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Transferring apps from an old Android device to a new Android device can seem like a daunting task. However, it’s a lot easier than one would assume. It’s thanks to the ability to backup files, like using Google, or sharing files via Bluetooth, like SHAREit and APK Extractor. In fact, below you’ll out how to transfer apps from an old Android to a new Android with those three examples.

Transfer Apps to a New Android via SHAREit

SHAREit is great if you want to transfer over only a select few apps from your old Android device to you new Android device. Rather than transfer over the whole bunch, SHAREit gives you the opportunity to choose them instead.

Downloading and Installing the SHAREit App

1. Locate and launch the Google Play Store app. Its icon is a colorful triangle. By default, it should be on one of your home screens, but if it isn’t, you’ll definitely find it inside your App Drawer where all currently installed apps are housed.

2. At the very top, you’ll see a search bar. Select the search bar with your finger. Your virtual keyboard will appear.

3. Type in the search bar SHAREit. It will appear in the search results below. Its icon is three orbs spinning in a circle together. Select it from the search results. The Google Play Store will redirect you to the app’s information page.

4. On the information page, go ahead and read over its features and decide if what it is offering is what you’re looking for. If it is what you’re looking for, you can nab by tapping Install at the top of the information page. This will immediately download and install the SHAREit app straight to your Android device.

  • There’s other methods if the SHAREit app isn’t what you’re looking for.

5. After you install SHAREit to one device, install it on your new Android device, too.

Using SHAREit to Transfer Apps

1. Locate and launch the SHAREit app. Its icon is three orbs moving in a circle. When you installed it, there should have been a shortcut created on one of your home screens. However, if that option was disabled, then you’ll find it in your App Drawer. Do this for both Android devices.

create a username

2. Since this is your first time launching SHAREit, the SHAREit app will ask for permission to access specific features on your Android device. In order to use the app correctly, you need to allow it. Afterwards, create a username and choose an avatar from the list of options (or upload your own photo). Do this for both Android devices.

select Send in Shareit

3. With the old Android device, select Send at the very top of the screen. It will redirect you to a list of your apps.

select all of the app you want to transfer

4. On the old Android device, choose all the apps you’d like to transfer over to your new Android device. You’ll notice a small checkmark in the corner of every icon that’s getting transferred over. When you’re satisfied, tap Next.

5. Selecting “Next” will have immediately started broadcasting a connection. Go back to your new Android device.

  • If Bluetooth and GPS aren’t enabled, you’ll see two options to Open GPS and Bluetooth. Go ahead and do that.

6. With the new Android device, select Receive at the very top of the screen. It will immediately attempt to pick up on any signals, in this case, the Bluetooth connection from your old Android device.

  • You may need to modify your system settings before you can continue. After you’re redirected, select Open next to Modify System Settings. When you’re redirected again, move the slider to the right of Allow modify system settings. Afterwards, it will attempt to pick up a signal.

7. On your old Android device, the avatar on the new Android device will show up on the radar. Select the avatar and the transfer of your apps from your old Android device will carry over to your new Android device.

8. If you don’t start the broadcasting fast enough, the SHAREit app will cut the connection very quickly. In order to bypass that little problem, tap Send on your old Android device and Receive on your new Android device at the same time. This will ensure the devices pick up on the signals.

Transfer Apps to a New Android via APK Extractor

APK Extractor works in a similar fashion SHAREit does. Through the use of Bluetooth, an email, or text messaging app, you can transfer the apps by ‘sharing’ them to your new Android device. However, while they are similar, the major difference is you only need the APK Extractor app only one device: the sending Android, which is your old Android device.

Downloading and Installing the APK Extractor App

1. Locate and launch the Google Play Store app. Its icon is a colorful triangle. By default, it should be on one of your home screens, but if it isn’t, you’ll definitely find it inside your App Drawer where all currently installed apps are housed.

2. At the very top, you’ll see a search bar. Select the search bar with your finger. Your virtual keyboard will appear.

3. Type in the search bar APK Extractor. It will appear in the search results below. Its icon is the Android mascot, known by many by its unofficial name, Bugdroid. Select it from the search results. The Google Play Store will redirect you to the app’s information page.

4. On the information page, go ahead and read over its features and decide if what it is offering is what you’re looking for. If it is what you’re looking for, you can nab by tapping Install at the top of the information page. This will immediately download and install the APK Extractor app straight to your Android device.

  • This isn’t the only method of transferring apps. If this method isn’t to your liking, there’s another way.

Using APK Extractor to Transfer Apps

1. Launch the APK Extractor app on your old Android device. Its icon is the Android Mascot, Bugdroid, against a green backdrop. Check your home screens or App Drawer.

select share

2. Locate an app you’d like to share and select the three vertical dots to the right of the app’s name, which will prompt a menu. In it, select share.

  • This is another example of an app needing permission to proceed with the process. By denying the app permission, it won’t work properly.
  • By holding your finger against your screen, you can prompt the option to select more than one app for sharing.
  • If you want to share all of your apps, tap the three vertical dots in the top right corner of the screen and choose Select All from the drop down menu.

choose the destination

3. Choose a destination. You’ll have the option to choose from a myriad of sharing methods.

Transfer Apps to a New Android via Google

Before you can transfer apps from your old Android device to your new Android device, you’ll need to backup the apps to Google on your old Android device. This method is, unfortunately, inferior to the ones listed above because not all apps get transferred, like older apps.

Backing Up your Apps with Google

1. Launch your Settings app. Check in your App Drawer or your home screens.

2. Head down to Backup & reset or System and then Backup. It depends on your device.

3. Activate Back up my data by moving the slider to the right, if it isn’t already and activate Automatic restore, if it isn’t already. Finally, enable Back up to Google Drive.

  • You’ll notice below all the various aspects of your old Android device getting backups. It will take a moment for everything to backup.

Downloading a Copy of your Data

This step requires the use of your new Android device.

1. Locate and launch the Google app. Not Google+, it’s simply named “Google.” You’ll most likely find it in your App Drawer.

select manage your google account

2. In the top right corner of the screen, tap your profile picture. In the menu that appears, select Manage your Google Account.

3. Scroll over to Data & personalization.

Download, delete, or make a plan for your data

4. Now scroll all the way down to Download, delete, or make a plan for your data. Under that, tap Download your data.

5. Scroll down and view all the data that’s being transferred over. You can opt to transfer everything or a select few. After you’ve chosen, scroll to the bottom and select Next step.

Delivery method

6. Choose a Delivery method. You can send a link to an email address, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive and Box.

create archive

7. When you’ve chosen, select Create archive. Your archive will be prepared and, depending on what you choose, you’ll have to provide the details for the destination.