With OEMs and carriers pushing out new devices at a faster rate than ever, the ability to seamlessly get your data from an old device to a new one has become tantamount to a successful and efficient mobile life. Anyone who has undertaken this task knows it can be a bit daunting and that many companies have tried their best to make it a painless process.
With the Android platform, much of this task is taken care of. You can easily transfer:
- Display settings (brightness, sleep)
The process is amazingly simple, and the end result will save you a great deal of time (especially if you don't save files like pictures to your Google Drive account). All SMS messages will be seamlessly transferred as if they were original to the new device. The only downfall is that this transfer process is currently limited to HTC Sense 5 (or later) devices. The upside is that you can transfer from any device that has Android 2.3 (or earlier).
Let's walk through the process.
Old phone preparation
On your old Android device, you must install the HTC Transfer Tool from the Google Play Store. To do this, follow these steps:
- Open the Google Play Store
- Search for htc transfer tool
- Tap the entry for HTC Transfer Tool
- Tap Install
- Tap Accept
- Allow the installation to complete
Now it's time to begin the process of transferring data. On your new HTC device, do the following:
- Open up Settings
- Scroll down to Get content from another phone, and tap the entry
- Tap Other Android phone (Figure A)
- Tap Full Transfer
- Tap Next
Preparing to transfer to a Verizon-branded HTC One Max.
Go back to your old phone, fire up the HTC Transfer Tool, tap Accept, and tap Next. Eventually, a PIN code will appear (Figure B). This PIN is sent from the HTC device.
The PIN from the HTC device.
Tap Confirm, select which items you want to transfer, click Transfer, and then tap Yes to begin the transfer process. During the transfer, all data is encrypted — so, there's little concern that someone is going to snag your data as it transfers (Figure C).
The transfer in process.
When the transfer is complete, tap DONE on the HTC device, and scan through your various apps to see if the data arrived.
What's really nice about the HTC Transfer Tool is that it will allow you to consolidate multiple devices onto your HTC One (or One Max). It's also possible to migrate data from your iPhone to your HTC One device, but you're limited to:
- Contacts via Bluetooth
- Restore from iTunes backup (using the HTC Sync Tool)
The one thing that the HTC Transfer Tool can't do is transfer email settings and apps. This is understandable, considering the level of difficulty that would bring. Of course, setting up an email account is quick — and since most people use IMAP, Exchange, or Google Mail, migrating mail is a non-issue (it'll just appear after you've configured your mail app).
For anyone looking to migrate from an older Android device to a shiny new HTC Sense 5 (or newer) device, fret not about the migration of data. With the HTC Transfer Tool, your messages, photos, and more are just a couple of clicks away.
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