Moving to a new Android handset can be a pain. The process of transferring all your data – apps, contacts, music – from an old device to a new one can be a little hectic. Thanks to the multiple backup tools for Android that integrates perfectly with the cloud services.
With the right Google tools and third-party applications, you should be able to easily squash the agony that comes with a new device.
If you are using Google Now Launcher, the home screen background, the widget and icon layout is now saved to the cloud, letting Android users to restore their settings to a new device and retain the home screen layout.
- Go to Settings from the app drawer or home screen
- Tap on Backup & reset
- Click Back up my data and turn it on
- Go back to Backup & reset
- Make sure the correct Google account is checked since it will be associated with the Backup account
- Turn the Automatic restore feature; On so as you can restore data and settings when installing an application.
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Now that you have activated the backup service, the app data and, your device’s settings are automatically saved to Google Drive. When you are switching to a brand new device, you can depend on the backup service to restore your application, settings, and data.
How to restore data and apps on a new Android device
Restoring applications is easy as one to three if you are using a smartphone running Android Lollipop and above. This setting is available to devices as they are booting up for the very first time or after they have been factory reset.
- Choose the arrow found at the welcome screen
- Choose System language
- Enter your Wi-Fi- network
- Tap on Accept and continue
- From here, you can copy your apps, data and Google accounts from another handset, for now, we will not go to this option.
- Log into the Google account registered in your old device.
- Select Accept to sign in
- At the Google services page, select if you want to activate the backup service.
- Select your preferences, and then tap Next
- In case you want to add an email account, do so in Add another email In case you don’t want to, hit Not now and tap Next.
- At the Which device? section, choose the handset to restore from.
- You will see a display of the list of your previous handsets.
- Choose a handset to see all the applications, data, and settings that are available for restore.
- Hit Restore
- If you do not want everything to be restored, tap on the arrow that is next to Restore all.
- Choose the data and applications you want to restore.
- Click Restore to retrieve settings and applications from the cloud.
- Set up the fingerprint security and activate Google Now
Once the setup is complete, settings and applications are restored in the background.
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