I own a Nexus 5X, and I wish to update the device firmware from Android 6.0.1 to Android 7.0. When I do this, will it wipe all my phone data (i.e. essentially perform a factory reset) ? I know that my Play Store account has a record of all the applications I use, but I suppose the application data will be lost. I'm specifically concerned about Asphalt 8, in which I've reached a pretty advanced stage. I've heard that Android apps that have data backup enabled save their data remotely in the cloud, but that this doesn't apply to game apps like Asphalt. So my question is,

1. Will I lose all my application data, and specifically my Asphalt 8 data ??

2. If so, how do I backup my data, and without having to root the phone ? What I'd like ideally is to do the firmware update AND get back my Asphalt 8 data (without having to root the phone).

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OTA updates don't wipe the device: all apps and data are preserved across the update.

Even so, it's always a good idea to back up your data frequently. As you point out, not all apps support the in-built Google backup mechanism, so it's wise to have a full backup just in case. See our tag wiki and top questions to learn about what options are available (whether you've rooted the phone or not).


For those who have already unlocked their phone's bootloader - which will wipe the phone (thanks @onik for the reminder):

If you download the factory image, by default the flash-all.sh and flash-all.bat scripts would indeed perform a wipe of your device at the end.

Provided you're overwriting an image from the same vendor (i.e. not a custom ROM in this case), you can just edit that script and remove the -w flag. I've used it to upgrade to 4.4.2 and 4.4.3 before my Nexus 4 is scheduled to receive the OTA.

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    Note that this requires the bootloader to be unlocked. If not, a full wipe is required for security reasons. Commented Jun 17, 2014 at 7:24
  • Ah yes, as @onik said. I try and do that as one of the first steps on my Nexus devices to minimize data loss (I don't care so much on my other phones as they lag behind in updates anyway)
    – michel-slm
    Commented Jun 17, 2014 at 7:27

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