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Can I do a full back up of my Samsung Galaxy S II?

Is it possible to do a back-up of all my settings, apps, photos, texts...... for my Samsung Galaxy S II? I've had an issue with the display and I'm eligible for a swap.

Most Useful Answer matt101101  Dec. 9, 2011 at 11:27

Well I've used CWM recovery to do it before, but that requires a rooted device :/.

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matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 9, 2011 at 11:27

Well I've used CWM recovery to do it before, but that requires a rooted device :/.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 9, 2011 at 11:53

You need root access for a FULL backup like the one you describe.
The Galaxy S 2 is very easy to root ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 9, 2011 at 16:06

It's seriously easy to root as it has an unlocked bootloader (secretly Samsung wanted it to be a big hit with developers, they even gave a free S2 to the Cyanogen Mod team and then employed the lead dev. from CM). Just flash a CF-Root kernel (available on XDA), and the phone's rooted with SU, CWM & I think ROM manager pre-installed.

mrew42  Dec. 9, 2011 at 16:10

A clockworkmod NAND backup won't backup Photos or anything else not specifcally app related on the SD card (e.g. music/videos etc).

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 9, 2011 at 16:17

True, it's more for taking a system image than taking a copy of user media. It does copy text messages, call log etc. though.

Just stick all your media on a memory card and then take the card out of the phone, that way it'll all definitely be safe. It's probably easier to do all that media copying on a PC as when you plug an S2 in the card and the internal memory show up as 2 separate removable drives, making copying stuff across really easy :).

hits109  Dec. 9, 2011 at 17:16

Or you can use the Samsung Kies PC software and use the back-up feature in there? Has the option to back-up sms, photos, settings etc...

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 9, 2011 at 17:19

Kies is a god-awful piece of crap...it's slow, buggy an has a nasty habit of soft-bricking phones. I wouldn't recommend it to someone I hate, never mind recommend it as a useful tool, to anyone.

illiad  Apr. 4, 2012 at 22:00

there is kies air if you have to, but there are other apps that do the same and better, like AirDroid...

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