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Topic # 160342 3-Jan-2015 09:18
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Hi,

I want to move from one android device to another (namely a Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini to a Samsung Galaxy S3) and I want to take all of my data with me, I am not too worried about setting as many of these change from time to time anyway and putting the settings in manually will give me a chance to explore any differences between the two devices as far as features and capabilities go.

I have looked at Samsung's 'Smart Switch' which seems to cover most of the basics, calendar (important as it would be painful to locate and re-enter all that, memo's, messages (handy as it brings your conversation history) and any contacts stored on the phone.  it also brings music, videos, photos, documents and a list of your apps.  What it does not bring is your call log, or any app data as you have to re-install from the list, all it does is to save you cross referencing with your old device and searching in Google Play.

I would like to bring across my call log as well as the data from some of my apps in addition to the above.  The apps in questions would be Chess free, 4 Pics 1 Word and most importantly Viber.  I don't see any way to do this. 

What is the best app to do this, I have not and don't want to root either phone.  if I have to loose something so be it, but I would like to be sure.  there are a number of options as far as backup and restore go but which is the best one?  can I not just install on the new device and then copy and past the data file from the old device into the new and overwrite so that when I open the app, and it looks at the files it sees the old ones all there and presto all the old data is there?

Any help would be appreciated.

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  Reply # 1207510 3-Jan-2015 09:32
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Just make sure your phone sync's with google, that way calendar and contacts are transferred automatically and can also be accessed online - super helpful. Memos not sure, for text you can use SMS backup and restore. For random files just copy to an SD card, or you can transfer using AirDroid to your PC then upload to the old PC. Titanium Backup may help, if your phones are both rooted. Moving app data may work the same way, AirDroid.

Given I have everything possible sync'd if I lose my phone it's no big deal. Check here (contacts) and here (calendar) to see if you're sync'd already.




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  Reply # 1207517 3-Jan-2015 09:46
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for the sake of OP - how does one know that google has the latest backup of your phone? you flick the switch but i don't recall ever having a way of knowing whether it has your latest stuff.

also does the S3 mini have a Micro SD card? move all your data there too eg your pics musics videos etc




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  Reply # 1207533 3-Jan-2015 10:00
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If both phones have NFC then turn it on and bump the phones back to back until it beeps and follow the on screen prompts. Does it all




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  Reply # 1207534 3-Jan-2015 10:01
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There is a sync button (in the drop down menu, and in settings), and you can check the latest sync date/time in settings. Plus you can create a new contact and check it's available through the web interface.




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  Reply # 1207773 3-Jan-2015 18:27
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Hi,

Thanks all, both phones have NFC and Micro SD. It is not the pictures, videos or othe documents I am worried about as this will transfer via Micro SD. The contacts are on exchange server and the SMS can come across a number of ways. I was looking for an easy way to capture app data and if I could overwrite the new files created vy the new install with the ols ones if it would read the old data or if there was another option to move app data.

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