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    The Galaxy Nexus is going to be my second Android phone, which means this is the first time I'll be faced with the task of transferring app data from my old phone to the new one. I'll reinstall most everything from the Market, but there are some cases where I'm going to want to preserve app data (I'd hate for all of that time spent on Angry Birds to go to waste).

    In the case of the GN, this is further complicated by the absence of a removable SD card slot. So I just wanted to make sure I know how this is going to work. Not that anybody knows for sure yet, but in theory.

    I assume the GN will have some part of its internal storage that acts like an SD card, meaning that it's accessible by non-root apps and writeable via USB. Assuming that's the case, I'm thinking all I'd need to do is copy my Titanium Backup folder from my old SD card to my computer, and then from the computer to the Nexus via USB. Then fire up Titanium Backup, and it should magically see all of the backup data; after that restoring should be the same as ever.

    Does that sound like a reasonable scenario? Or am I missing something?
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    Problem you might have is that your changing from os 2.3 to 4.0. I have no idea if that matters or not with Titanium Back. If it works you could also just use have Titanium back up to your DropBox account.
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    Backup the data to Google via privacy menu?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottatron View Post
    Backup the data to Google via privacy menu?
    Does that actually back-up the game saves?
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    I just planned on saving the SD card to the computer, then transfer it over like nothing happened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1088933 View Post
    I just planned on saving the SD card to the computer, then transfer it over like nothing happened.
    Does that work?? Will everything just find its way to where it's meant to go? I've been looking for an answer to this everywhere because I have a GN on pre order... but sooo much data on my current sd card. I don't have Titanium backup or anything because I'm a still a bit of a novice despite working my GalaxyS into the ground with customisation.. so I wait with interest to see the responses here
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    Quote Originally Posted by Natalieann75 View Post
    Does that work?? Will everything just find its way to where it's meant to go? I've been looking for an answer to this everywhere because I have a GN on pre order... but sooo much data on my current sd card. I don't have Titanium backup or anything because I'm a still a bit of a novice despite working my GalaxyS into the ground with customisation.. so I wait with interest to see the responses here
    Thats how I switched between SD cards, so in theory it should work the same. All I did was just copy the SD card file for file into a specific folder on my machine, then pasted it on to the new one. Except now it will just be the phones internal, not a new SD If is sounds kind of weird and not very plausible, I'll try it out first for ya
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjlandberg View Post
    Problem you might have is that your changing from os 2.3 to 4.0. I have no idea if that matters or not with Titanium Back. If it works you could also just use have Titanium back up to your DropBox account.
    If you're only backup up data for apps, I don't see why it would care what OS you are on. The app itself isn't changing. I had no issues with restoring apps backed up on 2.2 to 2.3.

    As far as the sd card copying stuff, I was having some issues with mine awhile ago, so I just copied it to my PC, reformatted the sd card, then copied everything back, and the phone never seemed to know that anything changed.
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    lifehacker made a guide for it:
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1088933 View Post
    Thats how I switched between SD cards, so in theory it should work the same. All I did was just copy the SD card file for file into a specific folder on my machine, then pasted it on to the new one. Except now it will just be the phones internal, not a new SD If is sounds kind of weird and not very plausible, I'll try it out first for ya
    Excellent! No doubt I will be waiting longer that anyone given I am in Aus and its coming from the UK so please do and let me know how it turns out!!
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    When switching from one Tbolt (warranty) to another I used the exact same SD card, changed nothing and a few games such as Robo Definse never missed a beat. However games such as Angry Birds and Paradise Island did NOT transfer over. They were both installed on the SD card and not the phone. So I am already planning on losing a lot of app data with a non rooted phone.
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    Everything transferred over beautifully for me in the end. Just a copy and paste. No data lost

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natalieann75 View Post
    Everything transferred over beautifully for me in the end. Just a copy and paste. No data lost

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    So you just copied the root of your SD to your computer and then pasted it right to your nexus int. storage and all game data was saved? I was actually just thinking about how to do this today. And I was going to do it the way the op brought up, but didn't feel like rooting immediately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvanJ18 View Post
    So you just copied the root of your SD to your computer and then pasted it right to your nexus int. storage and all game data was saved? I was actually just thinking about how to do this today. And I was going to do it the way the op brought up, but didn't feel like rooting immediately.
    Yeah basically. I was a bit selective about what I brought over but I pretty well just plugged in my SGS, navigated to the SD card and chose the app data I wanted to move. For example I've got about a years worth of data stored for Easy Money and also a journal app that I use. I just grabbed the backup folders and dumped them onto the Nexus... when I installed the applications to the Nexus it found everything with no issues..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natalieann75 View Post
    Everything transferred over beautifully for me in the end. Just a copy and paste. No data lost

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    Told you it would work!
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    Haha. Yes you did... and I never doubted you for a moment

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