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For those of you who have rooted your newly-wedded Galaxy Note 2 and want to install custom ROMs, here’s a tutorial that can help you backup and restore all of your apps, SMS, contacts, and settings.
Most custom ROMs require you to do a data wipe/factory reset in CWM Recovery, which means all your apps, SMS text messages, contacts, and settings will be gone (although the contents of your storage are in tact such as videos and photos).
So, how do you get these things backed up and restored so you don’t have to start over from scratch?
You can use various apps like Titanium Backup app for apps, SMS backup app for SMS text messages, Google backup feature for settings (such as Wifi passwords), and GMail for contacts.
First, for contacts, I highly recommend you to make a GMail account as having a GMail account on your phone automatically backs up all your contacts and when you simply sign in to GMail, your contacts are automatically restored. Even if you don’t use GMail as main e-mail, just make a dummy GMail account for your contacts, makes your life much easier.
For SMS text messages, there’s many, many apps that allow you to backup and restore your SMS texts, you can use SMS Backup & Restore app for one.
Google Android OS also offers backup and restore feature from Google’s servers (you can find it under Settings->Backup and reset), you can use this feature to backup up apps, wifi passwords, and other settings.
Now, I highly recommend you to use Titanium Backup app for backing up your apps. (It’s also a great app to easily remove bloatware on your Note 2.) This app is great since you can also use it to move all of your apps (with data) to other Android devices you might have. For example, you want to keep that level 30 on Angry Birds from your old Droid smartphone to the Note 2, you can use Titanium Backup app to do it.
Here’s a quick start guide on how to use Titanium Backup app for your rooted Galaxy Note 2:
Step 1. Download and run Titanium Backup app from Play Store. (No Pro version needed for backing up, I highly recommend you to get the Pro version for restoring apps though.)
Step 2. Select “Schedules” and hit “RUN”. Anytime you have more new apps to backup you can use this menu to make a backup of your apps and its data.
Once backup starts, you will be able to see progress in your notification bar.
Also, your backups get stored in your internal storage or SD card under the directory TitaniumBackup folder. If you want to move it to your computer or another Android device, just copy this whole folder.
Step 3. Once you’ve backed up all of your apps using Titanium Backup app. You are good to go. Go ahead and install a new custom ROM. Then re-install Titanium Backup app.
Make sure USB debugging is checked on under Settings->Developers options.
And also make sure Unknown sources is checked ON under Settings->Security.
Step 4. Once those are set, simply hit the check button on the top right to and scroll down to Restore tab on Titanium Backup app. You will see a bunch of options, I highly recommend the option, “Restore missing apps with data” for most people. I don’t recommend restoring any system apps or data for most purposes as that can break your custom ROM.
That’s pretty much it. Now you should know how to easily backup your apps, SMS, contacts, and settings while switching between ROMs.
Also, you can use Samsung Kies program to backup but some custom ROMs may not be compatible with Kies and that is the reason for this alternative method so you can install any custom ROM and easily restore all of your stuff.