My Samsung Galaxy S II is going to get fixed. So I started checking how I could back it up to get everything back when it is done.
There are a lot of ways to backup your device. Some are easier, some are harder. First, I tried using Kies but it is not recognizing the device on my computer. Maybe because it is broken :S.
Another way is to use the Titanium Backup app. But for that, you need to root your device.
So, if you are not using Kies or Titanium Backup, let's do it manually.
What we are backing up:
- SMS messages
- Call logs
- Contacts, List of installed apps
- Files (including photos and videos)
1. Install the SMS Backup & Restore app
Backup your sms messages to a XML file
2. Install the Call Logs Backup & Restore app
Backup your call logs to a XML file
3. To back up your memos go to the Memo application, hit the menu button and click "Send".
After that select the memos you want to back up and send it to somewhere you prefer. I chose"Email". You get a bunch of files (each one is a memo).
4. Copy both of the saved XML files to your computer.
Your files can be copied using the USB connection with a computer. Simply copy the DCIM content to get your photos and videos.
Go throughout all the folders in your device to check if there is anything left that can be copied too.
5. Go to "Settings" >> "Account and sync" and make sure your Gmail account is syncing. Go to "Settings" >> "Privacy" and make sure "Back up my data" and "Automatic restore" are checked.
With these settings in place, your contacts, system settings, apps, calendar, and e-mail will be restored after you set up a fresh new android device. Pretty great eh?
WARNING: When you restore your phone the apps won't get installed automatically but if you access the market it will list all apps you have ever installed. Even the apps you uninstalled sometime will be listed too.
One alternative, is to backup all the apps to apk files. Use the "App Backup & Restore" app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.infolife.appbackup).
1. Copy the XML files back to the device. And to get the data back, use the SMS and the Call Log apps and restore using both apps.
2. Copy the memo files back to your phone and open each one of them to save in the Memo app.
3. Copy the files from the DCIM folder back to your phone
4. Go to the market and select "My apps" to reinstall the apps you want to.
5. Contacts and Calendar you synchronize automatically once your register your Gmail account into the phone.
Hope your enjoy! Please send comments!