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OS: 2.1
Phone: Samsung Vibrant (Galaxy S)

I'm having trouble with my new Samsung Vibrant (it constantly reboots) and I'm going to return it for a replacement unit. How can I transfer all of my phone settings, contacts, apps, app settings and pictures/movies from the old phone to the new one?

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This question has an open bounty worth +50 reputation from Jason C ending in 4 days.

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I'd like to do the same, but without root (no root is available for my device), and I only care about apps and settings. I don't want to post a duplicate question, and I'm hoping a newer working solution has been made available since 2010.

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Lookout should do all, or at least most, of this for you.

(Warning: Market-speak follows)

Your mobile device is your most personal computer. It contains your personal data including contacts, photos, video, e-mail, and text messages. Backup your data and keep it safe and secure.

Whether you accidently delete data, your phone is lost, or even destroyed--your data is safe. You can restore any data with the click of a mouse. Changing devices is just as easy and your data can be transferred in seconds.

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Forgot about that. I actually use Lookout, but haven't used it for backup yet. A quick look in their backend shows that it only backs up pictures, contacts and calls despite their market description saying they do video, email and text messages too. That being said off all these things the only two things that aren't synced by cloud or sd card and would need to be backed up are the call log and text messages. –  Matt Sep 28 '10 at 17:28
Thanks for all of the responses. I have Lookout, but didn't realize it backed up contacts also. –  Will Z Oct 10 '10 at 20:30
Lookout does not seem to backup apps –  lowellk Nov 3 '11 at 20:04

Keep the SD card when you return the phone and put it in the new phone you get.

Contacts: You contacts are constantly synced with the Google account associated with the phone so there's no need to back those up.

Media: Pictures and Movies should be stored on the SD card which you will keep.

Apps: You can back them up to the SD card with a 3rd party app or sign up for appbrain which syncs with your phone and keeps a list of all the installed apps. You can then reinstall them right from Appbrain.

Settings: Theres no way out of the box to back up phone and app settings.

Other: There are a number of free apps in the market that backup particular data like you SMS messages, your call log, your apps...

Total Solution: There are a couple apps out there that claim to backup and restore the entire phone. I actaully had the same exact problem you are having back in January with my Droid. I used a free version of MyBackup Pro back them but I'm sorry to say I can't even remember if it worked. Its worth a shot but use caution, it seems to have some mixed reviews.

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If you're rooted, you can do a nandroid backup of the entire phone (it's like taking a snapshot of the phone's data) and you should be able to push it on the new phone so long as it is the same model.

Additionally, if you're rooted, you can use Titanium backup on the apps on your phone: it'll do both the app and the data associatied with the app.

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There seems to be an app for this now called Helium, which does not require root and takes care off of apps and their settings only (you'll have to do contacts and photos and such in other ways, e.g. through Google or your SD card). It does require the Pro version for the full functionality, which is currently $5 USD.

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Since it is Android 4.4.2, you can export all contacts in .vcf file directly from Native Contacts or People app of Android. Is this what you implied by mentioning through SD card? Also, all of this can be done through ADB backup command and Helium actually does the similar thing. You don't even need to buy it. But both the devices has to be same otherwise, as obvious, Settings and other important files will crash the apps recursively. I use this command to backup adb backup -all -system -shared -f backup_file.ab and adb restore backup_file.ab to restore. –  Firelord 8 hours ago
@Firelord Oh cool I didn't know adb could do that (I don't know much about it). I am going to try that way and save myself $5. "Through SD card" I just meant copying data to SD card, if it wasn't there already, and copying it back to new phone (like your photo or music or video files, I don't know much about contacts though I just use Google contacts and never worry about it). –  Jason C 8 hours ago
About the Userdata i.e. the photo,music, etc., I advise using Xender from Playstore because you will notice that Helium and ADB takes a lot of time in backup and restore if UserData is involved. Xender creates hotspot to send data between devices. Since its wifi, so speed should be relatively 2-5MB/s or more. At 'least that's what I get, and its no pain, only gain. :) –  Firelord 8 hours ago

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