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    Automatic cloud backup of feed lists

    Been using BeyondPod since 2009 (!) and have just now run into an issue I wish I was handled by the app.

    1. Old phone broke (water damage)
    2. Getting new phone, but since the old one is broke, I have no way of backing up my list of feeds (which was fairly extensive).

    Would be nice if BeyondPod used an automatic cloud backup of just the feed list (e.g. https://developer.android.com/guide/...ta/backup.html).

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    I would think that the easiest implementation of such a thing would be to start with the existing EpisodeSync code.

    When setting up a new device, "just" sync it with the stored info.

    I don't remember whether EpisodeSync retains categories (?) but this initial sync should obviously allow addition of new feeds and categories.

    Anyway, this would get us going on a new device with minimal fuss.

    Have we had this discussion before? Wouldn't surprise me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Rockwell View Post
    Have we had this discussion before? Wouldn't surprise me...
    I looked, but couldn't find an existing thread, but my search skills may have failed me...

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    Not sure whether it's Marshmallow or Nougat that's supposed to automatically do this properly.

    The current implementation of episode sync doesn't keep a base point - it just tracks changes (new episodes, episodes played, etc.) for a short (two week?) period, so there's no starting point there to retrieve the "backup" from.

    There is certainly a (relatively small) limit to the amount of data that Google's App cloud backup allows you to save, so saving the actual episodes is definitely not a possibility.

    Google search for cloud backup site:http://www.beyondpod.com/forum reveals this:
    http://www.beyondpod.com/forum/showt...o-google-drive


    Julie

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    Ah, I had forgotten that EpisodeSync design decision. Clever idea, but it makes this harder. I would think that storing the full state once in a while might be A Good Thing, especially when trying to bring a new device into sync, which is pretty much what we're discussing. I certainly have feeds that I don't get to for weeks or months at a time (I get subscribe-happy sometimes...).

    I don't believe that anybody really thinks that backing up the episodes themselves is a good idea, but downloading the state (aka syncing), then updating all feeds, should get you pretty much back to where you were.

    You will lose episodes that have been pruned from feeds, but that shouldn't be too bad. You lose all those photos you haven't uploaded, too, so people should at least be marginally aware of that sort of thing.

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    If you're planning to switch or wipe your device, I'd recommend using TitaniumBackup (root required) or Helium App Sync (no root) . They will let you easily backup and restore your podcast list (including downloaded episodes), and all of your settings (categories, sort order, etc.).

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