1. Dan BC's Avatar
    I'm testing this on a Note 5 and a Galaxy S5.

    I thought it would be straightforward.
    1. Arrange your apps in the Google Now Launcher.
    2. Set up to back up data with a Google account. I'm using a Samsung account too.
    3. Then, when setting up a new device, restore using that same Google account. I am not using the Samsung one since that is backing up other things.

    So it restores all my apps just fine, but:

    1. They are disorganized.
    2. Google Now Launcher is not set up as default.
    3. Google Now Launcher has nothing configured on its screen. I have to start arranging from the beginning.

    What am I doing wrong? Do I need to use a third party app to backup the Launcher settings? I don't want to root the phones.
    08-25-2016 11:25 AM
  2. anon(632115)'s Avatar
    You're not doing anything wrong. You will have to start from scratch. I don't know of a backup app that preserves layout. Perhaps Helium might but with Google you are just backing up the APKs and some other data. It is not especially efficient.
    08-25-2016 11:33 AM
  3. Dan BC's Avatar
    Wow, really? iOS has been doing this kind of thing for years.
    Are there any other launcher apps that keep a backup of the layout which can be restored on a new device?
    I've heard good things about Nova Launcher but haven't tested it out yet.
    08-25-2016 12:10 PM
  4. anon(632115)'s Avatar
    I personally am satisfied with Touchwiz but Nova can do what you want How to back up and restore your Nova Launcher home screen - TechRepublic
    08-25-2016 12:23 PM

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