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The title says it all. Say I have an application, a game for instance. Which I wish to uninstall from my phone, and reinstall sometime in the future. However, I don't want my game save to be lost.

Is it possible to uninstall an app but to keep its data?

Thanks in advance.

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Try this program SD Maid.

Open program, go to AppControl tab and click the app you want. There is an option called, "Remove app but keep its data".


I'm not sure but it might require root.

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+1. Will test. Thanks –  Madara Uchiha May 26 '12 at 16:22
As of February 2013, the latest version of SD Maid requires root to remove an app and keep its data. If your phone isn’t rooted, SD Maid can’t help with this. –  Rory O'Kane Feb 22 '13 at 21:58
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Eventually, simply uninstalling and reinstalling normally worked! Turns out data is saved this way or another.

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I'm pretty sure this isn't true for most apps. When you uninstall an app, everything in /data/data/<packagename> is thrown away. Maybe your app saved to a different location or has cloud saves. –  lunboks Aug 30 '13 at 15:32
@lunboks: Perhaps, but since it worked for me, I accepted it. It's clear that the better answer would be to use some sort of backup app, just in case, and it reflects by the answer with most votes :) –  Madara Uchiha Aug 30 '13 at 15:54

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