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Old October 25th, 2012, 05:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am phone-challenged compared to a lot of you on the board. Since the OTA for ICS I want to do a FDR to rid some of the little quirks that have popped up on my Bionic. If this is covered elsewhere please direct me to it. Please walk me through the steps to back up my phone (apps, contacts,etc) and do the FDR. Do I need to then go back into Google Play and reload all of my apps one by one? How do I reload all my contacts? I appologize if this has been covered before as I have not followed the board closely. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Old October 25th, 2012, 08:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am phone-challenged compared to a lot of you on the board. Since the OTA for ICS I want to do a FDR to rid some of the little quirks that have popped up on my Bionic. If this is covered elsewhere please direct me to it. Please walk me through the steps to back up my phone (apps, contacts,etc) and do the FDR. Do I need to then go back into Google Play and reload all of my apps one by one? How do I reload all my contacts? I appologize if this has been covered before as I have not followed the board closely. Any help is greatly appreciated!
The Back-Up Thing: Unless you are rooted, the only thing you can back-up is your data. If you have any apps that save data, you should visit the individual apps and save that data to your external SD card or someplace like dropbox. If the data resides on the internal SD card, an FDR is not supposed to erase it, but I don't trust it. If you have entered your contacts as Google contacts and not Phone contacts, they should already be backed up for you. If your aren't sure. Logon to your google account and see if your contacts are there. If they are, when you set your phone up and enter your google account, they will restore themselves. If they are only on your phone, you can either change them to Google Contacts or find a back-up app on the market.

The FDR: After you have backed up everything and know what you need to re-install on your phone. Power your phone down. When it is completely off, press the volume up and volume down buttons and hold them. While still holding the volume buttons, press and hold the power button until a white text menu appears. Press the volume down button one time to choose recovery and then press the volume up button to choose it. You will get a picture of a android on his back with his chest open and a red triangle. Now press the volume up and volume down buttons simultaneously. You will get a blue menu. Press the volume up or down buttons to navigate the menu to "wipe data/factory reset" and then press the volume button to choose the option. Navigate to the "yes" response and press the power button again to choose it. When it is complete, use the navigate to "reboot system now" and press the power button to choose it. After the phone finishes what it is doing, set your phone back up the way you want.

Restoring: If you choose, during set-up, to allow google to restore your stuff, you will get most, if not all, of your apps reinstalled. Sometimes the freebies don't reinstall, but you can do that yourself and as I said before, the contacts on google will restore themselves.

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... My Backup Pro backs up data and apps on an un-root-ed Bionic. When I did the FDR I made the backup first and then let it automatically reload everything from Play Store. Three apps were form other sources (two I wrote and FM Radio) and had to be installed from the staging area I have for apps installed not from Play Store.

An FDR can be called from Settings | System Settings | Privacy | Factory data reset and has documentation along the way to tell you what is going on.

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Here is the "official" way to factory reset, along with a link on how to hard reset...

https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/69253/~/droid-bionic---master-reset-%2F-factory-data-reset

Be very careful in backup and restore of apps though, especially with My Backup Pro... I HIGHLY recommend NOT restoring apps when going from GB to ICS, lots of people did this with the Rezound and just put problems back into the phone. It is best to do it clean and manually reinstall everything... I did a mini-howto on factory resetting a few months ago, it was for the Rezound but shouldn't be really device specific, if you want I can repost later today in this thread, just let me know.
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I strongly agree.

This is a golden opportunity to get rid of the garbage. If you restore something from Gingerbread ... what did you accomplish with the Factory Data Reset?

After I did the FDR on my Bionic I was missing a ringtone that I really liked that I got through a third-party. I recovered it from the My Backup Pro archive, did a soft reset, and now have it back. (I use it for notifications.)

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Found that post if anyone is interested, it has a few minor Rezound specific references but I think it can be applied to any phone with a little bit of tweaking... Here ya go:

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I am going to assume you are NOT rooted...

1. (Optional) Use a utility like MyBackup Pro to backup all data (this is a safeguard, do NOT restore from this unless absolutely necessary)
2. Go into Message app and press MENU and select Back up SMS, then save all messages to a file (note the filename)
3. Plug the USB into a PC, go into Storage mode, and copy everything from both drives that appear in Windows to a spare directory.
4. Backup contacts, if you are using any "Phone" contacts, use VZW Backup, if they are all Goggle contacts you can skip this step. (Facebook and Exchange contacts are held on the server, no need to backup)
5. Take screen shots of all home screens, and the application launcher screens
6. Make sure you have all usernames, password, WiFi codes, etc., for all accounts and WiFi networks you have in the device
7. Go into Settings-Apps-All and note which apps you have disabled

Once you have everything you think you need, do a Factory Reset via the menus, then once it completes and you are back at the setup screen, power off, remove and reinstall the battery, and power up holding VOL DOWN+POWER to go into HBOOT, then perform the Factory Reset from there as well. The phone will reboot to the setup screen, go through that.

Google contacts should restore automatically, or use VZW Backup to restore contacts, then once all contacts are back you can restore the Message backup (might have to copy the backup file back to it's original location). If you want to disable apps, best to do them at this step. Setup you local WiFi and any additional accounts if you need to. Then start Play Store twice, pausing about a minute or two between, on the second start load all updates. Now go to Google and the Play Store your computer and select "My Android Apps", and click on the "Verizon HTC ADR6425LVW" icon, from that point you can see the apps you have for that device and other apps in your library, select Install for the ones you want and they will be pushed out to the phone and install. Once that is all done run each app at least once to finish it's setup (this is important, some apps will hold the WakeLock until their setup is complete, draining the battery quickly if you don't finish the setup). Now just change home screens and such as needed and tweak.

With a little practice, this entire procedure can be done in under 30 minutes, depending on your connection speed, number of apps to install, and amount of tweaking needed.

If you are doing anything "weird", like POP3 mail accounts, you might have to back those up separately if they are not stored on the server.
A couple of noted missing steps, make sure to disable "Backup my settings" and "Automatic Restore" under Settings-Privacy before starting, and after the FDR when you setup DO NOT select the "Backup my phone to Google" option, just skip it, this can be added later.

I am sure there are few more things some people might want to do, but this is a decent starting point for most.
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Found that post if anyone is interested, it has a few minor Rezound specific references but I think it can be applied to any phone with a little bit of tweaking... Here ya go:


A couple of noted missing steps, make sure to disable "Backup my settings" and "Automatic Restore" under Settings-Privacy before starting, and after the FDR when you setup DO NOT select the "Backup my phone to Google" option, just skip it, this can be added later.

I am sure there are few more things some people might want to do, but this is a decent starting point for most.
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Thanks guys for all your help. I did a backup and FDR with no problem. Now my Bionic runs smooth a silk. My lapdock now charges the phone like it did with GB. Now I just have to get used to all the little differences of ICS. So far I really like ICS over GB. My lapdock really screams now; much nicer than with GB.
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Is it a good idea to pull out the SD card when doing a FDR? I am backing up data and retrieving passwords to get ready.

I can say the most important thing to do when updating is to pull you external SD card. OR at least back it up. All pictures gone. At least I had saved these. My Tracks gone. Backed them up somewhere. But save time and pull the card.
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