- 03-29-2013, 12:27 AM #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, 02:54 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, 02:42 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, 04:38 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, 06:27 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, 12:38 PM #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.
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