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    transfer sms and call history from old phone to new one (both android)

    Does anybody know a good way to transfer sms and call history from old phone (Nexus 4) to new Pixel 4a?

    Google backup options on the N4 are so old it's an all-or-nothing affair and I don't want to backup app settings, wifi passwords, etc etc. I want a clean install on the pixel but with the contacts (downloadable as a file via pc), SMS and call history. (Calendar is already web-synced to the cloud so that one is fine.)

    A quick web search suggests there are many softwares that claim to do this and just need "this access" and "these permissions" to do it. I'd rather avoid giving anything too much unfettered access if I can help it. Am I asking for too much here? Is it not possible to do this manually in some way via pc?

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    Re: transfer sms and call history from old phone to new one (both android)

    Can't you just connect a cable between both phones and use the built in software, thats what I normally do. Something like this :

    https://support.google.com/pixelphon...l=en-GB#zippy=
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    Re: transfer sms and call history from old phone to new one (both android)

    I think you can but like I said I want a clean install bar a few things. SFAIK connecting the two together starts trying to copy everything over which I want to avoid happening.

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    Re: transfer sms and call history from old phone to new one (both android)

    Normally you can choose what is copied
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    Re: transfer sms and call history from old phone to new one (both android)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonj1611 View Post
    Normally you can choose what is copied
    I'll give it a go. Worst is a factory reset right?

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    Re: transfer sms and call history from old phone to new one (both android)

    Yeah if its not for you, factory reset and you are back to the beginning
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    Re: transfer sms and call history from old phone to new one (both android)

    Quote Originally Posted by ik9000 View Post
    I'll give it a go. Worst is a factory reset right?
    How did you get on with it?
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    Re: transfer sms and call history from old phone to new one (both android)

    smsbackup ?

    oh wait you said no "apps" i don't know if it is possible to actually get to the data where the sms's are.



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