How to Use Clone Phone to Transfer Data to a New OnePlus Phone

The app was formerly known as OnePlus Switch

This article explains how to use the OnePlus Clone Phone app (formerly OnePlus Switch) to transfer data from an old OnePlus device to a newer one.

How to Use Clone Phone to Transfer Files to Another Smartphone

Whether you're looking to transfer your apps and data to a new OnePlus or another Android device, the OnePlus Clone Phone app can automate the entire process with just a few taps of your screen. The following steps will get you through the whole process.

Don't worry, you aren't seeing things. OnePlus renamed the app from Switch to Clone Phone.

  1. Download Clone Phone on Google Play.

  2. Open Clone Phone on both devices. Choose the New phone option on the device that will be receiving data. Select Old phone on the device that will be sending data.

    Open Clone Phone app in Google Play and New Phone in Clone Phone app
  3. On the New phone, choose the phone type to export the data. Once selected, the app will generate a QR code that your old phone must scan to begin the data transfer. If the QR code doesn't work, the app can create an internet hotspot to facilitate the transfer.

    Example of a QR code generated in Clone Phone
  4. On the Old phone, you will have to scan the QR code on the new phone's screen or connect to the generated hotspot.

    Import data from a OnePlus phone and QR code scanner in Clone Phone
  5. Once both phones are connected, select the apps and data you'd like to transfer and tap Start Switching to begin the transfer.

Does OnePlus Switch/Clone Phone Transfer Whatsapp?

If used correctly, OnePlus Switch, now Clone Phone, will transfer the Whatsapp client itself without any issue. If that's all you needed the program to do, then you're already set. If you want to transfer all of your messages in addition to the app, then you should use Whatsapp's built-in manual backup system before switching to your new phone. The Whatsapp app can back up your messages through Google Drive, so be sure to do so before resetting your old device and moving to the new one.

Can OnePlus Phones Use Smart Switch?

OnePlus isn't the only mobile device manufacturer with an in-house data transfer solution. Samsung's Smart Switch is a popular solution when swapping to and from their line of devices. Though the Clone Phone (formerly OnePlus Switch) app doesn't interact directly with Smart Switch, you can use the latter program instead of the OnePlus app.

Is OnePlus Switch/Clone Phone Safe?

Protecting your data is an important idea to consider when swapping phones. As a localized application, the OnePlus Clone Phone app (formerly OnePlus Switch) connects your old phone directly to your new phone without having to connect to a third party's servers, so any data transferred should be safe from prying eyes. Once completed, it's good practice to completely wipe your old phone of any sensitive data before ditching it for your new device.

FAQ
  • How do I turn off my OnePlus phone?

    Hold down Power+Volume Up, then tap Power Off or Restart. If you want to turn it off with just the Power button, go to Settings > Buttons & Gestures > Press and hold the power button > Power Menu. To turn it off without the Power button, go to Settings > System > Power Off.

  • How do I factory reset my OnePlus phone?

    To factory reset your phone, go to Settings > System > Reset options > Erase all data (factory reset). Then, you can set up your device and restore your backed-up data. If your device is frozen, put it into Android recovery mode.

  • How do I root my OnePlus Phone?

    Before you root your phone, back up your data. Then, unlock the bootloader and install your APK or custom ROM. If you use an APK, download a root checker to verify that you rooted your phone successfully.

  • How do I unlock a OnePlus phone?

    All OnePlus phones come unlocked. If you switch carriers and need to unlock your phone, contact the carrier with the IMEI number. Each carrier has its own processes and policies for unlocking phones.

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