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  Reply # 872912 6-Aug-2013 21:45
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If you want to save a whole lot of bother with rooting and nfc tag pasting timmmay try this app called profile scheduler. If you're coming from a nokia you'll be wondering where the profiles are

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wetpalm.ProfileScheduler

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  Reply # 872924 6-Aug-2013 22:05
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timmmay: Couple of basic question:
- If I root then all that changes is the ability to have root access - ie unix su command? And that access can be given to apps?

Yes

timmmay: - If I mess things up and do a restore how much of my settings, icon layouts, etc are saved by google? Do I have to set the phone up from scratch or is it mostly preserved?

No, the apps will restore but most of your settings will be gone... except the wallpaper. no idea why :-/


timmmay: I'd rather there was one authoritative guide to rooting the S4... now I have to choose which is best!

Eaisest way is CF Auto-root


It's the way I root all samsung phones and takes about 3 minutes after you've installed Odin. (by installed I mean unzipped)

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  Reply # 872950 7-Aug-2013 07:15
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Thanks Blakamin, will do it some time :)




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  Reply # 873059 7-Aug-2013 11:18
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i also use the profile scheduler linked by 1eStar. can confirm it is simple to configure and use.

just remember timmmay that regardless of whether you use NFC tags or auto-schedulers, you still need to configure the profiles to take effect (ie silent, GPS off, WiFi off etc.) the difference then becomes whether the trigger is routine based or ad-hoc.

in my opinion, NFC tags are useful for ad-hoc ie. put in the car and (de)activate because one doesn't really plan when you go driving, entry(exit) in house etc. whereas schedulers are more useful for routines such as sleep based (assuming you sleep & wake at the same time every day), work time based etc.



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  Reply # 873153 7-Aug-2013 12:43
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tilde: i also use the profile scheduler linked by 1eStar. can confirm it is simple to configure and use.

just remember timmmay that regardless of whether you use NFC tags or auto-schedulers, you still need to configure the profiles to take effect (ie silent, GPS off, WiFi off etc.) the difference then becomes whether the trigger is routine based or ad-hoc.

in my opinion, NFC tags are useful for ad-hoc ie. put in the car and (de)activate because one doesn't really plan when you go driving, entry(exit) in house etc. whereas schedulers are more useful for routines such as sleep based (assuming you sleep & wake at the same time every day), work time based etc.


What is this S word of which you speak? :) (sorry parent of young children joke)


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  Reply # 873224 7-Aug-2013 14:29
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Has anyone got their 4.3 rom to be rooted? I've just spent a few days trying the new 4.3 stable google edition roms and have settled on this one but can't get root to apply. All CF-Auto Root does is revert my recovery back to stock. Thoughts?



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  Reply # 873259 7-Aug-2013 15:03
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I really want a custom rom, but I really don't want to have to reinstate everything after a wipe.

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  Reply # 873273 7-Aug-2013 15:11
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networkn: I really want a custom rom, but I really don't want to have to reinstate everything after a wipe.
Most of the apps I use have backup/restore features so it's about 10-15min from wipe to back to what I had. The biggest downside is losing remembered Wifi. 



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  Reply # 873277 7-Aug-2013 15:14
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Disrespective:
networkn: I really want a custom rom, but I really don't want to have to reinstate everything after a wipe.
Most of the apps I use have backup/restore features so it's about 10-15min from wipe to back to what I had. The biggest downside is losing remembered Wifi. 




For me it's the email setup, going through the tedium of restoring call logs, text messages etc

It's not the end of the world, but something I really don't have time for right now

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  Reply # 873294 7-Aug-2013 15:47
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How do you back up text messages on the S4? An app like this one?




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  Reply # 873299 7-Aug-2013 15:52
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Something like that, there is another called SMS backup + or something. Backs up to Gmail.

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  Reply # 873307 7-Aug-2013 16:05
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networkn:
Disrespective:
networkn: I really want a custom rom, but I really don't want to have to reinstate everything after a wipe.
Most of the apps I use have backup/restore features so it's about 10-15min from wipe to back to what I had. The biggest downside is losing remembered Wifi. 




For me it's the email setup, going through the tedium of restoring call logs, text messages etc

It's not the end of the world, but something I really don't have time for right now


Titanium Backup lets you backup wifi networks, text messages, call logs and browser history via XML files

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  Reply # 873330 7-Aug-2013 16:44
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You appear to need root to use Titanium Backup.




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  Reply # 873365 7-Aug-2013 17:42
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timmmay: You appear to need root to use Titanium Backup.


It was more in reply to the other two above, who were talking about customs roms, which you would need root for anyway.


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  Reply # 873382 7-Aug-2013 18:05
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Yeah, you don't need root for a custom rom necessarily.

My case is that I came from a custom rom which did have root, I have a titanium backup from that, and I can't restore those backups without having root on the new rom. Whereby i'm now stuck.

I don't ever feel the need to retain call logs or sms messages so I don't mind if I lose those at all.

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