General How to Back Up

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  1. Peaser

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    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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  2. thetomlin2

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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

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    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.
     
  3. Caddyman

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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.
     
  4. thetomlin2

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    I dont know if having the apps on a backup is worth the $4.99.
     
  5. Caddyman

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    the mybackup i have is free...maybe its the lite version? idk
     
  6. thetomlin2

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    The lite version is a 30 day trial ... how long have you had it?
     
  7. Caddyman

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    doh, idk maybe 2 weeks....lol....i only need it to do the manual update though, no biggie.
     
  8. aleis

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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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  10. thetomlin2

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    Thats pretty quick
     
  11. aleis

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    well i probably should mention it was over wi-fi.
    wouldnt do a major overhaul like that without it :)
     
  12. GrdLock

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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?
     
  13. Caddyman

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    yes

    and

    no
     
  14. stmartin84

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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?
     
  15. kraze0g

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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?
     
  16. Caddyman

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    backup to google and export from google to a csv file.
     
  17. kraze0g

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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.
     
  18. Caddyman

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  19. kraze0g

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    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?
     
  20. Caddyman

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  21. kraze0g

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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
     
  22. Caddyman

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  23. kraze0g

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    ill try that, wow i didn't know about that barcode stuff :x
     
  24. kraze0g

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    i am correct that a csv file can be opened with a basic .txt to view the contacts?
     
  25. Caddyman

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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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