Backup and Restore to new Device (non rooted)Support


Last Updated: 2012-11-14 05:05:21
  1. charliecc

    charliecc Well-Known Member

    I'm considering getting a Nexus 4, however I'd like to know if there's a way to do a backup of my GNex (JB) and restore to the new device (a bit like the iPhone). That's the only iPhone feature I envy.

    Note, I am not rooted.

    Is there a decent app out there that will mean I will get almost everything across in the correct state with minimal effort? i.e. SMSs, call log etc, but most importantly, app data. I don't want to have to do get all 3 stars in all Bad Piggies levels again ;)

    I'm quite happy to copy my videos and photos on again, obviously contacts and calendar will sync straight from Google, but I really want to keep my app data. I'm presuming the standard google backup doesn't backup app data.

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  2. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Well-Known Member

    For your SMS and Call log use SMS Backup+

    Your app's data, like your saved games, will be lost unless you root and use an app like Titanium Backup
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  3. charliecc

    charliecc Well-Known Member

    Not a very user friendly solution for the average Joe from Google there. A full restore to a new device would be nice, even if this was just limited to Nexus devices.
  4. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Well-Known Member

    I know it doesn't seem optimal, but there is a reason for it. When you restore an app with data it can cause problems, even if you restore it to the same model of phone.

    For example, when I restore apps like ESPN Score Center, USAA, etc that send push notifications, the notifications stop working after a restore. The app thinks that they are set up, but they don't work. I think there would be more problems than just notifications when changing phone models.

    So there is some complaints about data not transferring, but I think there would be a lot more complaints if data did transfer and then the apps quit working.
  5. mhtrang

    mhtrang Well-Known Member

    I don't know, I would think there's a way to restore settings to a new phone. I like the fact that your apps repopulate, but it would be nice if everything does. This is the one feature of the iPhone that I would love to have the most. As I'm rooted, it doesn't matter so much, but it's a feature that's being missed for sure.

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