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Backup Samsung Galaxy S II to change CSC

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Hi all,

I recently bought a Samsung Galaxy S II on eBay.
Found it to be running a custom Orange firmware
I flashed the firmware back to the standard stuff and now am up and running on the device.
HOWEVER
I have since discovered that the CSC didn't update from ORA to XEU (which I believe any sim-free UK devices should be?)
I know the standard methods of changing the CSC involves a factory reset so my question is - what is the best app I can use to backup everything on the device so that I don't have to restore anything or what I do have to restore can be kept to the absolute minimum.
All of my contacts etc is on my Google account but I'm not sure what I need to backup to minimise what I need to manually restore.
Can anyone assist?
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Sjoram,

First of all, Android 2.xxx and above do a much better job of backup to the cloud than previous versions. With that in mind, here's a list of the kinds of things on your phone and what needs backup:

Contacts - backed up via Gmail account
Emails - backed up via Gmail account
Calendar - backed up via Calendar if used
Settings - at least partially backed up in 2.x and higher
SMS - must backup with app
MMS - must save or forward
Photos - must manually backup
Music - must manually backup
Videos - must manually backup
Paid Apps - backed up via Android Market (not perfect, make notes on any paid apps you may have)
Free Apps - can re-install via Android Market, but must do manually

There are some backup applications around that will help with the manual backups. Depending on the rooted status of your phone, you might take a look at Titanium Backup (rooted) or Backup Master for Android (non-rooted). You may also want to look at SMS Backup and Restore for your SMS messages. I have not found a good reliable app for MMS messages. Some of the backup applications will also promise to restore your apps, but remember that apps restored this way are not tracked through the market for updates.

Cheers,
LHerrou

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Thanks for the above. My phone is not rooted, but I am aware of Titanium but the fact that it needs the phone to be rooted. I am considering this as there some other apps I would like to install that require the phone to be rooted.
I haven't come across the other one so I will take a look.

Interesting comment about apps restored from a backup not being tracked for updates - I wasn't aware of this. Most of my apps don't have much data on the device as such that would be critical, so I may look at just making a note of the apps I have and a manual install being the best route.

Media (photos/videos/music etc) I will happily back up with the phone in USB mass storage mode
Email - I don't use gmail but use IMAP so no issues there in either case.

I think the main thing I was wondering was about backing up apps I had - at the moment I only have free apps so that's no issue but if I ever did install any paid apps that's something I'd like to cover off, but going on the above I assume the Android Market 'remembers' that your Google account has already purchased that app and would allow you to download again?
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That's correct, except I would phrase it "Android Market is supposed to 'remember' that your Google account has already purchased that app." I've seen a hiccup or two (rare but it happens), so make sure you have good notes.  Most of the time this happens if someone has changed the Google account / email that they use when they reset the phone.
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Thanks a lot!
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