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What content can I transfer to my new Android phone?

If I go from an HTC Desire to a Samsung Galaxy S2, can I transfer all my data including apps, games, contacts and texts?

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blizzard7  Jan. 10, 2012 at 12:32

Yup that's fine! You might need a third party app for the texts though, I've used SMS Backup and Restore before.

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 11, 2012 at 08:37

Yes, SMS backup+ for call history and messages. Contacts are backed up automatically to your google account.

For application backup and data you would need Titanium Backup, which requires root. It's not a good idea to transfer applications and their data from phone to phone and it's safer to reinstall all of them from market.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 11, 2012 at 12:38

Ctpahhik has a point...kind of. Titanium backup will backup all sorts of apps including system apps and their data. Those apps are usually phone model specific. So, restoring a Titanium backup from one phone onto another can cause all sorts of problems.

However, there are backup apps that do not require root.
Astro filemanager, e.g., can back up all 3rd party apps' .apk installer files. That means it can backup the apps you installed via the Market and from elsewhere. Those are non-system apps, and mostly, they can be restored on other phones without any problems. Astro doesn't back up any system apps or data. So, as long as the apps are compatible with your new phone's OS version and hardware, you'll be fine. The worst that can happen is that an app doesn't work properly. You can then just uninstall it, and get the proper version from the market.

For contacts there are all sorts of ways - depending on how many you have. You can just mark all contacts and bluetooth them to your new phone; but yes, there are apps to do it for you.

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