Mi mover - why not transfer apps completely?



  • I've recently proceeded with setting up new Xiaomi device and used Mi Mover to try to copy from older Xiaomi device. The app said "copying apps, some apps it cannot copy but e.g. Telegram, WhatsApp were ticked as to be copied". After completion app asked to rate it.

    I wanted to check results before rating and only media from WhatsApp, telegram were copied. Why can't app of phone manufacturer take care of installing apps on new phone and transfer all user data? I guess Xiaomi can provide its' app with root privileges etc. I have not been able to find answer via googling.



  • From https://xiaomireview.com/mi-mover-can-transfer-your-system-settings-files-and-apps-wirelessly-17-30gb-in-30-mins/

    APPS THAT CAN BE TRANSFERRED USING MI MOVER

    The Mi Mover can transfer system apps and third party apps these apps are mostly from Xiaomi and games that doesn’t need personal data.

    APPS THAT CAN NOT BE TRANSFERRED USING MI MOVER

    However, Mi Mover cannot transfer apps that have personal data. For example Facebook, Shopee, and Lazada. These apps contains our personal data and Mi Mover doesn’t have a permission to transfer these apps’ system settings and data.

    (Emphasis supplied)

    An app can't be granted root privileges unless the device is rooted (See https://android.stackexchange.com/q/179541/131553 )

    Even on rooted devices, you may need extra tricks to transfer WhatsApp data whereas other apps data can be backed up and restored.

    From app developer of https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.swiftapps.swiftbackup

    Media part is for the app's media directory at [InternalStorage/Android/media/[package_name]/.

    Very few apps use this directory. On Android 11+, WhatsApp uses this directory to store all its media that was previously stored at InternalStorage/WhatsApp/ folder on Android 10 and below.




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