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  1. ironass's Avatar
    Samsung and carriers are issuing updates to the S5.

    Over the course of these updates we will see circa 60 million phones updated. It only needs for, say, just 1 in a hundred to fail and you have 600,000 phones that will require a Factory Data Reset.

    Also, we are seeing people being locked out of their phones as they do not remember their alternative passwords and need to do a Factory Data Reset to access their phone.

    If you are, unfortunately, one of those unlucky ones and you have not taken the simple, sensible, precaution of backing up your phone... tough!

    If your phone had been lost, stolen or damaged, you would have lost that data anyway and if you have not backed it up, then it probably wasn't important enough to you in the first place.
    You only have yourself to blame... deal with it!



    There are numerous methods of backing up your phone and external SD card. Here are just some of them...

    Ensure that you have Backup and Restore enabled in Settings on your phone.
    (Use this in conjunction with one or more of the methods below as the backup is limited to apps, Contacts, Calendar, etc: )

    Sync your phone with Samsung Smart Switch

    Ensure that photos you take are always saved direct to external SD card.

    Use Helium or Helium Pro backup from the Play Store

    Use My Backup or My Backup Pro from the Play Store

    Use MobiKin Assistant for Android (Windows Version) US$39.95

    Use MobiKin Assistant for Android (Mac Version) US$49.95

    Sync important files and photo, automatically, to DropBox or Google Drive

    Connect your phone to a PC and copy your important files across

    3 Ways to Backup and Restore Android Phone Effortlessly

    SMS Backup and Restore, free from the Play Store

    How to Backup Android in 5 Easy Steps

    How to back up Android for free: Back up your phone or tablet - back up photos, video, app data, contacts and more

    ... and the list goes on. Other users will have their favourite backup and restore methods.

    (Personally, I believe in the belt and braces approach and use at least 2 or more backup methods)

    When to backup your phone?... Now!
    It's too late if you forget your PIN or your phone will not boot and needs to be reset or is lost, damaged or stolen.


    (The above is an extract from, S5 Update Problems - Dummies Guide)

    If you have lost data on your phone you, "may", be able to retrieve it using one of the methods in post #13.
    06-26-2015 05:11 AM
  2. BR34KF4ST's Avatar
    which are the first few countries to recieve it?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    06-26-2015 08:44 AM
  3. ironass's Avatar
    which are the first few countries to recieve it?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    I never said, "first few countries"!

    T-Mobile (USA) Lollipop, Android 5.1.1, update
    06-26-2015 09:01 AM
  4. wrecklass's Avatar
    Benefit of using cloud services and storage. Only temporary data is ever stored on my phone and I can perform a full reset anytime without losing anything important.

    Sent from my SM-G920P using Tapatalk
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    07-01-2015 11:57 AM
  5. ironass's Avatar
    Benefit of using cloud services and storage. Only temporary data is ever stored on my phone and I can perform a full reset anytime without losing anything important.

    Sent from my SM-G920P using Tapatalk
    Nice one wrecklass!

    One less person to come on here, crying like a little girl because they've lost, so-called, "important", photos, files, data, apps and settings because they couldn't be bothered to do a proper backup.
    Laura Knotek and mohawk70 like this.
    07-02-2015 01:44 AM
  6. BR34KF4ST's Avatar
    this might be out of question but gotta ask still:for me latest lollipop is OE1 whats the changes for this?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    07-03-2015 09:24 AM
  7. mohawk70's Avatar
    I agree 100% ... ALWAYS back up your phone !

    Sent from my SPH-L300 using Tapatalk
    ironass likes this.
    07-04-2015 02:26 AM
  8. Mal Lignant Tumor's Avatar
    Question: Is backing up to Samsung Smart Switch (replaced Kies 3) on my laptop sufficient?
    07-04-2015 07:28 AM
  9. ironass's Avatar
    Question: Is backing up to Samsung Smart Switch (replaced Kies 3) on my laptop sufficient?
    No, that's why I recommend using 2 or more methods. Kies and/or Smart Switch can be, "flakey", for some users, particularly after updates.
    anon8380037 likes this.
    07-04-2015 08:24 AM
  10. ironass's Avatar
    I am bumping this thread as a timely reminder to all of you out there that have not done a backup, to do one... NOW!


    07-17-2015 01:41 PM
  11. ironass's Avatar
    I am bumping this thread as there still seems to be a lot of people who have still not got the message about backing up their phone's, regularly, in case of loss, damage, theft, accidents and firmware failure.

    How many of us have read posts that state that a Factory Data Reset will cause the poster to lose crucial data or those all important photographs of their 98 year old granny, bungee jumping off of the Eiffel Tower or their child's first words which happened to be a rendition of the Declaration of Independence or the all important video of the birth of their septuplets and not to mention, that cute little dog on a skateboard... all of which are irreplaceable.

    The answer to which, is... if they were that irreplaceable... why didn't you bother to back them up!

    If it were in my power, I would make this thread a sticky, to remind people of the importance of regular backups of their phones.
    10-08-2015 07:20 AM
  12. Nowmuphy5's Avatar
    Wow here thanks for the information everyone
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    11-22-2015 10:36 PM
  13. ironass's Avatar
    For all those of you who have failed to take the very simple and sensible precaution of backing up your important files, as detailed in post #1, there are some steps that you can take that, "may", retrieve some of your data, photos, etc:

    STOP using your phone now as you will be overwriting the data files you wish to retrieve!

    I cannot vouch for any of the methods shown in the following links as I have always backed up files on both my phone and PC. However, if you are desperate enough, try these...

    Recuva

    Dumpster Image & Video Restore

    Undelete android photos video data from android phone and tablet device without root

    How to Restore Deleted Files from Unrooted Android?

    How to recover lost data on Android (rooted or not)

    Recover Data from Android Phone Internal Memory

    How to Recover Deleted Data from Android Internal Memory



    Who knows... you may be able to retrieve that crucial data or those all important photographs of your 98 year old granny, bungee jumping off of the Eiffel Tower or your child's first words which happened to be a rendition of the Declaration of Independence or the all important video of the birth of your septuplets and not to mention, that cute little dog on a skateboard... all of which are irreplaceable but obviously were not worth you backing up in the first place!


    From post #1...

    "When to backup your phone?... Now!
    It's too late if you forget your PIN or your phone will not boot and needs to be reset or is lost, damaged or stolen."
    Tritonemusic likes this.
    11-29-2015 06:04 AM
  14. dgcamero's Avatar
    The simplest way to backup your photos and videos is to use the Google Photos app on your phone. They give unlimited free, compressed storage for your photos (up to 16MP, resized if they're larger than 16MP) and videos (1080p, resized if they're larger). They have a pretty good compression algorithm to where most people who shoot jpegs won't know the difference. Pretty simple, open 'photos,' slide the hamburger menu to access the settings, choose your options (most will want to upload the photos only on wifi and only while charging).

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    ironass and koves like this.
    11-30-2015 03:50 PM
  15. Feldon's Avatar
    Samsung Kies can and does fail in spectacular ways. And because it's an all or nothing backup stored in one big undocumented binary blob, if Kies fails to restore any part of the backup, the whole thing fails and you might as well not have a backup. Seen this first hand.

    Backed up a Galaxy S5 with Kies. Reset the phone (as some people advised) and let it update to Lollipop. Tried to restore the backup. Kies choked on a text message. Congratulations, you're f@cked. Never could restore anything.
    12-01-2015 11:28 PM
  16. can3gxw's Avatar
    That might be a big part of the reason why Samsung introduced "Smart Switch". It will back up all of your data "as is" - no big BLOB file. It just copies everything you choose to your hard drive. I've backed up my data using this and then gone into the folder and looked at things individually.
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    12-02-2015 06:13 AM
  17. ironass's Avatar
    Security updates are currently being rolled out across the board and the release of Marshmallow is imminent.

    I am bumping this thread, once again, in the hope that some will read it and backup their phones.

    Others, of course, will come on the forum, beating their breasts, blaming Samsung and crying like little girls, or boys!
    03-23-2016 08:43 AM
  18. Feldon's Avatar
    That might be a big part of the reason why Samsung introduced "Smart Switch". It will back up all of your data "as is" - no big BLOB file. It just copies everything you choose to your hard drive. I've backed up my data using this and then gone into the folder and looked at things individually.
    Note that Smart Switch does get a lot of things, it failed to get all my Contacts, it failed to copy the last 10 months of Text messages, and it did not restore the Home screens. Fortunately I'd exported all my Contacts to VCF and had backed up all my text messages with SMS Backup and Restore. Also, I'd taken screenshots of all my home screens.
    the release of Marshmallow is imminent.
    For SM-900F maybe. Still 8-10 months away on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, right?
    03-23-2016 09:33 AM
  19. ironass's Avatar
    Note that Smart Switch does get a lot of things, it failed to get all my Contacts, it failed to copy the last 10 months of Text messages, and it did not restore the Home screens. Fortunately I'd exported all my Contacts to VCF and had backed up all my text messages with SMS Backup and Restore. Also, I'd taken screenshots of all my home screens.
    You are correct Feldon. There is no, one, master backup that covers everything, (similar to the nandroid backups that rooted users can make), and that is why I always recommend using 2 or more methods to try and cover all bases.

    For SM-900F maybe. Still 8-10 months away on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, right?
    If I were a betting man, which, judging from my performance at the recent Cheltenham Gold Cup, I am not! I would say a late Q2 or early Q3 release for the U.S. variants.

    Look on the bright side, bearing in mind both AT&T's and Verizon's previous cloneware releases... the longer they leave it, the better!

    Actually, be careful what you wish for... all the U.S. carrier minority models of the S7 and S7 Edge come with locked bootloaders that prevent rooting. It could spread to the S5 U.S. models!!!
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    03-23-2016 10:32 AM
  20. Feldon's Avatar
    Actually, be careful what you wish for... all the U.S. carrier minority models of the S7 and S7 Edge come with locked bootloaders that prevent rooting. It could spread to the S5 U.S. models!!!
    I'm already in a no-root situation on my AT&T S5. Last carrier phone I'll ever own. I keep loading up the Nexus 6P ordering page and then closing it. Wonder if we'll see another Nexus release this year with an 820 Snapdragon and an S7-class camera.
    03-23-2016 10:50 AM
  21. ironass's Avatar
    I'm already in a no-root situation on my AT&T S5. Last carrier phone I'll ever own. I keep loading up the Nexus 6P ordering page and then closing it. Wonder if we'll see another Nexus release this year with an 820 Snapdragon and an S7-class camera.
    TOP TIP: The stock Global, unbranded, S7 and S7 Edge, G930F and G935F, are fully compatible with AT&T's GSM network and have unlocked bootloaders, no carrier bloatware and will receive the latest updates and more of them, a lot quicker.

    Of course, you will miss out on these exciting, extra, AT&T features baked into their, "cloneware"...

    AT&T Locker: Cloud storage from AT&T.

    AT&T Protect Plus: Cloud backups, device locator and "Pro Tech support."

    Device Help: Essentially a wrapper for the att.com help pages

    DirecTV: AT&T purchased satellite TV company DirecTV in 2015, and now their app is right here for you

    Drive Mode: Sets auto-replies to texts and calls straight to voicemail when moving faster than 25 mph

    myAT&T: Access your AT&T account

    Plenti: A rewards program in conjunction with Exxon, Macy's Hulu, and others

    Smart Limits: Parental controls on times, calls, data, and more

    Usage Manager: Track data usage by app

    Visual Voicemail: View your voicemails with your eyeballs
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    03-23-2016 11:50 AM
  22. Feldon's Avatar
    Yes I've looked at the SM-G930F and importers are still slapping a premium price on it. It looks like the early adopter fleecing has stopped as I found it for $699 from a few reputable sellers.

    I'm sure the next Nexus will have a Snapdragon 820 (which solves the heat/throttling problems of the 5X/6P) and maybe a better camera. It looks like they release a Nexus every October/November. Hmmm!
    03-23-2016 12:03 PM
  23. ironass's Avatar
    That's not far off what we pay in the U.K. once VAT, (sales tax), of 20% is removed = £474 = US$668
    03-23-2016 01:18 PM
  24. ironass's Avatar
    Added MobiKin Assistant for Android for both Windows and Mac, to post #1.
    05-27-2016 01:13 PM
  25. ironass's Avatar
    Recovering your files for some mistaken deletion is now easy to come back because there are a lot of tools that are available in the market for you to make your android or iphone have a safer recovery just try this data recovery tool for you to have a safer data and a safer life to live

    See more:
    Recover deleted whatsapp messages from iphone
    The link states... "Supported iOS Device: iPhone 6S/6/5S/4S/3GS, iPad/iPad Mini/iPad Air and iPod Touch". Nothing about Android devices, there. Besides, Whatsapp has an automatic chat backup in... Settings > Chats > Chat backup
    05-30-2016 07:08 PM
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