I had restored my Android device (Samsung Note2) to the factory settings.

i have now added all my favorits apps and customized my settings.

How can i create a "memoey image"/"state snapshot" to restore from in the future.

I have used Kies, but it backups everything besides installed apps and device settings.

In generagl it's not creating a perfect snapshot.


You should be able to use adb backup which is takes a complete backup of the phone.

You'll need to install the Android SDK but this should allow you to backup the whole device


There are a number of parameters you can supply but the simplest way to do a full backup is to run: adb backup -all -f C:\backup.ab

More info can be found on this xda post which although it uses a Galaxy Nexus it should apply to any 4.0+ device


With your device connected open your command prompt again, and type:

adb restore C:\backup20111230.ab

replacing 'C:\backup20111230.ab' with the location of your backup file.

You should see a screen like the one below:


Simply type in your current encryption password (if you've set one), and the password with which the backup was encrypted (if you chose to set a password), and the restore will begin. It again will take several minutes depending on the size of the backup and the options chosen.

  • will this include sound settings and so? – Elad Benda Jan 1 '14 at 9:40
  • and then, how to restore? – Elad Benda Jan 4 '14 at 8:33
  • I've added restore details. It should backup sound settings but I've not tried it myself so can't be sure. – bmdixon Jan 4 '14 at 16:22

These kind of snapshots are impossible without root access to the device. If that condition is met, simply follow-up to the backup tag-wiki, everything is described there already (watch out for "Nandroid"):

usually is integrated with custom recoveries (see also: ). It creates images of all your device's s. As your device is not in "operative mode" when this is done, this results in a "consistent system snapshot" as you describe in your question. Those images can later be restored from within the very same recovery menu.

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