I was thinking I could completely backup apps to the SD card, and then restore them when needed. This for saving system resources.

Is there some efficient way to do this?

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    adb backup or Titanium Backup or go into Settings > Backup & Reset > Backup my data/Backup account (from ICS onwards) for GB(Settings > Privacy Settings > Backup my data) is your friend – t0mm13b Dec 28 '12 at 0:35
  • @t0mm13b: that seems an answer, rather than a comment. Maybe even it's the correct answer. – Francisco Alvarado Dec 28 '12 at 0:43
  • @FranciscoAlvarado have created an answer from the comment :) – t0mm13b Dec 28 '12 at 0:52

There are numerous options available to you:

  • Titanium Backup
  • For ICS upwards, Settings > Backup & Reset > Backup my data/Backup account
  • For GB, Settings > Privacy Settings > Backup my data
  • Last but not least, adb backup

In that order of "user-friendliness", from a android application that requires rooted access, in reference to Titanium Backup, to the least, using the command line adb backup.

  • Titanium seems OK - Will write more later. – Olav Dec 28 '12 at 12:24

If it is just the "user" and "system" applications, I do this sort of thing all the time. In fact I wrote an app to help me out with this. I uninstall and re-install applications for testing a development all the time. I need to easily be able to make copies and move ".apk" files all the time.

Please take a look at the free app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=burrows.apps.appmanager.

Simple install the app, "backup" your application of choice and then share/send the application(.apk) to another phone.


  • Are you affiliated with the app? – t0mm13b Dec 28 '12 at 21:05
  • Yeah, I've never really seen anyone ask for backing up. I wrote this to safely backup applications without messing with user's data for privacy and security reasons. Just trying to be helpful. I mainly use for development. – Jared Burrows Dec 28 '12 at 21:06

If your device is running Android 4.0 or higher, Carbon - App Sync and Backup would be the perfect solution, and does not even require root -- but still is capable of backing up apps including their data:

Carbon Backup
Carbon App Sync and Backup

As above screenshots show, you can backup/restore single apps, or select a batch. What you cannot see on the screenshots: you can also save a selection as "group", so for the next backup/restore you don't need to select apps separately, but simply select the group instead.

With Carbon Backup, one should be able to backup apps and data to SD card, attached USB devices, Dropbox, GoogleDrive, etc.

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