My phone got stuck in a bootloop since yesterday and now I am trying to get out any data/backup I can. After dozens of tries (most of the times it just reboots when I choose to get into recovery from the bootloader), I managed to get to recovery and get the whole sdcard contents with adb pull. I am now trying to get backups of some, if not all, apps.

I tried adb backup -all -apk -f -backup.ab but since my phone has the TWRP recovery, this doesn't work.

  1. Is it ok if I just get a backup of the data partition? Will I able to restore apps from this partition to a new phone (possibly not a Nexus6P). Do encryption/lock settings have a role in this?
  2. Is it a good idea to try and flash a factory image, so that I have the factory recovery, and try running the same adb command? I am not even sure I will be able to get into recovery again after that.

I am really afraid to anything at this point, before I know that there is a good chance I'll have any success. I can get to the bootloader easily, but trying to get into recovery fails most of the times.

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    Factory recovery won't offer you ADB access at all. As you've got TWRP: have you considered using its integrated Nandroid backup? There are tools (e.g. Titanium Backup) which can even extract single apps (and their data) from Nandroid backups. – Izzy Nov 26 '17 at 12:08
  • I'm actually in the process of doing just that. I just need the data partition, right? – lalibi Nov 26 '17 at 12:23
  • Can't hurt to have a full backup – but yes, to restore apps and data the /data partition should suffice. – Izzy Nov 26 '17 at 12:24
  • Tried it and reboots randomly while making the backup... – lalibi Nov 26 '17 at 12:37
  • I never had that – first time I hear a device rebooting randomly while making a Nandroid in recovery. Apart from taking an image of the /data partition (using dd) I don't know what you could do; and while with that image you could access all data in it from your PC, restoring will be tricky at best. – Izzy Nov 26 '17 at 12:41

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