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  1. stewarta13wsb

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    OK, the switch from S6 Edge + to the Note 7 was a pain with not everything going to plan.

    What is the best way of transferring the Note 7 to the replacement Note 7 - so not necessarily the easiest but a mix of simple but best that will transfer as much as possible without me going looking for passwords and signing on to all my APPS?

    Is there such a thing?

     

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    Not that I've found. There are ways to transfer apps, but the seamless transfer of app data has been hit or miss for me. More miss than hit.
     
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    Thanks. Has anybody used the 'tap' swap method with NFC turned on, or smart switch using the cable?
     
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    I didn't know about any NFC tapping... I tried Smart Switch. Not as smart as I'd hoped :p
     
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    Samsung has an app called sidesync that makes it easy to switch between galaxy devices
     
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    Doesn't do me a bit of good coming from a Moto X pure, though. I guess I'll do this old-school.

    AGAIN.
     
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    I have found that Helium does a really good job of backing up app data and you can save the data to your desktop then transfer it to your new phone. The only downside I have found is that the backup process is rather slow and I always create each backup into its own labelled folder and then verify it is complete. Then the upload is also a bit slow. But to have the data restored as though it were on my old phone is just wonderful. It works for those apps that have been abandoned too that you re still using.. Try creating small backups if you use this process. It is less frustrating.
     
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    So if my supplier wants the old one back first then this would work if I save it to my desktop and then transfer it to the new phone?
     
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    So, Helium or Samsung SideSync?
     
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    I tried Sidesync. It doesn't restore data within apps. At least from what I experienced.
     
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    I've been considering giving Helium a try for a long while, but never really saw anybody on the forums talk about it. Glad you posted this info. When you say it's slow, are we talking 24 hours slow (assuming there's a lot of data to be restored) or a few hours?
     
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    Not that slow but you might have to wait for the backup to complete for 30 minutes or so depending on how many apps (data) you put in each backup. I try to be very selective now and only backup my games and anything that is crucial and I separate those into several backups in different folders as every one of them is called "backup" and you can't rename them or they won't upload. 30 minutes was my longest time, I think. Uploading is the same. It seems like nothing is happening while the computer just says "uploading" and then all of a sudden it pops up and shows you all of your apps and asks if you want to restore them. That part is fast!
     
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    Yes, stewarta13wsb, this would work. Helium is a great option. I also connect my phone to my computer and copy my internal sdcard to my desktop just in case there is something there I might need later. You know, like launcher backup settings? that sort of thing. I just want to be doubly sure on that!
     
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    I read on another thread about using the adaptor that came with the Note and plugging in an SD card and copying the internal memory to that. Anybody tried that over here?
    And how would you copy it back? Would there not be a 'clash' of same name folders & files?
     
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    I'm doing that too but I've never tried it before so I'm hedging my bets with "tried and true" methods. Better safe than sorry!
     
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    Sorry another question - would it not be just as easy to copy all the files to a PC and then back again?
     
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    You probably read the answer that I gave. In the box, with the Note 7, was a USB-C (male) to USB-A (e.g. regular USB) female adapter. What I said was that, I recommend using that to connect a USB flash drive or a USB External drive, and copy/paste all of the internal folders from that device to the flash drive.

    Copying back, there won't be any issues with conflict because it's the same device. I've done this similarly with my past Android devices, since 2010. Biggest difference was that they didn't have OTG connectors that were as fast or reliable as the one that Samsung provided. Trust me, it works. I wouldn't recommend this, unless it actually did work. Any internal files that are pre-installed, are locked down and not accessible to the user, unless obtaining "root" (e.g. in Windows world, "administrator" access).
     
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    Again, just to explain more thoroughly. Android system files, on the internal storage, are not fully accessible unless one were to obtain "root" access. All the information one would copy over, without obtaining root, are files that would have been added by the user (no pre-existing system files).
     
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    Yes I think it was, so many thanks. All I need is my new phone now ;)
     

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