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Transferring Apps/Information to New Android Phone

by gohogsx4 / April 16, 2013 10:50 PM PDT

I am newer to the Android line of phones after finally switching from Iphone 5 to that Galaxy S3 and now having pre-ordered the S4. My question is - how do I transfer my contacts and app's/widget's and other things like Nova, etc from the S3 to the new S4 as seemlessly as possible? With iphone everything is done with Itunes and not quite sure how to do it with Android. Thanks in advance for the help.

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How do you backup your current android phone?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 17, 2013 1:23 AM PDT

It may sync to the new phone but this is why you read about Android fragmentation. I'm going to not write about sync or backup of apps because that's all been discussed before. Use google to find prior discussions but I'd look at my current backup software.

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Apps Transfer
by sergeantandroid / April 19, 2013 8:37 AM PDT

It's not going to let you transfer over apps/save data without some serious tinkering. Contacts are a breeze but otherwise your best bet is going to be to re-download stuff.

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(NT) Yup.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 19, 2013 8:39 AM PDT
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Transferring apps.
by eddie.karsten / April 26, 2013 6:45 PM PDT

Recently I changed from Samsung Galaxy W to Google Nexus 4 both Android, when I signed in to my Google account on new phone all my stuff (Apps) automatically loaded for me and ready to use. No problem blue-toothing contacts across to new phone either. Give it a go first. sign in to your Google account on new phone.

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Android makes this easy
by 3rdalbum / April 29, 2013 9:23 PM PDT

You just have to think slightly differently. On the iPhone, you have to make your computer act as the middle-man of data. On Android, Google is the middle-man.

If your contacts were created on the S3 as being attached to your Google/Gmail address (rather than being "Phone only") then they'll automatically come across to your S4 when you run through the S4's setup procedure.

Otherwise, there are "backup and restore" and "cloud backup" apps available in Google Play. Some of these can also do SMS.

With everything from the Google Play store, for instance apps, books, widgets etc, they will be available for download again on the new phone. You won't have to pay again because Google remembers which apps you have already paid for.

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