How to transfer game progress from an old phone to new

Google Play GamesI don’t like working on my wife’s phone. I try and stay away from that, it’s a no win situation. However when her HTC 10’s glass shattered while sitting still on a table, I was called in for moving to a new Samsung Galaxy S9+.

One of the things we had on her phone was My Talking Angela, and that’s basically used to take an annoyed 5yo at a restaurant and turn her off for ten minutes when we’re done saying we don’t know when the food will be out. Nah, usually it’s just used to entertain a bored kid, I’m just projecting today.

The new phone was set up, Facebook installed, games transferred back over, but I found several of the kid games we have sitting there did not have progress saved.

Turns out that most, if not all, of her games would function in cloud save mode with Google Play Games. Realizing it was not installed on the shattered HTC 10, I installed Google Play Games, went in to a couple of the games on the old phone, set them to use Play Games, progress suddenly saved to the cloud. Only a few cuts on my finger from that busted HTC 10.

Most games on the new phone just picked up the save games, the My Talking Angela I had to uninstall, reinstall, connect to Play Games, restore saved game, that got the level 36 kitten to the new phone. Not sure why it didn’t detect Play Games, but it didn’t.

So good thing to check before letting your phone explode is whether Google Play Games is on it and your games are syncing to the cloud, and if it isn’t, install and make sure your games are working with it.

Most likely will not work for all games, and I’m sure I’ve got readers just coming here to point out that it didn’t work with game X, which just go tell the developer that and make them fix it, it’ll work better.

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Paul E King

Paul King started with GoodAndEVO in 2011, which merged with Pocketables, and as of 2018 he's evidently the owner. He lives in Nashville, works at a film production company, is married with two kids. Facebook | Google+ | Twitter | Donate | More posts by Paul | Subscribe to Paul's posts