I apologize in advance for asking this, since this is probably common knowledge to most of you, but please help me out. I've been wanting to root, but I'm not quite sure on how to back everything up and how it exactly works with restoring it. I'm coming from a BB, and I used to use desktop manager, and other 3rd party apps to back up my apps/settings before installing a custom ROM, then loaded everything back, and it was the same as before. Now, is it that easy when rooting on Android? I searched around and couldn't really find the exact answers I was seeking. Here's what I'm concerned about: 1. I understand that if you downloaded apps from the market, once I login with my google account, they will reappear. Is this just free apps? Paid apps? And when I install a custom ROM after rooting, will I have to download all of the apps again and will all my settings be lost? Any way to back the apps AND settings up? 2. If I root the phone, I won't lose anything right? It's just when I go installing custom ROMs when I should back things up? 3. Backing up texts/calendar dates/phone settings - can this be done with 1 program? 4. What's the easiest, safest way to do this? Preferably free, but if that's not possible, it's ok. And the Droid 2 method of rooting is still the best way to root off the OTA 2.2 correct? Sorry, first Android, and trying to learn a lot about rooting and such, but for some reason, everything isn't coming together as easy as other phones. Thank you very much in advance.