I need clarification/cofirmation here as I am in a spot of bother... Let's say that my Z1C was accidentally restored to factory settings
and in the process I lost all contacts and messages.
I have now set out to try and retrieve them. After checking some software, which according to the developers, is capable of doing that it turns out that I should most certainly root the phone, otherwise the program(s) will not be able to search for this data (this information is virtually on every program's website).
Since my phone is still on warranty (and will be for some considerable time to come) I am not that eager to go all the way and unlock the bootloader. So my objective is to have root access with the bootloader locked. Now, I had a long read of the thread started by Darkimmortal
on how to root Z1C without unlocking bootloader forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2634196
and before I download gigabytes and take the plunge the milion dollar question is
DO I WIPE THE WHOLE PHONE IN THIS PROCESS?
I know that in the OP it says
Take a full backup, as all phone memory INCLUDING INTERNAL SD will be wiped.
but then we have a catch22 situation - need root to recover data, rooting will wipe all data
So basically is there a way to root the phone without loosing the data I am after?