Preparing for your new Samsung Galaxy S7 will make the switch and upgrade much smoother and allow you to get up and running on your new Samsung Galaxy S7 faster. Some of these tasks can take a while to complete if you have not regularly backed up your existing Samsung Galaxy S7, so it’s a great idea to handle this before you get your new Samsung Galaxy S7.
Do you already have a Google Account?
A Google Account gives you access to Google products like Gmail, Google+, YouTube, and more with a single username and password. When you create a Google Account, you can use that same username and password to sign in to any Google product.
Create a Google Account
To create Google Account, go to the Create your Google Account page.
Can I check if I already have a Google Account?
If you’ve signed in to any Google product before (like Gmail, Google+ or YouTube), you already have a Google Account. You can use the same username and password you created for that product to sign in to any new Google products you’d like to try.
If you can’t remember ever signing in and would like to check if you have an account, just enter your email address on the password-assistance page. If there’s no Google Account associated with your email address, you’ll get a message that says ‘No account found with that email address’ you entered.
If you forgot your username or password, visit the “Trouble signing in page.”
Double Check Your Passwords
You will need to sign in to your Google and/or Samsung account on your new Samsung Galaxy S7 in many cases. First and foremost, you will need your Google Account email address and password, but after restoring the backup to your Samsung Galaxy S7 or Samsung Galaxy S7, it may ask you for your email and other passwords.
CURRENTLY USING AN ANDROID DEVICE?
Update Your OS and Apps
Check the apps installed on your device and delete those you don’t use. You may want to lose any apps that are no longer updated as developers who fail to do so are unlikely to improve them for the new Samsung Galaxy S7s. You should also delete any images or videos you don’t need. Make space.
It’s a good idea to update all of your apps now, especially if you plan to do a backup and transfer your content to your new Samsung Galaxy S7. If you have app updates pending, go ahead and update them now.
Backup Your Current Android Phone Most users will want to upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and bring all their apps and data to the new Samsung Galaxy S7 from their old Android device. While you can use some apps to transfer contacts and other items, the easiest way to do this is to backup your old Samsung Galaxy S7 and restore that to your Samsung Galaxy S7 during the setup process.
Back up apps
To back up your apps, follow these steps:
1. From the Home screen, tap the Apps icon.
2. Tap Settings.
3. Scroll to ‘Personal’, then tap Backup & reset.
4. Check Back up my data to back up any account data, Wi-Fi passwords, and other settings to Google servers.
5. Check Automatic restore to restore backed up settings and data when re-installing applications.
Back up contacts
To back up your contacts, follow these steps:
Back up to your Samsung or Google account
1. From the Home screen, tap Contacts.
2. Tap MORE.
3. Tap Settings.
4. Tap Move device contacts to. This saves any contacts not already saved to your Google or Samsung account.
5. From the Home screen, tap the Apps icon.
6. Tap Settings.
7. Tap Accounts.
8. Tap the account you would like to sync.
9. Tap the MORE icon.
10. Tap Sync now.
Back up to your SD card
1. From any Home screen, tap Apps.
2. Tap Contacts.
3. Tap the MORE icon > Settings.
4. If necessary, tap Contacts to display > All contacts.
5. Tap Import / Export contacts.
6. Tap Export to SD card.
7. Review the file name for the contact list on the pop-up message.
8. Tap OK to confirm export.
9. A message flashes at the top of the screen indicating the contacts will be exported.
Back up media & pictures
To back up your media and pictures, follow these steps:
Using your phone
1. From any Home screen, tap Apps.
2. Tap My Files.
3. Tap Device storage.
4. Tap the MORE icon located at top-right to expand the drop-down menu.
5. Tap Edit.
6. Locate the folders containing the desired media and picture files. o Pictures you capture using the Camera app are stored in the DCIM folder. o Media files are usually stored in Notifications, Downloads, or other file names.
7. To the left of the desired file or folder, select the check box.
8. Repeat as desired.
9. Tap the MORE icon located at top-right to expand the drop-down menu.
10. Tap Copy.
11. Tap SD card.
12. If necessary, navigate to and tap the desired folder.
13. Tap Paste here.
CURRENTLY USING AN APPLE IPHONE?
Apple will often introduce new versions of iTunes, so you should always check for the latest updates and apply those updates.
Update Your iOS, Apps and Backup Your Purchases Check the apps installed on your device and delete those you don’t use. You may want to lose any apps that are no longer updated as developers who fail to do so are unlikely to improve them for the new iPhones. You should also delete any images or videos you don’t need. Make space.
It’s a good idea to update all of your apps now, especially if you plan to do an iTunes backup and transfer your content to the computer for syncing to your new iPhone. If you have app updates pending, go ahead and update them now.
When you plug your iPhone into your computer you can choose to transfer purchases to your computer. To do this open iTunes with your iPhone connected, go to File and then Devices and choose Transfer Purchases.
This is something you can skip if you use an iCloud backup since you can re-download the iTunes purchases without paying for them again easily.
Double Check Your Passwords
You will need to sign in to your Apple ID accounts in many cases. First and foremost, you will need your Apple ID and password, but after restoring the backup to, it may ask you for your email and other passwords.
If you backup to iTunes and use an encrypted backup, make sure you know what that password is as well.
Make Sure Your Photos Are Backed Up
If you already use iCloud Photo Library to keep your iPhone photos backed up and accessible on all of your Apple devices, you should be good to go.
For users who don’t use iCloud Photo Library, make sure you sync your photos to your computer or back them up to a service like Google Photos so you can access them on your new iPhone and so that you don’t lose them if you trade in your old iPhone or sell it.
Backup Your Old iPhone
Most users will want to upgrade to the iPhone 6S and bring all their apps and data to the new iPhone from the old. While you can use some apps to transfer contacts and other items, the easiest way to do this is to backup your old iPhone and restore that to your iPhone 6S during the setup process.
Apple offers two ways to backup, in the cloud using iCloud or on your computer using iTunes. We recommend backing up using both!! You can use iCloud backup which keeps a copy of your iPhone online and available wherever you are, complete with all your apps. This is the best way to back up your iPhone for most users since it creates a new backup every night when you charge your iPhone and it is locked. Here’s how to backup to iCloud.
Backup to iCloud:
• Visit Settings>iCloud>Storage & Backup
• Toggle iCloud Backup to green if it’s off
• Tap Back Up Now.
You can also backup locally to iTunes. When you do this you will need to plug-in when you want to backup and you will then need to plug your iPhone 6S in to that computer to restore from the backup. Here is how to backup your iPhone to iTunes.
Back up to iTunes:
• Connect your device
• Open iTunes
• Click the Devices button in the upper right
• In Backups click Back Up Now under Manually Back Up and Restore.
iCloud Backup doesn’t back up media you didn’t purchase from iTunes. If you have several Gigabytes of photos or videos saved to your device, you may not want to back these up to iCloud to save space. You can choose which things to back up to iCloud in Settings>iCloud>Storage & Backup>Manage Storage>Backups>Backup Options. Don’t worry — these items will be in iTunes backup.