- 03-28-2013, 11:27 PM #1
I experienced something I've never done before and was so impressed I just had to share. I needed to replace my Lumia 920 after a failure of part of the screen from one too many hard falls. Of course, I bought another Lumia 920. I reset the "old" one to factory settings, moved the SIM card to the new phone and turned it on. After signing in, I was offered the chance to Restore my phone or start over and I chose restore and then happily watched all of my photos and songs and docs and apps fill up the phone. The media files arrived quickly. The apps took a while and there were a few that wouldn't migrate at all, but nothing I was using any more. There were a few settings that didn't migrate, and I did have to arrange the tiles the way I wanted, but it was really cool to see the new phone have pretty much the same functionality of the old one without much effort on my part. I've seen my Start Screen settings move from on Windows 8 machine to another, but that really isn't as neat as watching all your media, data and apps move like magic.
03-29-2013, 01:54 AM #3
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It's even more impressive if you had more than one phone (you get multiple backups and when you reset and restore, it asks which one to restore). The only thing missing is backing up the start screen config and allowing apps to save certain things to a roaming data location that gets backed up. just so apps can backup settings as well.
- 03-29-2013, 01:42 PM #6
Yea, it's pretty cool. It's not as perfect as Apple's implementation where it restores everything and has your phone set up exactly how it was before. But it is miles better than Android's implementation -- or lack of. Pretty convenient. I just hope the next big update includes arranging your tiles and all your settings -- not just some -- back to how it was set up before.
- 03-29-2013, 03:38 PM #8
The restore comes from turning on the automatic backup feature in Settings. If you click the help link on that screen, it takes you to a Microsoft webpage, so the backup must be handled by Microsoft and not Nokia. It is more than Hotmail, but I've noticed the backup feature is granular, allowing you to pick and choose what to backup. I'm happy I selected everything.
03-29-2013, 05:27 PM #9
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The backup/restore function of WP8 is nice, but lacking. It NEEDS to have either the option of enabling WIFI on initial activation, or else the option to manually restore apps later.
I have never been able to use the app restore feature because the phone does not properly configure for my network until after I run nokia access point.
- 08-15-2013, 11:38 AM #11
There's still no method to migrate game saved data from phone to phone or to keep after a phone hard reset. A few game devs have implemented a "Save to SkyDrive" feature, but not having a way to do a complete (local or cloud) backup or some sort of universal save game method is unacceptable. It's one of those things I couldn't even fathom when I had to swap my Lumia given that there's some method for this on every other competing platform. Not having a method to backup via PC is especially egregious given that this is coming from Microsoft. It's a good thing I'm not too big of a mobile gamer. My kids were pretty ticked when I handed them my phone to play around the next time after the replacement.
01-21-2014, 02:49 PM #14
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01-22-2014, 07:04 AM #15
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I recently upgraded from a 920 to a 1020 and like most people here thought the automatic migration of Apps/ Photos etc was fantastic. HOWEVER, there are 2 main gripes
1. Like most other people reported here, the feature does not automatically pin/ arrange tiles on the Home screen.
2. A bug. In my new 1020, my text history has been restored BUT in my old conversations (and it seems like it only applies to people with Firstname & Lastname contact), there is an extra recipient <"Lastname> (ie the " character is included). Does anyone have any suggestions why this is the case? If I click on the <"Lastname> field they have a profile but with no other details. I also checked my contacts to see if these mysterious entries were there and they are not. It doesn't seem to affect contacts who have just a Firstname profile.
It was interesting to see that on my old 920 sitting there with no SIM card in it but still connected to WiFi, my new text message conversations are synced back from my new 1020....understandable but a bit wierd....and here is the funny part....on the 920, the *new* txt messages synced back from my 1020 have the same mysterious "Lastname issue as in 2. above - even though all the old ones are OK on this
Any ideas how to fix it ??
- 01-22-2014, 09:28 AM #16
Transfer my data app didn't work for me as the Bluetooth from HD7 TMous..to 925 connection failed 😞 I will see if I can connect from HD7--> 1520, then 925-> 1520 for a hopefully consolidated text data..
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