I just got a new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. I used Samsung Smart Switch and I have Google set to backup my data and restore it. But on all the apps that got automatically restored there was none of my data. I was looking at ADB and saw the backup option. So I was wondering if doing adb backup -f ./samsung.bk -obb -all -nosystem and then restoring the backup file to my new device would work or just brick it? My current device is a Samsung Galaxy Tab S. I used -nosystem so it wouldn't overwrite the core system files.

Many thanks is advanced. Geoffrey S.

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It should work. At the very least it won't brick since it doesn't include system apps. You could also try adding -shared to your backup command.

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