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  1. bsutton1

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    In addition to backing up my personal data, can I back up paid apps? I only got two apps that I have paid for. If I have to pay again if I lose them, it wouldn't be a big deal.
     

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    There is a free app called My Apps that I have used. It works pretty well, but some apps are listed as protected and they cannot be backed up. Some of my paid apps are listed as protected and some aren't. TV.com, which is free, was protected for some reason too. The only thing you can do is try it and see.
     
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    Most apps can be backed-up, even paid apps. There are a few that wont allow you to though. If you do lose them, you shouldnt have to pay for them again though.
     
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    If you do a hard reset or replace the device when you log back in with your gmail information and go into market they will already be listed there under my downloads as purchased. There is no need to back them up.
     
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    A few people have mentioned that they sometimes do not show back up when a new OS is installed. I don't know if this is actually the case, but better safe than sorry I say.
     
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    When I reset my phone all of the apps that I had installed and paid for showed up in My Market. All you have to do is reinstall all of them.
     
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    The point OTD was making is with the upcomming 2.1 update the entire OS will be replaced. Some people have said the Apps dont show up after an OS update, thus its a good idea to back them up if you can.

    I wonder what happens with paid apps that you have to install the .apk yourself because of the OS update. If that app has an update, do you get the update or do you have to purchase again. For example, I have ourchased Bettercut and I have backed it up. Lets say that once we get the OS update I check the market and it doesnt show Bettercut anymore so I install my backed up copy. The next time Bettercut has an update, will I get it, or would I have to purchase the app again?
     
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    I ran into that problem with FeedR. I made a backup of it before the last update and then reinstalled it from the backup and not the market. I was not notified about the last 2 updates that took place. I went ahead and just paid for it again (it is $0.99 and I don't mind supporting the developer), but I am sure that most devs will help you get your apps back if you can show that you paid for them.
     
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    As a former iPhone user (yes, I dropped it for the Eris), most apps that were purchased were not required to be purchased again. This did not apply to all however, even logging in with your iTunes ID. :mad: I haven't purchased anything from the market here, so hopefully there isn't ever a need to re-purchase if you are using the same gmail ID...
     
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    Does Linda File Manager work for backing up? Seems to have put all my apps in a backup folder on my sd card as apk files.
     
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    You can backup "Paid" Protected apps.... you need the SDK to pull out the .apk (installer files). install the latest android SDK, check out the tools folder of the SDK, run a command line from there, and do the following:

    adb pull /data/app-private/*

    you will then have a backup of all the "protected" apps that you paid for, save the .apk files to your SD card with the rest of your backed up apps. Now you can install them when you want to later unprotected.


    For other details of general backing up of stuffs on your phone using the SDK check out:
    http://jonwestfall.com/2009/08/backup-restore-android-apps-using-adb/
     
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    Excellent tip, thanks!
     
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    In any case, installing something from your SD card that is an .apk file,

    won't show up in Market. If, and only if, you've installed it from Market directly,
    will it show up for Updates.

    This is my experience with backing up with ES File Explorer.
     
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    It is the same for me with any backup I have used. Once you install it from a backup it is no longer coming from the market and/or connected to the apps in the market.
     
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    this happend to me, after leaving android for a few months to try an n97(complete disaster) i got a hero and only a few of the paid apps were left
     

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