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Poll: Do you start fresh with a new phone or copy data from your old device?

Upgrading to a new phone is always great, but how do you set up the new device?

Published onApril 7, 2021

HUAWEI P40 Pro Setup screen

Upgrading to a new smartphone can be one of the more enjoyable experiences around, especially if you haven’t upgraded your device in a few years. Between the improved performance, better cameras, and new features, there’s a lot to like about a shiny new phone.

One challenge when upgrading is to seamlessly pick up where you left off, but most manufacturers allow you to copy all your data from an old phone to a new device. Is this something that Android Authority readers do or do you prefer to start with a clean slate? Let us know by taking the poll below.

What do you do when you get a new phone?

3617 votes

I tend to start fresh with new phones, whether they’re personal upgrades or devices used for testing/review purposes. It helps that Google backs up plenty of data to your account anyway, such as contacts, emails, photos, and more. I also have a clutch of favorite apps that I end up downloading from the Play Store each time I set up a new phone, and some apps like WhatsApp have cloud backup too.

I can definitely see why people would want to copy all their data from their old phones though. It means you don’t have to spend a ton of time setting things up just the way you like it, allowing you to actually use your shiny new phone.

Wondering about the best way to set up a new device? We’ve got a comprehensive guide to switching phones like a pro.

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