If you have a Samsung smartphone and want to keep your photos and files private, Secure Folder is perhaps one of the easiest ways to hide them. Apart from hiding the files, they are encrypted to ensure that they can access the files. But what happens when you upgrade to a new Samsung phone? How do you transfer files to new phone?
We’re going to focus on that in this post today as we show you how to transfer the contents of the Samsung Secure folder to your new phone.
But before we get to the point, let’s talk about a few limitations.
In the good old days, restoring old files and apps to a new phone was pretty simple. You had to make a backup of the old files and then restore that backup to the new phone. It’s that simple.
Recently, Samsung removed the option to back up your files, apps and folders to Safe Folder after several flaws were detected in some pre-installed Samsung apps, including Secure Folder.
With no local backup option available, we will have to go the old way where we will restore the contents of the Secure Folder to the primary space and then continue the transfer process from there.
note: Your files will no longer remain encrypted as long as they are outside the Secure Folder.
If you’re having trouble keeping your files in an unencrypted area for the time it takes to transfer the content, read on to learn how to proceed with the whole process.
How to Move Items from Secure Folder
Stage 1: Open Secure Folder on your phone and tap Gallery. Select all the photos you want to move to the new phone and tap More.
Step 2: Then select Move from Secure Folder.
Do the same for all other files. The process is mostly the same. Select the items, tap More and select Move from Secure Folder.
Once all your files have been moved to a new location, there are two ways to go about it.
Method 1: Simple Backup
Stage 1: Go to Settings > Accounts & Backup and select Back up data.
You will now have two options: Samsung Cloud backup and Google Drive backup. Choose one according to your preference and let the backup complete when done.
Step 2: On your other Samsung phone, go to Settings > Accounts & backup and select Restore data.
With this method, you just need to make a general backup of all your data to your Samsung account. This data will have all your apps, files and folders.
Obviously, you will have to sign up using the same Samsung account on both phones.
The easiest way is to use the Smart Switch. Using it, you can easily transfer content from an old Samsung device.
Method 2: Zip and Backup Individual Files
If you don’t want to go the general route, the ideal way would be to select individual files and compress them.
One of the best apps for compressing files on Android is RAR. RAR is from the guys who gave us Winrar. The good thing is that it allows you to encrypt and password protect your files. This is a free app. However, if you are satisfied with the service, you can choose to donate.
Naturally, RAR needs All Files permissions as it does file operations.
Stage 1: After RAR is installed, open the application and navigate to the folder you want to compress.
In our case, we only have Photos and screenshots to deal with. Once the photos are selected tap on the Plus icon at the top.
Step 2: Set the name of the archive. Then tap on Set Password option, set the password.
Now all you have to do is tap the OK button to create the RAR file. Select Delete Files if you want the files to be removed after the RAR folder is created.
By default, it will create a RAR file in the same folder location.
RAR provides the option to create both RAR files and ZIP files. However, according to the makers, the first one offers a better compression ratio, data recovery and encryption.
Stage 3: Once the RAR is created, open Google Drive and select the Plus icon > Upload > My Files > Internal Storage. From there, navigate to the location where you created the RAR folder and tap Install.
Once the installation is complete, all you have to do is download the same to the other smartphone and unzip it. Naturally, you will need RAR on the other phone as well.
And as you guessed, move them individually to the Secure Folder.
The method mentioned above is suitable for files, folders and photos. However, when it comes to moving applications, it’s best to load the fresh copy instead of this long method and then move it back to the Secure folder.