How To Transfer Apps To Your New Android From An Older One


Moving to a new phone can be a pain. Android has the edge over iOS when it comes to tight integration with cloud services. But you don’t need to be an Android whiz anymore to ensure your data is ready to move the next time a catastrophe hits your phone—or you just really want a new one.

There are a few ways you can transfer apps to your new device whether or not you’ve successfully backed up your old phone. But having a backup is always recommended as you can save game progress, access your chat history, mobile browser data, and more. These instructions apply to Android Pie 9.0, Oreo 8.0, and Nougat 7.0 and any company Android phone: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.


You can back up your old device and can use the restore function on your new phone to transfer apps from Android to Android. You can’t restore a backup from a higher Android version onto a device running a lower Android version.

Steps To Check That Your Old Device Is Backing Up Data:
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap System.
  3. Expand the Advanced section first.
  4. Select Backup.
  5. Verify that the Back up to Google Drive toggle is on. If it is, you’re all set. If it’s toggled to off, slide it on and tap Back up now.
  6. Now, wait till the backup is complete.
  7. Restore Your Data to New Phone
  8. You can reset your phone to factory settings and start the set-up process over again if you already set up your phone and didn’t restore your data
  9. Follow the prompts on the screen until it asks you if you want to restore data from another device. Depending on your phone’s manufacturer, carrier, and OS version the process varies.
  10. Choose the device you want to restore data from and tap Copy Your Data.
  11. Restore options appear on the screen. If you have your old Android on hand choose a backup from an Android phone else a backup from the cloud.
  12. Using the same account you’re logged into on your old phone, sign into your Google account. A list of backup options shows up, which will include your old Android device.
  13. Select the correct one and tap Restore to move all the data and settings from your previous device.
  14. Tap Apps to select which apps you want on the new device.

While your data is restored in the background, you can continue with the set-up process.


Smart Switch Mobile comes pre-installed in the Galaxy S7 or later devices. If not pre-installed, then you can download the app from Google Play or Samsung’s app store.

You can use the app to transfer data from an Android phone running 6.0 Marshmallow or later to a Samsung phone.

Steps To Access The App On The S7 Or Later:
  1. Tap Settings
  2. Go to Accounts
  3. Click on Smart Switch

For any other phones, look for it in your app drawer. There are three methods you can use with Smart Switch: Wirelessly, USB cable, or external storage (SD card or USB storage).

Using Smart Switch with a Wireless Connection:
  1. Launch Smart Switch on your new phone.
  2. Select Wireless
  3. Receive on Android
  4. Open Smart Switch on your old device.
  5. Tap Wireless and send.
  6. Follow the screen prompts on your new device.
Using Smart Switch with a USB Cable:
  1. Plug in your old phone’s USB cable.
  2. Connect that cable to a Samsung USB connector.
  3. Plug the Samsung USB connector into your new Samsung phone.
  4. Launch Smart Switch on your old phone.
  5. Adjust the USB setting on your old phone to Media device (MTP).
  6. Follow the screen prompts to transfer apps.
Using Smart Switch with a SD Card:
  1. Insert the SD card or connect the phone to the USB storage device that contains the apps you want to restore to use the external storage option.
  2. Follow screen prompts.
  3. Download and launch the desktop app.
  4. Connect your new phone to the computer
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to transfer apps and other data.

One way to backup games is by using an app called Google Play Games. You can use the above ways to avoid frustration from firing up a new phone.

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