OK with Root being achieved on the Nexa Vega N4, the next step for me was to make a backup of the phone.
Whenever I think about backups, I think about the picture that my first boss, Steve Murray, had printed on his mouse pads that he gave to his clients… Thou Shalt Make Backups…
Thou Shalt Make Backups
Now when I say “backup” of the phone I don’t mean a backup of the photos only, I mean a backup of EVERYTHING. The type backup where if anything goes wrong, eg. the phone is “bricked”, you can make a full restore and it would be like nothing happened.
After doing about 2 hours of research I stumbled across a Windows app called “MTKDroidTools“. It is a backup app specifically created for the MediaTek chipset phones and allows for complete system backups. Instructions on how to use it was on this page at NeedROM.
Now the site that I wanted to download it from originally, Google Chrome suggested it was not a safe website to do so, so I headed over to XDA Developers again and found a link that was posted by a Senior Member – here. The download link went to DepositFiles here for version 2.5.3.
The first thing you need to do on the phone is to go into Settings and then Developer Options and then select USB Debugging.
Next on the PC (I was using my Windows 7 Netbook) extract the MTKDroidTools and run the application as an Administrator. Now plug a USB cable into the phone and plug it then into the PC. This is what you should see:
The GREEN in the bottom left shows that the phone is already rooted.
Now click the second tab : root, backup,recovery and then click the Backup button:
Click here to start backup
By default MTK Droid Tools will back up the whole ROM WITHOUT USERDATA (Userdata is everything that the user has setup like Google account, email settings, time zones, etc). If you want to back up also your peronal setting then tick Backup User data and Cache, otherwise let it blank – I did NOT tick it on my backup.
There is another option Leave Flash Tools File on SD Card which will also store the backup file to the Phone’s SD Card. The suggestion is to just leave it blank, as storing the file on the SD Card probably will fail if the SD Card is full. By default it will save it to the PC for you.
This is what it looks like while it is backing everything up – LEAVE IT ALONE – it takes a good while (at least 20 minutes) so like I said JUST LEAVE IT ALONE!
This is what you will see while it is backing up
Finally after it has backed everything up it will prompt you to “Packing Backup?”, just click Yes.
Make a ZIP of your backup – Click YES
What is will then do – and it takes a while – is it creates a ZIP file of the system backup. This makes it easier for you copy to another location and manage (so you don’t have like 15 files to worry about). Give it time – it takes about 15-20 minutes to complete.
On your PC under the MTKDroidTools Folder you should see a backup folder and under that is the ZIP file of the system backup. Save this to a location that you will not loose or format easily…
Root of phone – Done!
Backup of phone – Done!
Coming up… “Lets Fix the WiFi MAC Address Issue – Ourselves”
(Image Credit – NeedROM.com)