The best way in which you can save your personal data stored on your T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide smartphone is by performing a backup operation. So, during this step by step guide, you will be able to learn how to safely complete the standard procedure, in the shortest time possible. This can be achieved thanks to some free distributed apps available on the Android Market, which are designed especially for making the backup process easier. In the end, all of your data, apps, contacts and who knows what else saved on the HTC myTouch 3G Slide internal memory (or on its SD card) will be in safe hands.
This is also the first step to do if you are looking forward in completing other operations with your handset (such as installing a custom image, root it, or flashing a custom ROM on it). Why? Well, in most of the cases, each time you choose to change, customize and update the phone’s internal system, or its operating system the processes might wipe the data out from it. As you can see, knowing how to backup the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide ( known also as HTC Espresso) data, apps, contacts and everything else is no longer an option for you.
During the steps from below I will teach you how to backup your personal info on the phone’s SD card (though it is recommended to backup the data from the external memory too), or by using some apps. The tools available are the Astro File Manager, the SMS backup by Jan Berkel and the Android cloud. As already stated, your job is to download and install them properly.
The Android cloud is a service that will make the backup process easier and quicker. It’s my favorite because it’s easy to use and to understand. In order to access it you will have to sync with Google; when you will want the data to be restored you will just have to sync once more and that’s it.
I will show you how to save your info by using a Windows or MAC running computer (beside the apps mentioned above) in order to avoid any unpleasant situations. Anyway, if something goes wrong, or if you are having problems in understanding one of the steps, share the issues with us (in the comments area) so we can help you through.
That being said we can finally begin the proper guide. Pay attention and do as explained in the steps.
How to backup the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide
Contacts and Calendar
In this section you can follow two methods: you can make the backup by using the SD card, or the Android cloud. Choose the one more appropriate to your needs:
- For the SD card:
- Go to the People application.
- Press the Menu button.
- Tap on the Import/Export icon.
- Choose Export to SD card.
- You can now transfer the files on your PC / MAC. To get it back, follow the same steps above and on the last part, choose Import from SD card.
- For the Android cloud
Go to: Menu->Settings-> Accounts & sync; choose “Add account”; enter a valid Gmail address and then choose what you want to backup.
Here, you can save different stuffs as Google Docs, Contacts, Gmail and Calendar are all available; the operating system will make a copy of your data and when you will want it back you will have to sync once more.
SMS / MMS messages and call logs
For backing up the messages you need to download and use the SMS Backup + by Jan Berkel application. The software will use a separate label in Gmail/Google Calendar and allowing later restoration. You need to have IMAP enabled in Gmail and the correct time zone set.
Saving Market Apps
The most important info that can be stored on your T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide are the apps; for saving them you will have to use the second tool from the same Market. Therefore download the Astro File Manager and then follow:
- Open Astro.
- Press Menu.
- Tap on Tools.
- Select the Application Manager / Backup.
- Select the apps you want to save and click Backup.
- In order to restore them, install Astro again and follow the same steps. Then, click “Backed Up Apps” and choose what you want back on your device.
For the data, you have more possibilities. You can perform the task by using the cloud the SD card, or the computer (Windows/MAC). For the cloud you must redo the steps explained on Contacts and Calendar.
- For the SD card and the PC/MAC just copy/paste (drag and drop) the stuffs you want to backup from the phone on the computer/MAC/SD card. When you want the data restored do exactly the same thing, but starting from the end (PC/SD card/ MAC->smartphone).
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