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S3 - What can be backed up without rooting?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by plnelson, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. plnelson

    plnelson Well-Known Member
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    I just got a Samsung Galaxy S3 and I want to find out what my backup options are.

    On my prior Android Phone - an HTC Incredible - I used backup Assistant and was able to recover stuff like contacts and calendar when it crashed the other day. Google Market/Play was able to recover all the apps I had downloaded.


    • I had a lot of other apps that I wrote and installed myself (I'm an Android developer) - I had to put all those back on manually.
    • Almost all apps have settings and I had to manually set all those up again, which took a long time.
    • Most (but not all - I don't get that part) of vids and pics I took were gone.
    • All the phone settings - ringtones, wallpaper, timeouts, network passwords, etc, etc) were gone and not recovered.
    • I had to reconfigure my email - IMAP settings, passwords, ports, etc - none of that was backed up and recovered.
    • Text messages were gone (luckily I had backed those up separately)

    So, on my S3 I want a better backup experience: Is there any more complete backup/restore without rooting?

    Thanks in advance.

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  2. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Try my backup pro. Best you'll get without root
  3. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    In order to backup any application data (I believe this includes settings) you will need root access
  4. Rachel A

    Rachel A Android Expert

    As much as it pains me to say it, I think this is something Apple got right. From what I remember they allow you to sync your app settings over multiple devices. Even with root Android is hard pressed to achieve that.
  5. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Not really. Sms are application data, based in /data/data/ but can be accessed and backed up by all sorts of apps. All application data is there so some of it can be backed up.

    That said, my backup pro is the best without root. Root IS better
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The Samsung Galaxy S3 release date was May 2012. Features and Specs include a 4.8" inch screen, 8MP camera, 1GB RAM, Exynos 4412 Quad processor, and 2100mAh battery.

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