How to Keep Your Stuff When Switching From One Android Smartphone to Another
So, you’ve had your Android smartphone for quite some time now and feel the need to switch to a newer Android powered device. Problem is, you’re too comfortable with the setup on your current device and don’t want to start from scratch all over again. It’s okay! You can seamlessly transfer over everything from your current Android device to your new one.
Remember when you were forced to create a Gmail account before accessing your current Android device? Although it didn’t make sense at the time, it will now. Your Gmail account automatically backs up all applications, music, etc. downloaded from the Google Play Store, contacts, email, calendars, Chrome browser data, Google Talk chat logs, some systems settings and third-party app data. The most important things are backed up automatically so that you don’t have to worry about losing your email, contacts, apps, or even Wi-Fi passwords that were previously saved. Before you start, you may want to connect to Wi-Fi to conserve your data usage. Then, once you get your new Android device booted up, just login to your Gmail account and everything should start transferring over on its own.
While all the above mentioned information is automatically backed up via Gmail, it’s important to understand what information is not backed up. Google will not back up your SMS messages, Google authenticator data, game progress, logins or app settings. If you must have this information transferred over, you may want to consider an application geared towards backing up all data.
Now, you’re probably wondering – what about my photos?
The most practical way to save your photos is to back them up to your SD card and install that same SD card onto your new Android device. To ensure your photos are automatically synced to your SD card, simply go to your camera application, click on settings, scroll down to storage and choose your SD card. Now, all photos taken will be automatically saved to the SD card installed on your device.
The alternative route is to backup your photos to a cloud-based system such as Google+. If you’ve already installed the Google+ app, you can enable “Instant Upload” for your photos. Now, any photos taken will be automatically uploaded to a private album in your Google+ account online. On the other hand, you could use the Dropbox or Facebook applications to automatically upload photos online.
In a nutshell, your Gmail account will automatically back up the most important data by default. Remember, photos can easily be saved to an SD card, or cloud-based backup system. Have you used any backup applications to transfer over information on your Android device? Feel free to drop a comment below and suggest your favorites.