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What you are most likely look for is called "factory reset". As the name suggests, a "factory reset" is supposed to reset the device to its original state, as it was delivered by the factory. What in fact is done by a factory reset is to wipe all user-installed apps and all user data (for the latter, except data stored on sdcard). This can be done either ...


6

There is no alternative for Kies. Kies is the only offical way to update Samsung's Android devices. To unofficially flash/update Samsung devices Odin (for Windows) and Heimdall (for Linux) are the de facto standard. These two a very reliable.


5

Take a look at this thread over at XDA-Developers forum. Someone wrote a Java app to extract the contacts out of the .sbf file into VCard files, which are a lot easier to deal with. Also, in the same thread people report that with the latest version of Kies you can execute a Restore without having a Samsung phone connected to the PC, and extract the ...


5

I found this potential solution. It says to download SG USB Mass Storage Enabler to enable this mode.


5

Chor WaiChun mentioned this on a locked question you posted on StackOverflow: I've seen somewhere stated that this behaviour is because both android and linux run on same kernel, and same situation goes to developing android on mac. Both OS runs in very similar OS kernel with Android, that is why they don't need any drivers. These are just something ...


4

Actually, I believe Samsung has suspended the 4.3 update for now. Have a look here.


4

Using proprietary vendor-software such as Kies for backups usually jails you into that eco-system. If your Galaxy is still available, up, and running, rather use the following steps to transfer your contacts: open the Contacts app hit the menu button select "Import/Export" chose to export your contacts to SDCard (will store in .vcf format) Now you've got a ...


3

On my Galaxy S, turning on USB debug mode in Settings -> Applications -> Development turns off this notification.


3

The hint from Omar proved to be the best for me. I found out that a wallpaper app installed long extension files in my SD card and I happened to find a sub-folder named "cache" inside the folder carrying the app´s name. Once I deleted it and reinserted the usb cable onto the phone, "voilá", the PC recognized it again on MTP mode!!


3

No, the Samsung apps market won't start without a SIM card, because the card is used to determine the country of the user. There is an App called "Kies Air" which allows you to connect your device to the Kies App installed on your PC over WiFi. But I doubt that you are able to upgrade the OS this way. It's more meant for synchronization (calendar, email, ......


3

This issue solved itself over time with no changes needed.


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I had the same problem, did everything I could think of. Finally last night, I decided to try something different. I ran Kies in "Compatibility Mode for XP SP3" it took forever, left the phone plugged in while I went to bed, woke up this morning with 4.1 finally on it. I run a Windows 7 Premium Home 64bit. Not sure if this will help with everyone's ...


3

Just run the Kies with Administrator permission. For windows 7 right click on the "Samsung Kies" or the "Samsung Kies(Lite)" version and select "Run as Administrator"


3

OTA update will depend on the CSC of your phone. CSC is Country Sales Code; it tells you which region your phone can be used in and which networks it will work with. If you are in India (and your phone is connected to an India network), and your phone has CSC for Saudi Arabia, you will not be able to get OTA updates. What you can do is flash a stock ROM for ...


3

What Android version are you on? Check System Settings > About phone > Android version. Kies3 is for Android 4.3 and above. If your Android version is lower, use Kies.


2

Connect to kies in this mode as shown in your photograph. Follow instructions for emergency firmware recovery. It worked for me.


2

You can do this using the native Exchange app on your device. On my Galaxy S5 using Android 6.0, it's in Settings -> Account -> Accounts -> Microsoft Exchange Active Sync -> then I tap on the specific Outlook account I'm trying to sync. Below is a screenshot of what it looks like on that next page. When I had this exact same problem, I found that "Sync ...


2

Kies can and do say that which is quite annoying, due to different regions and the roll outs, some go by carriers as in comes with carrier branding, others by actual region. Its frustrating - I know! :D Go to samfirmware, and use odin to flash it yourself if that's what you want to do. Don't trust Kies in respect to flashing. :) The necessary tools are ...


2

I had the same problem. I fixed it by reinstalling the latest version of Kies and deactivating USB-Debugging BEFORE I connected my phone (Samsung Galaxy XCover) the first time.


2

I couldn't connect my S3 to Kies and tried everything other users posted (usb debugging, scanning pc for viruses, etc...) and I stumbled upon the fix that solved my issue and I've now connected with Kies and have full functionality with Kies and no issues with my S3. THE FIX: On the S3 device: Pull down from top of home screen (swipe from top of screen ...


2

Copy the files directly by mounting your device storage to the PC, don't use Kies. See GAThrawn's comment for details (thanks!).


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Sure, just be aware that doing so you'll lose the warranty! If you want to do it anyway, just go to sammobile.com and look for your phone (just type i9100 in the search box). In the result list, choose your firmware and download it. To flash it, follow these steps: Download ODIN v1.85 from here Unzip the downloaded files, both Odin and the firmware Power ...


2

This feature isn't built into Android, but there is an app - DeskSMS, that allows you to do what you are asking. It does, however, require the use of a browser plugin.


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You might want to take a look at e.g. AirDroid, which offers a little more than just SMS stuff: This app establishes a service on your Android device, and you can connect to it via your favorite Web browser: Manage your files, contacts, SMS, and more. No special client-soft necessary on your PC (except for the Web browser). If you want something more close ...


2

There are multiple ways to copy files between your computer and your Android device: simply connect the two using an USB cable, and mount your Android device's storage to the computer -- then deal with it like with any other drive create "shared folders" on your computer, and use an Android app which can deal with them, like e.g. ES File Explorer File ...


2

Samsung's Kies software only works with Samsung phones running official Samsung ROMs. The only way to get Kies working with your phone would be to put an official Samsung released OS version onto it again.


2

What you are asking for is called UMS or USB Mass Storage. On newer devices, this often got replaced by MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) for several good reasons. Both protocols have their pros and cons. Unfortunately, in most cases the user is not given the choice which one to use (some devices offer this). However, an article at device-recovery.com explains ...


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Source: Samsung FAQs: Cell Phones: What is Kies Lite mode, and what can I do when using it? Kies Lite mode launches the application with a reduced set of features. This uses fewer system resources and lets some key features of Kies run more efficiently. Using Kies Lite mode, you can access and use these features more quickly: Firmware Upgrade, Sync Data, ...


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There is a one-way Google-to-Outlook sync built into Outlook 2010 and 2013, where you generate a link to your calendar via Google Calendar website, and then add the URL to Outlook as an Internet calendar. This way any changes you make on Google side get synchronized to Outlook. Step-by-step walk-through instructions are here: Log into your Google ...


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May have been USB power management. This would have affected recently updated Windows 7 and Windows 8.x. This issue can come from both the Windows OS and the Android OS. For Windows, try https://superuser.com/q/749982/ For Android, try using the developer option "Stay awake", and turn off screen timeout. However, none of the options will keep USB powered up ...


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