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Set Up My Nearby Device

With Configure My Nearby Device, no more headaches and wasted time every time you change your smartphone.

So it is always easy to configure and restore nearby device to restore all data, applications, passwords…. of your previous device.

If you are an Android user there is an option available on your device in which you can easily configure it with Google Set Nearby Device option which is available in Google Settings.

This feature helps you to restore your nearby device as long as you are on the same Wi-Fi and the device is near you.

It is always preferable to switch your device using, Ok Google set up my nearby device, or with the Google nearby device option when you first start your Android device, as it is easy and less time consuming.

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Guide to set up nearby devices (Android smartphones and tablets)

You can follow the steps mentioned below to easily set up any Android device, to set up nearby device.

First Step: The first thing you need to know is that some of these steps to follow from the guide only work on Android version 12 and later versions.

So the first thing is to check what version of Android you have on your old phone and this is how we do it;

  1. Find Settings or Configuration on your Device.
  2. At the bottom, tap System Phone Info. This and other steps may vary depending on the Android version, but it will always be similar.
  3. There you can see your “Android Version” and “Security Patch Level”.

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The Configure Nearby Device option is found in your device’s settings > Google Settings.

It is available on devices running on Android Marshmallow 6.0 or higher, having in Google settings configure nearby device.

Other checks and requirements we have to do before starting the Google settings process to set up a nearby device are as follows.

  1. Have both phones or mobiles charged, both the new one and the old one.
  2. Have internet access, ie, be near a wifi and have the key of course.
  3. You must also have a Google account with your password.
  4. Have access to the mobile or old phone, ie, have your pin, password, pattern and that is your volumetric fingerprint or facial recognition (or that is next to whoever).
You also have to activate Bluetooth, location and be connected to a Wifi connection or mobile network.
Notifications have to be enabled, if they are disabled go to Settings > Google > Device Connections> Devices> enable Show notifications.

As we have already said you have it as almost everything to configure your device in Google settings, configure nearby device.

How do we access the Configure My Nearby Device feature to copy your old phone to the new Android device?

We have more than one way to access the Configure My Nearby Device option and below we leave them all for you to choose the one you like the most.

1. With the Google Assistant command of “Ok Google, Set up my device”, COPY YOUR OLD Android Device to the NEW one.

If you say Ok Google, Set up my device, WITHOUT the Infinitive Verb, Google Assistant will initiate the setup of a new device making use of Google Home, such as:

Wireless headphones,
Wear OS watch,
Tablet,
Other compatible accessories with the legend “Made for Google” or “Made by Google”, smart home devices.

If what we want is to copy all or part of what we had in our old mobile to the new phone, to lose as little time as possible in the configuration and startup, with Ok Google .

And this we can also do with the Ok Google command, Configure my device (with the infinitive verb) and the procedure and manual you have it in this link.

2. The first time you turn on and configure the mobile.

You can do it, the first time we turn on our new Android device, and in the course of configuring the first steps of your device, you will get to “Copy applications and data” or “Do you have another device?” or “We welcome you to your brand phone” or something similar depending on your version of Android, we hit next.

Step 1 In this case you will have to tap “One Android phone backup” to copy the nearby device.

It also gives you the option to copy your data from an iPhone device from the cloud.

Step 2 Next it will ask you to speak the Google app on the old device, which we will do and on the next screen it asks you to say the Ok Google command, Set up my device, which we do.

If you still do not have Ok Google configured go through this article and you will have the best information, How to Configure ‘Ok Google’ on Any Device.

Step 3 As we can see in the images we will now press next on both mobiles, after this we will have to check that the same numbers and the same shapes appear on both mobiles and press next.

Step 4 Now we will have to click on Copy to old mobile and then we will have to verify our identity in the old mobile, in this example with the fingerprint or if not the one you have configured.

Step 5 Now we are finishing, click on Close on the old mobile and confirm the screen lock on the new one (if you had it configured).

Step 6 Now is when we choose what we want to copy from the other device, usually everything, ie, Applications, Contacts, Device Settings and even the call history.

We hit restore and we will have copied the old device to the new one, it’s as easy as that. We just need to finish the configuration or skip it and start using our new device with everything copied from the old one.

3. With the Configure Nearby Device option, it will copy your old device to the new Android device.

In this option you can see how to access in a manual way to Configure Nearby Device, through your device settings and without the “Ok Google” command.

The second way to access Configure My Nearby Device, is to look under Settings or Settings – Google – then Configure and Restore and there we see Configure My Nearby Device.

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After clicking on Configure Nearby Device, we will get the Let’s Get Started screen and we will have to follow as in the manual above starting from step 3 or as if we were using the command, Ok Google, Configure My Device (somewhat above).

Other Methods to Set Up My New Android Device

How to transfer everything from your old Android phone to your new one.

No one wants to spend a lifetime moving all their stuff to a new phone to set up my new device.

Here’s a quick and painless guide to get you up and running quickly.

Getting data from an old Android phone to a new one isn’t hard, but you need to follow these steps.

Getting a new phone is great, but transferring all your data from your old one is not.

Luckily, it’s gotten a lot better than it used to be, and it doesn’t require a lot of work anymore.

With a Google account and a little patience, you don’t need to be an Android genius to make sure your stuff can be easily transferred to a new phone.

Before you can do anything, you’ll need to make sure your old phone is connected to your Google account. It almost certainly is, but go to the Google tab in Settings to make sure.

Next, you’ll need to find your phone’s backup settings. The easiest way to find it is to type “backup” in the settings search bar.

Android backup

Your Google account comes with a great built-in backup inside Google Drive. Whether it’s stop setting up my new device or an old one.

Once you’re there, you’ll see a couple of options. It will automatically backup overnight, so once you turn it on, you won’t have to think about it again or mention, Ok Google Set up my device nearby.

On most android devices, you’ll likely find the toggle inside the Google tab, but the options will be the same: App Data, Call History, Contacts, Device Settings, Photos & Videos, and SMS Text Messages.

You have the option to select any or all of these as long as you back them up.

Since backups work through Google Drive, if you go to the app, you will see a Backup option in the sidebar.

Inside you’ll see a list of devices that have been backed up, with your current phone occupying the top slot (possibly with an odd name like SM-G96OU1 or HD 1905). Touch it and you can see when the last backup was performed and what apps were included.

To make you backups automatically without having to do anything you will have to go to Settings – Google – Backup – and check as you see in the picture Backup to Device.

In this last screen you can also “Create backup now” and it will make a backup of your device in a few minutes.

So you have in 2022 in the backup the following:

  1. App Data; You will have all the apps you have installed on that Google account.
  2. Call history; It will include date and to whom you made the calls sent and received.
  3. Device Settings; It will include all the settings of your device, among them, the wallpaper, wi-fi passwords you have to date and default applications.
  4. Sms; It will include all sent and received messages.

Other backups

Most Android phone manufacturers offer their own programs to help when it comes to moving your stuff.

Admittedly, they work best when transferring to a phone of the same brand (like a Galaxy S8 to a Galaxy S10), but in general they all do a good job. You can find it by typing backup in the search field in Settings.

Samsung, LG and other phone manufacturers offer their own backups and transfers within the Settings app.

Samsung offers its own service called Smart Switch which is integrated into Settings. Turn it on and sign into your Samsung account, and it will sync the same things Google does, plus your notes, alarms, messages, and even the home screen layout with your new phone.

The catch is that you need to use Samsung apps to get the most out of it.

In addition to proprietary backups, most phones will also allow you to transfer apps and settings.

You’ll be prompted during setup and most will require a cable, but it’s a good workaround if you don’t remember to back up regularly.

For example, LG also offers an app called Mobile Switch that lets you wirelessly transfer your photos, videos, music, text messages and apps from one LG phone to another.

Other phones allow you to transfer data from a competing phone, even an iPhone, but the results are somewhat spotty, so we recommend that you turn on Google Drive backups.

Backing up Photos 

Photos are quickly becoming the one thing that needs to be transferred from one phone to another, and Google has built a fantastic way to do this into its Photos app.

Available for all phones, it’s by far the best photo management option other than backups, so if you don’t use it regularly, you should.

To make sure it’s backing up everything, go to Settings in the sidebar and tap Back up & sync. Make sure the toggle is blue and that the backup account is the same one you use for everything else.

As of June 1, 2021, Google warns that we will no longer be able to use Google Photos to create backups of photos and videos without paying.

Only Pixel device owners will be able to upload high-quality (non-original) photos for free after June 1 without those images counting against their limit. This is the perk Google reserves for users of its proprietary devices.

Google will let you back up as many high-quality photos as you want after June 1, 2021, but they will count toward Google Drive storage.

If that resolution isn’t enough for you, you can opt to back up the original full-size photos to your Google Drive, but it will cost you.

Google Drive users only get 15GB for free, so if your camera roll is larger than that, you can pay per month for 1TB of storage. But whatever size you choose, all your photos will show up when you open the Google Photos app on your new phone.

In conclusion to have a backup of your photos from June 1, 2021 you are going to have to pay for an online service or do it like the “old school”, with the key from the mobile, to the pc and to the hard drive to save it.

Music Backup

When it comes to music, there are two ways to go.

If you are already subscribed to a streaming service like Spotify, YouTube Music or Apple Music, just head to the app on your new phone and log in to access all your songs.

This is your best option, as the loss of the Google Play Music app has made it difficult to play local songs on your phone.

If you’re not a streamer, YouTube music will help you along, allowing you to access files stored on your device without subscribing to the service.

It’s very rudimentary and a bit frustrating, but with a little patience, you’ll be able to make it work. To view your songs, simply save them to a microSD card or your Google Drive, then transfer them to the Files app on your new phone.

YouTube Music will find and display them in the Files tab on your device, and you’ll be able to play them as you like, but you won’t be able to add them to YouTube Music playlists or transfer them to another device.

Mail and Calendar

Even if you have Google Drive backups enabled, you’ll need to check a few more settings to make sure the most important things are done when you turn on your new phone.

Mail, of course, is the easiest of all. If you’re using Gmail, just sign in to your Google account to bring in all your messages, labels, etc.

And your other accounts, whether Outlook, iCloud or Hotmail, will be just as easy. Just download your favorite app, enter your username and password, and you’re on your way.

Plus, there are numerous apps like Newton and Blue Mail that will keep multiple accounts in sync with a single login.

For people and appointments, Google has you covered here as well. Even without a proper Google Drive backup, any entries entered into Calendar on your phone will automatically appear on your new phone as soon as you open the app.

Some calendar apps also sync with Google Calendar, so make sure it’s set up even if it’s not your preferred scheduling app.

SMS and MMS messages

Moving your conversations is a little harder than the rest, but it’s getting better. The easiest way is if you use WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger or some other third-party service, as you just log into the appropriate app to access your full chat history.

Also, if you have a Pixel phone and/or use Android Messages, there’s an option within your Google Drive backup to back up your SMS messages, though it will leave behind any photos or videos.

If you want to bring back all your SMS and MMS messages, you’ll need to download a backup tool.

So until Google starts backing up MMS messages, the safest way to move them all from Android Messages or your text messaging app of choice to a new phone is a backup service.

There are several in the Play Store-SMS Backup+ and SMS Backup & Restore are two of the most popular and highest-priced-and they act as a sort of middleman that collects your messages until you’re ready to transfer them to a new app.

It’s not the fastest process, so you’ll have to spend some time getting it to work if you have a lot of messages, but it works pretty well.

It’s puzzling that Google hasn’t implemented a similar system on Android, but for now, apps like SMS Backup+ will likely work.

A word of warning, though: Don’t wipe your old phone until you’re sure your messages have appeared on the new one. That way you’ll be able to start over if something goes wrong during the transfer.

And that’s it. With the right combination of apps and cloud services, you no longer have to worry about leaving anything behind when you get a new phone. No matter if you want your messages, music or mail, your Google account is the number one tool in your arsenal, and it’s quickly becoming a one-stop shop for backing up and transferring everything from one phone to another.

Android passwords

Your Google account stores passwords, but you’ll want to use a password manager for added security.

If you’re in doubt about whether app passwords are stored in your Google account, you can blacklist any app by using Smart Lock.

Or you can forgo everything and download a password manager. There are many great ones, such as Dashlane, LastPass, and 1Password, and all of them will store your passwords in an encrypted locker.

Most charge a fee, but it’s worth it. Just log in on your new phone and you’ll have access to all your passwords via Android’s autofill feature. (See PCWorld’s roundup of the best password managers for more details.)

For the rest of your web needs, head to Chrome’s settings.

Tap your account name and then sync it to see everything you want to store in the cloud, including bookmarks, history, open tabs, and saved credit cards. Once you select the ones you want, they’ll all be available when you log into Chrome on your new device.

Chrome passwords and bookmarks

If you use Chrome on your phone, you can also bring your browser history, passwords and bookmarks to your new phone.

First, go to the Google tab in Settings and scroll down to the Smart Password Lock option.

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This setting stores passwords for supported Chrome apps and sites in your Google Account.

If you enable it, the next time you access Chrome on your new phone, you won’t have to re-enter the same passwords over and over again.

It also works with some third-party apps, as long as the developers have built in support. Just go to the Security tab in your Google account to see which ones are stored.

Why can’t I set up nearby devices on Android?

However, the set my nearby device feature doesn’t work for some Android users. If you are one of them, here are the best ways to fix nearby Sharing not working on Android.

The solutions range from being as easy as bringing devices together to checking certain settings.

We suggest you read our guide on how to use Nearby Share on Android before continuing. That will give you an idea of what to expect.

1. RESET MOBILE.

The first solution you should try is to reboot the phone. Resetting has worked wonders for many people. It might help you too.

2. MOVE DEVICES CLOSE TOGETHER

While Nearby Sharing doesn’t require the phones to touch each other, they should be kept close together. Google recommends keeping them within 30 cm (12 inches) of each other.

3. ACTIVATE AIRPLANE MODE

The next thing you need to do is to activate the airplane mode on your Android phone. Enabling airplane mode disables all network connections on your phone.

Therefore, if the problem is network related, enabling airplane mode should fix it. Once enabled, wait a minute and then turn it off.

To enable airplane mode, open the Android phone’s quick settings panel (the one with the shortcuts to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.) and tap on airplane mode. To turn it off, tap on it again.

You can also go to Settings > Network & Internet. Enable the option next to Airplane mode.

4. CHECKING SUPPORTED DEVICES

Nearby sharing works only if both Android devices are running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above.

To check your Android version, go to Settings > About.

Check the number below the Android version. It should be 6 or higher, it’s similar to looking for the configure device option nearby.

5. ENABLE NEARBY SHARING

To use Nearby Sharing, you need to enable it on your phone. There are several ways to do this. You can enable it from the quick settings panel or from Settings.

Within Settings, go to Connected devices > Connection preferences. Tap on Proximity Sharing and enable the switch on the next screen.

Alternatively, go to Settings > Google > Device Connections > Nearby Sharing. On the next screen, enable the toggle key.

6. UNLOCKING DEVICE

Your device will not be visible, and you will not be able to use Share nearby if the screen is locked on your Android.

Unlock the screen so that nearby devices will detect your phone.

7. CLEAR THE CACHE MEMORY FOR PLAY SERVICES.

You should also try clearing the cache and data for the Google Play Services app.

Clearing the cache will not delete any files on your phone. See our explanation of what happens when you clear data on Android phones.

To clear the Play Services cache, go to Settings > Apps. Under all apps, look for Google Play Services. Tap on it.

Tap on Storage and then on Clear cache. Restart the phone. If the problem persists, tap Clear data or Clear storage depending on the available option.

8. UPDATE GOOGLE PLAY SERVICES

Normally, Google Play services are automatically updated in the background.

But sometimes, due to certain reasons, that doesn’t happen. You need to manually update Google Play services.

If you are unable to do so, please see the different ways to fix Google Play services that do not update.

9. ADD EMAIL ADDRESS

Share nearby requires an email address or phone number to function properly.

Go to the Share Nearby settings, as shown above, and add an email address.

In case an email address is already active and is not the one you would like to use, tap the email address to switch accounts.

Alternatively, try deleting the Google account from your phone. Find out how to remove Google account from Android phones and what happens when you delete Google account.

10. ENABLE BLUETOOTH AND LOCATION SERVICES

Usually, when you turn on Proximity Sharing, you will be prompted to enable Bluetooth and location on your phone.

In case you have turned them off or not turned them on, you can enable both manually from the quick settings panel.

Tap the Bluetooth and Location buttons to enable them.

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