For some, upgrading or changing phone is quite a bothersome task of migrating his apps and personal data onto his new phone. Or if he is totally clueless, he might add these things manually, losing precious personal data (and time) on the apps he had from his old phone, in the process.
In this article, we will show a blow-by-blow account of two of some of the ways you can transfer your apps and files to your brand new spanking phone automatically. After all, what’s a smartphone if things like this are done manually?
1. Use your Google Play account to back up and restore phone data. *Before switching to a new phone, make sure that you had backed up your data in the settings menu.*
On your new phone, log on to your Google Play account, then tap on the left most part of the title bar. From there, click on My apps. The All tab will give you the list of all apps you ever installed (and even those you had uninstalled already). You can click the Install button on every app you wish to reinstate in your new device. Unfortunately, you have to install each and one of them. The good thing here though is all your saved games, file or what-have-you will be transferred to your new device.
2. Use a file manager and transfer between two devices using the cloud. There are some apps in the Google marketplace where you can transfer your personal files from your old to your new android device. We will show in this case the power of ASTRO file manager.
Open the app.
Swipe to right to open another page of menu.
Click on Application Manager.
Highlight all the apps you want to back up.
Click on Backup
Swipe to the left to open another page of menu.
Find the apk files from your local storage.
Copy the apk files. You can select one or many files at the same time.
Paste it in your cloud storage facility. We recommend using a Google Drive as your cloud storage.
On your new device, open Google Drive and find the files you want to install in your new phone.
Similarly, you can multiselect apk files to be installed in your new device, but you will be shown a prompt message for every apk before you restore them to your phone.
This particular method is also a good way to back up and restore apps that may get removed from the Google Play for whatever reason. The famed Flappy Bird is a good example.
Once done, you should be good to go. Although this process takes quite a bit of patience, a true gadgeteer knows the importance of regularly backing up apps not just for the purpose of a smooth transition from one phone to another but also for accidental data loss.