1. Download our Official Android App: Forums for Android!

Support Best way to fully backup and restore phone

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by RhysLlewellyn, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. RhysLlewellyn

    RhysLlewellyn Member
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    45
    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2013

    Jun 12, 2013
    45
    2
    16
    Male
    Nr. London, UK
    So I believe my s4 is faulty. I've spent a considerable amount of time getting it just how I like it.

    I'm going to take it back and get a new one but in the mean time would like to know the best way to restore absolutely everything as is on my phone right now.

    I use nova launcher... I have that backed up. I know google also offers the option to download all the apps that were last on your phone. Are these two enough or is there a better way?

    Thank you.
     

    Advertisement

  2. shmn

    shmn Android Enthusiast
    Rank:
     #196
    Points:
    113
    Posts:
    531
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2011

    Feb 14, 2011
    531
    263
    113
    Marine Diesel Mech
    WA State
    Root your phone and then make a nandroid backup and then save it your computer for later use. Then unroot and exchange phones. That is the best way because it copies everything exactly.
     
  3. ironass

    ironass Android Expert
    Rank:
     #19
    Points:
    1,343
    Posts:
    11,391
    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2010

    Aug 17, 2010
    11,391
    5,591
    1,343
    Male
    Keeping one step ahead of the Tax man
    Cotswolds, England
    I agree with shmn. A nandroid backup is the most complete, mirror image backup of OS, apps and settings... but it does require you to be rooted.

    In your case, as you are returning the phone, as shmn states, you would need to root and install a custom recovery and then make your nandroid backup before un-rooting your phone again and resetting the flash counter.

    For un-rooted users, the best backup around is Helium and Helium Premium from the Play Store.

    You can read a review about it on the Phandroid forum...

    Helium is an extremely handy app backup solution for Android
     
  4. m3incorp

    m3incorp Well-Known Member
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    36
    Posts:
    118
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2011

    Nov 15, 2011
    118
    9
    36
    Male
    Retired after 30 years military. Full time student
    Colorado
    If the latest update was installed, the root will not be an option.
     
  5. ironass

    ironass Android Expert
    Rank:
     #19
    Points:
    1,343
    Posts:
    11,391
    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2010

    Aug 17, 2010
    11,391
    5,591
    1,343
    Male
    Keeping one step ahead of the Tax man
    Cotswolds, England
    :thinking:

    I have the i9505, the same as the OP, and I am on the latest firmware, MG3, and rooted.
     
  6. rcyphermd

    rcyphermd Android Expert
    Rank:
     #328
    Points:
    68
    Posts:
    785
    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2009

    Oct 14, 2009
    785
    43
    68
    Use My Backup Pro. Not root needed. works great
     
  7. alextop30

    alextop30 Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    93
    Posts:
    798
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2010

    Oct 5, 2010
    798
    123
    93
    Male
    security and surveillance and finance
    Windy City of Chicago
    My backup will not save the state of your home screen or the other screens even though there is an option for it. The option does not work. Best and quickest way is recovery backup. The other way is titanium Backup and make sure you backup the launcher and manually restore it. That option needs root so go with recovery backup!
     
  8. rcyphermd

    rcyphermd Android Expert
    Rank:
     #328
    Points:
    68
    Posts:
    785
    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2009

    Oct 14, 2009
    785
    43
    68
    What is recovery backup?
     
  9. jj14x

    jj14x Android Expert
    Rank:
     #114
    Points:
    243
    Posts:
    1,497
    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2011

    Mar 8, 2011
    1,497
    691
    243
    If you are rooted, or are willing to root, recovery backup (nandroid) would be the easiest option. (or use Titanium Backup for all user apps)

    If you are not rooted, and don't want to root, think about what needs to be backed up
    1. Home screens - backing up your launcher data should suffice
    2. Apps backup - google play store has all the apps available, so just re-download
    3. App data backup (example: game progress) - helium or other backup apps should be able to back up the app data for you
    4. Contacts/calendar - if you are synced to google/gmail, it should get restored automatically
    5. Pictures/videos - make sure you have those backed up, either on sd card, or online (preferably both)
     
  10. Podivin

    Podivin Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    213
    Posts:
    3,679
    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2009

    Nov 29, 2009
    3,679
    881
    213
    Jacksonville, Fl
    *IF* the problem is software related, a nandroid backup and restore will just reintroduce the problem to the new phone. Also, I suspect the OP's phone is not rooted, or he would likely have known about the nand backup already, so going through the root/unroot process just to backup the phone isn't really going to save any time, and COULD lead to more problems if he hits a snag during rootiing.

    I'd suggest just using the Nova backup that you already have, and doing everything else manually.
     
  11. alextop30

    alextop30 Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    93
    Posts:
    798
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2010

    Oct 5, 2010
    798
    123
    93
    Male
    security and surveillance and finance
    Windy City of Chicago
    Good point the question that follows is whether the problem is software based or hardware based? That would change the options drastically and my recommendation would be mute!
     

Share This Page

Loading...