Originally Posted by krazykased
Hi All, new to the forum and hopefully someone can help. I have a HTC Eris that is currently not on the network after I switched over to the new RAZR. There are two free apps on my old phone (no longer available on the market) that I want to transfer. What's the best way of doing this? Phone is not rooted, but would definitely consider rooting to do this. Although a lot of the rooting procedures I'm reading says you have to wipe the phone first so that wouldn't be helpful in my situation. Any help would be appreciated, please forgive the noobiness.
There are a few ways to do this, unrooted:
1. the free app Astro File Manager allows you to backup and restore applications installed on the phone.
- Install and start Astro on the Eris, and on the splash screen there is an icon for Application Backup - choose it, check the two apps that you want to backup, and let it run. This will put a folder called "backups" on the micro-SD card.
- Shut down the Eris, remove the SD card.
- Shut down the Razr, put the Eris's SD card in temporarily, and start the phone
- Install Astro onto the Razr. On the splash screen, choose File Manager (do not choose "Application Backup" yet.) In the file manager, press menu->preferences. Tap on "Backup Directory". Tap the little folder next to "/mnt/sdcard/backups" and this will show a view of folder icons. Tap the large "Up" button at the top, then tap "sdcard-ext", then tap "backups", then tap the "Ok" button. Tap the "Ok" button to confirm /mnt/sdcard-ext/backups". Press back to get to file manager display.
- Press menu->tools->Application backup. Tap on "Backed up Apps" on the top right. Tap the two that you want to restore, then tap the "Install" button.
2. Get the app MyBackup Pro for $5. Install it on the Eris, and use it to back up the two apps that you want on the Razr. Move the sd card over to the Razr. Install the app on the Razr (you will not need to pay $5 again - it will install without paying again). You may need to go into the preferences to change the backup location again - it probably defaults to /mnt/sdcard, which is not actually the SD card on the Razr, but a 16 MB internal storage area - the sd card is actually called /mnt/sdcard-ext. You should be able to restore the apps with this.
(As you may be able to tell, I have Astro on my phone, but I do not have MyBackup Pro, and did not want to go to the bother of installing it. If you go that route and get stuck, reply here and I will go ahead and try to troubleshoot - I have bought the app before, but I'm just being lazy at the moment.)