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If you did a reset, did your apps/settings come back automatically...or not?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Redflea, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. Redflea

    Redflea Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I'm trying to figure out how frequently the backup function on the Droid is failing to operate...

    I've had to reset several times due to exchanges and other issues (I'm on my fourth Droid), and have never had my apps/settings/wallpaper come back automatically. Backup has always been enabled in Settings.

    All I get is that Marketplace remembers and lists my purchased apps in the Downloads view, but none of the ones I had installed before the reset are reinstalled automatically. Also, none of the free apps I had downloaded are listed in Downloads in Marketplace, and none of the free apps I had installed are reinstalled. No settings are replicated, wallpaper is always the generic Droid standard.

    Can you post if you've done a reset and what, if anything was automatically restored? If nothing was restored automatically, would like to hear about that.

    And I'm not concerned with emails/contacts/calendar - those always sync back down from the Google cloud just fine...


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  2. Nidisa

    Nidisa Well-Known Member

    Everything comes back, except apps you downloaded that were free. Paid apps will show up in Market/downloads. You will have to reinstall them. Your specific settings/notifications will have to be reset, as will the way you have your screen set up. Just recreating it, takes a bit of time but nothing is "lost" for good.
  3. Redflea

    Redflea Android Expert
    Thread Starter


    So my question is, if none of the paid apps are re-installed, settings/notifications aren't restored, and screen setup isn't retained, what is?! :)

    I know I can get all my email/contacts/calendar back by setting up my email accounts on the phone, that's never been an issue. However, I have yet to see a single thing other than email/contacts/calendar that I get back after a reset. Am I missing something obvious here?

    Also, I've seen others posting that apps they had installed before the reset are automatically reinstalled...user confusion, or does that actually happen?
  4. colnago

    colnago Android Expert

    Your free apps may not have come back after reset, but mine did. Your icons will have to be placed back on the desktop, but the software gets reinstalled without intervention. I still haven't figured out what initiates the "Backup my settings" feature...may be done once system notices change or when GMail syncs.
  5. Nidisa

    Nidisa Well-Known Member

    I've done a few factory resets, but only the last one I did do I KNOW that I had made sure that under settings/privacy settings I had clicked "Back up my settings". Even then, I had nothing come back automatically but my contacts and calendar. Everything I had to "go get" back to my phone.

    Wasn't *nearly* as painful as a reformat of a pc though!
  6. efdisaster

    efdisaster Well-Known Member

    I exchanged my Droid (teakettle noise in background) yesterday and I did most of the set-up instead of letting the VZW rep do it. I just told it to sync everything and A LOT of my apps redownloaded automatically... as well as my background image, but NOT my home screen layouts, and either FEW or NONE of my phone settings or application settings.

    I had the free version of MyBackup (which is one I know DIDN'T automatically re-download), but it won't let me move stuff from another device unless I go pro... so I can't compare and see what else I might be missing.
  7. colnago

    colnago Android Expert

    But how long did you wait to format after enabling backup?
  8. Nidisa

    Nidisa Well-Known Member

    A few days...after the last factory reset I checked to make sure that "Back up my settings" was selected.
  9. Redflea

    Redflea Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    What does above bolded mean...where did you tell it to "sync everything"?

    Aside from Google email accounts (sync contacts, calendar, emails) I haven't seen any settings to enable/disable sync that I can remember...


    BTW - I did find that one app resurfaced on its own on my device. It showed up sometime between yesterday and today. But that's the only one that did that...and a restore that takes several days to occur is not a restore in my book. :)
  10. efdisaster

    efdisaster Well-Known Member

    When I was in the Verizon store, so it must've been shortly after the Welcome to Android store. The rep handed it to me to enter my Google account info and it gave me some options ... something about sharing data with google (maybe statistical) and then I believe there was something about syncing. I've only seen it the one time, haven't done a hard reset myself, and the Verizon rep must've done it for me the first time. Something was different, though, because this time around, the setting in contacts to only show those with phone numbers wasn't checked off and maybe my first rep was just overzealous cause she also set up the email app with my gmail info, and that wasn't done this time... which is fine with me, the gmail app suits my needs.
  11. Redflea

    Redflea Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    OK, thanks...that's the normal sync setting, nothing new there.

    Must be an intermittent bug w/their backup/restore process...pretty hard to tell what causes this discrepancy between those who get their apps restored and those who don't.

    What I REALLY wish they'd save is the free apps I've downloaded...wish they would save that info!
  12. AllDroid

    AllDroid Newbie

    I did the hard reset tonight and about 10 minutes later all my contacts and App are back on the phone. I do remember checking the sync box when setting up the phone. It worked for me.
  13. Dovedovester

    Dovedovester Lurker

    Can I get back my contacts after reset?
  14. carassius

    carassius Well-Known Member


    First, make sure that your settings are correct.

    Settings---->Accounts&Sync--->Make sure both background data and Auto sync are checked---->then, perhaps more importantly, tap your gmail account under that and make sure all relevant items are checked (i.e. contacts).

    If everything doesn't automagically repopulate after the reset go back to these settings and make sure the contacts are checked again.
  15. corbinator

    corbinator Well-Known Member

    Also, and just as important, once you log back into your phone, PUT IT DOWN AND DON'T TOUCH IT!!!!!!!!!!! For at least half an hour. In an area where you get reception. If you do this, prefferably do it in the eavning, right before you go to bed, your phone settings might not repopulate, but ALL your apps will. Paid and unpayed.
    I know, the itch to play is hard to resist, but resist you must!!! You have the power!! It will work, I've done it many times.
  16. NiceGuysFinishLast

    NiceGuysFinishLast Android Enthusiast

    This. I'm on my 4th D2G, and I've ROMmed all of them at least once or twice, so I've done this a GOOD number of times. The apps come back, you just have to give it some time. When the phone first comes on, it is doing A LOT of stuff after your reset. If you can, just turn wifi on, and walk away for an hour, that's how I've always done it, and I get 99% of my apps back.

    Also, if you use Appbrain, then you can make a list of all your apps, and any that don't get restored automatically can be restored easily through appbrain.

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