Use this tag if you have issues with backups (of apps, settings, documents) on your Android device. As this is a quite generic tag, please use a more specific tag if applicable, for example 'nandroid', 'titanium-backup', 'clockwork-mod'. For restoring your backups, 'restore' is the more appropriate ...

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How to access Android APKs without rooting

I recently bought a 7" Android ICS tablet as a gift for a friend. Unfortunately it's not a Store supported device, so I can't download from the Store. There are a number of sites that allow you to ...
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can't update, can't do a factory reset

I have a Nexus S running Android 2.3.4. For a while now it's been trying to prompt me to install newer versions. Every time I try, it restarts, displays the cute robot error screen and doesn't come ...
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Full Backup of non-rooted devices (Android version 2.3.X and below) [duplicate]

This question is NOT a duplicate of this question but of an follow-up because the answers over there does not provided any solution for Android version 2.3.X and below. In that question - Full Backup ...
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How to factory reset without data loss and undue pain?

I ran into a serious SMS bug, which knowledgeable users seem to be saying means the SMS message database is corrupt (source 1, source 2). This is consistent with my current experience. In my case I ...
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How to restore ColorNote notes after factory reset?

I forgot to backup my notes before factory reset and now apparently I have lost them all. Before doing factory reset though, Back up my data option in Settings >> Backup & Restore was checked but ...
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How to read out the data in HTC Desire SMS backup file?

Unfortunately my HTC Desire SMS app crashed (HTC official android 2.2), all SMS and MMS were lost. When I tried to recover from a previously backed up SMS file (generated by Desire SMS app), but it ...
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Android phone lost, what data can I get onto new phone?

Sorry about the clumsy question. My Android HTC Magic was lost/stolen last night. I had an unlock swipe code, power-on SIM code and have called the phone company and had it blocked, so not too ...
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Cloning an application with its full data store between devices

Given a generic application I would like to transfer it, full with its own data, to another device or to the emulator. After restoring the application and its /data/data/com.app directory it should ...
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How to Backup and Restore Android OS without Rooting [duplicate]

I want to find a way to restore my phone in case the process of rooting my phone or dual booting a custom rom breaks it. However, most of the ones I've looked at require the phone to be rooted before ...
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Backup and restore CM10 on broken razr

My problem is a little bit complicated, I have a Razr (XT910) motorola phone, the screen is cracked and unusable, the tech support of my carrier (in Mexico) is unable to get the display from motorola.....
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Image a phone and browse on computer emulator?

I have a galaxy nexus (stock OS). During its use I have used WeChat and WhatsApp, and would like to save my chat and voice histories within these programs. Does a way exist to image my current phone ...
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How can I transfer my all contacts from old HTC Wildfifre android 2.1 to LG Optimus Vu

I just want to transfer all contacts from old HTC Wildfire with android version 2.1 to new LG Optimus Vu with android version 4.0. I have used different apps but still I am unable to transfer contacts ...
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What is the relation between ROM Manager, ClockworkMod and Nandroid? Which one(s) do I need?

So I understand the first thing I need to do with my phone, after rooting, is to back everything up. But I was confused about 3 of the apparently popular tools used for this. For example, is Nandroid ...
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Automatically delete local photos that have been backed up by Google+

I use Google+ to automatically back up any photos taken with my phone. Unfortunately my phone has only 8GB storage. Is there a way to automatically delete the local copies of photos that have already ...
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How to restore a Helium backup?

I am transfering to a new phone, and I backed up my stuff using helium to Dropbox. Later I copied that folder to carbon folder on my sdcard, but helium doesnt seem to detect it. Any idea how I can ...
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What's the difference between a NANDroid backup and an ADB backup?

Could anyone explain the difference between a backup made using NANDroid and a backup made using ADB i.e. using the adb backup command? I've read that both are capable of creating full system ...
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Import data from ColorNote app?

I have lost my Android phone but I have backup of my SD-card on which I have backup of my ColorNote app. How can I get all my notes from that backup? NOTE: I am using iPhone now so don't have a ...
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How to backup&restore Android device?

i have a new Nexus 4 (i.e. Jellybean 4.2.1), and i want to backup my current Nexus 4 and restore it onto the new Nexus 4. How can i do that? i've tried going into Settings -> Backup & reset -> ...
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Can I backup my APN settings?

Where are my Access Point Names stored in the file system? Can I back them up via adb shell? My phone is unlocked (AT&T Contract. Le sigh.) and I'm inching towards modding it but I want to be ...
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How can I backup my contact list without rooting my phone?

Up until now, I was always storing my new contact phone numbers on my SIM card because that way, when I buy a new phone, I have all my numbers transfered automatically. However, it really is nice to ...
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Can I manually download my wifi settings to my Android device from my Google account?

I just purchased my fourth ever Android device - An HSPA+ Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone. When I purchased my second and third devices (Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and an Asus Transformer Pad TF300T), I ...
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How do I access .img files with yaffs2?

I've tried mounting them in Ubuntu, no luck, mount does not recognize the yaffs2 file system. I've tried yaffs2utils and ./unyaffs2 but it doesn't actually unpack the img files, I've posted an issue ...
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Retaining applications and settings when flashing custom ROMs

The one thing that's been keeping me from flashing a custom Jelly Bean ROM on my Verizon Galaxy S3 (SCH-I535) is the fact that, unlike OTA updates, when I update my phone with a custom ROM, I'll lose ...
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How to backup data on a non-booting, unrooted phone?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 (SGH-I747 for AT&T) that is not rooted. Recently it started shutting down in the middle of use and not start up again. At first, plugging it into the charger would get ...
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How can I backup and restore Cyanogenmod 12.1 rom installed on my Samsung Galaxy 2 i9100?

Cyanogenmod(12.1)'s recovery has no backup or restore option. As I read in the answer of a previous post, CyanogenMod recovery is basic, so we should flash another recovery. The easiest way would be ...
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Is it possible to clone a Phone then flash image on other phones?

Background I deal with a lot of Galaxy S5s and spend a considerable amount of time duplicating the settings and installing the same applications on each. Because of the repetitive nature, I'm sure ...
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How to do backups and updates properly with full device encryption?

I think about the following use cases: 'Perfectly' reverse encryption without losing settings Update ROMs. Even if /system, /data, /sdcard (internal) are encrypted Low level Backups with CWM. When ...
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What does Settings->Privacy Settings->Back up my data do?

I'm Running 2.3 Gingerbread. There is a setting Settings->Privacy Settings->Back up my data If checked, what data does this back up? Where is it backed up? How do I restore it?
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Is there any way to check the backup that android does?

Today I have been researching a bit about the Android backup options (Since I have seen some people having to lose all their data due to ICS serious bugs). From now, I prefer to use native options, ...
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What is the clockworkmod blobs folder good for?

I recently upgraded my clockworkmod recovery image to version 6.x and noticed that there's now a new blobs folder in the /sdcard/clockworkmod/ directory: /sdcard/clockworkmod # ls -l drwxrwxrwx 3 ...
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Is there an open source or other equilvent to Android Sync Manager? [closed]

I am looking any suggestions of an an open source package or web software that I can manage both my Android devices (Galaxy 10.1 tab/Galaxy S Smartphone. My computer OS is Ubuntu. I want to be able ...
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Is it possible to do a complete image backup of an Android device via USB connected to a Windows PC without the Android device being rooted?

I recently purchased a Nexus 7 tablet from Google and I also have a Samsung Skyrocket from AT&T. Neither of the devices is rooted. I'm not too enthusiastic yet about rooting either of them, ...
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How to verify an ADB backup file is complete and in a good state?

This is not a duplicate of How to verify a backup file from ADB backup. The poster there probably didn't know that an unrooted phone requires -nosystem (ref) and ended with a 0 byte file, where my ...
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What can be saved before factory reset?

My phone has a GPS problem and service says the need to wipe it completely. They are probably just lazy and would rather do it the easy way. C'est la vie. The phone is SGS unrooted 2.3.4 - Touch Wiz. ...
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How do I read Hike messenger back up files?

I am trying to restore the backup of Hike messenger but have been unsuccessful, but for some reason it is not recognizing the old backup. Is there any way to open it or read it on the PC?
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Multi User Backup

On a tablet I have a situation where I have multiple users with multiple accounts, and I am trying to have the phone's state backed up in such a way that if I upgrade the operating system, every user'...
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My Android phone screen is un-usable, how do I transfer all my data to a new phone?

My current phone (Samsung Galaxy POP) running Andoid 2.2 has all its data including contacts and messages stored in the SD card + SIM card. However the touch screen of that phone has been damaged and ...
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Can I merge two, or more, separate Titanium backups

In this case I'm looking to restore SMS messages from Titanium. I have made a backup of all SMS. Then I started on a new ROM without restoring SMS. I then made a new backup of the current SMS. Is it ...
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Clone and distribute Android 4 device with preloaded applications

This may be related to Clone Android Device but I don't think it fits my need. I'm looking to accomplish something similar to Sysprep for Windows, which would allow me to distribute Android devices ...
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What does TRWP backup include?

If I would take a backup via TRWP, does it include all my apps, app data, messages, contacts or it would just take backup of the ROM only, so I could get a fresh ROM with factory restored when I ...
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Samsung Galaxy - Import contacts from sbu file

I'd a Samsung Galaxy i551. I've done a backup using Kies and it saved a .sbu file. Now I don't have the phone any more and I'd like to export this information to some useful format or at least to view ...
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Can I build an APK from an installed app and its data?

I would like to take an installed app, including its data, from a rooted Android device and produce from it an APK suitable for installing on a non-rooted Android device. Is this possible? Edit: ...
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Restoring messages from ClockworkMod backup

Here's the story. Today my phone (modded with Cyanogen mod) started bootlooping. So, I did a ClockworkMod backup and went about installing the latest version of Cyanogen mod. When that was done, I ...
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How to switch sd cards when using a data2whatever (d2w) custom ROM?

I'm currently running MIUI XJ (Gingerbread 2.3.5) with d2w on my HTC Desire with the 4GB sd card it was shipped with, but as I found the joy of the occasional ROM-switch, I found myself running out of ...
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How do I take a full image backup of an Android device? [duplicate]

I am trying to do a full system image backup of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. It is unrooted at present, and is running Android Kitkat 4.4.2 . I have no desire of rooting it as of now. I have tried ...
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Recursive adb pull

How to copy a whole directory (and all of its content recursively) over USB with adb pull? For instance to backup the SD card. Attempt: $ adb pull /sdcard backup failed to copy '/sdcard' to 'backup':...
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How do I save sms messages e.g. to SIM?

Today have fired up my new Samsung Galaxy S II. To find that managing SMS messages is not as intuitive as on my old - non-smart Sony Ericsson. Cant seem to find a way to save messages to SIM - or ...
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Switch ROMs, still seamlessly use Apps and its data

I am presently using a rooted LG P500 running stock 2.3.3. I am very fond of trying various ROMs and recently got hooked to unofficial CM10 Android 4.1.1 (JellyBean). Working with such unofficials or ...
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Can you dump the contents of your phone (os + apps + data) and run that in an emulator/Android Studio?

Is there a way to dump the contents of your phone (OS + apps + data) and run them on a PC in an emulator of some sort? I feel like there are security implications to being able to do this but with ...
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No confirm prompt when trying to use adb backup

I'm trying to do an adb backup of my Galaxy S3 (i747m), but after receiving the "Now unlock your device and confirm the backup operation" order from adb, I never receive the prompt on the device. It ...