I just broke the screen on my phone, and the way my insurance works, they're going to replace it with a new one...

However, I've spent a lot of time setting up everything in my phone, and would like to not have to do it again...

Is it possible to transfer EVERY SINGLE BIT OF DATA on my phone to my pc, and then restore it in a new one?


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Yes, there is. It's called making a Nandroid backup.

The complete steps are outlined here, but before you even proceed, you'll need to root your phone. You can't do this without rooting. Rooting is the process of gaining superuser access on your phone.

Since you have a Google Nexus 5, you should read the instructions for rooting it available over here and here.

After you have rooted your phone, you might want to install a custom recovery tool like ClockworkMod Recovery or TWRP.

After you've completed both those steps (got root, installed a custom recovery), all you need to do it reboot your device into recovery mode and perform the Nandroid backup.

UPDATE: To restore the backup on your new phone you'll need to root it as well. And install a custom recovery too. After that, you can boot into recovery mode and restore the nandroid backup.

  • Note that, the new device will also need to be rooted and have a custom recovery in order to flash the NANDroid image back.
    – HalosGhost
    Commented Jun 7, 2014 at 17:08