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How to Back Up the EFS on Samsung Devices

We learned on our previous article that the EFS folder is a very important folder to back up regardless if you plan to mess with it or not. There have been horror stories of those who simply failed at flashing their smartphones a couple of times and ended up losing their IMEI.

Before you start messing with your device in any way other than the normal operation, one must back up all the things you can back up. Today, we learn about actually backing up the EFS folder.

Preparing for Backup

As temperamental as Kies is, that will happen if you're rooted or not, lol. It will work for a long stretch of time and the break the day you need it, or vice versa. Just keep trying. Many said they have better luck if they let the computer recognize that the S4 is connected (shows up in Devices) before launching Kies. Please input your phone, including area code, ex: (704) 555-5555.

Power Levels

Before you back up your EFS folder, there are some things you need to get your hands on. First is to have your Samsung smartphone on full power, making sure there would be no interruption in the process.

Backup Program

Another thing you need is an EFS Backup software. For the sake of the tutorial, we would be working with the EFS Pro application developed by lyriquidperfection of XDA Developers. You can go directly to his thread, or maybe just go to the download page from here:

From there, simply click on the download button as shown in the image below.

USB Debugging

On your smartphone, you need to enable it for USB Debugging mode. If you don’t know how to do that, a comprehensive guide can be found in one of our earlier blog posts:

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USB Mode

We also need to make sure that your device is set up to interact with the program rather than offer up the mass storage mode. Depending on your device, you may have to set it up differently.

On some of the newer phones, this means keeping the phone on MTP connection. There would be no other option to use since both the mass storage and interactive connection has been merged using the MTP protocol.

On some of the older phones, upon connecting the smartphone, it would prompt you for the type of connection you want to use. Otherwise, you need to navigate to the USB Options found on the “Wireless and Networks” settings. The appropriate connection type would usually be labeled as “Samsung Kies” for both situations.

PC Status

For the sake of the EFS Pro application, you should also install the Microsoft .Net 4.0 framework so that the program can run smoothly. Currently, this program runs only on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

You can download the installer here:

Running EFS Pro

Extract the downloaded file into any directory you want. Open the folder and look for the “EFS Pro.exe”. Run it like you would a normal program. A reminder would tell you to enable USB Debugging in case you skipped that part of the guide. Choose “Ok” to proceed.

The application will go through the initialization process. Once complete, a window will fade in that looks like this:

Making a Backup

To make a backup of your EFS, you need to identify first where you plan to keep that backup image. You can either save it to the phone, the PC or both. Back-ups are best stored on both if you still have space on your smartphone. Otherwise, make sure to keep it safe within your PC.

Once you have decided where to save the backup, simply click the “Backup EFS” button. The process would reflect at the bottom of the window with the black background. Once completed, the last line it should say is “Operation Finished!”

To ensure that you always have this data ready, make other copies of the backup and make sure to have it stored in different media as well. You can download and flash a new ROM anytime, but you can’t find another copy of your phone’s EFS data anywhere. It is a unique file that should be kept safe to keep you away from Samsung repair centers.

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Download Samsung kies for windows 7

Samsung kies is software that is compatible with two major OS platforms in this regard. It makes sure that the best is provided when it comes to Windows and Mac OS. Within the Windows domain it is compatible with windows 7 and windows 8/8.1. All the later versions of Windows are also compatible with the kies 3 which makes it one of those programs that are compatible with all the platforms in this regard. When it comes to Windows 7 there are several things that kies 3 can do with the Samsung mobile phones and below are listed some of these in a great detail:

1. Device Update

The firmware will be updated automatically if the device is connected to kies installed on win 7. The new firmware upgrade will be notified and the user can download and update the device with few clicks. The process is really simple and there is no hassle involved at all. The software update is necessary in this regard as it will make sure that the users not only get their devices up to the mark but also get the best out of the built in capabilities of the program.

2. Data Transfer

The kies is also known for transferring the photos videos and other memorable moments to the PC so that the data could be saved and secured. This process is also fairly simple and for the same reason it is to be noted that the user should make sure that the right button i.e. export to PC is clicked so that there is never an issue in this regard and the process moves on in a steady manner.

3. Music Management

There is a music management service embedded within the kies and for the same reason it is easy to manage the entire music contents that have been saved onto the device. With just a single click the music is not only transferred but the kies can also be used as a music player to make sure that the songs are searched and arranged with ease and satisfaction of the user.

4. Backup Creation

All the important content of the device is the backed with the help of this software. The program itself never do any of the work to save the data in any type of cloud platform but it acts as an interface to make sure that the device communicates with the computer. In case of any misadventure it is very easy to get the device data as it would have been saved on multiple locations.

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5. Download Link

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There are tens of thousands of websites that can be used to make sure that the software is downloaded, installed and even upgraded in case any new version is upgraded. The downloading is always recommended to be done from the official website of the Samsung and for the same reason it is to be noted that the URL http://www.samsung.com/us/kies/ should be used for authentic download and to get the latest version.

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Samsung kies 3 supported models

Samsung kies 3 is an upgraded version of the software program and for the same reason it only supports all those devices that are running android 4.3 and later versions. There are several upgrades that have been introduced in this program and it has been made sure that the devices of the Samsung that are supporting the Jelly bean android versions are made compatible with this program. There is a long list of the devices that are compatible with the kies 3 and some of them have been listed as follows just for the users to understand:

  • Recent Galaxy mobile devices and tablets (From Galaxy S2)

Samsung kies 2.6 supported models

kies 2.6 is a relatively older version and to make sure that the best is taken out of the software there is a simple rule to remember i.e. the Samsung devices that are launched till September 2012 is supported by the kies 2.6. In order to make sure that the best is selected in terms of handsets some of these handsets are also mentioned in the list below just to enlighten the user in this regard to make sure that they never get into trouble by plugging in wrong handsets which would never be detected by the software:

  • Samsung Galaxy S3
  • Samsung Wave Y S5380
  • Samsung TOCCO quick tap
  • Samsung Omnia M S7530
  • Samsung Vibrant Android Smartphone
  • Samsung Replenish
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Problem installing Samsung kies on Win7 64bit and the solution

There are several issues that are related to the installation of the kies on the windows 7. The most common issue in this regard is the fact that the user is not able to install the kies due to blue screen of death that appears when the installation is nearly completed but not in full. When it comes to solution it is fairly simple and has been described as below:

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  • The Java is to be downloaded and installed from the official website.
  • The kies software is again to be downloaded and installed.
  • Once it has been done the update of the kies has to be run once again to make sure that the problem is resolved.
  • It will resolve the issue on Win 7 64 bits forever and the bug will be removed automatically.

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If the Java has been pre installed then it is advised to uninstall and re-install it to get the issue resolved in full.