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    I may need to do a factory reset on my unrooted SGS4. Is Helium Backup the best way to recover after a factory reset for an unrooted phone with (at least) 230 apps? If so, how much app configuration info does Helium maintain and restore?
     

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    i think helium is the best option unless you root and as far as ive read, apps will be restored with all their data/settings intact and how they were. The only thing i think youll have to configure again is widgets :thumbup:
     
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    I used Helium I think about a week ago. I only had 40 or 50 apps I suppose, so I don't know what will happen in your case, but it worked just fine for me. I got all my apps back with their settings like they were before.
     
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    I used Helium yesterday when I factory reset my Galaxy Nexus. It is pretty complete. It restored everything from the history of the Speedtest.net app to my Dropbox favorited items to Google Doc offline files to Nova settings (yes, I know Nova has it's own backup).

    I use the paid version so I can back everything to Dropbox. I think the free version just lets you store backups locally. I suppose in that case just make sure the backups aren't in your internal memory or else the factory reset will wipe it.
     
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    I also use Helium and it's wonderful if your not rooted, I've backed up quite a few apps with everything in tact as others have mentioned, great program.
     
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    Perhaps, as long as you perform the back up before the reset. I
     
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    Lol. Well tbh i have bought phone insurance in the past AFTER losing the phone but dont try this at hnme kids, its bad and it isnt good :thumbdown:
     
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    So, I ran Helium to backup my apps/data to my SDcard. I copied the folder to my PC as insurance, too.
    Do I unmount the SDcard prior to factory refresh, reinstall Helium, then remount the card to perform the restore?
     
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    That sounds right to me. After you do the factory reset, you will need to install the apps from Google Play, unless you told Helium to backup the apk as well as the data.
     
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    You dont even have to unmount the SD. Factory reset wont touch it. No harm in doing it though if youre worried :thumbup:
     
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    How did it go? Were you able to restore app data after you did the factory reset?
     
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    Not too bad! If I had moved my downloaded images that I use as folder icons and wallpapers onto my SDcard, it would have been quicker; they were gone after the refresh. All in all, it went pretty painlessly. Thanks to all!
     
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