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I got a new phone last Friday: the Nexus 5. It’s a delight, and I got it as part of my switch to T-Mobile form Sprint. Before heading to the store to make the switch (right before leaving for a weekend trip), I frantically tried to off-load as much of my old phone’s data onto my PC before handing it in to the T-Mobile rep in exchange for my shiny new smartphone. I also rescued the microSD card from my girlfriend’s old phone so that she’d still have as much of her data as possible before getting her new device as well. If only Motorola Migrate—an app released yesterday—had existed only a few days earlier, and worked for more than just Motorola phones.

The app was pointed out earlier today by a post on BGR, and as soon as I saw it, I immediately knew it was something I would’ve loved back on Friday, and I plan on keeping it in mind if I ever take the Moto plunge. What’s even more impressive about the app is that not only does it seem to work wonders through Android-to-Android transfers, but apparently it’ll also let iPhone users make the switch as well.

Take a look at this video for the how-to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Bp7FdB7Gz0

 Transferring data from old devices is always a monumental pain in the ass. I’ve been carrying hard drive data with me from PC to PC for well over ten years now, going all the way back to high school (I’d never let all those sweet MP3s I’d amassed disappear into the ether). Transferring data from phone to phone has always been much more of a hassle because you usually change phones pretty often, and the actual process of data transference is far from streamlined. I remember how much of a struggle it was to transfer data from my 3DS to my 3DS XL—and those are both made by the same company.

Needless to say, apps like Motorola Migrate are really wonderful, but I’m hopeful that other developers get in on making migration apps that are OEM agnostic. After doing a cursory search, I’ve only found one other similar app, this one from Samsung, specializing in—yep—migrating your data to Samsung devices.

I feel like if Motorola—a Google company—can figure this out, I’m not quite sure why Google itself won’t simply release a non-specific version of this app for all Android powered devices. You listening Google? Make it happen. Please?


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