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[TIP] Backup/Restore user apps and data from old phone (without needing root)

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By tombriden, Recognized Developer on 4th April 2012, 03:03 PM
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If, like me, you're moving over to the One X from another ICS phone but don't want to root until it doesn't require, you can still backup/restore all your user apps and data from your old device to the One X without Titanium (which needs root) or MyBackup Pro (which costs money).

Firstly, you'll need to install the android sdk to get adb (Edit: And HTC Sync for the drivers). Once you have that, open a command prompt and cd to the adb folder, eg

cd c:\android-sdk\platform-tools
Then run the following command

adb backup -apk -all -nosystem -f c:\backup.ab
(where -all is every app, -apk means to also include the apks and -nosystem ignores the system apps and data)

You'll need to confirm the backup on the device itself for it to start and, optionally, set an encryption password for the backup.

Once it's finished, plug the One X in, enable 'USB Debugging' in Settings -> Developer Options and then run

adb restore c:\backup.ab
...then, on the One X, enter your encryption password (if specified during backup) and confirm. Once it's finished, all the apps and data from your old phone will now be restored on the One X

Note: this feature of adb only works on ICS so you can't backup from previous android versions (although i haven't actually tried).

If the backup option doesn't exist in your adb, make sure you have the latest Android SDK
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4th April 2012, 03:15 PM |#2  
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Originally Posted by tbriden

If, like me, you're moving over to the One X ...

Badass tip... Thanks & Cheers
4th April 2012, 03:29 PM |#3  
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Supercool ... Thanks a ton

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7th May 2012, 02:01 PM |#4  
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Nice thank you!
7th May 2012, 02:05 PM |#5  
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Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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7th May 2012, 02:23 PM |#6  
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This method really rocks! Will try it very soon
Thank you!

Btw. does it also backup the user-settings of the apps?
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7th May 2012, 02:28 PM |#7  
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If i can also add a tip here to all those who are flashing custom roms and want to revert back to stock so they can do their OTA updates.

BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP your rom first before you start in the world of flashing custom roms. That way make sure you always have your BACKUP of stock and whenever you do update make sure you backup the updated rom. So if you are on 1.26 say BACKUP that rom and then flash whatever custom roms you want.

Then once your carrier releases a new update just simply return to the backup rom and follow the necessary steps to update the OTA. And then BACKUP that rom and then start again

So my tip. Always make sure you have a BACKUP.
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8th May 2012, 08:19 AM |#8  
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damn... should of seen this before doing the titanium backup and nandroid on my other phone... tks mate! good tip

do you happen to know if there is a way of restoring a titanium backup without root?
the apps are easy, the data is the problem...
8th May 2012, 06:05 PM |#9  
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When I plug my HOX to my computer, my computer can't recognize it and it is shown as unknown device in device manager. I'm using latest android sdk but still can't update to the latest driver (no problem on my HD2), how can I solve it? Thx!
8th May 2012, 08:29 PM |#10  
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That's a brilliant tip, now I have to restore my desire with ICS, titanium restore and backup using this to move to one x. Can anyone else confirm this works without any issues.

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