away or selling one device, you may like to merge two phones with all the data you want to transfer, like text messages, contacts, music, or photos. So is there some method to easily make it?

  1. Do cellphone makers offer you some app to merge phones?
  2. Free methods to combine data from two smartphones?
  3. Merge text messages, music, and more data with Phone transfer apps

Do cellphone makers offer apps for merge phones?

Most of the cellphone makers offer free tools for new users to transfer data to their new phone for smoothly switch to their new product. However, these tools require you to erase the content on the target device before moving. This is completely different from the way of data merging.

Move to iOS and Samsung Smart Switch
Move to iOS and Samsung Smart Switch

For example, Apple Inc. developed the Move to iOS app for iPhone users to move data to iPhone from Android. But this app is only for a new iPhone or an erased iPhone that you’ve reset to factory setting.

Free methods to combine contacts, emails, photos, videos, and other media files between two phones

Luckily, there are some free methods you can use to transfer contacts and media files between two Phones. And we gathered a few of them for you to merge data.

1. Merge Contacts, Emails, and Calendar Events

Google, Yahoo, or some other email service could help you transfer contacts, emails, and calendars between two smartphones. This way is available for both iOS and Android phones.

2. Transfer Photos and Videos

You can import photos and videos to the computer from one mobile device and then get them to another device. And most of the brands support this way, even the Apple iPhones – you can sync photos to your iPhone using iTunes.

3. Merge Music from Two Mobile Phones

We love music and often listen to music using our handsets. If you are using Groove, Spotify, or some similar streaming services, it could be so easy to transfer songs to your new device by installing the related apps on your mobile phone – generally, the music will be downloaded to your device once you log in with your accounts.

If you saved songs into the storage of your android phone, you can export them to the computer and then put them on another phone. For an iPhone, you can use iTunes to add songs.

Merge Phone via Phone Transfer Apps

To 1-click merge text messages or WhatsApp data between two cell phones, you may have to choose some paid apps, such as Wondershare MobileTrans or iMobie AnyTrans.

With this kind of program, you can easily transfer between two smartphones with your favorite data and files, such as text messages, call logs, music, and so on.
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Merge text messages from two phones
Merge text messages, calendar, and so on from two phones

And most of the phone data transfer programs support merging data between two different phone brands, like transferring between Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phone.  So you don’t worried about whether it supports your smartphone brand or model.

Smart Switch Not Working to Migrate from iPhone to Samsung

It reported that Samsung newly released Galaxy S8 has a bigger and better screen than iPhone 7, to satisfy your pursuit of high quality experience on visual watching. And you finally choose to give away your iPhone and use one new Samsung phone after comparing the differences between Samsung and iPhone.

Certainly, you will not give away the data and files on your old iPhone. So you use some transfer tools to save files on your Apple device to computer, and use Samsung Smart Switch to migrate data from old iPhone to new Samsung smartphone. But the trouble comes that the Smart Switch not working to do the job and pop up errors.

Samsung Smart Switch issues and solutions:

  • Unsupported device
  • Can’t transfer some content
  • The content is too large

1. Samsung Smart Switch supported devices

If you got a messages “Unsupported device”, you should check its supported devices.

Smart Switch for Mobile

Smart Switch allows you to transfer using iCloud or using Micro USB adapter. If you use iCloud,  make sure you have an iPhone backup on iCloud server.

Smart Switch for Mac and Windows computer

Smart Switch works in Mac OS X 10.6 or later, and Windows XP or later. And it supports migrate data from any iPhone in iOS 4.2.1 or later.

2. Smart Switch not working to transfer some contents?

Smart Switch Mobile can transfer Calendar, Contacts, Messages Notes, Pictures, user-generated Videos, Alarms, App list, Call logs, Microsoft office/PDF and Wi-Fi settings from iPhone to your Samsung phone.

If you want to transfer music, lock screen settings, Story Album, and wallpaper, you can use Samsung Smart Switch fro PC or Mac app.

And there some files that Smart Switch doesn’t migrate from your old iPhone,

  • Music that you purchased from iTunes before 2009.
  • Photos that you copies from somewhere else.
  • Videos (TV shows, movies) that you purchased from iTunes.
  • Native iOS wallpapers.
  • Most of third-party app data.
  • Synced contacts and Calendars (Google, iCloud and Exchange)

3. Received alert of “the content is too large”

When the Samsung Smart switch didn’t work and it showed you this message, you may need remove some contents on your destination device, or backup your large-sized files to computer, instead of moving them to another mobile device.

You can join the discussion to talk about your issues of using Samsung Smart Switch to transfer data from iPhone to Samsung.

How to Transfer WhatsApp Messages Between Android and iPhone

WhatsApp is one of the most frequently used chatting apps on smartphones, and you may have stored lots of chats on your Android device. During switching from Android to iPhone, you may like to move all your WhatsApp chat history and attached images from the Android device to your new iPhone. But you may have found it’s not easy to make it via WhatsApp Backup and Restore.

You may have got a few apps to transfer WhatsApp chats between Android and iOS, but do they really work? We’ll cover these in this post.

Is it possible to use WhatsApp Backup & Restore to get chat history from Android to iPhone?

We’ve tried to follow a tutorial, using iCloud Drive to backup WhatsApp chats on Samsung Galaxy S7 and then restore the backup to the iPhone 8, but it failed. We found iOS won’t support restore WhatsApp Chats from iCloud drive to iPhone. We got stuck on this step. 

The backup way for WhatsApp data varies from the mobile operating system. The iOS devices use its default backup service iCloud to backup and restore WhatsApp chats. So it’s impossible to directly restore WhatsApp to iPhone from Google Drive used to make backups for Android devices.

How to Transfer WhatsApp Messages and Attaches to New iPhone

WhatsApp setting enables you to backup your chats and when you set up WhatsApp on another mobile phone, you can restore that chats from the backup.

Step 1

On Android phone, run WhatsApp Messenger and go to settings to backup Chats.

Transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone
Transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone – Credit from CNET
Step 2

Download and install WhatsApp on your iPhone 7.

Step 3

Run WhatsApp on iPhone, and set up with your WhatsApp account. Then restore chats from backup.

How to Transfer Android App to iPhone with Cached Data

Got a new Apple iPhone XS or XR? Is there a way to move your loved app with its cached data to your new iPhone from an Android smartphone?  Let’s talk about the methods to transfer apps from android to iPhone.

Is Move to iOS app able to transfer apps and app data?

Apple Move to iOS app will be definitely one of the best Android to iPhone transfer apps to migrate data to your new iPhone. This app is developed by Apple inc, and you can use it to copy all messages, contacts, calendars and some apps to your iOS device.

However, as Apple says, this Move to iOS app transfers only some free apps from android to iPhone, not including paid apps and app data. In fact, what Move to iOS do is just search and download apps from App Store again using the apps’ name on your old Android.

How to transfer apps and apps data to new iPhone?

It’s hard to move all apps from Android to iOS devices. And you have to purchased again on the App Store to get apps on your new iPhone. To moving app data, there is no easy way.

It seems that all depends on app itself. And you’ll find some apps supports app data migrating like WhatsApp, and you have to know whether your apps have data migrating feature.


Do you want to transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone? Read our post about how to transfer WhatsApps between phones.