4 things You Must Backup Before Rooting or Unlocking Bootloader

Usually, rooting your Android device requires you to first unlock the bootloader (for some devices), which will wipe up your device and clean all of the data when doing factory setting. To make sure your data is safe and not lost, you definitely need to backup before rooting. However, backup before rooting cannot be easy for “complete and full”.

While some third-party apps like Titanium Backup and Helium will let you take a full backup your Android smartphone, they are not for everyone. Most users don’t know about rooting their phones or want to mess around with installing ADB drivers. No worry, it may take a few more steps, but you’ll get there (almost).

How to Backup Before Rooting a Android Device

Check the following 4 things you must backup before rooting/unlocking bootloader.

Locally back up media, messages, apps & contacts

At very first i believe and i recommend Backup before rooting your android device data locally is a good habit. By doing this we can save your collection of music, movies and other media you’ve saved on your phone’s memory. This process is easy – just connect your phone to a PC and copy everything that’s in the Phone’s internal memory and microSD card.

1. Transfer Media to PC

This method can be the most common and old fashioned one. Even that, it still deserves a mention 😉 .

  1. First, connect your Android device with your computer via a USB cable.
  2. Second, you can see your phone’s name in My Computer. Open it to access all of your files.
  3. Then, simply copy the files and transfer them onto your computer local file folder.
  4. After the copying is done, you can unplug your phone.

This method need your manual update. So if you need some other methods, keep reading.

2. Text Messages

Another main aspect that some of us may forget while backing up our Android device is Text Messages. I recommend this because once i lost all my text messages when restored my phone and it leads me to some serious problems.

You can easily save all your text messages and call logs to your Gmail account by using an app called SMS Backup & Restore. Try these steps:

Download SMS Backup & Restore.

  1. Once you’ve got SMS Backup & Restore installed on your phone, the first thing you’ll need to do is get it set up. Go ahead and launch the app, which should start with a simple menu:
    textmessages backup
  2. Here, you’re going to choose “Backup.” This is where you’ll set all of your particular preferences
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  3. Then you will have a pop up note “Create New Backup”.
    backup text messages
  4. You can edit the name of the SMS backup, SMS-2015111911364 for example. You can choose to create backup include MMS messages and emoji/special characters. Plus, it is available to choose all conversation with one click and selectively choose some of them only.
  5. Then you can alternatively choose to create ‘Local Backup Only’ or create ‘Local Backup and Upload’. Then hit “OK” > “YES”. If you choose the Local Backup Only, you may lose the backup files if your phone gets lost or damaged. However, if you choose the other one, you can upload your backup to Google Drive/Dropbox/Email. Anyways here we choose Local Backup Only.
  6. SMS Backup & Restore will backup your SMS. When it is finished, you can hit the button “CLOSE” and “OK”.
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3. Apps

The next step is to back up the installed apps. This is optional as you can re-download apps easily if you’re using the same Google account on the new device – just open Google Play, tap the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) on the top-left > My apps. You can install all previously purchased apps from there.

Note: If the phone has an internal and external storage card, then the backup gets created on the INTERNAL card by default. If you intend to replace or factory reset your phone, then please make sure to make a copy of the backup outside the phone before doing so.

If you want to continue with backing up apps, then.

If you have ES File Explorer installed in your phone you can backup your apps with it , otherwise App Backup & Restore could be the best option.

If you are using ES File Explorer

  1. Swipe the screen to the right to reveal the Homepage of ES File Explorer.
  2. Tap APP which is under a blue Android robot icon on the top-right.
  3. Tap and hold any app until you see a check mark on its icon.
  4. Now tap the tick-mark icon on the top-right, the one inside a box with a dotted frame. This will select all the apps.
  5. Tap Backup that’s on the bottom row. This will save a copy of the apk files of all your apps.
  6. To view which apk files have been saved, tap User apps at the top. From the pop-up, select Backed-up Apps.
  7. You can access it in Internal Storage > backups > apps.

For App Backup & Restore users

  1. Open the app
  2. It will list all applications in your phone
  3. Select the apps you want to backup
  4. Tap on backup (be default, backups will be stored in internal memory)

4. Contacts

Option 1: Export

Follow these steps to export your contacts:

  1. Open the Contacts app (on some devices, it may be labeled People)
  2. Tap the app’s menu button (this will either be the device menu button or the overflow menu, which is denoted by three vertical dots)
  3. Tap Import/Export
  4. Tap Export to SD card (if an SD card does not exist, tap Export to USB storage)

Option 2: Sync with Google

Are you now seeing your contacts from your phone in your Google contacts? If not, then let’s next make sure you have set to sync your Contacts to your Gmail account and not your phone

  1. Make sure that you have Gmail installed on your device.
  2. Go to Settings, then go to ‘Accounts and Sync’.
  3. Enable the Accounts and syncing service.
  4. Select your Gmail account from the e-mail accounts set up.
  5. Make sure that you’ve enabled the ‘Sync Contacts’ option.
  6. Press ‘Sync now’ button and wait until all the phone contacts have been successfully synchronized with your Gmail account.

Now you have all things backed up in your device and don’t forget to move any file or folder left in phone memory to PC.

In the end, you have successfully got how to Backup before rooting your Android prior to root on your device. Just choose the perfect one for you to achieve your goal. Even the purpose of backing up your Android is not to get’ em rooted, you should keep the good habit of getting a copy of your precious file all the time.

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