1. petvas72's Avatar
    Hi, has anyone made any good experiences with HTC Backup? Does it restore application settings and data, or only the app itself? What are the best options for backing up app data, home screen settings and widgets?
    Thanks.

    PS: I don't plan on rooting my M8, so Titanium Backup is out of the question.
    04-26-2014 02:47 AM
  2. whitelunchbag's Avatar
    I used my backup pro when I upgraded between different generations of Nexus 7 and it worked okay, not as well as Ti backup though

    My M8 posted this
    04-26-2014 02:55 AM
  3. petvas72's Avatar
    I have found two ways that I want to test today: Carbon Backup and using the Android SDK and the adb command..
    Carbon Backup is more intuitive and has a GUI. The SDK option is for geeks like me

    Update: The app's name is Helium Backup. https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...backup.license

    I tested Helium Backup and at least backing up works nice.
    04-26-2014 04:41 AM
  4. petvas72's Avatar
    I tested restoring with Helium Backup and it doesn't work as expected. After restoring apps like OneNote have difficulty starting, so there is no point in backing up in the first place..
    Settings do not get restored, so I have to say as a former iPhone/iPad user, this is just ridiculous. Google should provide a native backup and restore function that completely protects a device!
    It's not that big of a problem to me though, as most of my apps store their data in the cloud, but reconfiguring everything is a pain in the $$$..
    04-27-2014 02:33 PM
  5. artofdesign's Avatar
    I tested restoring with Helium Backup and it doesn't work as expected. After restoring apps like OneNote have difficulty starting, so there is no point in backing up in the first place..
    Settings do not get restored, so I have to say as a former iPhone/iPad user, this is just ridiculous. Google should provide a native backup and restore function that completely protects a device!
    It's not that big of a problem to me though, as most of my apps store their data in the cloud, but reconfiguring everything is a pain in the $$$..
    I think this is the most significant thing Android lacks/overlooks. Ever since switching from iPhone to Android, I have been shocked at the lack of backup/restore options.

    With iPhone you back it up, buy a new phone, plug it in, and boom everything is exactly how you had it.

    Why the heck can't Android figure this out? I understand there are many manufacturers and versions, but a option of some kind has to become available, at least the stuff that is possible to remain the same(apps on device, app data, settings, ring tones, look and feel, etc)

    Every time I buy an new android it takes me freaking days to get all the basic stuff back how I want it. Ridiculous.

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    04-27-2014 03:23 PM
  6. petvas72's Avatar
    Is there any software that can at least save the widgets configuration and the home screen layout without needing Root access?
    05-10-2014 11:12 AM
  7. Zod1010's Avatar
    With iPhone you back it up, buy a new phone, plug it in, and boom everything is exactly how you had it.

    Why the heck can't Android figure this out?
    I couldn't possibly agree with you more. Google needs to figure this out, so that it's not device-specific and doesn't require rooting.
    05-10-2014 01:28 PM
  8. anon(153966)'s Avatar
    I don't know the answer to this. But I totally agree, Google and the likes need to offer a better out of the box backup experience.
    05-11-2014 04:10 AM
  9. trekk's Avatar
    Agree 100%

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    05-11-2014 07:32 AM
  10. cwbcpa's Avatar
    I completely understand the complaint, however, as much as I change phones I have never really considered this a big deal. Google reinstalls every program a had installed on my previous phone and I use Helium to transfer data for games and messages and phone history if the phone manufacturer doesn't offer something like htc did. Most do that now though. It doesn't set up exactly how I had it in my previously used phone unless I was using a launcher like nova. Then you can save your set up in Nova as well and you really can have it set up exactly as your previous phone.
    I understand that the iPhone does do the set up and settings transfer much better but you do lose any data not saved in the cloud. With android I don't have that problem because there is an app for that.

    Bottom line is that while it could be better, it has never been a real issue for me personally. Hopefully Google will work on this in future releases to make it easier for people.

    Sent from my HTC6525LVW using Tapatalk
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    05-11-2014 07:36 AM

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