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  1. boatman

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    since many of us will be upgrading and switching phones in the next week or 2, this brings me to ask, what is the best way of moving apps over.

    For instance, I have a droid 3, which has internal storage of 8 gb and i have another 8 gb sd card in there. i have moved as many apps over to the card as possible.

    when i get my maxx or s3, i login into my google account.

    will any/all registered apps just come over?

    can i just move my sd card unformatted to the new phone, or will it confuse everything since i has a bunch of apps that are unregistered to the new phone? it has my music and photos, which i do want there, so i didn't want to have to format the card. I think in the past (it was 18 months ago), i moved the music and dcim directory to the computer, then after i formated the card, i moved them back?

    thanks for any help.
     

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    Back in VZW!:)
     
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    When you log into your Google account all paid apps will be available for download, you may have to search for the free ones to download again. Also if you use Google to back up your contacts they will automatically show up as well.
    As far as the SD card goes I would back up all music and photos to a folder on a computer, put it in the new phone and format it then transfer your music and photos back over.
    If your rooted and plan on rooting your new phone you can't go wrong with the paid version of Titanium Backup from the play store, a almost must have app for any root user.
     
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    Learn how to install/use Android-sdk. You can intall/move files/apk's from phone to pc and back to another phone. via ADB commands. Google it and many how to videos on youtube.
     
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    Assuming you're rooted on both phones, easiest and most automated way would be Titanium Backup. Batch/Backup all your installed apps. Take those files to your new phone and Batch/Restore. I believe the free version of Titanium is capable this.
     
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    Now a days, all my apps (free and paid) will automatically start installing when I activate my phone and sign into Google (after a data wipe). This may be an ICS thing though, I dunno.
     
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    When you setup your phone...there's an option to have Google backup all of your settings and apps including WiFi APs. I always uncheck it though.
     
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    Yes, but you don't get app data (i.e. angry birds saved progress).

    By far the easiest way, if you are rooted on both phones, is titanium backup and restore. You'll have all of your apps configured exactly as they were on the old phone.
     
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    Old post I know, but what if your old phone is rooted and the new phone is not. I plan on getting the S3 but dont wont to fool with rooting, custom roms and stuff like I did with my Xperia. Im just really worried about all my saved app data.

    Thanks
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    MyBackup may work.
     
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    Rooting (not needing custom or flashing ROMs) is a piece of cake; the SIII ATR forum has a guide.

    VZW's backup may be an option.
     
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    I asked a Verizon tech support guy about rooting and he said he wouldn't recommend it because it voids the warranty. Is this a bunch of BS? I need to migrate to a new phone, but not sure of the best way to do it either. If I root them both, can I un-root them after the 'image' of the old phone is restored on the new phone? Every time I get a new phone I have to deal with this, and every time I look up rooting because of Titanium, and every time I decide "bah!, rooting doesn't seem worth it", but there are always a few apps that need rooting, like Titanium, ... ugh.
     
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    The first rule of rooting is that you do not talk to your carrier about rooting.

    If you blow up your phone (via rooting or flashing) and expect VZW to clean up your mess, they may argue that it voids your warranty ("modifying software" is not allowed per your contract). You could also argue that logging in as root doesn't modify software at all; it merely installs an app.

    It all boils down to how busy the tech guy is and how nice you are. If his plate is full and you act like VZW owes you something, you'll probably be told to "get bent" ("voided warranty"). If you made a reasonable attempt to put the phone back to stock but it still doesn't work right, some meekness in asking for help "at their convenience...I would greatly appreciate" would probably get you a reflash (that you could, really, do yourself with Odin).

    What data are you wanting to move to the new phone?
     
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    So is it possible to unroot? ... as in:

    root old phone
    install Titanium
    make an image

    root new phone
    install Titanium
    restore image
    unroot

    I see there is now a "has this phone ever been rooted" detector.

    I tried MyBackup. For me, all it was really good for was SMS, MMS, Call Log. The apps restored, but there is the risk of them not updating correctly if installed this way, plus, it was just as easy to install them remotely from the computer, with the additional bonus of not installing the ones you don't use anymore.

    But neither way would restore the data for the apps. This is, for example, mail accounts, RSS feed settings, and other app configs. This is the part that really sucks up hours re-setting everything up, and it looks like Titanium can actually do this part.

    I guess another bonus to rooting is maybe I can remove all the CRAPWARE that Verizon had dumped on the phone -- the 20 or so apps I would never use or install, that constantly bother me with update notices, and take up icon space on the screen, and storage space on the card.
     

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