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How to prepare for the update to Gingerbread
JerryF
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What should I do to prepare for the Over The Air (OTA) update?

 

I will have my battery charged to 101%.

 

I will backup my Contacts no matter what.  It took me to long to get then straightened out!

 

I will backup my Photos and Videos???

 

I will backup my Music?

 

NOW HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS.

 

Will all the APPs that I have installed from The Market be deleted???

 

What else should I backup before the update???

 

Is there anything else I should do before the backup???

 

Thanks folks,

JerryF

 

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Re: How to prepare for the update to Gingerbread
HoustonHeart
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OTA's always make me nervous, I prefer manual updates via the update system on SD card.

 

The update is the OS, kernal, radio updates. Not apps. unless you request or get the official   SHIPPED versions like the leaks have been.

 

The OTA and SD update should not alter your installed apps and saves, some items are backed up prior to the overwrite, others left in exisistign file folders. However, some apps will require updates when gingerbread is detected.

 

There is a chance thigns could go wrong, or be bugged, even tho there is a network check system and auto restore prior to the VIA overwrite. If such a thign happens you will need to SHIPPED version or a Verizon tech to do a full over write and shipped restore. It shouldn't happen, but just in case.

 

Back up contacts to be safe, Goodle shoudl be doign it automatically for you.  Then you have the verizon back-up as a secondary- and the sd numbers only as a third back up to sd.

 

Game saves on the SD won't be altered in that emergency but the app will need to be reinstalled partially.  SUch as the MMO liek WOW  CHaos........ Online, it won't redownload everything just the launch apk.

 

 

 

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Re: How to prepare for the update to Gingerbread
DC5_K20Z1
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I'm going to restart the phone, bump charge the battery a few times making sure it says 100% while it is off, then boot it up wait till the battery full icon pops up, switch to wifi, keep the phone plugged in and download the ota update and after thee phone updates it will reboot but I'm going to reboot again :smileyhappy:. And of course have stuff backed up.
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Re: How to prepare for the update to Gingerbread
HoustonHeart
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OTA's always make me nervous, I prefer manual updates via the update system on SD card.

 

The update is the OS, kernal, radio updates. Not apps. unless you request or get the official   SHIPPED versions like the leaks have been.

 

The OTA and SD update should not alter your installed apps and saves, some items are backed up prior to the overwrite, others left in exisistign file folders. However, some apps will require updates when gingerbread is detected.

 

There is a chance thigns could go wrong, or be bugged, even tho there is a network check system and auto restore prior to the VIA overwrite. If such a thign happens you will need to SHIPPED version or a Verizon tech to do a full over write and shipped restore. It shouldn't happen, but just in case.

 

Back up contacts to be safe, Goodle shoudl be doign it automatically for you.  Then you have the verizon back-up as a secondary- and the sd numbers only as a third back up to sd.

 

Game saves on the SD won't be altered in that emergency but the app will need to be reinstalled partially.  SUch as the MMO liek WOW  CHaos........ Online, it won't redownload everything just the launch apk.

 

 

 

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Re: How to prepare for the update to Gingerbread
JerryF
Sr. Member

Thanks Houston.  You and Philthedrill have always given good and timely info. 

 

You are both really helpful especially when contrasted with the folks that ask for help and when you answer them they NEVER again log in to see what help was offered or comment if it helped them. 

 

The same goes for the rant and rave folks that rant and then they are never seen again.  I have wondered if these folks are really shills.

 

Thanks and best regards,

JerryF

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Re: How to prepare for the update to Gingerbread
JerryF
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In preparation for the Gingerdread update so far I have backed up my contacts in two places (Google and Data Pilot 7), my photos, my videos, and today I took a Screen Shot of my two home screens and my four other APP screen pages.

 

I did the six screen shots just in case I wonder whether or not I still have all the Icons on these six pages that I had before the Gingerbread update.  It will be easy to delete them afterwords.

 

Anything else I should update???

 

JerryF

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Re: How to prepare for the update to Gingerbread
Davidoo
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I'm deleting a bunch of apps I never use.  I figure the less junk on the phone the less likely it is to have any conflicts or problems.  I might actually delete almost all my apps before Tuesday and add them back if I want them after the update.

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Re: How to prepare for the update to Gingerbread
HoustonHeart
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IT shouldn't over write anything.

 

Now games and such should be on the sd memory anyway. Incase the launcher file is eared 9shouldn't) but in case you will jsut need to reinstall via markeplace to restore that.

 

I play Order and Chaos online (best MMO for droid, its def WOW like in your hand and true 3D MMO). Even after a total whipe and reinstall, I only had to redownload and it downloaded a 108mb file to play what was on the SD. COnciderign how big the install is on the SD I am glad.

 

 

 

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Re: How to prepare for the update to Gingerbread
WTTTT
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I read elsewhere that doing a factory reset before updating to GB is a good idea.  Not necessary, but better.  If I decide to do this, what should I do before initiating the reset?  I have contacts synced with Google.  I have access to all the apps I have in the market. I use My Backup Pro, backed up to SD card.  So I guess after a reset and install of the GB update I can re-download MyBackup Pro and then restore from the backup files.  I was also told that doing this backup and restore procedure is not a good idea and that if I am going to go to the trouble of a factory reset, I should just reinstall and configure all apps on the new GB.

 

What do people think?  Is all this worth it?  Or should we just do the OTA update and leave everything as it is now on the phone?

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Re: How to prepare for the update to Gingerbread
HoustonHeart
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If you want to do a refresh for the os update by Factory reset. Then.

 

1. Make sure you know all your passwords to any app services. game services, music services ect.

 

2. SD is unaffected, most apps should be installed there anyway. IF developers did it right, all that is needed is a app redownload and a small file restore to games ect. THe gamedata, main files should already be on the SD. Very helpful for large games like order and Chaos online which is a very large MMO RPG. Instead of downloadign over a gig of data, it will patch 108mb, and check exsisting files only.

 

3. Backup contacts to verizon if you want, that is good for switching to any phone such as a non android phone. OR emergency back-up. COntacts backup to SD will only contain the name and number.

 

4. Programs or data that are installed on the main storage and not SD can be backed up with Backup pro or a similiar app. Then restored as it was with any related data.

 

5. Android has smart updating when it is OTA or from SD. Because it maintains file structures, it doesn't need to alter other exsisting stuff while it overwrites the OS kernal, Radio data, ect...

 

The only real issue you may run into are older apps no longer compatible with gingerbread. Same applies to ICecream testing. Icecream uses the basics of gingerbread but is scalable. The interface has been simplified and adjusted so it can run on an drid and android device. At teh core its still gingerbread modfied to run basic or run with full effects. SO if leaks or official ICecream hits all phones which is what google wants eventually, it is very adaptable across all phones and tablets.

 

 

 

 

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Re: How to prepare for the update to Gingerbread
WTTTT
Member

Thanks for that thorough reply!  Now all I need to do is decide if doing a factory reset is worth it or necessary.  I use Roboform so passwords are saved.  I think I will triple check the Google pw the phone uses though just to be sure!

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