From the mail bag: Accidentally erased everything!

Kelly writes,

HELP! While attempting to remove an email account from my phone I erased everything. Now all I get is the phone set up screen. Since I do not have a phone account I fear that I have lost all my applications and everything. Can I restore it, or at least download the basic apps that were on the phone when I bought it?

Yikes! Sometimes the settings can confuse the best of us, and we imagine this sort of thing happens from time to time. For most people, it's an easy fix. Go through the setup you're seeing and get signed back in to Google. The apps that came with the phone will still be there, and anything you downloaded from the Android Market is still available, just not installed.

You can find all the apps you installed from Google here: (opens in new tab). Make sure you're signed in on your web browser, and open each one you want to re-install and they will be sent right back to your phone.

Good luck, Kelly!

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Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

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  • Titanium backup can remedy those issues
  • I would like to add that if developers actually made use of Google's data backup API's (it's a shame that more don't), you'll get data back for those apps as well automatically.
  • Wow... nothing about using data recovery tools? What kind of device is it? I mean seriously, this article said nothing at all. You suck at advice. You see, data on android isn't generally wiped, its deleted. This means the data is all still there but the tables must be rebuilt to access this data. The procedure is different from device to device.
    Get a linux undelete utility in binary format and root your phone.
    Copy the utility to /data/local
    Chmod 777 the utility
    run the utility with a recursive option on the /data folder or the corresponding block found with the mount command. Another method to obtain a undelete utility may be to load Ubuntu from an sdcard and obtain tools from there. Further answers may be found on Google. If you don't feel comfortable, find a professional. This is something which must be handled with utmost care. A data recovery/forensics expert would be helpful. The most important thing to remember is normal use of your device will overwrite data which was previously deleted.
  • MAN Adam this ain't XDA! Do you think they knew what you just said? Linux? Ubuntu? Chmod 777? By the way great work on the B&N NT, been following.
  • If s/he could handle doing that, they probably wouldn't have asked the question in the first place. Nothing against you man, but what you're saying sounds fairly advanced with lots of room for failure.
  • Is this seriously news worthy? I bet if it was a dude asking, it would of never made it past "maybe."
  • This happened to me too. Google has sync service for all androids. Just look in the settings> accounts & sync. Touch the section that has the G icon (for your google account) and it will give you options on what you want synced by Google. Check EVERYTHING. That will enable the Google servers to backup your contacts, calendar stuff, documents, and a whole lot more if you need. All to your Google email account. Even if your phone meets some terrible disaster and you need another Droid to replace it, you will have retained all that stuff for your new one. All it will need is you to type in and sync your existing Google account. It will all flash to your phone. No problems, no sweat!
  • wonder if youll be able to cloud sync apps/saves once google drive is out....that way you wont lose your angry birds progress lmfao