Moving From One Android Phone To Another

While Todd placed his order for a new iPad today, I received a new gadget yesterday, the Google Nexus One phone and desktop dock. I resisted the urge to buy the Nexus One when it was first announced back in January and have been using the T-Mobile myTouch 3G as my main phone, but I decided that with the number of new apps that Google is releasing that only work with Android 2.1, it was time for me to upgrade.

I know that I am a-typical in that I switch phones more frequently than the average person, who may find the process of moving from one phone to the next to be a pain. The process is worse with smartphones. If you own an iPhone or Android phone with a bunch of applications installed, imagine replacing that phone and installing all of your favorite applications on the phone. Fortunately, I found a few tips that made the process of getting my new Nexus One setup to go pretty quick.

A big benefit of the Google applications in Android is that they store data on Google’s servers, which means moving data from one phone to the next to not be an issue. Once you enter your Google user id and password the first time you start the new phone, it automatically synchronizes your data, so moving data is very easy. Getting your applications and settings on the new phone is another matter. App Referrer saved me a ton of time installing applications on the Nexus One.

I wrote about App Referrer last week, and the key feature that helps here is its ability to send an e-mail that lists every application installed on your phone and includes links to the applications in the Android Market. I ran App Referrer on the myTouch and sent myself the e-mail list of all my apps, then opened that e-mail on the Nexus One and simply tapped the links of the applications to install them.

Another migration tip is for those who listen to podcasts, which is to use Google Listen for downloading and listening to podcasts on your phone. The key feature of Google Listen that helps with migration is that it stores the RSS feeds of podcasts in Google Reader. When I started Google Listen on the Nexus One and went to My Subscriptions, all of my podcast subscriptions appeared without I having to enter a single one, because they were all being read from Google Reader.

You may not switch phones as often as I, but it only takes one time for one to discover that it can be a painful process. App Referrer and Google Listen makes the process much easier, you will find both programs in the Android Market.