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Old November 15th, 2010, 06:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys. So I'm going to root my phone, and to avoid any complications at all, I think I'm going to factory reset my phone. I heard that some apps (ie dropbox) can interfere with the root process so I'm just doing this so I don't get any complications. I'm making a list of all the things I should write down from my phone before I reset it. So far, I have:
contacts
notes
passwords
apps
settings

And that's about it. Anyone else have other suggestions? I'm probably doing this in like a couple of hours, so feel free to chip in whenever. Thanks

PS: For all you rooted people, am I overdoing this? I mean, some of my friends that have rooted phones say that I don't have to do this but I'm sort of a perfectionist so lemme know

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Old November 15th, 2010, 06:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I didn't have any problems rooting my phone, and I didn't factory reset it. It's really not all that complicated, no matter what method you choose. If you are paranoid about it, the easiest, non-root way to backup everything would be with mybackup pro:

MyBackup Pro - Android app on AppBrain

There is a free trial version available as well. It's technically not a complete backup, and I would suggest you use titanium backup once you're rooted. If absolutely nothing else, the list of things mybackup pro backs up is pretty much everything you need to remember to backup.

There are also apps available on the market that will make full lists of all your installed apps. I suggest you search for one and use it just in case.

On a side note, a word of warning - if you plan on switching roms a lot, don't try backing up a lot of system settings and restoring them between roms. It doesn't always work out too well.

EDIT: Also, I should mention that I've never used mybackup pro; I've just heard it works well.
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I didn't have any problems rooting my phone, and I didn't factory reset it. It's really not all that complicated, no matter what method you choose. If you are paranoid about it, the easiest, non-root way to backup everything would be with mybackup pro:

MyBackup Pro - Android app on AppBrain

There is a free trial version available as well. It's technically not a complete backup, and I would suggest you use titanium backup once you're rooted. If absolutely nothing else, the list of things mybackup pro backs up is pretty much everything you need to remember to backup.

There are also apps available on the market that will make full lists of all your installed apps. I suggest you search for one and use it just in case.

On a side note, a word of warning - if you plan on switching roms a lot, don't try backing up a lot of system settings and restoring them between roms. It doesn't always work out too well.

EDIT: Also, I should mention that I've never used mybackup pro; I've just heard it works well.
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I'll be resetting soon myself, and noticed that only a few of my contacts sync up with google. It's almost like I have to email someone for them to be synced. Is this true?

I have a bunch of entries in my contacts with ONLY phone numbers. How do I get them saved with my gmail contacts?
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Hi guys. So I'm going to root my phone, and to avoid any complications at all, I think I'm going to factory reset my phone. I heard that some apps (ie dropbox) can interfere with the root process so I'm just doing this so I don't get any complications. I'm making a list of all the things I should write down from my phone before I reset it. So far, I have:
contacts
notes
passwords
apps
settings

And that's about it. Anyone else have other suggestions? I'm probably doing this in like a couple of hours, so feel free to chip in whenever. Thanks

PS: For all you rooted people, am I overdoing this? I mean, some of my friends that have rooted phones say that I don't have to do this but I'm sort of a perfectionist so lemme know
Your contacts should be synched with your google account already, so once you root and re-sign into your google account, they'll synch back to your phone.

I use Titanium Backup (although I have the other backup software mentioned here already) to backup apps and system settings and it seemed to do the trick quite nicely.

I've never heard of anyone doing a factory reset before rooting, nor did I do one and had no issues. I also didn't have dropbox installed at the time.
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I'll be resetting soon myself, and noticed that only a few of my contacts sync up with google. It's almost like I have to email someone for them to be synced. Is this true?

I have a bunch of entries in my contacts with ONLY phone numbers. How do I get them saved with my gmail contacts?
Pull up your contacts list (People app), hit the menu button, and select "Import/Export", and export them to your SD card.
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Pull up your contacts list (People app), hit the menu button, and select "Import/Export", and export them to your SD card.

It asked me to select an account to export. Google or Phone. I chose Phone. I suppose I can do Google as well and then not even rely on the sync to remember them huh?
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It shouldve saved your contacts as a vcf file, which you can open in plain text to make sure it contains all your contacts. The file should be located on the root of your SD card, and I think it starts with "pcsc". Exporting them both wont hurt either
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