[International] How to restore original TouchWiz homescreen after overwriting?

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  1. D_J

    D_J New Member

    QQ....i just restored a backup (from SD using MyBackupPro) on my new GS4 i9502 and it wiped out the original TouchWiz homescreen (widgets, icons, etc - not the launcher). Is there anyway to restore it (i want to try the default layout for a bit and customize from there).

    Thanks in advance for your help!! :D

  2. Atma

    Atma Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forums D_J :ciao:

    If you want to go back to default you could do a factory reset. You phone will reset to the way it was out of the box.

    Go to settings > accounts> backup and reset, and then factory data reset. Make sure your google account is set to sync contacts.
  3. Szadzik

    Szadzik Well-Known Member

    The only way to do this is to reflash the S4 ROM so that it restores all the apps and stuff you wiped out.

    Check out ODIN and Sammobile.com

    One piece of advice is not to backup system data when doing backups, just your applications you install from Play Store to avoiid problems like this.
  4. D_J

    D_J New Member

    I really appreciate the prompt and helpful response.

    Is there any other way to go about it and avoid doing a reset? If not, my following question gets a bit more complicated.

    My GS4 is a i9502 from China - I bought this version specifically for the dual-SIM capability. Unfortunately, the Chinese version of the GS4 does not come w/ anything Google - Play Store, Market, Accounts, etc, are all blocked.

    I've had the phone rooted to get around those restrictions - would a reset undo that?

    thanks again!
  5. Szadzik

    Szadzik Well-Known Member

    You deleted system data, no reset will restore it. My original advice of reflashing, not resetting meant no data loss a all and I do not know where you got the idea that it would.
  6. Atma

    Atma Well-Known Member

    If system/apps were deleted he may have to use Odin to get everything back. Using Odin to install the stock rom will unroot you and restore the stock recovery.

    You could try a factory reset first. It won't unroot you and you will still have the custom recovery. At least on my S4 that's the way it works.

    You might try this thread and see if there is a rooted stock rom you could try. That may be the easiest.

    I'm going to move this to the International All Things Root forum. :)

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