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    • martindow
    • By martindow 12th Jan 18, 11:48 AM
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    Moving data and apps to new phone
    • #1
    • 12th Jan 18, 11:48 AM
    Moving data and apps to new phone 12th Jan 18 at 11:48 AM
    I've a MotoG4 running Android 5.1 and will be moving to a G5 soon which I think runs v7. Can anyone give me advice on how best to transfer data and apps to the new phone?

    I have a gmail account with back up my data and automatic restore enabled but I'm not sure how complete this is. What does this actually save for reinstalling?

    There are no music or photos that are important as I have those on my PC but I want to be sure that I don't lose my phone contacts and text messages.

    Moving apps across is not vital but it would be a pain to reinstall them, although maybe I should probably take the opportunity to weed some out I don't use. But I would not want to lose photos and videos currently in Whatsapp.
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    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 12th Jan 18, 11:52 AM
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    • #2
    • 12th Jan 18, 11:52 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 11:52 AM
    Motorola phones have a migrate tool

    Or logging into your Gmail account does it, all apps are downloaded as on the original phone

    You just need to verify WhatsApp again and enter a few password for wireless etc
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    • ballyblack
    • By ballyblack 12th Jan 18, 12:25 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 12:25 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 12:25 PM
    Apps etc will be Ok, just sign in with ur google account details

    However your sms messages will not move
    • martindow
    • By martindow 12th Jan 18, 1:08 PM
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    • #4
    • 12th Jan 18, 1:08 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 1:08 PM
    Thanks both. Is there a separate way of moving the SMS messages?

    I found reference to Motorola migration tool but according to this

    it looks as if it doesn't work on Android 6 or higher.
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 12th Jan 18, 2:20 PM
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    • #5
    • 12th Jan 18, 2:20 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 2:20 PM
    WhatsApp backup to Google drive is, I think, monthly by default. To make sure it's up-to-date before you change phones:
    Menu > Settings > Chats > Chat backup
    Do a backup and when you sign in on the new phone it should be all there, including videos if you ticked for them.
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