July 26th, 2012, 09:39 AM
Join Date: Oct 2011
Device(s): AT&T Galaxy Note 3
AT&T Galaxy S4
Nexus 7 (2012)
Carrier: Not Provided
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Hi there. There are a number of threads on this subject. From what I gather, here is an overview of what you need to do:
1/. Make sure your version of Kies is latest.
2/. Plug in your phone and decide what you need Kies to save for you. Google will save your contacts, your calendar (I use theirs, it's fine), and Google Music may very well have your music in the cloud. You probably already have your pictures backed up, but it doesn't hurt to have Kies save them again. If you have files etc. you want backed up, make sure Kies does that. Despite various weird warnings, I found that Kies had backed up my stuff.
3/. See recipes for doing a wipe on your phone in other threads.
4/. Google will reinstate your apps, but not your various home pages. Restoring this and my widgets was the most time-consuming task for me. As far as the apps you don't need, it's easy to delete them, so don't stress over that piece.
5/. Have Kies reinstate the files, pictures, music you want reinstated.
Enjoy your phone. If you can't, the line for the iPhone 5, due out sometime this fall should start forming outside the Apple stores any day now. For myself, I thought the 4S "upgrade" was a joke, and I disliked the shape of the 4/4S, so I got myself what I thought the iPhone 5 should bring - namely a larger screen, a more pleasing shape, and better functionality/freedom. In other words the Galaxy SII.
Good luck. The phone is much better after this clean-up exercise.