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I have to set up 50+ plus phones for my company, and I am allowed to root the phones. Each phone needs to have the exact same WIFI SSID's / passwords, account / privacy settings, brightness, input methods, etc. Repeating the exact same manual setup 50 times seems a bit tedious..

Where are the phone settings stored? Can I simply adb push the settings to each device? The phones are Samsung Galaxy Pockets.

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If all phones are of same brand/model/Os etc. you can configure one to your satisfaction and then take a Nandroid backup and restore it to all phones. – Narayanan Mar 4 '13 at 8:12
@Narayanan - I've considered that, but it seems there are no bootloaders / tools out that can make nandroid backups of Galaxy Pockets. – aggregate1166877 Mar 4 '13 at 8:15
I found a webpage that helps user to install CWM recovery in S5300 a.k.a Galaxy Pocket. If I am correct, CMW had nandroid backup facility. – Narayanan Mar 4 '13 at 8:25
@Narayanan - Unfortunately the link on that page is broken. However, your link led me to finding this. Going to test now – aggregate1166877 Mar 4 '13 at 9:10
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As it turns out, there is no magic file or directory that contains all settings. They are stored in various places, and depends greatly on how the manufacturer decides to set things up. I primarily work with Samsung phones, so the information here will mostly be Samsung oriented. Also, note that all of the below requires root access. If anyone has anything to add / rectify, feel free to comment.

First off, I have found that "copying settings" is not always the best way to go. You can do nandroid backups and restores, which pretty much clones one phone to another. If you're technical enough, and you're using Samsung, then creating your own odin image might be an even better option as it doesn't rely on you or someone else having created nandroid / recovery support.

The Settings

General settings:
Settings are mostly stored in the /data subdirectory. If you're looking for something specific, start there.

Built-in apps:
Built-in apps tend to keep their settings in /data/data/* and /data/data/*
For example:
Contacts: /data/data/
Email accounts: /data/data/
MMS: /data/data/

WiFi settings location depends on the manufacturer, but is generally predictable.
Samsung Galaxy Pocket, S2, S3: /data/misc/wifi/wpa_supplicant.conf
Samsung Tab: /data/wifi/bcm_supp.conf
HTC Desire: /data/misc/wifi/wpa_supplicant.conf
Dell Streak: /data/misc/wifi/wpa.conf

Keyboard configs:
I have had to disable hardware keys, reconfigure layouts, or alter general keyboard behaviour before. The exact file name tends to be different on every phone, but I've found the config files to always be in /system/usr/keylayout/. Be careful, as breaking those could render your phone unusable.

Most miscellaneous settings like product information, boot sounds, and enabling / disabling the on-screen nav bar are stored in /system/build.prop. Breaking this config file could bootloop your device.

If I find more information, I'll add later.

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Some of those directories require root access.. – t0mm13b Jun 12 '13 at 12:57
@t0mm13b - Oops, forgot to mention. Edited. – aggregate1166877 Jun 12 '13 at 13:00
All of those directories require root access to write to. – afrazier Jun 12 '13 at 13:55
Can you please point out locations where brightness and volume level are stored ? – JRC Jun 9 '15 at 9:26

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