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How can I save and recover the position of icons and folders?

They get wiped every time I patch Android.

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Which device do you have? Version? Any particular home launcher? – Sparx Jun 8 '11 at 11:00
Phones: Samsung Galaxy S II (2.33), SonyEricsson Xpedia X10 (2.1) Mini, Tablet: Advent Vega (2.2). I'm not using any home launchers on any of them - maybe I should! – Techboy Jun 8 '11 at 12:49
Definitely give some a try. Most 3rd-party launchers allow you to backup and restore their settings and desktop configurations (except for widgets, which is a limitation of the OS itself.) – Chahk Jun 8 '11 at 14:03
up vote 4 down vote accepted

If you're using LauncherPro go to your home screen, press Menu -> Preferences ->Backup homescreen & settings to backup and Restore backup is in the same place. This can't restore your widgets but remembers their places though. Also some app-specific shortcuts need to be recreated (in my case, shortcuts to K-9 Mail mailboxes).

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Thanks, I might try LauncherPro. – Techboy Jun 8 '11 at 12:50
In installed Launcher Pro and it was okay. Then I later restarted my phone and it wouldn't restart, so I have had to perform a factory reset :-((( Other people have had the same issue i.e.… and… So I won't be installing that again :-( – Techboy Jun 24 '11 at 9:04

I am using Go Launcher Ex Home launcher which saves the current configuration and we can restore it whenever we need. If you have a different launcher check for Backup/Restore configuration settings.

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