When I get a new Android phone, can I migrate all of my data or do I have to start over?


I've had my first Android smartphone for almost two years, and I think it is time for an upgrade. This is the first time I've replaced a smartphone, and I don't know how big of a deal it is. Do I get to keep all of my data and apps? I assume that I can go reinstall the apps from the Android Market, er, Google Play. But what about all of the data that makes most of those apps actually useful, do I have to start from scratch?  And is there an easier way than just reinstalling everything?

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Well, the upside from a convenience standpoint on a Android is that info in your Google Accounts is physically separate from your old phone, and will be there for your new phone too.  If you use Google Music, for example, all of your music will be in the cloud.  I guess that is true of Apple's products too, just a different universe with iTunes.  Much of your data such as music, pictures, etc., are probably already stored on your existing phone's SD card, which should be a simple switch out, or you can copy the data if you prefer.  If you do want to copy it, the easiest and safest way is probably to use Dropbox to make backups.  You should be able to Google Play and push all your apps into your new phone.      


Assuming that your phone isn't rooted, there is an easy way to take care of it, all for the low, low price of $4.99 plus tax.  MyBackup Pro will pretty much do it for you.  Install it on both your old and new Android, and the app will guide you through the process of moving things over and/or backing up your data on the company's servers.  You get everything done on your old device, then go over to your new one and choose to restore apps and media, and the app should do the rest.  Repeat for data and that should do it.  If you phone is rooted, there is a version of MyBackup for that, but I have never tried it.  


The process should be pretty easy.  I would spend the $5 myself, but it isn't absolutely necessary. 

Kerilyn Lovell

I did what you said about installing my backup pro, however on my old samsung the files show up but when I put it on my new samsung the files that I put them in don't show up. I even used a file manager app and the files show up on my old phone but they don't show up on my new phone. What am I doing wrong? Will I need to root my phone?
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Hmm. Good question. Are you buying your new phone from the same manufacturer? That might go a long way toward a positive answer to your question. Frankly though, I'm not sure. Android is very different than using an iPhone (which is what I use).

Wendding Dresses
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Yes friend. If you buy the android phone from the MoonarStore, you can enter the forum help you how to migrate all of you data on your new android phone. It can help you not star new and can easy enjoying the old files from your old phone to new one. Good luck!

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Maybe you can try an app called Titanium Backup to help. But root is required. If you want to transfer other data such as sms, mms, contact, call log, calendar, bookmark etc, I recommend Android Data Transfer. It is a pc program which lets you transfer data between Android phones directly on computer. Hope it helps.


PS: Transferring data between Android and iPhone is also supported.


Best luck!

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Follow these handy instructions to transfer all the data directly from one Android device to another. It's so darn easy!

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Maybe you can try an app called Phone Transfer to help. But root is required. If you want to transfer other data such as sms, mms, contact, call log, calendar, bookmark etc. It is a pc program which lets you transfer data between Android phones directly on computer. Hope it helps.

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