This weekend (I hope), Verizon is shipping me a new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (the latest and greatest from Samsung). It is replacing my Samsung Note 4, which is about 3-4 years old and is currently on life support (the next step in trying to revive it would be a Factory reset and that has a less than 50/50 chance of working IMHO). The Note 4 is running fully updated Lollipop and all of my apps are fully updated.
I’ve manually backed up everything I could find to back up on my phone and I have Verizon Cloud. I know my contacts are going to transition easily through my gmail account (or Cloud), but I’m wondering about other apps and data. My primary questions are:
[li]Is there an app or service that would capture my current apps and automatically (or through a few actions) install them, with all data and settings preserved on my new phone? (I’m asking in hope, not certainty)[/li][/ul]
If not (probably not), then I have some specific apps/data/settings I’d like to address as simply as I can:
[li]Chrome- this came with the phone and I’d like to transfer the bookmarks to the browser on my new phone[/li]
[li]Google Maps- I have about 20 nav/destination shortcuts in folders on my screen and I’d like to transfer them to the new phone. I couldn’t find them during my recent manual backup.[/li]
[li]Message+- Last time I changed phones, I used SMS Backup to save my texts, but it was too difficult to get them onto my new phone. I’d like to get all my texts and attachments that are in Message+ into the equivalent app on the new phone. [/li]
[li]WhatsApp- Same as Message+. I have messages, attachments, and groups in WhatsApp. I’d like to start my new phone with these restored to the app.[/li]
[li]*Photos & videos *- I’m used to whipping out my phone and showing photos and videos from a few years ago. Do I have to manually drag them back onto the new phone? What about the ones that are attachments in texts?[/li][/ol]
Most of my other apps (airline apps, hotel apps, Kindle, etc.) just need installation and sign-in to restore them to the state they are on my current phone (though I am not looking forward to downloading all my Kindle Library).
I’m putting this in GQ because I really want some factual answers, even if the facts are disappointing.