How to use Android Tap & Go

News

Are you the proud owner of a new Android-powered smartphone? This is how to simply transfer your data...
by
How to use Android Tap & Go

What is Android Tap & Go?

Android’s Tap & Go service arrived with the Lollipop update a few years ago. It's really helpful for getting setup with a new smartphone - letting you transfer data from your old phone to your new one with a simple tap. No wires required.

It also means you don’t have to reinstall the apps you use day-to-day, which can be quite time consuming if you have lots of them. To get started there are two options.

Getting started

  • During the setup of your new phone, you’ll come to an option called Tap & Go. Don’t skip - this is the screen you’re after

  • Make sure NFC is activated on your old phone. To do this go to Settings (swipe down with two fingers from the top of the screen), More, flick NFC on

  • Tap the rear of the phones together to start the transfer – you’ll hear a short tone or feel a short vibrate to let you know this has worked

  • You’ll be asked if you want to continue with the transfer – if indeed you do, make it so

  • Sign in to your Google account on the new phone

  • Head to the Google Play Store and make sure all your apps are queued up waiting to download. We’d recommend you be connected to Wi-Fi when doing this, so you don’t use up loads of data downloading the apps

Further options

Alternatively, you don’t have to commit to a transfer during setup if you’d prefer to have a poke around your new phone first. Here’s option two…

  • After you’ve skipped all the setup screens, you’ll need to log in to your Google Play account

  • When you do this, you’ll be prompted to restore your phone, and to choose from a previous Android device from a drop-down menu

  • After that, select which apps you want to bring across from the drop-down menu below it

  • As we suggested above, head to the Google Play Store and make sure everything is queued up.

Got anything to add to this article, or any questions? Drop us a comment below and we'll get right back to you.

What are your thoughts? Join the conversation here…

comments powered by Disqus

23 June, 2017
The Samsung Gear Fit2 is a fantastic fitness tracker, and it's now had a major update....
23 June, 2017
If you think you might have missed any of the latest tech news, help is at hand....
22 June, 2017
Nintendo has enjoyed a lot of success recently with its mobile titles including Super...
21 June, 2017
Are you a serial selfie-taker? We've rounded up the best smartphones with great front-facing...
21 June, 2017
iD launches its new pay monthly plan with the help of #WeGotThis - iD Mobile’s new...

23 June, 2017
If you think you might have missed any of the latest tech news, help is at hand....
22 June, 2017
Nintendo has enjoyed a lot of success recently with its mobile titles including Super...
21 June, 2017
iD launches its new pay monthly plan with the help of #WeGotThis - iD Mobile’s new...
15 June, 2017
As of today, 15 June, there are no more charges attached to travelling or holidaying...
13 June, 2017
Huawei are back with a new set of smartphones, the P10 and P10 Plus. Both devices...
1 June, 2017
Got a new Android smartphone, and can't wait to get started with it? Using Tap and...
18 May, 2017
Google's annual I/O conference always has some great surprise announcements, and...
17 May, 2017
Samsung have just launched Samsung Pay in the UK. Here's everything you need to know...
20 April, 2017
HTC may have only just released the U Ultra and U Play, but it looks like the company...
28 March, 2017
Samsung has finally lifted the curtain on the brand new Galaxy S8. Both new smartphones...
21 March, 2017
Apple has lifted the curtain on a new colour variant for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus,...
13 March, 2017
J.D. Wetherspoon has launched an app that lets punters order food and drink using...