How to Transfer Applications from Phone to Phone
Bought a new phone? Awesome! Now it remains only to transfer applications and settings from the previous device.
Google always syncs calendars, contacts, documents to Drive, as well as Gmail settings and other account information between your devices, and with Android 5.0, the company began to offer the ability to transfer applications to new devices. With Android 6.0, this feature has been expanded to include application data, as well as system settings, with all the information stored in the cloud.
If you use the Google Start launcher, then the desktop wallpaper, the location of the icons and widgets, as well as the folder structure will be saved in the cloud, which allows you to transfer settings to a new phone and save the desktop layout.
Where is all this data stored? Google uploads a backup copy of the application data to Google Drive, allocating 25 MB for each application. Backup system data is not counted in the storage quota of Google Drive.
Today we will look at a way to transfer application data and settings when switching from an old Android phone to a new Android smartphone.
How to backup on Android
First, make sure that the backup service is on your current phone.
- Open Settings from the main screen of the device.
- Go to Recovery and reset.
- Switch Copy data at On.
- Check if specified correctly google backup account which will be backed up.
- Switch Auto recovery on the On to restore settings and data when reinstalling applications.
Now that you’ve enabled the backup service on Android, your system settings and application data will be automatically saved to Google Drive. When you switch to a new phone, you can use this service to restore settings, applications and their data.
How to transfer applications and data to a new Android phone
Transferring applications and data is very easy if you have Android 5.0 and higher. This option is available for phones as they are launched for the first time, or after they have been reset to factory settings.
- Press arrow on the welcome screen to start setting up your phone.
- Select system language.
- Go home Wi-Fi network.
- Select Accept and continue.
- Log in to your Google account.
- On the Google services page, you can choose whether you want to enable the backup service for your account.
- Choose your preference and click Further.
- If you want to add another account, you can do by clicking Add another email address. Otherwise, just select Not now and press Further.
- Now we come to transfer settings and applications from an old Android device.
- You will see a list of all your previous devices, and when was the last time you used them.
- Select a device to see all available transfer applications.
- If you want to transfer all applications and settings, click Reestablish.
- Do not want to transfer everything? Uncheck the box next to Restore all.
- Select selectively which applications you want to transfer and click Reestablish.
- You can now set up your fingerprint and turn on Google Now. Everything is ready! After the initial setup is completed, applications and settings will be restored in the background.
The ability to restore applications and settings is available on all modern phones running Android 6.0 and later, although there are a few exceptions. For example, Xiaomi phones, they generally do not offer recovery from a Google account. The fact is that the MIUI firmware used in Xiaomi smartphones has its own backup system. Mi Cloud.
Did you manage to transfer applications and data from Android to Android? Write about it in the comments.
There are situations when the necessary applications disappear from the Google Play Store, and downloading them from third-party sources is not always safe. Therefore, the best option is to transfer this APK from the device on which it is installed. Next, we will consider the available solutions to this problem.
How to transfer applications from phone to phone
Content. How to transfer applications from phone to phone:
We transfer applications from Android to Android
Before starting, I want to note that the first two methods transfer only APK files, and also do not work with games that save the cache in the device’s internal folder. The third method allows you to restore the application, including all its data, using a previously created backup.
Method 1: ES Explorer
ES Explorer mobile program is one of the most popular file management solutions on a smartphone or tablet. It has many useful functions and tools, and also allows you to transfer software to another device, and this is done as follows:
1. Turn on Bluetooth on both phones.
2. Launch ES Explorer and click on the “APPs“.
3. Tap and hold your finger on the desired icon.
4. After it is checked, select “Submit“.
5. The “Send using“, Here you should tap on”Bluetooth“.
6. The search for available devices starts. Find the second smartphone in the list and select it.
7. On the second device, confirm receipt of the file by tapping on “To accept“.
8. After the download is completed, you can go to the folder where the APK was saved and click on the file to start the installation.
9. The application was transferred from an unknown source, so it will be scanned first. Upon completion, you can continue the installation.
This completes the transfer process. You can immediately open the application and fully use it.
Method 2: APK Extractor
The second method is practically no different from the first. To solve the problem with the transfer of software, we decided to choose APK Extractor. It is tailored specifically for our requirements and copes with file transfer. If ES Explorer is not suitable for you and you decide to choose this option, do the following:
1. Go to the Google Play Store on the APK Extractor page and install it.
2. Wait for the download and installation to complete. Do not turn off the Internet during this process.
3. Launch APK Extractor by clicking on the appropriate button.
4. In the list, find the desired program and tap on it to display a menu where we are interested in the item “Submit“.
5. Sending will be done via Bluetooth technology.
6. From the list, select your second smartphone and confirm receipt of the APK on it.
Next, install in the manner shown in the final steps of the first method.
Some paid and protected applications may not be available for copying and transferring, so if an error occurs, it is better to repeat the process again, and when it reappears, use other transfer options. In addition, keep in mind that APK files are sometimes large, so copying takes a lot of time.
Method 3: Sync your Google Account
As you know, downloading applications from the Play Store becomes available only after registering your Google account.
On your Android device, you can sync your account, save data to the cloud, and back up. All these parameters are set automatically, but sometimes they are inactive, so you have to turn them on manually. After that, you can always install the old application on a new device, launch it, synchronize with your account and restore data.
Today you were introduced to three ways to transfer applications between Android smartphones or tablets. You only need to perform a few actions, after which there will be a successful copy of the data or recovery. Even an inexperienced user can cope with the task, just follow the instructions given.
Where applications are installed by default
Most applications that are downloaded from the Play Store are installed in the main memory of the device. Where a particular application is installed depends on the developer. He chooses the installation location when he writes the application.
What applications can be transferred to a memory card
Only some downloaded applications can be transferred to the card. Those that you downloaded yourself. System (preinstalled) applications cannot be transferred.
So that the downloaded application can be transferred to a memory card, its developer must provide for such an opportunity.
How to transfer the application
Open the device menu.
Find the “Applications” or “Application Manager.”
Select “Application Manager” if it is on your device. If this item is not there, go to the next step.
Find the application you want to transfer.
Select the “Memory” item, if it is on your device,
And click the “Change” button. If this item is not there, go to the next step.
Press the button “Transfer to memory card” or “Memory card”.
Click Move and follow the on-screen prompts.
Done. To transfer the application to the device’s memory, in step # 7, select “Transfer to device memory” or “Device memory”.
The application is not fully transferred, some remain in the device’s memory. The size of the remaining part depends on the application.
If you remove the memory card and insert it into another smartphone, the application will not work.
No buttons “Transfer to memory card” or “Change”
These applications cannot be transferred to the memory card, because the application developer did not provide such an opportunity.
You can check whether your device supports application transfer in the following way: download the game “Bejeweled Classic” from Electronic Arts on the Play Store and try transferring it to a memory card.
Screenshot from Play Store: icon and name of the game
If you manage to transfer the Bejeweled Classic game
Transferring applications to a memory card on your device works. Other applications are not portable because their developers did not provide such an opportunity.
If you can’t transfer the Bejeweled Classic game
There can be two reasons for this:
- Memory card not inserted or damaged. Insert or replace the memory card.
- On your Android device below version 4.2.2, in which there is no such possibility.