2. Download and install the Carbon desktop application for your Windows, Mac, or Linux PC.
3. The first time you launch Helium, it'll ask you to connect your phone to your computer via USB and open
the desktop app. Go ahead and do this on your old phone first. Once they're paired, you can back up to your
desktop, or, since you have the Pro version, back up to the cloud or directly to another Android device.
4. On your old phone, you should see "0 apps selected for backup" at the bottom of the screen, then a square
directly underneath. At the top of the screen, you'll see a scrolling list of the apps installed on your phone.
Tap each one you want to move (along with its data) to your new phone, or tap "select all" at the
bottom of the screen to get everything on your device.
5. Below the "Backup" button, you'll see a checkbox for "App Data Only." If you uncheck it,
you'll be prompted on your new phone to download the app from Google Play, and your Helium
backup will only include app data (save games, SMS messages, recent calls, photos, etc.)
This means the backup file will be smaller and the backup will take less time, but you'll have
to install each app on the new phone before your can restore the data. Unchecking the box will
streamline the process. We recommend unchecking it, but you can go either way.
6. Once you've selected your apps, tap "Backup." You'll get a popup asking you to choose your
backup destination. Internal storage, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box are all listed by default.
You have a choice here: You can back up to Dropbox or Google Drive if you prefer (since you have a
Pro account), or you can back up to your device's internal storage or SD card. The latter makes
it easier to sync any changes you make to your new phone, but if you're only doing this once,
either method works.
7. Select your backup destination. The backup will begin immediately. Wait for it to finish
(and sync to cloud storage, if you opted for that.)
8. Now it's time to move your data to your new phone. Open Helium on your new device, and connect
it to your computer the same way we did in step three above. Next, tap the "Restore and Sync" tab.
9. Next, choose where you stored your backups. If you stored them in the cloud, tap "Add Cloud Storage Account"
to log in to your Dropbox or Google Drive account and find your backups. If you stored your backups locally
on your other Android phone, you should either see it in the list here, or you can tap to log in and
view your other devices. Do this, then your old device will appear in the list.
10. From here, if you backed up to the cloud, you can tap your cloud service of choice, log in,
find your backup, and browse the list of apps and app data in the cloud. If you backed up to another
device, tap that device name to get the same list of available apps and data to restore.
11. The same way you backed up the items, you can either select apps individually to restore,
or you can tap "Select All" at the bottom of the screen to grab everything at once. If you opted
for the smaller backup, you'll have to tap each unchecked app to download it before restoring from it.
Helium will kick you over to the right download page for each. If you went for the full backup, just tap "Restore."
The restore will begin, and you can sit back and wait.
12. You'll see a progress bar across the screen, and when your restore is complete, you'll be notified.
You may have to rearrange your home screens the way you like them, but all of your apps and their data
should be back on your device.