Originally Posted by ace2153
I'm just curious before I root my phone would it be best to back my phone up to my laptop the factory reset it then root it?
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Backing up your phone before making any changes is always recommended. But since it's not rooted you may not be able to perform a full backup. I have heard about an app called Carbio which can backup data without root but I have never used it.
You may use the Samsung and Google's device backup features to retain your contacts and settings. You can copy all your files, pictures to your laptop.
Personally I would not advise to perform a factory reset unless you are upgrading(major upgrades 4.3->4.4), downgrading(4.3->4.3) or switching between different ROMs (AOSP, Touchwiz).
Factory reset will delete all your app data, settings and you will have to start all over again.