After upgrading to a Galaxy GS6 I decided it would be a good idea keep a simple inventory of stuff I need to do. Especially since I don't plan on using a premium backup service. Let's go over what you might see in a mobile phone migration checklist.

If you're interested in doing the same thing, I'll list a few things here to keep in mind so you don't lose any data when you upgrade.

  • Make a list of all apps you have installed and want to keep.
    • You'd be surprised what apps you don't use and which ones truly matter to you.
    • Audiobooks
    • WiFi tools
    • RDP
    • Speedtest or diagnostics
    • Financial accounts
    • Total Commander
    • File apps like Evernote
    • Picture backup app
    • Game management apps
    • Game apps
    • Commerce apps
    • Browsers
    • Social Media
    • Antivirus app
    • PDF scanner app
  • If you don't have an automated way to backup your photos and videos, copy them to your SD card or network share.
    • I used Sweet Home Backup Pro to automatically transfer my photos and videos to my network share when my phone connects to the wireless.
  • Make sure your contacts are backed up. Your Google account works great for this.
    • Even if your contacts are stored on your device, you can transfer them to your Google account.
  • Make sure your files are backed up. Google Drive works great for this.
    • Don't forget PDFs from scanner apps (sometimes the installation folder is different)
    • Make sure downloaded files from browser are also in Drive
  • I usually don't keep my text messages but the one time I did I used SMS Backup+. It worked pretty well.
  • I never stored passwords on my phone but if you do, you may wish to consider a password manager.
  • Email and calendar use IMAP so I don't have to worry about migrating that.
  • Disconnect two-factor authentication services (or in the very least get the authenticator switched over to new phone)
  • Encrypt device and MicroSD card before factory reset
  • Wipe data/factory reset
  • Remove SIM card
  • Remove MicroSD card

This seems easy until you start going through all the stuff that's actually on your phone.

What do you do with Android phone migrations that I missed here? Let me know in the comments below.

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