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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Is this the right way to use dd for a full backup?

Sadly my device (sm-g3185) isn't supported by any of the CWM or NANDbackup so I am trying to do a backup manually. I found this thread which tells me to open one terminal (I'm on Arch Linux) and run: ...
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How to recover or reset “current backup password”

Yesterday there a bunch of app updates, I didn't pay much attention to which ones, there were perhaps 8 or 10. Since then my phone has shutoff and/or rebooted unexpectedly at least 8 times. 4 times ...
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How do I fully back up an Xperia Z2 phone?

I'm thinking about moving onto a custom ROM, but I don't want to permanently lose any DRM keys. How do I go about fully backing up the contents of the phone before mucking around with it?
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Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread: Sort and do a cloud backup of photos

I have a Samsung Galaxy Y and I want to sort camera pictures and do a cloud backup. Is it possible using the standard Gallery app and any other of it's factory resources? I know Google Photos would ...
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Is adb backup usable in case of soft-brick?

Let's assume I create a backup of my phone with this command: adb backup -apk -shared -all When I want to install Xposed framework it warns me that the phone maybe trap in re-booting or suffer from ...
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How can I backup and restore Google Now Launcher home-screen layouts?

The only times I've seen a successful restore of the Google Now Launcher home-screen layout is when it is the default launcher from the onset as the installer goes through it's motions. Restoring a ...
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Change the default backup time of WhatsApp messages

The default backup time for WhatsApp is specific (in my case, it's 4:00 AM). Although we can manually backup at any time, how do we change the default backup time?
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Is there a way to keep an old Android installation as virtual machine?

With PCs I have made good experiences virtualizing the machine when changing to a new system (e.g., buy a new computer, change the operation system). Doing this, you can preserve your old system and ...
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Unable to permanently forget a WiFi network

I have an 802.11ac router at home with both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz connections and separate SSIDs for each. In most parts of my home, the 5Ghz connection is utterly useless, which I learned the hard way from ...
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Android phone keeps rebooting, how can I save my data?

I hope this question fits this site, as in my opinion the problem is caused by Android. My problem is that my phone froze all of the sudden while browsing settings, and ever since the first freeze it ...
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Read/write application data on android

I want to view data of a specific application and ideally modify the data and upload it back. I know the application data files are implicitly protected to prevent malicious application stealing ...
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How to backup/restore specific apps for factory reset?

I have a Nexus 7 2013 and now with Android 5.0 I would like to get rid of all the try and error I made with my first tablet through a factory reset. I want to backup and restore most of my apps but ...
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Does Samsung KIES backup hidden photos in galery?

I made a hard reset on a friend's SAMSUNG I9082 GRAN DUOS and he forgot to tell me about his hidden items. On the KIES I selected all the possible options to keep, like a full backup (including ...
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How to Backup when Samsung G S3 not booting stuck at Samsung logo?

How to Backup when Samsung Galaxy S3 not booting stuck at Samsung text logo? I can boot in the "Android System Recovery" Mode using "Volume Up"+"Home"+"Power". I don't have ADB USB Debug set up. ...
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What is the purpose of an app disallowing backups (android:allowBackup=“false”)?

I'm asking specifically because Helium (the application formerly known as Carbon) uses root permissions to do data backups and with root I can manually (through the shell or Root Explorer) back up ...
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Is there a way to backup contents of internal SD, while preserving the file's modification date?

I'm having problems with my internal flash storage (namely not being able to create folders in root, which prevents some apps from working, plus periodic unmounts), and I have tried unsuccessfully to ...
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Can I transfer pre-installed apps from a device with a broken screen to a different one?

So I have an Ematic Funtab Mini running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS that now has a broken screen that is totally unresponsive. I also have a Craig 7" TouchScreen Tablet running Google Android ...
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Backup Wifi SSID and password on SGSII

I updated my sgs2 [I9100] to JB, I want it to format or wipe that clean and stable install. I can backup everything except wifi keys. I guess kies seems have it, but it was not work before. How can I ...
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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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Get data/data/com.android.browser/databases/webview.db from backup.ab

I followed Nikolay Elenkov's method of unpacking backup.ab. Is it possible to get data/data/com.android.browser/databases/webview.db from backup.ab?
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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 ...
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How can I import / export contacts as VCF in Sony Xperia Tipo Dual

I'm using a Sony Xperia Tipo Dual with ICS. I need to backup my contacts with or without linked contacts. Does anyone know the exact procedure to export contacts in VCF format; either directly to PC ...
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BackupManager causing my phone to reboot

Every ~2 hours my phone reboots itself, it started doing this 2-3 days ago, I may have installed/uninstalled some apps around that time but I don't remember exactly. I've gotten a screenshot of the ...
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What is the safest way to perform backups of my partitions?

The partitions on my phone are visible on /dev/mts/mtsX, and I'd like to copy the contents of those files onto my sd card for safe keeping. Is it safe to just say: cat /dev/mtd/mtd0 > ...
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MyTouch 3G Slide screen went Blank?

I have contacted Tmobile and they are going to be resending me a replacement. But I am wondering what all is stored on my phone that I am losing access to? And is there potential for when I send it ...
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Creating a backup with adb results in 41 byte file

I have an old droid RAZR Maxx (4.1.2) that I decided I want to root, but I want to make a backup first just in case. I've followed instructions from this site: ...
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Is an android 5.1 adb backup incompatible with android 6.0?

I recently loaded Cyanogenmod 13 on my nexus 4. Prior to flashing, I did a full adb backup and an app data backup for com.king.candycrushsaga. The only thing that seems to need restoring is the ...
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How to extract .backup files created by android stock recovery?

I'm using Coolpad note 3 lite, running Android 5.1. I created internal memory backup using stock recovery. Files were created in this format: userdata_yyyymmdd_HHMMSS.backup = 2GB ...
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Where is CM's Appollo's favorite playlist stored, can I export it?

I've been using CM's Apollo as music player and it's doing it's work perfectly, but i'd like to export my favorites (play)list to my PC. With BlueMuze i can export my self made playlists in .m3u ...
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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 an app's complete data when phone is stuck in bootloop

My rooted Moto G is stuck in a bootloop. I want to backup a specific app. usb-debugging is enabled. I have access to bootloader and twrp recovery. I have tried wiping cache and dalvik cache and even ...
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Restore SMS messages from a rooted phone with a broken screen to an unrooted phone

I'm trying to restore my SMS text messages from my rooted Nexus 5 with a broken screen (no display or touch capabilities) to my functioning but unrooted Nexus 5X. I can turn the rooted phone to ...
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Transfering MMS messes up group chats

I've tried three different tools, "My Backup Pro", "Easy Backup & Restore", and the backup/restore feature of "GO SMS Pro" to transfer my texts from one Android phone to a new one. Regardless of ...
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Fix SELinux labels after restoring /data on CM 12.1

I restored an automatic backup on Cyanogenmod 12.1 created with rsync of my /data partition, but now SELinux is denying apps access to their data. Disabling SELinux "fixes" this problem, but can I ...
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Cyanogenmod 13 - Bootloop

I recently was playing on my PC while I noticed an update on my Oneplus One. As every other update I just downloaded it and let it flash automatically. The next thing I noticed was that it just kept ...
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Whatsapp encryption key location

I have an old phone (Galaxy S3 international unbrandedand) and I would like to decrypt my whatsapp backup files (crypt8, as recent as the latest backup which is always at 4 AM, I think). I've googled ...
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Create burnable image of Android?

I'm using a tool to flash an Android device with a .img file. The tool is called USB Flash Burner. What this tool does is you boot the Android device up while pressing a paperclip in the reset ...
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Is Kies a good way to backup phone data for use on another phone?

I currently own a Galaxy S3, and later this month I will be upgrading to an S6. I have rooted my S3, and as such have disabled a lot of the sync and backup services, including Backup Assistant. If I ...
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Can downloaded Android emails be backed up?

Helpfully the nice chaps at TalkTalk accidentally deleted my mailbox. They are in process of trying to recover it but is not looking promising. I have a snapshot of some of the emails downloaded to ...
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HTC Sync Manager not recognizing One M8 after unlocking bootloader

I unlocked my boot loader and tried to restore from htc sync. nothing works. it recognizes for a split second and then says that update needed. this device needs to connect with the latest version of ...
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No SIM card detected — factory reseted and now it works. What now?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S 5 rooted and flashed CyanogenMod 12.1 on it (Android 5.1.1). Everything always have worked fine. Earlier this week, I have installed a new app in my phone. Although I cannot ...
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Back up all what app chats as text file and not as what app backup

I want to backup whats app chat messages as text file. I tried to open whatapp backup but it wont open as text. I tried to export whatsapp message to mail, the problem is that it work only for one ...
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Questions about “Nandroid” backups

I have a nexus 4 and I'm having issues with Android 5.0 so I was thinking to go back to 4.4.4, but first I want to backup the current state. Before I do this, I have a few questions: if create a ...
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How to do a clone / backup & restore between identical devices via USB and broken screen

I have a Nexus 4 with a recently broken screen, and another Nexus 4 that works. I would like to copy all of the data, apps, etc, from the broken Nexus 4 to the working Nexus 4. The broken phone still ...
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How can I restore photos from quickpic after reset?

I have a nexus 5 and I just updated to the lastest 5.1.1 image using adb, but that unfrotunately resetted my phone. So I installed and configured my usual apps and I'm glad to see that google's photo ...
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copying all files from android to microSD

Phone = moto g OS = Android 4.4.4 I was going to back up all files on phone to microSD card using EZ file explorer. However, I have been reading that latest 4.4 will not allow this due to new ...
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How to backup media without logging into the phone?

The screen of my phone is not responding. I tried to restart the phone but this didn't correct the problem. Now, I can't access it, and log in to my phone, so I probably need to take the phone to the ...
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Contacts backup with multiple Google accounts

How can one manage backup when you have one device or two devices and 2 or 3 Google accounts? (Work, personal, family)
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Where are photos stored in an android backup?

Recently I did a backup of my android using adb. I wanted to find my pictures from this backup so I extracted the .ab to a .tar file using Nikolay Elenkov's extractor. In the tar file I can't seem to ...
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 fingerprint app

My Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1 fingerprint scanner won't accept my fingerprint and is saying my backup password is incorrect, I really don't want to do a hard reset, is there any other way around it?