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Windows 7: I'm afraid of android and can't learn

23 Oct 2012   #1
pacinitaly

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 
I'm afraid of android and can't learn

I finally got the walmart samsung galaxy s2 ($349usd) AT&T Samsung SGH-S959G
I'm a PC, I don't have any experience w/ linux at all ( prob why I'm afraid of android) I have not used apple products since 1994 either.

I have sort of read the manual on the sgs2 but tinkered with it for over 30hrs. I have downloaded 44 apps so far. see pics.
I'm looking to find a free app that clones/backs up/syncs or restores my phone if/when it crashes. ( i know how to get my contacts- .vcf files over I also found a way to get my bookmarks over... export from IE then put .html file on sd card and create shortcut to it) I'd love to run .bat/.vbs files

my old phone was a koycera 6350 then I got a palm centro ( I used palm with my old job since 1995) see pics attached
so when I wanted to update outlook 98,2002,2003,2007,2010 I hooked up cable and push sync.. when i needed to master reset the old phones I would do a a sync to make the device return to the last good image.

So now I'm looking for the same type of app that does it. Fellow techies at work say It can be done via my gmail acct, but I don't see how and I'm afraid to test anything yet. In the android langauge, my phone is not bricked, rooted, flashed, rom updated, etc (not well versed on terminology yet)

Thank you so much in advance,

~Carmine


ps I deleted kies, not what I wanted


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23 Oct 2012   #2
JimJoe

Vista Home Premium, contemplating moving to Linux
 
 

No apps... I was going to learn how to write apps. I have two books. I have a degree in computer programming. I'm lost after reading the books.
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23 Oct 2012   #3
Everlong

 

For an app that does full backups of all your apps etc, you need to have your device rooted (have root access), which will void your warranty (unless you restore it all to stock before sending it off for repair or anything).

The easiest way for contact backup is via Google Mail. All you do is login to your Google account, go to accounts and sync in Settings, go to your Google account, and select which elements of Google you want to Sync. Make sure Contacts is selected, and they'll be synced to your Google Mail account.

If you use Chrome on your desktop, and Chrome on your phone (if you have Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0+), you can sync your bookmarks too, by logging in to your Google account on Chrome within the settings, and enabling sync.

Use SMS Backup & Restore to keep SMS messages backed up too on your SD Card.

If you do get in to the whole root access bit, you can then create entire images of your phone that you can easily restore in case anything goes wrong.
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23 Oct 2012   #4
Wallify

Win 8 Enterprise
 
 

This guy has it right. At least thats how I would do it. If your really workied about learnig linux first you can always run a VM of it to learn your way around first, but I have found the best way to learn is to find out what you want to do, read up about it, and just do it. I have also found the people on the XDA forums to be increadibly helpful.
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23 Oct 2012   #5
Everlong

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wallify View Post
This guy has it right. At least thats how I would do it. If your really workied about learnig linux first you can always run a VM of it to learn your way around first, but I have found the best way to learn is to find out what you want to do, read up about it, and just do it. I have also found the people on the XDA forums to be increadibly helpful.
Yea XDA is the best place to start if you have any questions or want help with your phone. Should be able to get help with anything in the SGSII section.
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23 Oct 2012   #6
PooMan UK

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

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24 Oct 2012   #7
kodi

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Use the Samsung Official back up program KIES to back up, restore, update etc
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24 Oct 2012   #8
pacinitaly

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kodi View Post
Use the Samsung Official back up program KIES to back up, restore, update etc
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wallify View Post
This guy has it right. At least thats how I would do it. If your really workied about learnig linux first you can always run a VM of it to learn your way around first, but I have found the best way to learn is to find out what you want to do, read up about it, and just do it. I have also found the people on the XDA forums to be increadibly helpful.
Yea XDA is the best place to start if you have any questions or want help with your phone. Should be able to get help with anything in the SGSII section.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wallify View Post
This guy has it right. At least thats how I would do it. If your really workied about learnig linux first you can always run a VM of it to learn your way around first, but I have found the best way to learn is to find out what you want to do, read up about it, and just do it. I have also found the people on the XDA forums to be increadibly helpful.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
For an app that does full backups of all your apps etc, you need to have your device rooted (have root access), which will void your warranty (unless you restore it all to stock before sending it off for repair or anything).

The easiest way for contact backup is via Google Mail. All you do is login to your Google account, go to accounts and sync in Settings, go to your Google account, and select which elements of Google you want to Sync. Make sure Contacts is selected, and they'll be synced to your Google Mail account.

If you use Chrome on your desktop, and Chrome on your phone (if you have Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0+), you can sync your bookmarks too, by logging in to your Google account on Chrome within the settings, and enabling sync.

Use SMS Backup & Restore to keep SMS messages backed up too on your SD Card.

If you do get in to the whole root access bit, you can then create entire images of your phone that you can easily restore in case anything goes wrong.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JimJoe View Post
No apps... I was going to learn how to write apps. I have two books. I have a degree in computer programming. I'm lost after reading the books.

love ya all but I hope no1 else helps this way...

thanks anyway back to my palm phone
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24 Oct 2012   #9
Paarkhi

Windows 8.1u1 x64
 
 

I'd humbly request you to give Android sometime, it's a wonderful operating system and for backing up contacts, it's best to sync with gmail account (as Everlong said). To backup the installed apps and its data you can use Titanium Backup (although root would be good but even without root also it can do the thing), rest on you
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24 Oct 2012   #10
pillainp

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Root your phone using the instructions on XDA, and then install Titanium Backup (Free/Pro). It is all the backup you will ever need.
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