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Smartphones with new features and advanced configurations are coming out in large numbers every day.

As a result, old handsets tend to become outdated. It is thus natural for you to look at options for trading your old smartphone for a new one. This warrants for moving and receiving data between the two smartphones. While buying the gadget can be thrilling, transferring content from the old smartphone to the latest device you are using could pose to be a challenge. And it is definitely not child’s play to transfer the contacts in your address book or the messages that you have received one by one.

Interestingly, most smartphone manufacturers have their own apps for this purpose irrespective of if you are doing the transfer between two smartphones of the same manufacturer or different ones. For example, Sony offers its very own Sony Xperia Transfer app while the counterpart offerings from HTC, Samsung, and LG are called HTC Transfer, Samsung Smart Switch, and LG Backup respectively. You can find these apps in your phone’s app store.  The app store is also a storehouse of other apps that are dedicated to doing this activity both quickly and effectively.

Fast File Transfer

This app is a really good choice for transferring large size files. The only prerequisite for the transfer is Wi-Fi connectivity on the two smartphones involved in the transfer. Both the sending and receiving smartphones must have Wi-Fi direct turned on. Additionally, the first handset must have the Fast File Transfer app installed while it is not mandatory in the other device. The second device must connect to the sender’s Wi-Fi hotspot and enter the IP address in the browser. Once this entry is done, file transfer commences immediately and gets done very fast. At present, this app is undergoing updates to include NFC pairing to make the transfer process still easier.

Super Beam

Like the Fast File Transfer, one way to transfer data with the Super Beam is a Wi-Fi direct connection. If this fails, the existing Wi-Fi connection between the two handsets works just as good. Alternatively, in case you do not want to opt for any kind of Wi-Fi connectivity, there are other choices such as manual sharing key, NFC, or QR codes. The manual sharing key is available only if you opt for the pro version of the app. The handset receiving the files does not need the data transfer app to be installed. In the event of not sensing a Wi-Fi direct connectivity, the app changes itself to the hotspot mode. Almost anything like videos, pictures, and music files can be transferred.

Cloud Services

As you know, cloud services by itself is not an app but a way to transfer data through platform independent apps like Dropbox, One Drive, and Google Drive committed to performing this task. The biggest advantage of cloud storage is that it is quite versatile and supported by IOS, Windows, and Android operating systems. Also, this storage can be accessed on any gadget, be it a smartphone, tablet or even your desktop computer.

Most cloud storage apps are free and offer 5 to 15GB space with the free version. Additional space can be got for a monthly fee. Almost anything can be transferred in large volumes. It must be noted that the download rate depends upon the speed of your Internet connection.  The advantage of using cloud storage apps is that the sending and receiving smartphones need not be in vicinity of each other. They can be far apart, even as far as two cities! This is because the transfer takes place over the Internet.


This pay and use app is platform dependent, and works only with handsets using Android, Symbian, or iOS operating system. With MobileTrans, transferring the enormous phone content is a breeze. Once the app is installed on the sending device, get both the source and destinations connected and start the transfer through an easy to follow interface. You can not only transfer the content that the above mentioned apps do for you, but also transfer the apps installed on the source smartphone.

Although there are various file transfer options available, Wi-Fi direct is the best choice if the two smartphones concerned are close to each other. This kind of transfer is not only fast but also reliable. But for long distance transfer, cloud services apps are mostly your best bet.