I backed up one galaxy S3 and did a restore on another. Then I try to boot the new one and I get a message "Unfortunately the process android.process.acore has stopped". After hitting OK a few times I get Unfortunately TouchWiz has stopped. Then back to the first message. I can't get past this msg. I thought that maybe I should do another Restore but I can't get to anything cause this happens as soon as I boot.

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    Did both devices run the same Android version? If not, did you use the Migrate option in TB on restore? And did you restore system stuff -- or only your apps+settings? Restoring system stuff to a different device often is a bit tricky... – Izzy Sep 23 '12 at 17:05
  • the Android on both are 4.0.4. No I did't check the Migrate option. But the build of the number of the Baseband are different. Could this be a problem? I selected Apps+settings I don't remember seeing an option for restoring system stuff. – Alex Sep 23 '12 at 18:00

In short, never ever back up system apps and settings from one handset and restore to another, that is exactly what happens! :)

Mismatches with system app's key signature conflicts with another's ROM's key signature, and variants of settings as well may not exist on the other, all of those can lead to breakages such as what the OP is experiencing.

The only way to get that back, is to perform a factory reset to restore everything back to its original state.

  • How can I do a factory reset? – Alex Sep 23 '12 at 18:03
  • Go into Settings > Backup & reset > Factory data reset, that's in ICS fwiw :) – t0mm13b Sep 23 '12 at 18:20
  • but the whole point is that I can't get to Settings! I can't get past this message. – Alex Sep 23 '12 at 18:43
  • Oo damn, my bad... hummm... get the original firmware for your handset and manually flash it with odin. – t0mm13b Sep 23 '12 at 19:21
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    @Alex You can do a factory reset without going via settings. Steps are described here: Galaxy S3 - Factory Reset. – Izzy Sep 23 '12 at 20:23

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