New Phone, Apps Recovered!

A few days ago, I posted about losing most of my apps when I upgraded my phone.  The Sprint store didn’t move them over, nor did they tell us (my in-laws and me) the trick for getting them back.

My paid apps were easy, because I found them on Google Play and reinstalled them.

Then my friend, Rachel, who knows all things Android, commented on that post.  I should have asked her about it in the first place! *face palm*

I’m going to go all technical writer on you now (although I’d never use purple callouts in my day job) to show you what I did to recover my free apps.

1. From the browser on your phone or on your computer, go to

2. Log into your gmail account.

3. The Google play page displays your application libraries. Every app you ever installed on a phone is listed on the page.


4. Click a phone icon to view the apps installed on that device, or view your library to locate the apps you want to install on your new phone.

5. When you find an app you want, click Install.


6. The Send to Another Device list should should your new device by default. If it does not, click the down arrow to select the correct device.


7. Click Install. The application will be pushed to your phone or device.

8. Click OK to close the window.

There is one caveat.  If the application or game had data from your old phone, you will not have that data after the fresh installation.  However, if you have to log into the app develper’s server, then you should be able to recover your game progress or saved data from them.

I guess that means I have to start Angry Birds Star Wars over from the beginning!  😀

I hope you find these instructions helpful!

#ROW80 Goals:

  • Declare war on the caterpillars eating my broccoli plants.
  • I finished editing my middle grade WIP vomit draft. (Yay!)  Now, I have to make the changes and fill in plot holes before my 14-year-old’s birthday.  That gives me less than 2 weeks to surprise her with a rough draft of the story she helped inspire.
  • Getting closer to fitting into those smaller jeans.
  • School PTA minutes need approval.

12 thoughts on “New Phone, Apps Recovered!

  1. susanjaymes

    Yeah you figured it out. Thanks for the instructions. I have an android phone that I will be upgrading this summer. I’ll have to save this blog so I know how to do the transfer of apps. Thanks.

  2. rcahill111


    I do recommend doing it while you are wi-fi if possible because it’s the fastest way to download. Faster than the network.

    So glad to help!!!!

  3. Gloria Weber

    Congrats on restoring your phone to fun levels. My son would be so jealous if he saw the Star Wars Angry Birds (the boy is a game fiend). I wish you tons of luck on getting the rough done in time for the birthday. What a sweet surprise to give. 🙂

  4. Julie Glover

    I hope your kid is more forgiving than mine! LOL. My high schooler is like a New York critic with my books. 🙂

    Have a lovely week! I’m hoping to get into smaller jeans one day too.

    1. Diana Beebe Post author

      She won’t hold back, that’s for sure. LOL. It’s all worth it when she laughs out loud when she reads a scene.

      Here’s to getting into those jeans!


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