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Old December 16th, 2009, 06:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question How to Back Up

I've searched this forum and can't find an answer and couldn't find it in the manual either. How do you properly back up this phone in case you have to do a hard reset? I have copied all files on the SD card to my computer, but how would you reload the apps? Just go to Market again?

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Old December 16th, 2009, 07:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Try searching the market for an app that backs up your phone. I know there are a few (some paid and some free) that back up your phone onto their server. Personally, I use WaveSecure ... and its free. It will backup your contacts, SMS, media and call logs (but not your Apps yet) onto their server. You can also lock your phone remotely, requireing a password to unlock it. You can find your phone using the GPS ... and if all else fails, you can erase all personal info from your phone remotely.

http://www.androlib.com/android.application.com-wsandroid-qwBq.aspx



Sorry, I dont know how to back up apps though. But from what I understand you would be able to download any purchased apps without buying them again.
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i use wavesecure more for security. i use mybackup app (search it) for backups as it does apps as well.

funny how apps backup though. after a wipe you tell it to reinstall or whatever, you actually have to go thru the process of clicking "install" and "ok" for each app. at least it remembers most of them and makes it faster though.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 08:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i use wavesecure more for security. i use mybackup app (search it) for backups as it does apps as well.

funny how apps backup though. after a wipe you tell it to reinstall or whatever, you actually have to go thru the process of clicking "install" and "ok" for each app. at least it remembers most of them and makes it faster though.
I dont know if having the apps on a backup is worth the $4.99.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 08:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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the mybackup i have is free...maybe its the lite version? idk
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the mybackup i have is free...maybe its the lite version? idk
The lite version is a 30 day trial ... how long have you had it?
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doh, idk maybe 2 weeks....lol....i only need it to do the manual update though, no biggie.
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so...i did the manual update, in regard to my apps, google backed them up for me. also they backed up my contacts. i had to hit install again but they were all there (even the ones i got from androlib.com) i was back up in 20-30mins. i had 40 apps.
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Maybe check out "Astro" in the market?

"Back up and restore public applications to the SD card"

ASTRO File Manager Android App Review by AndroidTapp.com | Android Tapp. Android App Reviews
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so...i did the manual update, in regard to my apps, google backed them up for me. also they backed up my contacts. i had to hit install again but they were all there (even the ones i got from androlib.com) i was back up in 20-30mins. i had 40 apps.
Thats pretty quick
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Thats pretty quick
well i probably should mention it was over wi-fi.
wouldnt do a major overhaul like that without it
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Old December 16th, 2009, 09:16 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Quick question incase I end up trying a factory restore in the future.

1) If all your contacts are Google contacts, after the factory restore all your contacts will sync back onto your phone, correct?

2) When doing a factory restore, does it wipe your SD card as well?
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yes

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no
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how about backup of settings, etc? Blackberry had a backup feature that would back up all user preferences. Is there an app for that?
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 01:13 PM   #15 (permalink)
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how would i back up my contacts/people ? i dont want them in google, i just want a file that has all my contacts on there so i dont lose them (im paranoid about that) ... can someone direct me to a good application for this if there is one?
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backup to google and export from google to a csv file.
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how can i backup to google? what is a csv file?

i made the wrong choice when creating my contacts and selected "phone" rather than "google" so there are NO contacts in my google account, and this cannot be edited unless i reinsert every one of my contacts back into my phone as google which im not inclined to do.
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so when you go to settings>data sync>google> and sync contacts it doesnt add them to your google account?

actually here, read this

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=535995
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so when you go to settings>data sync>google> and sync contacts it doesnt add them to your google account?

actually here, read this

From "phone" to "google" in contacts? - xda-developers

i will look up that exportcontacts app, i just wish there was a way to backup my contacts WITHOUT going through google. i just want a list of my contacts on my pc ;\ and whats a csv file?
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common file format for saving lists like contacts that can be imported/exported/etc by many different programs

Comma-separated values - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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common file format for saving lists like contacts that can be imported/exported/etc by many different programs

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ah so i can open it as a text file it looks like ...

i just need to find an app in which i dont have to go through google! thanks for the help btw
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i would try that app they mentioned.

here it is

ExportContacts v1.3 Application for Android | Tools

if you have barcode scanner installed scan that barcode, if not, install barcode scanner, search for barcode in the market app
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ill try that, wow i didn't know about that barcode stuff :x
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i am correct that a csv file can be opened with a basic .txt to view the contacts?
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yes but it will be kinda jumbley

might need a converter or something

csv can be imported and exported to and from outlook and google and lots of programs though
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very nice, thanks... barcode scanner is very cool.

one more thing if i may -- the csv file is saved on the SD card, do i need to remove the card or can i mount my phone onto my computer via the usb cable and transfer the csv file?
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Yes, you can transfer the file from the phone to the computer via USB cable.

Assuming you have Excel (or some other spreadsheet) on your computer the easiest and most human readable way to open a CSV file is that way.
Open Excel. Then File/Open and point excel to the CSV file. From that point follow the screen prompts.
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great. thanks guys!
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there's no way to back up your settings is there? I am thinking about doing a full hard reset, but hate that I'll have to tweak everything again.
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not that i know of, takes maybe 20 minutes to get back to where you were though (or to get back to where i was)
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questtion regarding that -- whats a "HARD RESET" compared to a "battery pull" or selecting "return to factory defaults" (under settings)? what deletes all your data?
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are contacts backed up on the sd card?
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that program will do that
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ok, so when i create a new contact on the phone, it should automatically sync it to my gmail account and add it as a contact there too right?
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yes if you add it as a google contact and sync is enabled. otherwise you will have to manually sync it in your phones menu.
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Does anybody know if reminder settings in google calendar will be saved on a hard reset? I know the appointments themselves will sync back up, but I have a lot of different reminder schedules set up for different types of appointments that I'd be really annoyed if I had to go back through and reset.
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i think people are asking how do you manually sync "phone" contacts.

Do we have to go to each one that is labeled "phone" to google to back up
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