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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Arnoz, May 26, 2010.

  1. Arnoz

    Arnoz Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Hi there Android community :)

    I'm coming from iPhone so please excuse the fact that I think in a "closed-OS-way" :p
    I'm switching to the Desire for business purposes. Exchange sync mainly and then some apps for work and some for fun.
    With the iPhone you plug it in iTunes, there's a backup done automatically and if for any reason I want to wipe my phone I can simply reinstall the OS and restore my backup.

    I don't want to back up to SD card for security reasons (I know it's encrypted, still...)

    I'm asking this because for the past week I've been playing with this toy like a child, installed 100s of apps and now I feel like my phone is kind of not as responsive as before. Like my iPhone ;)

    The questions:
    • How can I backup SMS, settings of OS and apps, and apps to my computer once a week, the easier way. I need to keep a complete backup on my computer but don't need stuff like contacts/calendars (server synced) or music that can easily be transfered
    • How can wipe completely the phone, reinstall the most up to date OS (2.2 on Desire? Still need to read the news...) and then restore my backup?


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  2. Arnoz

    Arnoz Lurker
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    Anyone please?
  3. Bundy

    Bundy Android Enthusiast

    I feel your pain. I'm new to Android too - I switched from a BlackBerry to the Incredible - and have asked the same question. From the answers I got, it doesn't look like there is a backup solution similar to what we both were used to on the other platforms. I can't believe it, but it seems to be true.
  4. grainysand

    grainysand Android Expert

    MyBackup Pro will deal with... everything, but it's saved to your SD card. For a cloud solution, look into WaveSecure and Mobile Defense. I recommend WaveSecure, though sadly free lifetime subscriptions for Android's not longer available.

    I've only used Titanium Backup, which is for root users only, but I understand MyBackup and possibly Astro will do the same--and I've wiped my phone completey very often. All I needed to do to get everything back was pressing one "Batch" button.
  5. Arnoz

    Arnoz Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Thank you! I'll try these apps.

    What about this:
    How can wipe completely the phone, reinstall the most up to date OS (2.2 on Desire? Still need to read the news...) and then restore my backup?
  6. lekky

    lekky Lover

    1: MyBackup is a good solution. Backups the things you want to your sdcard, then you can simply reapply the backup after doing step 2:

    2: Do a factory reset: Settings > privacy > factory data reset.

    This will wipe all information from your phone, but you will not need to reapply any updates as they do not get wiped. We are on android v2.1 at the moment :p
  7. Scuffers

    Scuffers Newbie

    possibly a stupid question, but I take it there is no way to backup to a PC (via USB?) then?

    I am more worried about loosing my phone and thus my contacts etc, but I do not use Outlook/Exchange etc.
  8. trick202

    trick202 Android Expert

    There's nothing as comprehensive as the iPhone/iTunes system for Android.

    I was looking for something to back up and save the phone state as a whole - apps and all - in one package. I was also looking for something to store the information away from the device (seems a bit pointless if your concern is loss/theft)
  9. pezzer

    pezzer Newbie

    Sorry if I'm stating the obvious but if you use Gmail, then your Contacts, Mail and Calendar etc can be sync'ed with the Cloud.
  10. trick202

    trick202 Android Expert

    Yes, that is obvious, but not what he was asking.

    He's talking about the state of the device (wallpaper, ringtones, alerts, layout, apps etc)

    Blackberry have this, as does the iPhone. It's very useful indeed. Both of the aforementioned also have google sync abilities too, so they can sync calendar/contacts/mail easily OTA.

    It's the OS state he wants to protect.
  11. nx1977

    nx1977 Android Expert

    My backup pro offers backup to SD and online
  12. Jammy

    Jammy Android Expert

    Does it offer backup to a computer over a usb connection?

    This is something I'd quite like too...
  13. pezzer

    pezzer Newbie

    No need for being so sharp I wasnt referring to the OP, but rather Scuffers

    "and thus my contacts etc"
  14. trick202

    trick202 Android Expert

    No need for being so sensitive.

    I was just responding ;)
  15. lekky

    lekky Lover

    Well, backup to sdcard, then copy the backup to your pc via usb.

    Does the backup option in settings do this? You can backup an image of your phone if rooted.
  16. CarsnGadgets

    CarsnGadgets Android Expert

    On your SD card is a pc program called HTC sync. Install it on your pc to backup contacts and install apps from your pc when the desire is connected via usb in sync mode.

    I think mybackup pro can also backup to an internet server.

    Also, you can manually copy your SD card contents to your pc via usb.

    You will have to wait for an over the air update to 2.2 from HTC, or download it from their site when its available.

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