For some, upgrading or changing phones is quite a bothersome task of migrating apps and personal data onto the new phone. Or if the person is totally clueless, they might add these things manually, losing precious personal data (and time) on the apps they had from their old phone, in the process.
In this article, we will show a blow-by-blow account of two of the ways you can transfer your apps and files to your brand spanking new 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 have backed up your data in the settings menu.*
On your new phone, log on to your Google Play account, then tap on the far left part of the title bar. From there, click on My apps. The All tab will give you the list of all apps you have ever installed (and even those you had uninstalled already). You can click the Install button on every app you wish to reinstate on your new device. Unfortunately, you have to install each and every one of them. The good thing here though is all your saved games, files 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 into your cloud storage facility. We recommend using a Google Drive for 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 on your new device, but you will be shown a prompt message for every apk file 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 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 of apps, not just for the purpose of a smooth transition from one phone to another but also in case of accidental data loss.