A new phone is a pain..but not for the reason you think

A new phone is a pain..but not for the reason you think

Like most geeks, I tend to upgrade my phone regularly. My last phone last me about 30 months. this phone upgrade was a pain. It’s not anyone’s fault except for my own. Here is why

With smartphones, I have set a schedule of about every 3rd phone. I do not import any apps or data from those apps. I like to start fresh. I do this for a few reasons. The first is that it clears out any corruption from previous imports. I ran into a problem when I did an import from an iPhone 6 to a 7. Something got corrupted with the carrier’s part of the code. When I traveled to certain areas, it would automatically roam on a tower, not in the network. I spent so much time on this tower that they said I violated the terms of service and canceled my phone. Needless to say, this was a huge Pain. I had to get a new number, and yeah…PITA!

Secondly, it gives me time to do some spring cleaning. I don’t install stale apps. I install apps as I need them. usually, within the first 48 hours, I have most of my apps installed, and some others come in over the next few weeks. 5g and the proliferation of WIFI allow me to download store apps when I am there. It’s just a small inconvenience now and then.

SO what’s the big deal? The big deal is the authentication and signing back into everything. I learned to bring my two-factor apps over right away. This has become a more straightforward process with restorable cloud backups and such. Once you have two-factor authentication, setting up some of these apps is tedious. The ones that remember your preferences are excellent. Other apps allow you to click through everything. I get it. You don’t know me yet. I am on a new device. It also makes me just click through things. I just want to get to the information I need and might miss a new feature or enable something I don’t want to enable.

If you have the time, I highly recommend this method. It’s like spring cleaning for your tech. Back up your phone to a cloud or your computer. This way, you still have your photos, music, and what is not stored and accessible. You don’t have to do this with every upgrade. Maybe every 3rd phone you get.

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