I have installed /e/ in April on a Galaxy S9 with the easy installer on fedora. Now I only have Android 8. Is it easy to upgrade to Android 10 without loosing all my data, like Signal-messages etc.? I don’t want to do another “clean” install, without having any data anymore. Or is it possible to easily get the data back? If you need more information, just give me a hint.
AFAIK for now you have to do a clean install to change OS versions. You may have to first install the vendors new version before installing the corresponding /e/ version. (I’m not sure if this will change, I think maybe /e/ devs are working on it)
As for losing data, that depends on which apps you have installed. If you’re using e cloud then your email, contacts and photos should be restored from there (check online first to ensure that what you expect is there). For other apps, I think each needs manual backup and restore.
I don’t use signal, so can’t advise you on that. For regular SMS I recommend “SMS backup and restore”.
no, Seedvault got integrated (in its hidden form) into Pie. Seedvault is not yet fully helpful: until Android12 (if there are no backports to R) it will respect App backup preference, and some Apps opt out, so a user is unable to backup that App. From A12 and on App preference will be ignored for device2device backup.
I just saw this site (behind the end of this text) of updating an /e/ to a newer version. Can’t I just download the newest Q-edition of e-os for my Galaxy S9 and update it the way anonyme says? Or is then everything I have installed on the phone deleted?
Thank you again,
We talk about /e/ version updates, as that article, and OS upgrades.
I think your intention is to upgrade OS. This is similar to a fresh install, but has to include flashing the manufacture’s ROM on the way. The data partition is deleted in the process, so you loose a lot of “data”. Much of " your own work" is actually still preserved, however we are often advised to ensure that is backed up in case of human error.
Thank you for your answer. If I want to update, I actually only have to backup the Signal, Whatsapp and SMS-data, right? Well, I think better it would be to make a complete backup, but is there any software that can do it for me?