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Android Primer #1 – how to quickly move multiple apps from your old Android phone to your new handset [How to]

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Lovers of Android phones will know how easy and tempting it is to swap out your handset every few months, especially when you can get such good deals on SIM free handsets for a fraction of the price of locked in phones. But one big hassle is moving all your old favorite apps across from the old phone to the new one, without having to spend hours scrolling through the clunky Google Play interface.

Well fate has come to the rescue with a brilliant app called AndroAppLink. The app only does one very simple job but it does it superbly… to copy apps from one phone to another using Bluetooth.

The beauty of it is its simplicity. No complex menus or routines, just select the apps you want to move over, hit the send button and accept the files via the Bluetooth interface as they arrive. We tested it out on a number of apps on Android 4.2.1 and it works brilliantly.

Here’s a 1,2,3… to help you do it.

1. Download and install the app using the above link. Here’s our mirror in case the original file disappears for some reason. The app does not ask for any system access apart from Bluetooth.

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2. Start the app, and it will automatically scan and find all the apps on your phone.

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3. Select the apps you want to copy over by clicking on the boxes next to the apps. Then hit the Next button at the bottom of the screen.

4. Verify the files you want to move (or click on Unselect to remove). Then click Send.

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5. The Complete Action… box will pop up, select Bluetooth and you will get the Turn On Bluetooth? screen if your Bluetooth is not already switched on.

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6. From then on, it’s just a matter of connecting to your new phone using the standard Bluetooth menus. On the old phone you will need to select the new phone ID/name on the black Bluetooth Device Chooser screen, at which point the files will start transferring over to the new phone automatically.

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7. On the new phone make sure you Accept the first app file when the request pops up on the new phone screen via the status bar at the top, and then the remainder will copy over without further intervention.

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8. Once the files have all copied over, you’ll be able to preview them on the Bluetooth Share History page on the new handset.

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9. In order to install the apps, just go to your default Android File Manager app, navigate to the Bluetooth folder on the new phone’s storage area, and you’ll see the list of app files ready to click on to install.

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Remember, you will need to go to Settings – Security in Android first to select Unknown Sources to allow the apps to be installed directly. Luckily Android kindly lets you know by refusing to install apps unless you do this, so it’s pretty easy to fix if you get the error (just click on the Settings link on the error message).

10. If you click Done at the end of each install, you will go back to the File Manager screen immediately, which makes it a cinch to install a whole load of apps in seconds. Much much easier than scrolling through Play and selecting to re-install each app individually each time.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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