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« on: September 13, 2010, 01:44:06 PM »

Please has anyone found an app or a way to clean up the remnants of apps that have been downloaded and deleted?
I understand a factory reset will do it but that's a final option for me!
On another point, it is good to see good, constructive comments & help with manners on this forum. Long may it continue.
JohnG
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2010, 05:47:38 PM »

John,

As mentioned elsewhere in the forum, a factory reset is the only known option.  We assume that installing Froyo may clean it up too, but so far we haven't been able to confirm that simply because we don't have any members on 2.1 with a full memory and a Froyo update ready to install.

It's a drastic step, but a complete cleaning every once in a while is a good thing really.  I did one this afternoon, and it took all of 3 hours to get everything back to working order.
The reason I did that?  I often deliberately mess up my own phone in an attempt to replicate other people's problems, so eventually settings etc can go wrong.  And I wanted to know just how much work it really was.
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2010, 05:59:29 PM »

XSaenen, what would you recommend for a complete backup?
I've got a habit of installing & uninstalling apps and I'm running out of memory (running iBeer doesn't help). In the absence of competent memory management, I'm going to have to reset the phone but I'm a little worried as I've only done it once before and I lost everything.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Cheers.  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2010, 06:26:29 PM »

Slug,

I had set the phone up with frequent factory resets in mind really.  I know what kind of strain I put on the software with forum-related testing and as such I know that it may completely crash at any given moment.

I entered all my contacts as google contacts and did the same with my calendar appointments.  So a quick login to my gmail on the PC confirmed that they were indeed synced to the cloud.

Then I copied the entire contents of the SD card to the PC and formatted the card (to get rid of old settings etc that may be restored after the reset), and simply went ahead and performed the reset.

Afterwards it was just a matter of going through the setup, entering my gmail and facebook account details, which automatically restored my contacts and appointments.
After the setup was completed I set up my POP3 and IMAP email addresses again, adjusted their settings to my liking and re-downloaded the mails (which I always keep on the server). 
Downloaded my apps again using the list I posted here in the forum last week. 
Dragged my own ringtones etc back from the PC to the freshly-formatted memory card.
Had a look for my ebooks in Aldiko (only to discover that they've added hunderds of new books in the meantime).
Then I set up my homescreens again and tinkered a bit with various settings to get the phone back to the way I like it.

I did lose all my text messages, but to me that's no concern as I don't get any really important messages anyway.  And when I do get important info via SMS, it usually ends up either as a calendar appointment or in a notepad file on the PC.  So I didn't bother looking for a way to back-up the messages. 

Hope this helps.  If you don't have the contacts etc set up as Google ones, I'd advise to make a manual backup or something and enter them as google contacts the next time.  It really does make life a LOT easier.
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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2010, 06:04:48 PM »

That's pretty comprehensive.
Thanks XSaenen.
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« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2010, 06:43:31 PM »

If you do a factory reset do you lose Froyo? And if so how can you replace it?
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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2010, 03:39:30 AM »

nope.  Once Froyo is on the phone, a factory reset will restore it to a default froyo.
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