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It is known that TWRP does not back up /data/media as you can read here and on other posts on this site

How can one bypass this?

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There's an app that's just been released (tested on Moto X Play) that bridges the gap between Nandroid and full backup and backs up photos, videos, game data etc, which wasn't possible earlier

Tipatch (Play Store) and quoting from developers XDA thread

Tipatch patches TWRP to backup contents of internal storage (emulated SD card) as part of Data, thus preventing data loss. Internal storage typically includes items such as photos, videos, downloads, game data, and other assorted files.

A side effect is that wiping "Data" will also wipe internal storage. This cannot be fixed.

Programs (instead of using app) for all OS's available on Github

I am not affiliated in any way with the app or developer and wanted to share a tip-off from a friend

Edit: Also now available in Izzy's F-droid repo

  • Thanks, beeshyams! Just a note of caution: that app comes with several trackers (see the library section on the web page in my repo), namely Crashlytics and Firebase Analytics. I've asked for a tracker-free version but cannot yet tell the outcome. – Izzy Aug 23 '18 at 15:26
  • @izzy Welcome. My 2C for your repo, since I do back on it :) Developer has replied. Meanwhile, tracking is not a concern for me since I use XprivacyLua which blocks Use analytics (Fabric/Crashlytics, Facebook app events, Firebase Analytics, Google Analytic, Mixpanel, Segment) – beeshyams Aug 23 '18 at 15:35
  • I should give XPrivacyLua a run then. Still use its predecessor on one device running Android 6. As you're using that: Are you on LOS? If so, do you use it next to LOS's PrivacyGuard, or have you the latter turned off? – Izzy Aug 23 '18 at 16:15
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    @izzy : still on stock. Wanted to move to LOS but installing it looked like rocket science (seriously) given the A/B partitions and even now the security updates isn't well streamlined + issues with Xposed - still undecided if and when to take the plunge. Aside, you should try XprivacyLua. Somebody like you can really customize hooks and plug all gaps. Bought Pro (expensive by app standards) just to support. I recall reading on the XDA thread Marcel confirming Privacy Guard can run alongside without any issues – beeshyams Aug 23 '18 at 16:22
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    No idea about rocket science (but neither about how LOS works with A/B). But once you get the knack of it, you make that while having a cup of tea (just did it again last weekend). It's the first time which is "not that easy". // Will look into XPL when time permits, missing XPrivacy on the other device already. Thanks for digging that out! – Izzy Aug 23 '18 at 16:50

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