any way to backup apps?


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  1. bdal1

    bdal1 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I had to return my Droid yesterday and when I asked the tech about apps, he told me to log into the market and sync my new phone over the PC.
    WHAT??????

    Sounds like he was giving me a line of BS.

    Does anyone know how to recover apps, when switching phones? (other than just trying to remember what they were, and track them down)
     

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  2. CatsTide

    CatsTide Well-Known Member

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    go to market and try menu>downloads and see if they're there
     
  3. bdal1

    bdal1 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    tried it
    nope.
     
  4. CatsTide

    CatsTide Well-Known Member

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    and you have already signed into your google account and synced your contacts and calendar?
     
  5. wildrage

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    You have to use the same gmail account that you used on your other phone. If you use a different one, you'll never get them.
     
  6. bdal1

    bdal1 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I'm logged into the same account. All my contacts came up and Gmail came up
     
  7. punkzanyj

    punkzanyj Well-Known Member

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    I don't think the market is synced with your google account. I think it's synced with the device. I've formatted my G1 and gotten my apps back from the downloads section of the market before but when I actually replaced the handset (clumsy kept dropping it) there was nothing in the downloads section of the market.


    App Manager is great for backing up your apps onto the SD Card. You can unistall, backup, and restore them, even save several versions of the app, all for free.
     
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    CatsTide Well-Known Member

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    the market is linked to your google account...but it only saves your paid apps in the downloads section when going to a different device.
     
  9. reggie

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    Well, this may be too late for you now, but I just replaced my phone yesterday and I asked the tech to switch the SD cards because I had some photos and videos I wanted. When the device was turned on, all my apps were there. I had to re-login and accept all user agreements again, but I didn't have to re-download them.
     
  10. Chugworth

    Chugworth Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I haven't actually tried it so I can't say for sure. But in theory if you replace your DROID, you will need to re-download your applications. But any that you purchased you will be able to download without purchasing again.

    The free ASTRO File Manager has the ability to backup your applications to an SD card. But if I ever have to replace my phone, then it wouldn't bother me to just download the applications again. I'll remember the ones I need. And if I can't remember them, I must not need them. :)
     
  11. punkzanyj

    punkzanyj Well-Known Member

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    astro is a horrid backup manager. If you backup an app, you have to install it before you can delete it. App Manager doesn't do that to you. If you want to see your backed up apps and get rid of some of them (old versions, whatever) you can.
     
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    AZDroid Well-Known Member

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    Were these pay apps or free? I swapped my Droid once and kept my original SD card but my apps did not reappear on my new device, I had to re-download them.
     
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    rogcontact Well-Known Member

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    MyBackup Pro will do this, and you can manage them by version, so if you ever want to go back to an older version you can.
     
  14. ginigma

    ginigma Well-Known Member

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    As long as you are set to sync in the background, and swap your SD card when exchanging phones, all your apps will be redownloaded once you sign in (with the same gmail account) on the new phone. It may take a few minutes to happen, but it does work. You may need to re-do some of your app settings.
     

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