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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.

Battery Saving Tips for Your Android Smartphone

Is the battery on your Android powered smartphone in a constant drain? It’s okay – you can improve your battery life! The longevity of your battery depends on how you are using your smartphone, and by following these tips, you can get the most out of your device –

  • When your device is not in use, press the lock button to turn off your screen rather than wait for the screen to automatically turn itself off
  • Don’t use live wallpapers!
  • Lower your screen’s brightness level, or set it to automatically adjust itself
  • Close out apps that drain power when you don’t need them
  • Turn off your GPS connection when not in use
  • Turn off Bluetooth when not in use
  • Manage your phone’s settings for auto-sync. Android phones are known to drain battery life when constantly searching for app updates.

More Things To Do With Your Smartphone – Continuing to Fuel the Growth

October 26th, 2012 1 comment

 

As the smartphone market grows, there continues to be more and more things to do with your smartphone. Let’s take a look at a few that popped up recently:

Getting Health Information on Smartphones

According to healthcare experts, smartphones are playing a bigger role in healthcare, and more changes will take place when providers connect with patients using smartphones and the related mobile apps.

According to a Manhattan Research survey, the number of U.S. adults using mobile phones for health-related activities, including looking up health information, grew from 61 million in 2011 to 75 million in 2012.

Mashable estimates that there are about 40,000 mobile health apps currently available for smartphones.  They range from apps that help patients access their health records electronically, log exercise time, monitor blood pressure levels, track pregnancies, and check nearby pollen levels, among other things related to healthcare information.

Exercising with your Pet

One of the top reasons people get smartphones is to keep track of things and to make phone calls. One of the top reasons people get dogs is to have a companion for exercise. Pet exercise apps can now add spice to your exercise by tracking your paths, times, distance, pace and other fitness information. There is a community aspect that also allows you to share information with friends. Most of these types of apps are free, adding to the many things you can do with your smartphone.

Smartphone Shopping

Thirty percent of shoppers with smartphones said they search for better deals with their smartphones…while they’re shopping!

Smartphones are now part of several facets of the shopping experience, from getting shoppers to the store and in the door, to helping consumers compare prices and check availability. Smartphones also aid shoppers in interacting with their community and other shoppers across social networks, before, during and after the sale is complete.

Mobile shopping with smartphones is truly breaking down the walls of traditional brick-and-mortar stores by giving shoppers and consumers the ability to easily find a cheaper price or alternative product in another nearby store. Smartphone applications allow consumers to scan a product’s UPC bar code resulting in a list of prices for the same item or similar item at nearby stores or even through other, alternative online retailers. Smartphones are turning traditional stores into showrooms where customers test and research, but sometimes make their purchase elsewhere.

This truly is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what can be done with a smartphone that will only fuel higher usage, more apps, more conveniences and more consumer gratification.