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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by steveu694, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. steveu694

    steveu694 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Ok, so I am experiencing crazy battery drain, freezing, backing out of apps and other issues with that. And so on....

    I have an Acer Chromebook. How do I back up all my shit, i.e. apps, texts, contacts, etc?

    I plan on doing this after I get Lollipop. I should have done it way sooner. Was just too lazy and uninformed. I've got a decent amount of bugs that I want gone. A fellow coworker of mine is having no issues with his N5.

    Any help would be great. Otherwise, I may have to get something else.

    Thanks, guys!

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  2. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    Are you rooted and/or unlocked?
  3. steveu694

    steveu694 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Not rooted
  4. jj14x

    jj14x Android Expert

    Start with defining what you need to backup.
    • Pictures - enabled G+ auto backup
    • Contacts - store on Gmail (or outlook.com etc) - backed up automatically
    • Calendar - store on Gmail (or outlook.com etc) - backed up automatically
    • Apps: There is really no need to backup apps specifically - apps will be re-downloaded when you connect to the play store. What you likely meant was 'app settings/data'. The backup process for these will vary, but usually, you can go into the settings for the app, and look for options to back those up into a file. Back up those individual files to cloud storage (box/dropbox/copy/GoogleDrive/OneDrive etc)
    • Texts: You will need to use some app to do this - search the play store for SMS backup restore apps and pick one of the popular/highly-rated ones. I usually don't backup/restore SMS because I don't need it.
    There are apps like Helium that can do a full backup, but I don't know if it will backup to Chromebook.

    You may want to look into ADB Backup directly - apparently, it may work just fine even on chromebook
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  5. raglan35

    raglan35 Newbie

    What I have always done is use "ES file explorer" from play store, it has a feature where you can back up all user apps and system apps including data. It's all stored on the sd card. After a factory reset you can just reinstall everything and boom, all done.
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  6. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    Does that work on non-rooted devices? The only app I know of that can backup / restore app data is Helium.
  7. bwilliamspc

    bwilliamspc Lurker

    You can also use Google Drive to back up pics and stuff
  8. Mr. Lucky

    Mr. Lucky Android Expert

    But that's only a storage medium. To do anything useful, Helium or similar is still needed.
  9. steveu694

    steveu694 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    SD card?.....
  10. Mr. Lucky

    Mr. Lucky Android Expert

    Same deal
  11. nx1977

    nx1977 Android Expert

    As above set contacts, calendar and photos to backup to Google servers.

    You could then use the trial of mybackup pro to do messages and app data. I'd backup your apps as well as sometimes play won't download everything.

    There is also a backup option in settings which should backup APNs and some other data.
  12. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    MyBackup Pro won't backup app data if you are not rooted.
  13. nx1977

    nx1977 Android Expert

    Worked fine on the wife's unrooted phone when she got her new one.
  14. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    Interesting. The last time I used it on an unrooted phone it didn't backup app data. Also, the Google Play page for the app says it will backup app data if rooted.
  15. nx1977

    nx1977 Android Expert

    I think it definitely backs up more when rooted, but most stuff in the user folder/sd card seems to be backed up. I think she just had to log back into a few apps, and maybe a few settings went back to default, but otherwise seemed to save everything she wanted porting to the new handset. We can't root as it disables our banking app and catchup TV.

    Not tried helium, but MBUP seems to be the best backup app I've tried.
  16. g01851

    g01851 Well-Known Member

    needs to be moved to appropriate forum.
  17. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    User is unrooted and has a nexus 5, so it looks like its in the right place to me.
    If I missed something (entirely possible :eek:) let me know :)
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  18. steveu694

    steveu694 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Most of the responses I've read involve an SD card. Is there something I'm missing? I was pretty sure there is no SD card slot on these phones. Looks like I might just manually reinstall everything after the reset. That is, if I dont jump ship to the nexus 6. That phone is just a beast!

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