This will potentially make recovering from your mistakes much less painful for you and for the person on here talking you through it. It seems the Fascinate is becoming a victim of its own success lately and there are more and more inexperienced users mucking up their phone. I did not see a post that clearly explained this, so I thought I'd try. All the regulars who are smarter than me feel free to chime in and I'll edit if necessary. I use 2 programs to back up my phone. They are both useful for different things. The first is Clockworkmod Recovery/ROMmanager. The second is Titanium Backup. Clockworkmod is an alternate recovery screen that works in tandem with ROMmanager, an app. You need to install CWM with your PC, then download ROMmanager from the market. See Clockworkmod installation how to for windows / *nix - xda-developers You need to install this to flash ROMs, anyway. Pretty much, if your phone turns on, you can get into the recovery screen even if most everything is FUBAR. This program essentially takes a picture of your phone in its current state, and you can return to that state later if something bad happens. The backup states are colloquially referred to as "nandroids." Titanium just backs up all your apps and their data. Not quite as involved. For smaller problems. Clockwork example 1 - zomg i gotz da reutz but then deleted/froze touchwiz because the interwebz told me it was teh suk and now nothing works what to dooooooo HALP example 2 - i downloaded this brightness widget and now my phone screen won't turn on noo00oo00oozzz example 3 - i flashed a rom and now it's force-close-city i can't get my phone to do anything i can't believe they put this on rom manager and said stable this is BS i'm 14 this is my first phone my dad told me not to reutz and now he's mad i want my moneyz back and everyone here that told me it was a good rom needs to help me fix now! WAAAAAAAH ANSWER - boot into the recovery screen, restore backup state via Clockwork, watch the magic happen Titanium example 1 - i flashed a rom and now all my apps are gone wtf i'm in class and i can't play angry birds and waste my parents' tuition moneyz i was on the last level and now i redownloaded and it's at the beginning zomg i need some weed yo example 2 - i updated my [X] app from the market and now I get force closes/it wants me to pay etc.. fragmentation sux i want da iphonez why didn't they test this app i'm gonna go leave them 1 star ANSWER - batch restore all your apps via TiBU (it'll remember where you were in your games, your settings etc..), or restore an older version of that malicious app update that you just installed Final point: FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY: DO **NOT**NOT**NOT** FLASH VOODOO KERNELS UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING. IT CAN MAKE RECOVERING FROM MISTAKES MUCH MORE INVOLVED. IF ANYTHING IN THIS POST IS EVEN REMOTELY FOREIGN TO YOU, VOODOO IS A BAD IDEA. phew. sorry.