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How to Backup Android Home Screens

written by: shopperholic2•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 6/30/2010

Thinking about how to back up and restore your Android home screen? Well, look no further than here. By the time you finish reading this article you will know not only one way to back up and restore your Android home screen, but also...

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    Reasons to Backup and Restore Android Home Screen

    Wondering how to back up and restore your Android homescreen? Well, look no further this article will teach you, not only one way to back up and restore your Android homescreen, but two. There are also alternative Android backup methods that may be found by searching the Android Market.

    Customized Android Homescreen Knowing how to backup and restore your homescreen can save you ample time when frantically searching for a way to restore your customized homescreen. This knowledge will help you in preparation should a disaster happen to your device. Backing up and restoring your Android homescreen may come in very handy if you should ever lose functionality of your device and need to reset it. Hard resets delete all contacts, data and settings on your Android device back to factory settings. This, of course, includes deleting your favorite homescreen that you worked so hard on creating and customizing to your preferences. Knowing how to restore the homescreen and how to ensure it backs up properly will ease your mind should a disaster, such as this, occur.

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    Sprite Mobile Android Backup

    The first option to backup and restore your Android homescreen is the most popular method used by Android owners. This method involves the use of the Sprite Mobile Android Backup application. The reason this method is the most used is because it is the most user friendly. This application also backs up more data than other applications and it has several different versions that work with different Android models.

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    Backup Data with Sprite Mobile Android Backup Application

    The steps in using the Sprite Mobile Android Backup application are easy to follow. Once you download the application, choose ‘backup’ if you are backing up your device data or choose ‘restore’ if you are restoring your device data. You can also choose ‘schedule’ to schedule automatic backups. Scheduling the backups offers options such as: never, daily, weekly, monthly and a specified start time.

    Next, select the items you want to backup. To back up your homescreen choose ‘System Settings’ to backup and choose ‘HTC Home Screens’. Then, select where you want your backed up items to be stored by choosing the ‘Set Location’ tab. The most common location used is the storage card. Make sure you name the file. Finally, start the backup process by selecting ‘Start Backup’.

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    Restore Data with Sprite Mobile Android Backup Application

    Now that you have backed up your device, you can restore data should it need restoring. To do this using the Sprite Mobile Android Backup application, choose ‘Restore’ from the homescreen of the Android device. Next, select the file that you previously saved your backed up information under using the ‘Location’ tab. Choose ‘Select Data’, select ‘Restore’ and your backup begins.

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    Other Ways to Backup Android Homescreens

    Another popular way to backup and restore your Android homescreen is to use the MyBackup Pro application. Others that may be of interest to you include:

    1. ADW
    2. Homescreen Replacement
    3. OnDemand Backups
    4. Launcher Pro
    5. Helixlauncher
    6. Titanium Backup
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