September 29, 2012 at 10:27 pm #2267
I installed Google calendar sync and had to do a factory reset to get it to work with Outlook. I don’t want to have to do that too often, it took a while to remember everything I had put on it and then download it all again, am now using Evernote to keep a list of all my apps, but this seems a bit stone age. Is there any way to keep track of everything that I’ve downloaded – the free apps as well as the pay for stuff? I guess that’s why some people root their N7sOctober 1, 2012 at 8:57 am #2293
Good question, I haven’t really backed mine up at all assuming that I can re-download anything I need. In fact I’m considering doing an occasional factory reset just to clear out all the rubbish that seems to be building up. I’m finding it hard to keep control of storage space to be honest. It quickly gets filled with rubbish.
So, backup options seem to be:
–Titanium: The best known and to be honest the “go to” app for Android backups. This does a whole tonne of stuff but the downs side is you have to root your Nexus tablet.
–My Backup: This is the next best rival, it doesn’t seem to have quite the same reputation but there is a version which allows access to some features without rooting (you can get a root version for the full feature set).
I have no experience of either, has anyone used these apps or know of anything else?
Actually, another thought, what about some of the PC to Andorid file management apps, don’t some of those have the ability to import content to your PC? For example Airdroid.October 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm #2315
Good idea. I had a quick look at Airdroid last night, although wasted some time until I remembered that my PC is connected to the router via a LAN cable and so is not on our Wi Fi network. My laptop connected to Airdroid without any problem and I was able to save several free Apps as apk files. When I have more time, I will go through the lot and save them all. Re-installing them after a factory reset is another matter. It wouldn’t let me download any of paid for apps. However, since I bought all of these through Google Play, reinstalling them should be fairly straightforward I guess. Am still going to make an old-fashioned text list of everything that I have installed – I do seem to have acquired a lot of apps in the two weeks since I got my N7.October 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm #2316
My app count went up considerably after the 25p deals on Google!October 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm #2318
Is this any help with back up?…It is Nexus 7 specific
Change backup & reset options
To view the settings described here, go to Settings > Personal > Backup & reset.
You can back up settings and other data associated with one or more of your Google Accounts. If you need to replace or factory reset your device, you can restore your data for any accounts that were previously backed up.
These options are available:
Back up my data.If you check this option, a wide variety of your personal data is backed up automatically, including your Wi-Fi passwords, Chrome bookmarks, a list of the apps you’ve installed on Google Play, the words you’ve added to the dictionary used by the onscreen keyboard, and most of your customized settings. Some third-party apps may also take advantage of this feature, so you can restore your data if you reinstall an app.If you uncheck this option, your data stops getting backed up, and any existing backups are deleted from Google servers.
Backup account.Displays the Google Accounts whose information gets backed up. You must sign in with one or more of these accounts on a new or reset device to retrieve the associated information.To add a new account, touch Backup account > Add account.
Automatic restore. Check this option to restore settings and other data when you reinstall an app. This feature requires that you are backing up your data with your Google Account and that the app is using the backup service.
Factory data reset. Touch this option, then Reset tabletto erase all your personal data from internal storage, including information about your Google Account, any other accounts, your system and app settings, any downloaded applications, and your music, photos, videos, and other files.After resetting your tablet, you’ll need to re-enter the same information requested when you first set up your tablet. If you’ve been backing up your data to a Google account, an option during the setup process allows you to restore it.
Some third-party apps also make use of the backup service, so if you reinstall one, its settings and data are restored.October 3, 2012 at 6:21 am #2325
Thanks, I had set the backup and restore settings set to back up my data and it worked OK for the paid for apps if I remember correctly, but one problem I had was simply remembering which apps I had installed. Like nexus media importer – after I did the factory reset, I could remember that there was an app that allowed me to access files on a USB but I couldn’t remember what it was called and had to search for it. There were a few cases like that which made me think it might be a good idea to simply keep a list of my apps, or at least the ones I use regularly. Yes, and after the 25p sale I’ve got quite a lot more now.October 4, 2012 at 12:02 pm #2360
Thanks Zemo, useful to know about – not something I’d looked at before.December 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm #24609
Is it possible to backup the nexus 7 operating system, say to my windows laptop, and if it is how would you re-install it. I know with windows you can flatten the hard drive and re-install windows can you do the same with the Nexus or is this part of the automatic backup system already built in.December 11, 2012 at 12:26 pm #24613
I think, as above, the best way really is with Titanium backup and a rooted Nexus 7.
I guess you could just copy over all the files to a folder in Windows, but I don’t think restoring would be a case of copying all that back!
My approach is to ensure that all data I have on mine is already held in the cloud (drop box) or on my PC and then I’m just prepared to reinstall a few apps if the worst happens. It would be a hassle but not a disaster.December 12, 2012 at 12:11 am #24624
I did some research on the web after my last post and rooting looks like the only way to backup the operating system and rooting is something I did not want to do.
I asked because I have a TomTom satnav which I am able to back all the files to my hard drive. I have in the past had to delete all the files on the TomTom and reinstate a known working set of files as the TomTom’s files had become corrupted Joe