How to Transfer Apps to a New Android Device

The Android installation process screen
Ben Stockton

A new Android device means transferring all your content, including your favorite applications, from the old to the new. You do not have to do it manually because Google offers integrated support for backing up and restoring your content. Here's how you do it.

These steps may vary depending on the manufacturer of your device, the Android version, and are only available on the most recent versions of Android. If these steps are not available, you can use a third-party application provided by the manufacturer of your device to transfer your apps instead.

Using the Google Backup Method

Google uses your Google Account to back up your content, including apps, using the included Drive storage. Before making transfers, you must make sure that you have enabled Google Backup on your old device.

Enable Google Backup

To get started, go to the "Settings" menu of your device in the application tray or by sliding your finger down to access the shadow of your notification, then press the icon representing a gear wheel.

Access your Android settings from the shadow of your notifications

Then press "System". If you have a Samsung device, the option is "Accounts and Backup".

Tap Accounts and backup

In the following menu, Samsung owners will have to press "Save and Restore". Other Android device owners may skip this step.

Tap Backup and restore

Tap "Save". Samsung owners, make sure the "Save my data" option is enabled, then select "Google Account".

Toggle Back up my data, and then tap Google Account

Make sure the "Save to Google Drive" option is enabled and tap "Back up now" to make sure your apps are fully backed up.

Toggle backup on Google Drive

You can also tap "Application Data" to scroll down and check that each application you want to transfer is listed. If this is the case, you are ready to begin the transfer. You must switch to your new device.

Transfer your apps to your new device

When you turn on a new Android device or device that has been reset to factory settingsYou will have the option to restore your content (including apps) from your Google Drive backup.

Again, it is important to note that these instructions may also vary depending on your version of Android and the manufacturer of your device.

Turn on your new device and follow the initial instructions until you have the opportunity to start restoring your data. Choose "Cloud Backup" to begin the process.

Tap a cloud backup

On the next screen, you may be prompted to sign in to your Google Account. So proceed first. You will see a list of recent Android device backups related to your Google Account.

To continue, tap the backup from the device you want to restore.

Tap the backup of your chosen device

You will receive a list of content options to restore, including your device settings and contacts. "Applications" may be deselected, so check the box next to it and select "Restore".

Tap the Applications check box, and then click Restore.

Once your data is restored, you can complete the rest of the setup process and start using your device.

Your applications will start to recover and you can continue with the rest of the setup process.

Once the restore is complete, your apps (and any other content) will be transferred to your new device from your Google Drive backup, ready for use.

Checking Your Google Play Store Application Library

If you've already set up your new device before restoring or transferring data, it may be worth looking at what apps you've previously installed with your Google Account. Your library of apps on the Play Store will allow you to quickly install any missing apps on your new device.

To get started, open the Google Play Store app, then expand the hamburger menu in the upper left corner.

Open the Google Play Store and tap the hamburger menu.

Tap "My apps and games".

Tap my apps and games

The Library tab contains a list of "Not on this device" devices. Click "Install" next to any of the applications (or any applications) that you want to install on your device.

Tap Install next to the application you want to install.

Use of third-party applications

The most efficient and reliable method for most users is to use Google's built-in backup method to transfer your apps and other content. If this option does not work for you, third-party applications are available.

Like the Google backup method, they will allow you to transfer your applications from one Android device to another. Most of these options are available on the Google Play Store and sometimes preinstalled.

The best and most reliable are those offered by device manufacturers such as LG mobile switch, Huawei Backup, and Samsung Smart Switch. There are also other third-party applications, such as Heliumbut their reputation is mixed, with users reporting that they do not work as well on some devices.

Samsung Smart Switchfor example, you will be able to transfer apps and other content from one Samsung device to another. You can do it wirelessly or connect your devices together with the help of a suitable USB cable.

Transfer iPhone to Android

Android and iOS are two completely different environments, so it's not possible to directly transfer your iPhone applications to an Android device. However, many developers offer their apps on both platforms, and Google can search for matching applications for you during the process of configuring the new device.

When you start setting up a new Android device, rather than choosing to transfer from a Google Drive backup, tap the option to transfer data from your iPhone, then follow the instructions to l & # 39; screen.

When setting up a new Android device, choose to restore data from an iPhone device.

Samsung device owners can also use the Smart Switch Application, which offers its own "Download corresponding applications" option during the transfer process.

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