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How to Clone a Phone

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This guide will show you how to clone a phone using third-party apps. The instructions apply to iOS and Android devices; these programmes are generally designed to transfer an entire phone, not just the identifiers, to a new device.

What You Should Know

  • Connect the phone you want to copy to your PC or Mac, then connect another phone to transfer the copied data.
  • Only for Android: Install CLONEit on both mobile devices to transfer all data between them via Wi-Fi.
  • The device to which you copy your phone’s data may require its own SIM card to function.

Before You Clone Your Phone

Back up your Android device with Android backup tools or system backup, or your iOS device with iCloud backup. You should also back up any data that you are concerned about losing, such as family photos, on a different service to guarantee that nothing important is lost.

You can use them to load your data onto a new device if all you want to do is keep a complete version of the data on your phone. However, you may need to get a new SIM card from your provider. To learn more about their policy, contact their customer service department.

To clone your phone, you’ll need:

  • Your current device
  • The device you want to clone your phone onto
  • A PC or Mac

Clone an iPhone With Dr. Fone

Dr.Fone provides solutions that allow you to totally copy your phone to another device or completely erase data from a phone.

Set aside plenty of time for this, and make sure no one needs you on the phone. Consider having a desktop computer and a VoIP phone line accessible to make phone calls and receive texts while you wait.

What We Like

  • Flexible backup and restore.
  • Strong data erasing and backup options.
  • Speedy transfers of data between phones.

What We Don’t Like

  • More effective on Android than iOS.
  • Needs a PC or Mac to access the full suite of features.

Use Cloneit on Android Phones

CLONE It further simplifies the procedure; all that is required to clone from one phone to the other is the software on both phones and a Wi-Fi connection for the two phones to share. Simply configure one phone to send data and the other to receive data, and you’re done.

When the process is finished, open the new device and check to see if everything was properly transferred. If you discover that data has become corrupted, replace it with backup tools and enjoy your new phone.

What We Like

  • Simple, two-step “batch copy” of a device.
  • Works without a PC as a “bridge.”

What We Don’t Like

  • Android only.
  • Both devices need CloneIt installed to work.
  • Needs a lot of permissions to work, which may give more security conscious people pause.

For legal reasons, consumer software is unlikely to copy your phone’s identifiers. Be extremely sceptical of any app that claims to be able to do this, as it could be a “Trojan horse” designed to trick you into installing malicious software on your phone or the phone of someone else.

What Is Phone Cloning Anyway?

Phone cloning is the process of transferring the data and identity of one cell phone to another. Cloning might be a backup of the full phone or only the key identifiers of your phone.

Intercepting the signal was often a straightforward idea in the early days of mobile phones, when they were little more than radios. A hacker only needed to tune in your phone via ham radio and listen for the identifier.

It’s more difficult on modern phones, in part because SIM cards now come pre-loaded with a secret code. This makes cloning your phone’s identifiers more difficult, but not impossible, especially without plugging it in.

Why People Clone Their Phones

Despite the technical and legal issues, people generally copy a phone’s identifying data for a handful of perfectly legal reasons, the two most common being the ability to retain the features of a phone or to share a phone with someone in their household without paying for a second line.

Never clone another person’s phone, whether the IDs or the data. Whatever people claiming to be private detectives on the internet say, the former is illegal, and the latter may be illegal depending on how you access the phone.

Some people say that doing so renders their phone untraceable, however this is only folklore. Each device has a unique radio fingerprint that may be easily tracked due to the nature of how it operates.

It should be noted that these laws do not apply to your phone’s software or any data you put on your phone, such as photos you take, because duplicating that data will not allow another phone to listen in on your calls or share your phone number. Copying and transferring that data may be frowned upon by your carrier or phone manufacturer, and it may violate terms of service or end-user licence agreements (EULAs), but it’s usually permissible, if for no other reason than it’s difficult for these entities to track.

Cloning your phone’s identifiers, even if done for personal gain, may void your contract with your carrier and result in your phone being turned off. In some cases, your carrier may even terminate your service.

Also Read: How to Tether Your Android Phone for Free [updated]

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