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Basic question about rooting stock US WiFi Xoom

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    Question Basic question about rooting stock US WiFi Xoom

    Is there any realistic way to root a Xoom without losing all data and apps already installed? Every guide I've read starts with step 1 - unlock your bootloader (note: This will wipe your Xoom!). I rooted my HTC Desire without losing anything (except my warranty!) and recently rooted my Motorola Electrify (US Cellular's version of the Photon) and again, didn't lose anything. Is there any way to root a Xoom like that, or does Root = "empty Xoom"?

    My primary reason for wanting to root is to be able to install root-only apps like an ad-blocker.

    I am in the quandry of what is more important to me - no ads in my web surfing or spending the time it will take to re-install all of my apps, replace all of my shortcuts, etc if I have to wipe my Xoom.

    Is there perhaps anything similar to Titanium Backup that will let me save everything on my Xoom so it can be quickly restored?

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    Have you looked at "My Backup Pro"? (https://market.android.com/details?i...ackupPro&hl=en) I have not tried it, but it says backing up apps is available, and it talks about it outside of the "Root Only Features" area. You can give that a shot. Currently tho, your SOL on unlocking without a wipe... it's Motorola's built in function, as soon as you hit oem unlock, it comes up saying it's about to wipe your data clean off the Xoom... not sure why Moto did it that way, but there currently is no way around it (I doubt there ever will be either).

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    You will be able to redownload all your paid and free apps once you sign back into google. There's also an app that's been mentioned here, app saver, it will back up all except private apps to your sdcard. Any pictures, movies or music on internal storage will need to be moved to your PC or you'll lose it too.



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    well... poop... I was afraid that was what the answer was going to be...

    At least Motorola gives us the option, still sucks that there isn't an easier way...

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    Have you gotten the OTA ICS update yet? The new adb drivers have a backup option now. I used that and was able to restore everything except my live wallpaper and widgets. [GUIDE] Full Phone Backup without Unlock or Root - xda-developers

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    Oh, thanks Claudermilk, I will give that a go!


 

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