As a Mac user with iOS devices, how locked are you to the Apple ecosystem? More than you might think. — 3 Comments

  1. The lack of a solid backup system is one of my biggest gripes about the Android system. AFAIK there just isn’t a complete backup available unless you root the device. And that’s crazy.

    I basically live on the cloud, computerwise, so there is in fact nothing on either of my Android devices that isn’t actually stored somewhere else, but it’s still a pain to reconstruct things if a device dies.

  2. I would think reconstructing everything would be a pretty big deal.

    That’s why I was upset with Google Tech Support when I asked a question about a voice to text issue and their first suggestion was I do a restore to factory settings. They offered no advice at all as to how to get back to where I was from that.


  3. I found this in help which looks like it mike make restoring things somewhat easier, if not fully automatic:

    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, such as app data, Wi-Fi passwords, and other settings.

    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 tablet or Reset phone to 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 device, you’ll need to re-enter the same information requested when you first set up your device. If you’ve been backing up your data to a Google Account, an option during the setup process allows you to restore it.

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