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I regularly backup my entire phone using Titanium Backup.

For the next two weeks or so, im going to be using my friends phone. Id like to restore a few things from the backup (contacts, some app data etc.) without rooting it. Is there any way?

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You can normally unroot yes, but that's a separate question. – Matthew Read Aug 17 '11 at 3:49
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Titanium stores the .apk's in /sdcard/TitaniumBackup/ and the data in the same folder in zip files. You can click the .apk to install it when viewing in a file manager.

To restore the data, you can extract the zip file on a PC and copy the contents of the data folder (another folder named something like com.domain.appname) to /data/data/ on the device using adb:

adb push com.domain.appname /data/data/

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You just see me double-confused: OP asked without rooting -- so how to access /data/data then? And since when is /data/data read-only -- how should apps store their data then? Another point to take care with this method: for system stuff (here: contacts) a simple copy might break things if the ROMs/Android versions of the two devices differ. Not only hear-say, but my own sad experience ;) – Izzy Apr 5 '13 at 21:26
@Izzy ADB should have access to /data/data without rooting; that's how Carbon works. As for the read-only bit I was apparently thinking of the system partition? :P – Matthew Read Apr 5 '13 at 21:49
1) look at the date -- no Carbon then (and Android 4.0 was released only 10/2011). 2) No, that's not how Carbon works. Carbon does not copy, but is simply a frond-end to adb backup and adb restore (I can give you more details in chat if you want). 3) yes, for r/o you most likely had /system in mind :) – Izzy Apr 5 '13 at 21:59
So peeps, I'm also interested in backing up and MOST IMPORTANTLY RESTORING application data, can this carbon/adb do that on a NON-ROOTED device? A new tablet with warranty on 4.2.2. Just a simple answer with a pinch of hint, thank you. – JasonXA Apr 14 '15 at 16:17
@emm980 It's called Helium now and yes, the entire point is to backup & restore apps and data without root. – Matthew Read Apr 14 '15 at 16:40

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