[TUTORIAL]How to reinstall user apps (Quickly/Safely)
This was created in response to several people asking the safest way to reinstall user apps after flashing a ROM.
**This post shows you how to do it yourself.
**Please check out the second post to see apps verified to work that will perform this for you.
As the title implies, this will show you an easy and safe way to reinstall your apps after a clean ROM flash. I made this easy to do and easy to understand, so experts and new users can figure it out.
YOU WILL OBVIOUSLY NEED TO BE ROOTED FOR THIS.
To do this you will need 3 or 4 things things on your phone.
1. Download the attached file below named "AppBackup.zip". This is the file structure to correctly flash user apps. I built it to only install apps in /data/app. More advanced users may edit it to include system files, but that is beyond the scope of this tutorial (for now).
2. From the Play Store, install a file explorer with root access capability. For this tutorial, I will be using ES File Explorer
. (ROOT REQUIRED)
3. From the Play Store, install ZArchiver
. this app creates zip and other format archive files.
4. (Optional) From the Play Store, install ZipSigner
. This app signs the zip file.
>>ES File Explorer
To enable ES File Explorer's root functions:
**Note: ZArchiver's default location for completed zip files is in /storage/emulated/0/archives. You may change the destination in settings.
In the file explorer app, navigate to where "AppBackup.zip" is located and decompress (upzip) it.
In the file explorer app, navigate to /data/app, and select all the apps you want to copy.
Then navigate to the "AppBackup" file and post them into data/app.
I list this as optional, because the "AppBackup" file should flash fine without being re-signed. But, I will show it to you, nonetheless!
YOU ARE DONE!
If you have questions or suggestions on how to make this tutorial better, please let me know!!