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Just for reference of others, here is some background on the .ab file format. The Android Backup (*.ab) file is a compressed TAR file. It is compressed using the DEFLATE algorithm. On top of that, there can be AES encryption used. This is determined when you create the backup, if you enter a password then the backup is encrypted, otherwise; there is no ...


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I highly recommend SMS backup or its forked version: SMS backup+. It'll back up your SMS to a Gmail Label: Automatically backup SMS, MMS and call log entries using a separate label in Gmail / Google Calendar. It is also possible to restore SMS and call log entries back to the phone (MMS not supported yet).


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I recommend Life Saver 2 by Tim Bray. It saves and restores not only SMS, but also your phone call history: LifeSaver helps you move Phone & SMS history from one Android device to another. Your phone call log and SMS messages are your life’s history! You shouldn’t lose them just because you get a new phone. LifeSaver2 (which replaces the old ...


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You can use SMS Backup & Restore to export to an XML file: Schedule automatic backups or backup your messages anytime you wish. You can view backup contents on your phone, and choose to backup selected conversations only. Backups are created in XML format and saved to your device's SD card. The XML can then be converted to other ...


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The requirement being that you must be ROOTED, you could get Titanium Backup and back up your phone using that. The reason for using Titanium Backup is so that you can selectively restore parts of your data if you were to install a different version and/or build of Android. NANDROID backup is good for having a safe image to fall back on but it isn't good ...


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A good way to back up app data if you're not rooted is to used adb from the Android SDK. For example, to back up the data for Locale, you'd do something like the following: adb pull /data/data/com.twofortyfouram.locale/ C:\backup\locale\ And to restore, just use adb push with the same arguments in reverse order, i.e.: adb push C:\backup\locale\ ...


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Let's talk about sets, baby Android's backup service has a concept called a set: the set of all data backed-up from one device (on one transport, but that's a detail). Each set is identified by a unique string, such as the IMEI on the device. When an app (or the list of installed apps) is backed up, its backup data go into the set associated with the device ...


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The answer can be found in the backup tag-wiki. In short: ADB Backup is the newer file based backup scheme introduced in Android 4.0. It creates a backup of the file system tree and files. Better explanation would be it's a logical backup, as files are mainly grouped by apps. Side-effect is that files not having a clear relation might be missing from such ...


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Titanium Backup from the Android Market! From the Technical FAQ: Can it back up and restore applications across different ROMs or even different phones ? YES, without restrictions. Although you also have: Can it back up SMS, MMS and system settings ? Please note that if you backup and restore all system settings across very different ROMs, you ...


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Well, this took a long time. For future searchers, here's what you can do: Find your contacts2.db file hidden somewhere in Android. Most of the time it's located in /data/data/com.android.providers.contacts/databases. I was lucky and found it in a search through Titanium Backups' tarballs. Nab that file. It has everything in it in a sql database. I then ...


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There's no option to resume. If you stop you can only manual download later. If you didn't pressed stop, you could just disable data transfer and, when connected again, download will continue. If you stop, the current sync state will be sent to the server and it will be (without the apps that weren't installed) stored as the device final state after ...


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If you want to do what is essentially a 1-to-1 backup of your device, you can use a custom recovery to create a "nandroid" backup. Doing so effectively creates disk images of your NAND partitions (hence "nandroid") that you can restore from at a later point. This is going to vary a bit by device and recovery system, but in general if you want to perform a ...


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Android 2.2 introduces the App Sharing app which is installed by default. I think this might be what you are looking for, however you will need a FroYo device. For earlier versions you could use the app "Bluetooth File Transfer" to share the APK files, if you have these available on your memory card for example.


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If you go into the web version of the Play Store and then click on the link My Market Account at the top of the screen it shows you all the free and paid apps that you have downloaded since you opened your Android Google Account. From here you can also click the app name and then click the download button which then sends the download to your phone. I've ...


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Clockworkmod recovery has an 'Advanced Restore' option that allows you to pick just one of the following partitions: boot system data cache sd-ext If you don't already have it, download ROM Manager from the market and this will help you install the clockworkmod recover. (I've no idea whether this will solve your problem, but yes you can restore the data ...


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AppBrain will make it easy to restore your apps. After the reset, install AppBrain first(ish) and use it to get back all the apps you had before. (Sync before you reset.) Market will remember your paid apps so you'll be able to get those without having to repay. Your Google app data (e-mail, contacts, calendar) are backed up to the "cloud" already, so you ...


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May be the app is not recognizing the location of the backup. Do the following and see if that works Remove all the backup files from the new Samsung Captivate Now, from Captivate do a Titanium backup, it will create a backup folder with backed up apps. Then, copy all old backup files from HTC to that location. Try titanium backup again, this might show ...


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Take a look at this thread over at XDA-Developers forum. Someone wrote a Java app to extract the contacts out of the .sbf file into VCard files, which are a lot easier to deal with. Also, in the same thread people report that with the latest version of Kies you can execute a Restore without having a Samsung phone connected to the PC, and extract the ...


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Synopsis Titanium Backup, is the most popular tool for everybody, not just for ROM Flashers, its for everybody, due to a large number of features such as: Backing up user apps and their data All backups are saved on the SD-Card (really, I should be calling this external storage to future proof this answer as SD-Card readers are in favour of getting ...


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Does the in built-in backup service work? Yes. But maybe not how you expect/want. As you mentioned apps need to 'opt in' to backup data and most apps don't actually use this. I'm only aware of a couple that do. As far as i know, the backed up data is only actually restore to a device when the device is initially set up, not when you install an app from the ...


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To fix this issue, set TitaniumBackup to use the legacy path. The easiest way to do this is to go into TitaniumBackup, press "Menu" and then "Preferences". "Backup folder location" a bit down and click it. Click "DETECT!" and TitaniumBackup will ask you where to scan for backup locations. It's very important that you here choose to scan your whole device and ...


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There are a number of apps you can use but many will already have the ES File Manager Note: Turn off as many apps as you can. Some apps will not backup while running. Launch ES File Manager (When you open it you are normally in the file manager mode) Tap the second icon from the right to switch to Application mode Long press on any icon. Select "Select ...


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It's really that simple. :) And you wouldn't even have to do step 4 (because your NANDROID backup is like taking an image of your phone, that includes all installed apps and data too). If you wanted to do a quick test, you could try installing one app, then restoring to your NANDROID backup. When it's done, it should no longer have that one app you ...


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Go to this XDA thread and download the newest firmware for your region. Download Odin for Windows (search for "Heimdall" if you are on Linux). Then do the following: Put your phone into Download mode Remove the battery Hold VolumeDown plus the Home key Reinsert the battery. Let go of the power button only about 1 second after the white device logo ...


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http://goo-inside.me/evo/stock/ruu/ provides a straightforward guide, reproduced below, of how to revert to a stock ROM, and it looks like all you need is ClockworkMod. You probably want the newest Dec. 15th software linked on that page. Heed the warning! WARNING! RUU'ing your phone will wipe all data on your phone, and if done incorrectly, can BRICK ...


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Hossain is actually correct, but you don't need to go through that process to find the location. The Captivate has internal SD storage separate from the main phone storage and the external SD card. As such, the external SD card is mounted at /mnt/sdcard/external_sd/ rather than just /mnt/sdcard/. So you just need to copy the TitaniumBackup folder from ...


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"0-click" batch restore (as the Market page describes it) is one of the features of the Pro version. You cannot do it in the free version, but purchasing a key for the Pro version allows you to perform a batch restore unattended.


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In your Google account Dashboard view, in the Andoid device part you can see which applications stored someting in the Android backup service, for my account, beside the standard Android Wallpaper, Android System Settings and Android Market I have some "Dragon, Fly! Free" data (a game).


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I think the sorting problem depends on your messaging app. Many stock messaging app doesn't sort messages by date but by received time. The AOSP messaging app does sort by date (in cyanogenmod at least). Textra does (4.0+), Go SMS too, and also the new Hangouts app (4.0+).



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