Google has put together detailed, detailed guidelines to allow owners of new Pixel smartphones to set up their devices, including data transfer.
New Google The Pixel 5 5G or even the slightly older Pixel 4a 5G will be at the top of many wish lists this holiday season. For those who are still using older Pixel smartphones or those who want to see what Pixel has to offer, now might be a good time as always to start a new one with a new device. Even better is that, despite the typical fears that come with setting up a new phone, Google has made a tremendous effort to make the process as simple as possible.
The Pixel 5 5G is the latest in Google’s line of smartphones, launched in October 2020. The new Pixel has features such as a fingerprint sensor and a design that is no less and no more, as well as a battery that can last up to 48 hours on a single charge device. It also costs $ 699, making the still relevant Google Pixel 4a with a 5G cheaper alternative with $ 499. The Pixel 4a 5G release highlights, among other things, the 6.2-inch Full HD + OLED screen.
For new owners of any of these phones, their setup usually begins with transferring data from the current phone to the new Pixel. Google says data can be transferred automatically from most phones that have Android 5.0 and later or iOS 8.0 and later, or users can choose to transfer their data manually. The third option here involves skipping data transfers and choosing to start from scratch. In this scenario, brand new owners of the Pixel 5 5G or Pixel 4a 5G must turn on the smartphone, tap “Start” and then select “Set as new”. This will allow users to begin the process of personalizing their phones by doing things like adding accounts and selecting settings. The best part of the setup is that Google guides users through each step through its on-screen queries.
Android vs. iPhone: Transfer data to Google Pixel
Understandably, many new Pixel owners won’t want to start over. That’s why Google has outlined download guides for both Android and iPhone devices. For example, the Android transfer guide is divided into three different steps: knowing what the user is copying to the new Pixel (and who is not), preparing for the copy, and the actual process of copying the data. This last step involves tapping the boot option on the user’s new Pixel device, connecting to the WiFi network and the mobile operator, and selecting the “Copy your data” option. From there, users will unlock their current phone, connect devices with a cable or quick-switch adapter, and tap ‘Copy’. The steps on the screen will take things from there, allowing the new Pixel phone to copy all or just the data that users specifically want to transfer. At the end of the transfer, users will receive a notification informing them that the process is complete.
Google’s iPhone transfer guide follows a similar path, with a few key differences. For example, iPhone users will need to turn off iMessage and Facetime as part of Step 2. Then, in step 3 of copying the data, iPhone users will need to tap ‘Trust’ after establishing a physical connection between the two phones. From there, you will be prompted to sign in to your Google Account on your new Pixel and then complete the rest of the copy process. Usefully, the new Pixel will add an Android version of its old iPhone apps when applicable.
Although there are a number of steps in both of these processes, Google has developed easy-to-follow guides for performing these data transfers as part of setting up new Pixel phones. If Google was trying to remove the hassle of changing the brand as one of the reasons why iPhone users won’t switch to Pixels, it’s safe to say they achieved that, and then some.
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