Originally Posted by AM2
once you open the play store/market, all your apps should start downloading to the new phone automatically. I usually sync up in the sync settings screen prior to shutting down the old phone so that everything is up to date for when I sync the new phone. this is how google backs up your apps
I know that this is how it works if you replace a phone with another phone of the same model (like if you lost your original phone), but is this also how it works if you change the model of your phone? I ask because a friend of mine recently switched from a Motorola Droid to an HTC Thunderbolt and Verizon told him that he had to download all of the apps to his new Thunderbolt manually because Google keeps a separate list of apps for each phone you have (which makes sense if you think about the possibility of having multiple phones). Thanks for your reply in any case.