1. donm527's Avatar
    OK, been using SS to make backups and finally got a reason to wipe me phone and use SS to restore but not sure if I am doing it cleanly so wanna ask for advice from SS pros...

    I factory wipe my phone and get to the beginning screen...

    Do you guys skip through all the set up stuff like log into google account or Samsung account and even skip connecting wifi just to get to the home screen and then first thing run Smart Switch and do a restore??

    I was expecting something like Apple... factory erase > Welcome screen > few steps like connect wifi then ask for Apple ID and then it immediately asks if you want to restore and shows your backup.

    With S22 it doesn't ask you anywhere if you want to restore from SS. It asks you if you want to copy data from device to device but not through SS. (I wish they would).

    So I thought skipping through the signing into Google account and Samsung account will avoid both of those restore whatever data/apps and configuration they will do and possible messing up what SS is going to restore. Am I wrong in that thinking?

    It does look like it's restoring every thing... all my apps and widgets and background and even my Secured Folder and apps and content in there.

    I notice I have to sign into every account in every app again unlike Apple restore but I guess I can live with that.
    11-15-2022 11:05 PM
  2. donm527's Avatar
    After seeing how SS worked the first time and seeing what it restored and what it did do, I always intended to make that a test run and ready to run it one more time with some adjustments. Instead of skipping through some setup decided to go through all the setup... logging into Google and Samsung account, etc. Will documents the steps exactly...

    Wiped cache partition
    Factory erase/reset phone and reboot
    Start screen
    Connect Wi-Fi
    Don't copy (Copy apps & data)
    Google sign in (signed in)
    2-step verification
    Set PIN
    Unchecked/don't install the additional apps
    Samsung account (signed in)
    Finish
    Home screen
    Letting system run in background for a while before I run SS... Google Play is downloading and installing 6/6 apps on it's own
    Activity seemed to stop so at this point open Smart Switch on my PC and connect
    Restore
    Choose latest restore and press Restore
    Check Keep screen on...
    Restore finished. And let it sit and do it's thing for a while...
    Unlocking my phone now and then i see my wallpaper, widgets, icons and folder back to normal...
    Slowly re-installing my 98 apps...
    Going to sleep and let it finish and then see if I am missing anything or what apps I needed to set back up...
    But not bad so far... it's pretty much looking like how it was before I erased it.
    11-16-2022 12:29 AM
  3. mustang7757's Avatar
    I log into both Google and Samsung
    Then after it installs cloud backup I see if anything missing and go to the computer and restore any previous back up.for smart switch on PC
    donm527 and nuangel2 like this.
    11-16-2022 12:32 AM
  4. donm527's Avatar
    Note. Pleasantly surprised to see Secured Folder does get fully backed up and restored by Smart Switch. So in case anyone wondering. Even though it mentioned backing up Secured Folder in Smart Swith, I wasn't convinced it was going to actually restore the whole thing.
    mustang7757 likes this.
    11-16-2022 12:58 AM
  5. KPMcClave's Avatar
    I haven't been able to get Smart Switch to recognize my phone in years. Made sure I had the latest USB drivers, etc., and it just has stayed broken for an unknown reason.
    11-16-2022 11:11 AM
  6. mustang7757's Avatar
    I haven't been able to get Smart Switch to recognize my phone in years. Made sure I had the latest USB drivers, etc., and it just has stayed broken for an unknown reason.
    Try different cables or usb ports?
    11-16-2022 11:51 AM
  7. KPMcClave's Avatar
    Try different cables or usb ports?
    Yes. Different phones, too. S20 FE and now an S22 Ultra.
    11-16-2022 02:31 PM
  8. mustang7757's Avatar
    Yes. Different phones, too. S20 FE and now an S22 Ultra.
    Maybe try another computer?
    11-16-2022 02:47 PM

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