I am changing from one Galaxy S3 to another S3. How can I transfer ALL my stuff? (I am not rooted.)

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Your apps will be synchronized with your Google account. You can see what apps are synchronized by going to the web-based Google play/android market site and going into account settings.

Your contacts as well are synchronized by default but to make sure, go to account settings on your phone.

Your pictures, downloads, and any other files you may want to transfer can be uploaded to your computer temporarily and then from your computer to your new phone.

Alternatively, you could do this last bit a number of ways:

You get the idea: File Transfer Apps

You would need to root your phone to be able to access or copy the application data to your new phone.

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    what about the data for he apps, logins, etc?
    – Alex
    Sep 20, 2012 at 16:00
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    How an application stores its settings data is different so the task would not be simple to do manually. I believe Titanium Backup will do this, but you need to be rooted: play.google.com/store/apps/…..
    – Enigma
    Sep 20, 2012 at 16:15
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    There's really no better way than uploading everything and downloading it again?
    – Mark Booth
    Sep 20, 2012 at 16:37
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    In terms of media or other files, the below answer suggest DroidCopy as a way to easily do so over bluetooth. There are tons of direct phone-to-phone transfer applications that would make it simpler. I'll update the answer
    – Enigma
    Sep 20, 2012 at 16:40
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    To add to Enigma's post - you would need to make sure that you have set up the google backup option - from home screen: menu - settings - Back up and reset. Make sure Back up my data and automatic restore is ticked.
    – jaamgans
    Sep 27, 2012 at 14:50

There's an app that can do this, un-rooted, called DroidCopy

It transfers everything across via Bluetooth.

Disclosure: I am associated with the app.

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    That seems like a great app. Does it also transfer application settings data. ie. Angry Birds completion status or login information?
    – Enigma
    Sep 20, 2012 at 16:17
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    no, those settings for applications require root, and have strived to keep it "free of any root mechanisms", it will of course transfer the APKs no problem, but settings etc will not be copied over for that reason :)
    – t0mm13b
    Sep 20, 2012 at 16:19
  • Where did that app go? The link seems gone. Or are there any "location based locks" in place? "Sorry! This content is not available in your country yet." (Playstore) versus "This app is currently not active on Google Play" (AppBrain).
    – Izzy
    Jan 18, 2016 at 16:44

Helium - App Sync and Backup (previously Carbon) will sync all your app data, such as settings and so on:

Helium lets you backup your apps and data to your SD card or cloud storage. With Helium, you can sync app data from your other Android devices-- even if they are not on the same network [...] Helium does NOT require root. All Android users can use Helium to backup and sync Android applications.

  • Used it today to transfer game saves from an LG L7 to a Samsung Galaxy SIII Mini, by way of the "PC Download" feature. Worked perfectly, great app.
    – fernio
    Jun 6, 2013 at 3:02

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