By now you have realized that having an Android phone is great. And you’ve installed all your wonderful apps and played with it to death. But you’ve probably already realized that if you lost your phone, or sent it away for repair, you will likely lose all your nice new shiny apps.
In my experience, the whole log back in to the Android market and your apps are there hasn’t really been the case. In one case, leaving me to re-buy my favourite app, Feedr.
Well a great guy called Joel Bourquard created Titanium Backup.
It works really well and simple. Not only does it backup your apps, it backs up the data associated with the app AND the market entry details. What does all this mean?
Backup of Apps
Simple, it scans through all your install apps and you can either click on each app to have it backed up or use menu > batch to back up all the apps in one go.
Backup of Data
When you need to restore the app, any settings or data associated with the app will be there if you use this option.
Backup of Market Entry
Now when you do restore everything, it will also re-write to market entry into your phone so when you visit the market and go to my downloads, all of your paid and installed apps show up again. This is so important. Otherwise you don’t get update alerts from Android Market.
Free and Paid Versions
There is a free version in the market that gives you most of the functions. However I strongly recommend the paid version. When you head to the market to find Titanium Backup you will only see the free version. You need to donate as per the app instructions to get a permanent key file.
The paid for version gives you a much faster experience and better restore options. And he deserves the small asking price of $5.99 for a great piece of software, especially when you consider what all you paid apps are worth.
FILTER – You can quickly and easily filter your apps by name or status. And it integrates with Apps Organiser so you can also filter by labels. This makes managing the apps simple and quick
Just to make life more simple and that’s always a good thing when it comes to managing your apps.
This is only for ROOTED Androids. If you haven’t rooted yours yet, here is a guide that will get you on the way.
Also, Joel is very responsive and helpful, so shoot him an email if you have any troubles. His address is in the app.
Are you using anything similar? Let us know in the comments.
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