I recently purchased a Nexus 7 tablet from Google and I also have a Samsung Skyrocket from AT&T. Neither of the devices is rooted. I'm not too enthusiastic yet about rooting either of them, especially since it voids warranties and severely limits support options. Is there a way to obtain a complete image backup of either (or both) of these devices via the USB port on my Windows computer? If so, how? Thank you!

  • 1
    If you're on ICS or JB, adb backup might be the way to do this!
    – t0mm13b
    Oct 4, 2012 at 20:36
  • @t0mm13b that will not be an issue, cuz Nexus 7 is JellyBean originally. Oct 8, 2012 at 8:59

2 Answers 2


Most articles I have encountered where people wish to undertake a complete image backup of their device requires root. However I have come across an article written in How-To Geek entitled "How To Create a Full Android Phone or Tablet Backup Without Rooting or Unlocking Your Device".

The Article will take you throught the steps of :

  • Installing the Android SDK
  • Device Setup
  • Testing ADB
  • Backing up your device
  • Restoring a Backup


The article concludes by saying the complexity of using the Android SDK to create and restore backups is a bit much for the average user.


This might help: [GUIDE] Full Phone Backup without Unlock or Root

Although it is talking about Galaxy Nexus, but this method is completely compatible with your Nexus 7.


You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .