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Does Upgrading To Jelly Bean Erase All Data? If Yes, How Do I Back Up ALL My Files? (w/o root)

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by kevin95, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. kevin95

    kevin95 Well-Known Member
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    I didn't get the Jelly Bean upgrade yet but when I do, will it erase all or most of my data? The ones I'm worried about most are my stock music app playlists, my games, my apps and my settings. If upgrading to Jelly Bean erases my data what app should I use to backup all my data WITHOUT rooting my device?
     



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  2. Tim K

    Tim K Android Expert

    No. You only lose data on a factory reset or if you are unlocking your device. Also, if you are rooted and installing custom roms you'll be wiping your phone sometimes, but never with a standard factory software update.
     
  3. sniperfox47

    sniperfox47 Newbie

    Sometimes after an update involving the firmware though the phone will behave wonkey until you do a factory reset. If you are doing a major update (such as 4.0 to 4.1) and notice anything wonkey afterwards I would heavily recommend you do a factory reset, but make sure to back everything up first. There are quite a few good backup apps out there, just find one you trust.
     
  4. nj02vette

    nj02vette Android Expert

    Hence the OPs question. Can you recommend a good backup solution without root.

    With root, I can name several (ROM Manager/CWM, Titanium, etc). Without root I'm not aware of any short of installing the Android SDK on a computer.
     
  5. Tim K

    Tim K Android Expert

    Well, really the chances of having to wipe/reset a device after a pushed update are slim. That said...

    games / apps themselves won't matter as they are all registered to your google account and should re-download regardless of what happens. However, your scores/levels on games wouldn't be recovered.

    If your music is synced through google music that will all re-sync as well including your playlists. If you have music locally installed and run a 3rd party player you'd be out of luck on that.

    You'd also lose things like your call log, text messages, and settings like ringtones etc.

    I *think* that the stock google backup does save settings (ringtones, wifi passwords, bookmarks) but I am not sure what else. It would appear that 3rd party apps CAN make use of it, but that falls on the developer.

    However, none of this helps answer the question of how to backup everything if you aren't rooted. And my answer is.... I am not aware of any one program that will. You may need to do it manually with multiple methods... and even then I don't have all the answers.

    Google backup for apps and settings
    manually copy music and playlists to your PC (if using 3rd party app)
    app data like high scores / levels ????????
    saving text messages / call logs ??????
     
  6. mrtabaa

    mrtabaa Lurker

    There is a great app in Google play that you can backup and restore all your data easily. Maybe works for you too.
    It's called Go Backup.
    All applications of "Go" are amazing.
     
  7. Petrah

    Petrah Psychotic Female


    This. ^

    Couldn't have said it better myself. ;)
     

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