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!

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    If you're on ICS or JB, adb backup might be the way to do this!
    – t0mm13b
    Oct 4 '12 at 20:36
  • @t0mm13b that will not be an issue, cuz Nexus 7 is JellyBean originally. Oct 8 '12 at 8:59

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.


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