Upgrading your smartphone

Upgrading your new mobile phone purchase

This morning the postman delivered my new Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, which is a bit of a mouthful, so I will refer to it from now on, simply as an S10+.

I opened the package and put the phone on to charge. I noted there was 55% already in the battery. This tells me the phone must have been originally charged when it was first released, so there’ll probably be a fair amount of updating to do. This was done automatically, thank goodness.

I charged it up and, by ten o’clock, I was ready to go.

I wired up the two phones, using the thoughtfully supplied little plugs for both ends of a normal USB cable, and in no time at all, it was copying over all but two of the three hundred apps and most of the data.

Then the work began. First of all I had to set up the Action Launcher, so much better than the standard Google one. Once that had completed, it took approximately five hours to get the new phone into a replica of the old one.

In March, when the S10+ first came out, it was just under £900 (8gb RAM and 128gb Storage). Before people think I am made of money, I got the phone discounted through Amazon for £720. Within half an hour of getting the new phone, I had an offer of £250 for the old phone. So that makes a saving of around £400 plus.

But lessons have been learned. When you upgrade your phone, you need to ensure all your principal apps and their data have been ported across successfully. Then you zap all the information from your old phone. I do this every year, but even now, there is always a small item I miss. I’ve still to find it this time round!

If you work away from home (or go to school, college etc), the best time is to clear a Saturday to do this and you have Sunday free if anything goes wrong - remember “sod’s law”?

A useful accessory to buy, preferably before your phone arrives, is protection in case you drop it. I use a Spygel, a tight fit, clear plastic so you retain the colour of your phone, and reasonably inexpensive. I never use a screen adhesive clear cover as they always seem to look a little tatty when they start peeling. As I do when I come back from holiday!

Before you start, go through all the apps on your phone as follows.

In the first section add all your essential apps, where there is important data to keep, mark the app name in some way. I put xxx against them.

In the second section add all those not critical but which you want to keep.

In the third section add those where it doesn’t matter too much. This may not seem important but after a few hours, you might find the gin bottle a little more tempting, rather than continuing!

If you use an automatic file transfer method, use this list to make sure all your apps, and data, have ported across.

Now pretty your phone up, placing the apps, and widgets, exactly where you want them to be. Where’s that gin bottle!