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Speaking as a relatively new and average inexperienced user (I just got my first smart phone a few months ago), the only reason that made me researched about rooting is backup.
I had never feel the need to tamper with my phone until I had to factory-reset it. Then, I found out that there is no easy way to back up game save files unless I root my phone.
The only app I found that allow backup without rooting is Helium. However, it does not always work. Rooting allow me to just copy and paste data folder.
<rant>It's really upsetting that in this day and age, many apps do not utilise Google's cloud save service. As if developers think consumers would never change their phones before they have completed their games. And it's even more annoying that there is no way to search apps by their features (like cloud save support) on Play Store. Even Steam Store can search by features, Google who specialised in searching should be able to do it.</rant>
Also, being able to adjust governor settings is a very nice plus.
I have always irritated by how stuttering my phone is, especially when I browse Play Store or playing DraStic. However, all of those stutters are almost completely gone by changing 'min_sample_time' (it was default at 10000 and I changed it to 50000).
This is really cool and doesn't require root.
Use the device-to-device feature, it transfers the app itself and the data with it.
For backing up, uncheck the option that disables uploading the app to Google Drive.
This works for any app, even those that are not from the Play Store.
I use Helium Backup to backup and restore app data, although it is a hit or miss for some apps. A computer is required to activate it every time you reboot the phone.
For ad blocking, I use Adguard. Does the job well and if you want to pay premium, it'll disable ads from apps too.
Your app/music/movie purchases from the Play Store are tied to your Google account and will carryover to any device you sign-in on.
As for your gaming progress, you may or may not lose it depending on whether the app developer has implemented the data backup api Google released some years ago.
What you can do is try using Helium - App Sync to backup the apps/games you want to save progress in. Then transfer these files over to a USB stick or computer to then use Helium to restore these on your next phone.
go to the Phone's settings -> Accounts -> Google -> tap your account/email address
Now you should see a list of toggles for what to sync. Make sure what you want to keep with you is set to sync.
Log in with the SAME account on new phone, everything should sync. You can repeat the first steps to make sure everything you want is set to sync.
You can double check contacts are synced in Gmail under Contacts (on a PC).
Apps will automatically download, but you will be able to redownload them manually if you want too. App data will not carry with the restore unless the developer enabled it.
Helium can backup and restore apps and app data without root. The backups will go to internal storage or sd card. Just copy the backups to the new phone exactly as they are on the original phone and use this app to restore apps and app data.
Backing up SMS/text messages can also be done via Helium, but there are also a ton of other SMS backup and restore apps too.
You can use Helium to back up any app data without root, it just takes a bit of fiddling, but they do give you the steps pretty well [link]
There aren't any great (full) backup apps for non-rooted devices... Helium is my choice for the best of what's available.
Once you're rooted, I recommend Titanium Backup.
There is Helium for backups. Not sure if it's exactly what you're looking for. A Google-backed application would be a lot nicer, though.
So a factory reset is recommended after major updates as they eliminate possibilities of bugs.
There is no way to backup app data without root, to use an app like titanium backup. Do these games support cloud save through Facebook or Google play games?
Also, is your bootloader unlocked? I know you said assume no root but depending on your phone, rooting with magisk is extremely easy and up to you if it's worth it for backing up your games data.
EDIT : I have never used this [link]
But it might solve the app data situation, it appears it backs up to a computer or sd card, for restore later
Yeah, you can do that for photos and files. If you want to backup app data(settings, saved games, etc.), you'll have to use Helium Backup. Unless you're rooted of course. Are you rooted?
Not all developers have implemented Play Games save data sync. You could try using something like Helium to manually save the game data and restore it on your new device.
I use Helium for my backups. To use it, you need to enable Developer Options and USB debugging and install the Helium helper app on your computer. Once you've done both, you open the app on your phone, open the helper on your computer, connect the two with USB, and then choose the app you want to backup through the phone app. It's basically a workaround to utilize Android's super basic command line backup system, but it's way easier to use even with its added complexity.
If you have any questions about how to use it, let me know. I'd be happy to help you get it running.
If you still have the old phone it is possible to restore it, but if you no longer have the old phone it's gone. This is from a comment I posted to another thread last month:
Usually you have to root to backup apps' data on Android, but you can use Helium ( [link] ) and back up and transfer the data to a new phone. You'll have to install an app on your PC and then run it and connect your phone to the PC first, but after that you can backup until you reboot the phone. I used this to transfer all my mom's apps + data from her old Nexus 7 to her new tablet a few months back. :)
It's not too hard to use, I just backed all the apps up to her Google Drive storage, then reinstalled them from there on the new tablet.
Helium does not require root. Second line in the description of the app:
> Helium does NOT require root. All Android users can use Helium to backup and sync Android applications.
There are also other apps (MyBackup, most notably) that does not need root to backup apps and app data. I would use Helium if I were you.
As for rooting wiping your device, the process of rooting determines that. If you use a one-click root solution, it will not wipe your phone. If you have to unlock your bootloader to flash a custom recovery to root, that will wipe your phone (a security measure of unlocking the bootloader is that it wipes all user data to keep it secure).
Try Helium on the play store, you may have to pay for it, but its not much and its worth it in the long run. I use it every time I move from my old phone to my new phone (last phone was an S7 to an S8+). One tip is to make sure the apps and games you are backing up are not on the SD card but internal memory. The only time I have had issues is when the game/app is installed or moved to the SD card. No root required but you will need to connect your phone to a PC initially for the PC client to give the app higher rights over your phone. It does this to bypass the need for root.
Helium backup: [link]
(full backup, no root needed! - but you will need a pc)
Even the free version works, but support the developer (Koush) because this app is really fills a gap in the world of unROOTable devices.
It does a complete backup of apps + app data, with the option of selective restore.
This is what Samsung's smart switch was supposed to do, but they of course failed. Samsung fails in everything software related :-(
I don't know what Samsung's switch/backup tools copy. But Google's restore service in the Stock Android experience (may or may not be part of the setup process of the S7) basically just restores apps that you installed and any associated app data if the app supports it (not all do). Samsung may only look at what apps are/were installed and re-download those.
However, if you have the old phone still and it isn't erased yet, you can use Helium to make a backup without root. I'm sure you can copy it to PC via USB, then PC to new phone and restore. Never tried that though. But the premium version lets you copy apps and the app data from Android to another Android over wifi. There are some apps it won't work with, though - had to do with DRM, though.
Helium is the only one I've seen recommended for non-root users. I don't have much experience with non-root backup, since I always either use Titanium or do a nandroid backup (via TWRP recovery).
One of the experts (Ben) on the Nexus, Google Product Support Forums really advocates Helium backup. I'd go with that vote. It's made by the same guys that make CWM recovery.
Assuming non-rooted (or TiBu is the best choice) so you should set Google to back up everything it can and try something like Helium and backup to a local PC.
Try using Helium. The features you'd need are free and since you're not rooted, you just need to install the proper drivers for your machine to back up files to your computer.
Helium used to be the best solution for non-root users. It might still be, but I haven't heard many people talking about it recently. You'll need a PC running the Helium desktop client.
Make sure your WBID has the latest save by playing a Faction Wars battle.
I have done this two ways:
Set the device in Airplane mode before launching the game. If you pick a kard you don't want, delete your save and reload the game. You'll have to go through the tutorial intro, but it might be worth the time to you.
Use Helium to backup your save. [link]. Set in Airplane mode before launching game. If you don't want the kard, reload your save from Helium, then launch the game again. Once you get the kard you want, lock it in by turning off Airplane mode, then playing Faction Wars to save it to your WBID.
Your phone will reset to "0", meaning yes, you will loss your data and the apps will have to be installed again. But you will stay on Lollipop.
If the phone is working so bad, you might have to do it. The good thing is that you can backup pretty much everything, SMS, whatsapp message, pictures, etc.
Also you have apps like helium: [link] that can backup and restore your apps with its data, even if you are not root.
I read several times here that a factory reset usually fix the issues you are having, so I think it is worth the shot.
I'm not sure about the app data themselves. It only says apps. That could mean literally just the app or app+data. I have never used it. I am sure you can find some info on that online though :)
edit: see what people have said here: [link]
Otherwise you can also use Helium: [link]
Helium is pretty nice . Or you can do it manually , copy pictures/music/export contacs to interla storage and then copy the .vcf file from there ... Sync your apps with you Google account and then simply restore them ... But I guess it's a bit of a hassle and Helium would be easier .
As far as SMS , SMS Backup & Restore
Titanium Backup too if you're rooted . Cheers !
Helium Backup will backup app data without root. It needs a PC client if you're not rooted. Just a warning, though - I found it slow and sometimes stops or crashes before it finished. So make sure you check your backups. It may be more reliable to do a little bit at a time if you run into the problems I did.
Helium can backup your apps and data to your PC. Your contacts should be synced to your Google Account already. As for SMS, I'd recommend SMS Backup & Restore. Note that doing a factory reset won't touch your storage and your SD Card. You'll have to format these from the Settings - Storage screen, and then do a factory reset. (ie of course, if you do want to format the storage. But I highly recommend it, as it could get rid of any potential errors, and tons of junk files too, giving your phone a nice boost).
Hey thanks for stopping by. Currently the game doesn't support cloud save. You could use Titanium if you're rooted or Helium may work if not.
I'll see what I can do about this though, it for sure would be a great feature.
I believe the Pixel comes with the adapter and has a service similar to Samsung's Smart Switch... however, I've never used it so I can't verify. Perhaps some youtube videos can help confirm.
Otherwise, backup whatever you can to your GMail account... such as contacts, etc etc
For apps, try Helium [link]
You're going to need to use a Desktop Client for it too.
I've decided to go for the S7 Edge, so at least I won't have the bezel problems. Can't wait for the months to pass by so I can change it for the Note 8.
There are actually apps that let you back up your apps and data to the cloud, without root. Helium is one example. The Pixel can also backup some data to your Google Drive, and of course all your photos and videos.
You need root access to create a full drive image, and to put backup data on a local external storage device.
If you unlock your bootloader, be aware that Android Pay will stop working until the bootloader is re-locked.
Helium is probably your best "all inclusive" option without root. I haven't personally tried it, but I know people who like the app and use it regularly.
However, the best (not easiest, just most reliable) way to make a full backup of your phone would be to use something like TWRP. Here is a pretty easy to digest guide on the process.
TWRP creates a full system image, which you can then drag and drop onto your PC and/or a cloud service or off site storage. :) Redundancy is your friend.
Helium. it costs a few dollars. It's really great and no root required.
I just used to transfer from my nexus to a oneplus one. worked great.
For installed apps you can use Helium, and you should disable or backup any double factor authentication, to avoid losing access to accounts like Google.
A quick Google search gives me this: Helium
It's from the same guys as Clockwork Mod, and used to backup your stuff.
There's also the Rom Manager from the same guys and apparently you can backup your system there as well.
>I don't mind upgrading even if it comes with added bugs!
That sounds like me. I loved all the new stuff and the new look and feel of CM12/Android L! :)
I have been using Helium for my backups and have been pretty happy. It can backup to Dropbox, G-Drive, or to system storage. I've never used the automated backups, but I know it has it.
If you're not rooted, there isn't anything that can restore/backup everything exactly unfortunately. If you signed in with your Google account and enabled google backup your wallpaper, some settings (wifi passwords, etc), and apps should restore. App settings on the other hand, won't.
Use Helium. I've used it on my Nexus 5 but it was rooted. It works without root too (according to the developer)
You can use Helium to backup specific apps w/o root.
Note that a full data backup sort of defeats the point of doing a factory reset, it'd be like resolving to clean out a messy room by meticulously moving everything to a different room, vacuuming, then putting all of the clutter back exactly where it was. (In this analogy, if all you wanted to do was vacuum and dust things off, just clear /cache).
>Do i need to unlock the bootloader to root?
>Will I need s-off for that?
>Do i need to wipe my entire device when I root it?
Unlocking the bootloader through HTCdev will wipe the entire device. Try using Helium since Titanium Backup requires root. The problem is that Helium isn't very reliable.
>Will I be able to update my phone?
It depends on what you do. If you boot a custom recovery with fastboot boot name_of_recovery.img, flash SuperSU, and don't tamper with the contents of the /system partition, you're fine. If you instead flash and overwrite the stock recovery using fastboot flash recovery name_of_recovery.img, you'll need to restore the stock HTC recovery before being able to accept an OTA.
fastboot boot name_of_recovery.img
fastboot flash recovery name_of_recovery.img
>Or do I need to unroot the phone first to receive the update?
>If I don't have to unroot the phone, will installing the OTA update remove root?
OTAs always break root. They don't remove the binaries required but instead mess up the permissions for it to work properly. It's trivial to regain it by booting a custom recovery and flashing SuperSU again after an update.
I haven't used it with my Xperia, but on my previous HTC one S I found Helium ([link]) works great for backing up apps and app data. Full system backups without root are beyond me - I'm sure someone else here could point you in the right direction for that though!
Usually you have to root to backup apps' data on Android, but you can use Helium ( [link] ) and back up and transfer the data to a new phone. You'll have to install an app on your PC and then run it and connect your phone to the PC first, but after that you can backup until you reboot the phone. I used this to transfer all my mom's apps + data from her old Nexus 7 to her new tablet a few months back. :)
If you're rooted (or don't mind rooting) then you have many options like Titanium Backup, ROM ToolBox, App2Zip and more. If you're not rooted then it looks like your only option is Helium. I'm not familiar with this app at all since I root all my phones.
You may need to check out their wiki for more information but you definitely want to make sure that you back up and restore the app WITHOUT data as the the data from one phone being imported to another would cause issues.
I really like Helium, from Clockworkmod:
It does not require root and has a free version (doesn't allow backup to GDrive/Dropbox).
>Device backup to Drive is in M, happens every 24 hours.
The backup feature in M that I am aware of only does app data and settings -- which is already covered by free, non-root apps like Helium. I'm talking about a full image that I can restore from local storage or the cloud if something is broken in Android itself.
Settings > Personal > Backup and reset > Factory data reset.
Turn off > Press and hold Power + Home + Vol Up until Galaxy S6 logo splash comes on, perform factory reset in that menu.
Either way, you can use Helium from the play store to backup some apps that you want, or backup whatever files are in your phone with your computer. Backup solutions are a little limited without root, and honestly a fresh start might remove any quirks that may have showed up.
Read step 2, and following steps under "helium setup."
If your phone isn't rooted, Helium requires a PC to access Android's built in backup program.
Helium works without root. Uses the native Android backup system, but works a lot better and allows a lot of user choice in what is backed up.
First I would try backing up your apps with Helium which doesn't require root.
Once you have backup ed your apps save it to a PC or an SD card so it's safe. You'll definitely be able to restore your apps - not 100% certain if it's a good idea to restore your app data if you are changing OS versions, but someone else can weigh in on that.
Second do A LOT of research. Really do some reading about your specific model and how to proceed step by step. Make sure it's for your model and the information is up to date. As others said XDA is a great source, but it's not too user-friendly at first.
Third proceed with caution and backup whenever possible. I'd say as soon as you get root and a custom recovery do a complete Nandroid backup of your whole phone, read some more, read a bit more, and take your first steps into a larger world.
well, if you are into android stuff enough to flash a rom, this will be a piece of cake for you. I didn't try this with mi app, but it works for every app. an app back up software like this [link] it's free and great. I use it to move my game progress between roms, check it out. you can back up 2 things, the app itself, and the appdata, which is what you want. just grab them both the app and its data. it sends the stuff to your pc, and picks them up from there and loads to your phone when you need it.
I assume you haven't unlocked your bootloader or have root. Doing backups are easier when rooted. What exactly do you need to backup? Try Helium.
Also, what's your current version? You could flash the incremental OTA or full rom through recovery without loosing any data. But sure it's safer to take a backup.
You might be able to backup app data using this: [link]
And then factory reset and then restore. Make sure you test the backup before factory resetting though.
Helium Backup if you're not rooted, requires a PC
If you're rooted, you can copy all your data files in /data/data/jp.co.hit_point.nekoatsume
App Developer page
Helium on Google Play
It work's really well. The developer has a ton of great features on his other apps as well, like the ability to share your screen with your computer, tether your phone, etc.
You still can back up any app, even without root, if you enable USB debugging on your phone, install ADB tool from Android dev tools to your PC, then do 'adb backup app.package.name' and 'adb restore' on another device.
You can use Helium for that, they have an easy PC installer for ADB.
you can also use Helium. It's an awesome tool. It saves your game exactly as it is. You'll just need a PC/Mac to go with it. Google Play Link
Installing a new stock style rom will make your s4 feel like a brand new phone. Also make sure before you root and when you install the rom, backup all your pictures and files as there is a chance you would lose your app data. I used helium to backup my apps and there data to a sd card and restored the data from a S3 to a Note 2 to a 3 to a LG V10 (over about 4 years and making new backups) and it worked perfectly fine. You also would have to redo your homescreen unless you're using a custom launcher that lest you backup the layout so take screenshots of how you have it setup. If you need help ask on the xda forum.
I don't think Samsung cloud backs up 3rd party apps, but I don't have it personally.
Hey what are the apps that you can't lose data of? In my experience, the apps that actually need backing up (WhatsApp and games) offer in-app backups already. All other apps just need a log-in or a couple settings changes.
Also you could have a look at this: [link] I am not sure if it will work, recent reviews do not look positive... It doesn't require root though.
Smart Switch is not that good. I had a Note 7 (well, two...) so I had practice in moving until I ended up with the S7 Edge.
Try Helium backup instead, it's better at restoring app data, though it is not perfect either. Unfortunately for perfection you need ROOT and Titanium backup.
Note: Free version of Helium saves to the internal memory, so make sure to move it to a memory card or USB drive via OTG.
You can IF you have a android phone whit a backup program like Helium ( [link] )
I still have all my saves, and I have changed phone and tablet.
I used Helium backups! No root needed, there are some things you need to do before hand (downloading desktop app, enabling usb debug). Depending on your phone, you might need to change your lock screen to a pin/password instead of fingerprint too (if you have one).
There's no real way of making a full backup unless you are rooted with a custom ROM.
Helium Backup is the best you can do.
You can also checkout doing a manual ADB Backup
See if Helium will work for this:
*EDIT: Forgot to mention that a PC will be needed to set up the Helium app so if can save app data.
If you still have your old phone (with the old install/save file on it) you can use Helium App Sync to backup the game. It will generate a file that backs up the save (and the install itself as well so you don't have to redownload it if you choose that option). You would then install Helium on your S7 Edge and restore the game from it and your save should be intact. I've done this with hundreds of apps each time I get a new device and I haven't yet run into an app that it didn't work on.
Here's a link to Helium if you're interested.
Try Helium,, I used it before rooting my phone. It allows you to save your backup to cloud so you should be able to transfer it to your new phone.
I had to use a back up program to transfer the app to my new device. It cost me a few $ to get the app but it worked for me
I had to pay to use the cloud version
If you can get it to work you can use helium. It worked good with my tablet but coudn;t get it to work on one of my phones, the part where you have to connect to PC. If it does work you can just copy the carbon folder to your new phone, also install helium there, and restore.
Most of the instructions come with the app and desktop installer. Here's the Google Play link. There's also a support link in the app description.
well, apparently there is another way without rooting I actually think this could be a nightmare, but you could use this app as well.
Good luck buddy!
I flash ROMs and while your probably not rooted rom developers always recommend to clean flash which means on unrooted devices to factory reset. Better be safe than Sorry there are ways to backup apps without root e.g [link]
The only thing I can think of is Helium it's a backup app by some the the lineage guys before the rename but I'm not sure how well it's supported anymore. Might be worth a try.
Yeah computer or cloud is the way I do it. There are probably some third party app to backup things like call logs and sms too if that's what you're looking for.
Without root, Helium backup is the one you should look into. Or if you are comfortable with using adb, just use adb backup.
Copy the "WhatsApp" folder out
I've used Helium on Android with success. It has been some time since it was updated, though it still works.
I use Helium ([link]) - best app to backup your apps with ALL their preferences/data saved with it.
I'd definitely spring for the premium version if you find you use it often enough....
Just thought of this... If you're rooted, or you use something like Helium if unrooted, you could make a backup of your data before and after uninstalling/reinstalling and be able to switch accounts without having to go through the whole uninstall/reinstall thing.
I know it would work great with Titanium Backup if you're rooted. That's what I used to transfer my Marble Monster account over to Bluestacks. (There's no account transfer option in it, and I don't have it tied to Facebook so this was the only way.) I did just use the account transfer thing in Moe Can Change though, was simpler.
You should be able to backup the app's settings with Helium (no root required) and then restore the settings with the same app. But to be safe, I would do the uninstall/reinstall option.
There are way to many things I can't live without, such as GravityBox. Many many reasons to unlock/root/xposed.
Migrations with Helium make things way easier as well.
Sounds like file corruption. If you're lucky, extracting the game's installation package and re-installing that over the top of the old version (without uninstalling) will sort it out.
But more likely it's your save file that's broken, in which case you'll be relying on support to get you back in. It's worth learning how to back up your save file locally to avoid this in future.
Scroll down HERE to see how to ADB backup and ADB restore.
Or you can use Helium to perform backups of apps/app data and restore them.
I recently did a factory reset after upgrading to Marshmallow. I really didn't want to have to pay for an app, but ended up doing just that. I used an app called Helium. It backed up all of my apps AND their data to my Google Drive. To restore to your device you have to upgrade to the premium app for like 4 or 5 bucks, but seeing as it was the most recommended app for non-rooted users, I just used my Google Opinion Rewards credits and bought it, so it really didn't cost anything. It worked flawlessly.
It managed to backup all my apps and also backed up to the data (saved games, messages in apps, etc.). I used the Samsung app before to backup my phone but it didn't save the actual data in the apps which was kind of important to me. Well worth the money in my opinion.
if you phone rooted, if it is, then easy, just get root explorer and copy all the file from data/data/com.aniplex.fategrandorder/files except for the asset cache folder, they are files that verify that you are the owner of the account.
if it not, then it much harder, you could try to backup the data of fgo along with your account with Helium the app may or may not work with unrooted phone depends on what phone it is, the account files will be in the backed up data.
best of luck.
edit: if Helium fail, try one in this.
In terms of app backup, I believe Helium is the one people recommend for non-rooted users. You do need to physically connect it to your PC last time I used it though.
There's a few ways to look it up, if you go to [link] in a web browser it'll be listed there. It should also be the default bluetooth device name, and the name that identifies it if you plug it into a PC.
Unlocking the bootloader will in fact wipe the entire device, including the internal/virtual "sdcard" directory (which is where you pictures etc usually go). If you have app data that you want to backup(and isn't synced to anything), you can use an app like Helium that doesn't require root. Make sure you move backups to an external SD card or copy to a PC.
Post-unlock it will be like setting up a new phone, so if you want to let some things just re-sync that would be fine, and the built-in backup manager will preserve some things like wifi passwords, though SMS and call logs will notably not be backed up without you using an app for it.
> Regarding apps you will only have problem with app data coz that thing can't be copied without root
Helium is a no-root solution that can copy app data and backup call logs and SMS. The free version allows saving backups to your phone or PC. The premium version can also backup to the cloud.
In either case, you'll need to enable USB debugging and connect your phone to your PC before backing up or restoring. Of course you'll also need to install appropriate phone USB drivers onto your PC, and install the PC version of Helium too.
Also worth noting that Helium can only backup apps that the developers have specifically approved for being backed up.
Without root I think your best option is Helium - [link]
Should be able to backup your apps and settings, contacts, SMS etc.. Give it a look (I have root so I don't use it personally).
Look at Helium.
Bit of extra faff to get it working if you're not rooted (you have to plug in your phone and install the app on your computer, rooted you don't need that) and you have to pay for the "back up specific app" feature. But you can always use it then get a refund.
I used it successfully to transfer my game save from my phone to my windows android emulator (Nox App Player).
Yes, it should wipe out all the apps and settings (if you want to back those up try Helium )
If you are scared about any data being left on the phone - encrypt the phone then do the factory reset.
Only for rooted phones. I think Helium can do limited backups without root, I've personally never used it since I have a pro license for Titanium Backup. I used to use SMS Backup & Restore for texts. Doesn't require root either.
Installing the Google Play version overtop of the Humble Bundle version should have kept premium. Can you double check on Google Play to see if there are any more updates you may be missing?
Progress should sync via Google Play if you are signed in. Some users backup using Helium as an extra backup: [link]
Some games don't store progress in the cloud, but there is an app that lets you backup progress from games on one device to restore on the other. It's called Helium and it's free. There is a premium version for $5 that allows you to easily back up and restore remotely, without having to connect to your pc. Since I like to play the game on Bluestacks and my phone, (and do not know how to manually restore saves) i opted to buy the premium, and can safely say it works like a charm and is well worth it.
There are many guides on how to use this app you can find online, but you will need to download it on your device, on bluestacks and on your pc
And I assume you unrooted after reverting? If not try that. Otherwise, it must have something to do with the way your device was rooted to begin with. Okay... looks like you can use this to backup but you will also need a pc with their desktop app.
You can use Helium to backup the data to your computer and then transfer it to your new device, unless you pay for the premium which lets you sync data directly to your new device. You will need a computer to activate Helium on both devices.
Samsung Smart Switch. Install that on your PC and backup via that, it will back up pretty much everything you have on your device except for app data.
To back that up, install the Helium app, and use that to backup whatever app data you want.
Helium Sync works wonders even on non-rooted phones, note that if your phone is not rooted you will need to connect your device to a computer to jumpstart things.
Use Helium I had to do this for my 1st Gen when my GPS was acting weird. All my game data was backed up including my text messages. I am not rooted, I definitely recommend this app.
Backup whatever you can to your GMail account... such as contacts, etc etc.
To do this, go to your Settings>Cloud and Accounts>Accounts>Google
Then select the account you want to sync and make sure all the info you want to sync is checked with the last synced date being now.
Although it says App Data, it truly only means the App's that has been coded to support it. Not all apps have...
Therefore, for other apps, try Helium [link]
You're going to need to use a Desktop Client for it too.
If you're unsure, there's a few youtube videos that will teach you how to backup and restore using it. Take care to not bother backing up any Samsung specific apps.
Helium works with root or ADB, but you can't back up apps that don't support it (it uses the stock backup mechanism to some extent).
You could try helium (if not rooted) - for rooted phones Titanium Backup.
The app Helium allows you to make manual backups of apps without root access, provided you have access to a computer. It's free, too.
This might be da wae you're looking for. XD
If you enable USB Debugging on both your devices, you can use adb on your PC to backup and restore the app. Helium is an easy way to do this.
PS: If this answers your query, please reply with "Solved". Thanks!
Helium because it doesn't require root.
I've successfully used Helium on Android to back up and transfer my game data between multiple phones.
Not to be rude or anything but if you had asked Google these questions ("Android Pay LineageOS", "Netflix LineageOS", etc.) then that would've been really great.
Information that you might not get straightforward out of Google:
Everything that you will need is actually in this thread on XDA.
[GUIDE] How to extract, create or edit android adb backups
or you could use Helium which does not require root as well.
You could also use Nexus Root Toolkit as well to assist in backup and restore. Though I have never used this tool for that explicit purpose. Videos of how to perform a Backup and Restore without Root can be found under the videos section
^edited: ^to ^add ^Helium ^and ^NRT
Helium achieves most of what you want without root.
You should check out Helium. It's your best bet for backing up a phone that runs stock Android.
If you're rooted (or plan to root), there are several choices for backing up. Many people swear by Titanium Backup, but I personally prefer Backup +
The above apps will only take care of backing up your apps and app settings, though.
When it comes to music, photos, and everything else, backing up from USB storage should suffice. You could even do it wirelessly over your network via Samba (basically Windows file sharing) or a specialized app. Many file managers support Samba, including (but not limited to) ES File Explorer and my favourite, Solid Explorer
TLDR; Might not be as simple as iOS, but it's certainly possible.
Sorry, linked the chrome app, here's for Android:
I prefer to use [link] to transfer the saves between devices. No root needed, (you do need a PC to activate it tough).
Try this, it works without root. [link]
Maybe Helium will work for you. There is a free Version so u can try it out. But you need a PC, if you are not rooted!
You can try using Helium from the play store: [link]
I've heard similar claims from Helium.
It's possible there's something else going on with your phone but I think it's worth looking into getting a custom rom to give it new life. The process is a bit tedious but you only have to do it once and future updates only take a minute.
To backup your current apps, games & other data without root, install Helium onto your phone & Helium Desktop on your computer, then follow THIS tutorial beginning with the section "Backing up and restoring from a PC"
To root & install a custom recovery follow THIS tutorial (ignore the part about "Disable CM Recovery Protection” under "Unlocking Bootloader” and where it says volume up+power use volume down+power). I recommend TWRP for custom recovery because it’s easier to use.
Choose a custom rom & kernel. There are many recommendations on this subreddit. A few threads can be found HERE, HERE, and HERE but all custom roms can ultimately be found on the Nexus 4 section on XDA Forums. Read the install instructions from the custom rom’s thread on XDA because you may need to install google apps separately. Download everything (custom rom, kernel, & a google apps package if indicated) onto your phone.
Follow the final section of the previous TUTORIAL on how to install the rom from your chosen custom recovery and follow up with any of the specific install instructions that came with the custom rom.
Reboot & follow your phone’s setup, then restore your apps & data with Helium.
That’s about it. You should bookmark the custom rom’s thread on XDA and check for updates once in while. Then it’s just a matter of downloading the update and installing it from custom recovery.
I had to go through all of this when my phone started acting up. I tossed on Chroma with a TK GApps package & recently Hellscore kernel (files to HC can be found here) and haven’t had any issues since.
Try using Oneplus switch. Also this might work although I don't know if it supports Android P.
Helium - App Sync and Backup is a front end for adb backup and restore.
Note that titanium requires root. Helium doesn't, as it uses adb. This means you need a pc for it too, though.
Try the app Helium
It reinstalls the whole firmware. If you follow the instructions on the googles webpage, all your files will be wiped. There was probably a way to manually flash the files without the script and keep the files but i havent tried it. If your bootloader is locked, then you really cant flash the firmware without losing the files. But you can always just copy the files from your phone to pc and copy them back when you are done. If you want your apps backed up too, you can use this app for that [link] remember to copy the backups to your pc after you are done. If you decide to do the reflash, just follow the instructions on this page [link]
The image you need to download is under "hammerhead" for Nexus 5 (GSM/LTE). Latest build is 6.0.1 (MOB30D) when im typing this.
You need the ADB to flash the image. The instructions tell to download the whole sdk which includes the adb but you can just use this instead [link]
Download is in the end of the first post.
Here is a video tutorial [link]
And you could also use this toolkit which has backup feature too which is nice [link]
Here are some video guides for the toolkit [link]
Try to use this [link]
Looks like Helium is able to backup app data without root. Haven't tried it.
Helium works well, no root required. [link]
Is this the one you are thinking about? No root needed.
Helium is another option and does not require root access but does require a Mac or PC.
You could try Helium.
Photos and music: usb || apps: for example: [link] ||
settings: htc backup
Helium is a great alternative and it works without root
Ok, the app that was linked isn't the one I was talking about. [link]
Visit their Play Store page LINK and it will tell you what they can/can't do.
FYI they can backup text messages :-)
There is also easy mode for those who may not want to dabble with ADB.
Try Helium Backup. Use the otg mouse method to set up.
It's in data/data. You can use this to assist you. Non-rooted instructions are in the description.
Give this a try:
Try Helium backup. It can do application backups and restoration. Should do what you need and it's free!
Titanium backup app.
But it needs root access.
There are others that don't require it (like Helium)
For app data (game data), use the app Helium. I wouldn't back up the actual apks though since they are easy to acquire but if you need to, use the app App Backup and Restore. For SMS, use SMS Backup and Restore and for photos/videos, just transfer them to your computer.
[link] It is pretty great for non-root.
Yes, I'd certainly say it's worth the upgrade to 5.0.
I'd recommend backing up your data, as /u/tjac67 suggested already, with either Kies, Helium, SMS Backup & Restore (for text messages), Titanium Backup (if rooted), and so forth other apps that can do this.
It doesn't hurt either at all starting from fresh and doing a factory reset either, which yes as you said there are some people that have had to do this. It's just normally a lot of work/time consuming to most people.
I highly recommend you to try rooting. Rooting unlocks capabilities that you haven't been able to before. One of the huge benefit is Greenify, which 'freezes' apps that constantly run in the background. This is extremely helpful if you currently use a lot of social media apps (facebook for instance), but keep in mind that you won't receive notifications on those apps that you have greenified on (so if you greenify facebook, you won't receive a nofification unless you currently opened the app).
You can greenify apps without root. but you have to do it manually. When you enable root, it does it for you once you exit the app. If you don't use social media apps, then you probably don't need Greenify.
However, if you root, you will loose data on your device because you might have to unlock the bootloader in order to do so (I think, I honestly don't remember). All I know is unlocking the bootloader deletes any data on your phone but I'm not sure if the bootloader gets unlocked while you are on the process of rooting. (It depends on the device so I'm not sure if OPO does this as well)
I recommend using helium app to backup app data.
In order to do so, on your new laptop (if it is windows), you need to download an adb driver for the OPO (basically allows the computer send things to the OPO).
Follow the instructions on the comments (or just install the file from this link [link])
Then you will need the Helium Desktop Installer (links below)
Helium Desktop Installer (non-rooted users):
Chrome browser user? Try the Chrome app: [link]
Not a Chrome user, or want the desktop installer? [link]
Now open the Helium app on your phone and follow the instructions. It should work fine.
Helium also backs up messages.
The backed up files will be under the carbon folder (this app was originally called carbon, but a possible lawsuit of the name forced them to change it into Helium). You can transfer that file on your desktop or the cloud to save them.
As for backing up pictures and other files, you'll need to manually copy them to your computer for backup. (or save them to the cloud)
Hope this helps!
Side Note for Mac users: You don't need an adb driver to get helium working. However, if you plan on saving those backed up app data on your computer, make sure you zip them first as some files don't get copied over to the computer. Windows doesn't have this problem but mac does for some reason.
I've heard mixed results using it, but Helium may work for what you want. Check it out.
Try Helium backup. Need to have a PC component installed and an app on your phone. You connect the phone to the computer running the program and the app gets elevated rights to backup. You can backup your files and games using this and I have moved from one phone to another using Helium for at least three generations of phones. No root needed. Just make sure that the apps you want to backup are installed on your phone not SD card as it seems to have issues with that. I usually copy files of the root of my device as well, as some developers don't always store files in the correct place and make their own directories anywhere they want
I agree, I don't think that anything better than https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.koushikdutta.backup&hl=cs exists (without root)
Helium can do this:
You also need the tool on the computer and you can save and restore app data for most games
Most of your apps' data (like settings, progress in games, etc.) isn't stored anywhere you can access it with explorer. I recommend using either Samsung's backup service or another app like Helium to back up app data. This doesn't catch everything though, I think it's useful to go through each app and see if it has a backup option.
Once you've done that, then you can copy everything with explorer/another file browser to either an SD card or your computer, and then you can copy all that back afterwards. This includes your photos, etc.
That's my general backup process - if you want more details, please ask!
I used it once for my wife a few years ago. She bought a new phone and wanted her game information to transfer over. It worked, but I recall having to rename files (or something. I don't really remember) to get them to load correctly
Helium by ClockworkMod is a rootless backup solution.
The free version allows you to backup data on your phone or your pc.
The premium version unlocks backup on Dropbox/gDrive.
There is method to backup FFBE account on android without root. Needs just a phone and a PC.
I used it to migrate my account from my old phone to a new one and to NOX. It was more than a year ago though so no guarantees. Helium on unrooted Android has to be activated with PC and this was the hardest step for me. Never worked for me on the first try, required reinstalling drivers or PC activating program, dunno why, maybe I' bad at following instructions.
Once activated it worked without problems, just select apps to backup and location. Files can be copied wherever. To restore reverse the steps :P. I think it backup all the downloaded content too, so file may be bigger than necessary. Activation resets on phone reboot.
Why I sat on this for so long?
Devs CAN prevent it from working. I coudn't backup Kingdom Hearts app because developers disabled something. Didn't want to risk gumi doing the same. I guess I read one post too many and had to share.
If someone finds a 100% foolproof way to use this go ahead and make a guide, I don't really have time to investigate why it sometimes didn't work for me
I've heard good things about Helium for apps specifically. Your android settings should be backed up regardless if you choose to restore from backup during the initial set up.
Try helium backup.
It doesn't require root. You have to do a step where you plug the phone into your computer, but it works.
I've only backed up and restored specific apps. I'm not sure if there is a single setting or button to push to get a full device backup. It might be worth investigating.
I use two APK, titanium is to root devices and helium is not necessary be root
Helium works great, paid version and free as well.
The chrome extension is the easiest way to enable it.
Helium works without root
I have had luck whit [link] for backup (on Android). Have transfeered saves from device to device whit it.
If you're not rooted, your best bet is likely to be to use the default Google Android app backups using Drive storage. I've had mixed results with app data being restored with these backups though.
Some people have had luck using Helium, but I haven't had much experience with it.
If you are rooted, it's still hard to go past Titanium Backup; it'll back up everything; APKs, app data, and system settings.
FYI: I had good luck transferring the app via Helium: [link]
You have to use connect your phone to a computer to enable it for some reason, but I was able to transfer the actual files via Google Drive (plus some file manager trickery).
Helium - App Sync and Backup. It requires you to connect your phone to a PC via USB. So you'll need to install USB drivers for your PC, and you'll need to install appropriate versions of the app to your Android and PC. This solution doesn't require any command lines. Restoring is as simple as backing up.
The downside is that it can only backup apps that are designed for backup, so don't expect all apps to succeed.
Hey, I'm sorry but I forgot to respond. Did you find the app or found a way to transfer the saves? The app I meant was this one.
Try Helium instead
Is this the correct app?
I used to use Helium to create backups(simulates root access via adb). Works without root, not sure if it still work but it should be.
I'd recommend doing a backup using something like Helium - [link]
This will backup most everything you'd want to save as far as app settings and data.
Make sure your photos are backed up - at least with Google Photos.
I used Helium when I got a new phone that wasn't rootable.
I'm not sure if it's currently working, but for those on android that haven't linked their account to My Nintendo and can't login right now because your device is rooted, try backing up your save with Helium and restoring it on another device (one that isn't rooted)
I think they only sync what apps are installed on your device. They don't actually "backup" your settings/config/files for those apps.
There are apps like Helium or Titanium (root) that package up the APK but you still need to set everything back up when you reinstall it. They*might* save app data too, which might be the settings/config, but I can't remember if that's the case. Not 100% sure. It's been a while since I used Titanium, probably not since my HTC EVO 4G days like 5 years ago.
For apps that use the cloud, with SSO logins and such, you don't even need to backup the app. Google Photos, Calendar, and certain games will carry over your files/progress from device to device, but you'll still need to configure the settings again (sound off, download over wifi only, etc.).
SMS would definitely be something that would need backing up. There are apps for that as well. I really don't care if I lose my texts during a wipe or when getting a new device. I'm mostly IM now anyway.
A complete "snapshot" of your phone might require something like a Nandroid backup.
Give a shot to Helium
Not an easy way. The best backup program, Titanium Backup, only works if you are rooted.
Helium will work without root, although some people find it doesn't work well for them.
You could try Helium (never used it myself, though):
The one I use is Helium.
You only need to have USB debuging enabled IF unrooted , and all nonprotected ones are update able. it uses androids buildt in backup.
I forgot I had Helium on my phone. Backing up now and flashing this fscker as soon as I can.
Helium for Windows
Helium for Android
In addition to Titanium backup like the others have said, you might also want to try Helium backup. According to the site, you can use it to backup app data without root. I don't know how well it works, but it might be worth a try if you don't have root access.
(I have no clue why you wouldn't have root with a custom ROM, though...)
may be try
Gotcha. I think this app might be the best bet.
you use it to take backups..
Has anyone tried Helium app?
That sucksss man. Try booting in safe mode. If it works in safe mode that means one of your apps are messing with it. You could clearing your davilik cache. Last step would be performing a factory reset. Helium is pretty good for backing up your apps. [link]
See, that's the point: With stock Android, all of those things except Adaway are part of the stock experience.
Cerberus's primary functions - location, lock, and erase are built into the Android Device Manager. All the extra stuff Cerberus does is neat, but I'm not going to send texts to my phone if someone stole it.
Titanium Backup (I'm assuming that's the TiB you're talking about) is just as easily done with adb backup or relying on Google's cloud backup, or Helium (by the ClockworkMod guys).
And I just haven't encountered an xposed module that does anything I need.
I'm not saying other people shouldn't root, but for me, I've not come across a use case where it's necessary primarily because Google has addressed all my issues and baked them into stock android already.
You can use Helium: [link]
If you don't have root your best bet AFAIK is Helium: [link]
Helium for apps that do not have manual "export/backup settings" etc feature or do not support backing up via Play/Drive: [link]
There is also Helium.
Helium should work [link] but it does require a PC.
This is the only app I've found that actually works to some extent for backups on a non-rooted device:
I use Helium for non-rooted devices. Titanium Backup for root.
Helium (suggested above by myself and /u/thim) would be simplest as it doesn't require you to root the device, but it does require you to have a PC. You also usually need a PC to root a device though, lol. Root is basically administrator privileges and means you can do whatever you want - including deleting files necessary for your device to even turn on, lol. It's an old Linux or Unix term and is basically interchangeable with the term "sudo" (which is a command usable on Mac, Android, Linux and possibly Unix when you want something done as an Administrator in the command line aka terminal).
On PC go to [clockworkmod.com/carbon](clockworkmod.com/carbon) (will redirect you to GitHub) and find and install a version of Helium for your PC (Win/Linux/Mac/Chrome).
On the Android device go to Helium in the Play Store and install that.
Connect Android to PC and open Helium on both; follow the directions on the phone for proper setup.
Once it's setup you should see a screen in Helium saying how many apps are selected, and that you can select all. You can swipe that black-and-blue menu down to see a list of all your apps.
Backup the Steam app (either just app data if you don't mind reinstalling it, or app + data if you'd rather not download it again). Would be a good idea to move the backup off of the device and onto the PC if you plan to Factory Reset the device as it will erase everything on the internal storage of the device. I don't believe it will erase the SD card if you have inserted one, but it could and it's safest to have an external copy of the backup.
Do whatever you wanted to do that created a need to reinstall the Steam app.
Move the backup back onto the device (and into it's proper folder where you got it from so Helium can see it) and reinstall the Steam app and then close it completely (if you didn't back up the app + data).
Open Helium and go to Restore, tick the checkbox next to Steam and let Helium work it's magic.
This is based on a dry run on my nieces phone with no risk to me; highly suggest that you download a small junk app you will never care about and do at least one run-through of backup/restore so you can understand it before doing the Steam app, just to be on the safe side.
I used Helium to backup. It worked perfectly for me.
This app claims to backup your app data without root:
Try some helium [link]
Spend $5 on helium App
[link] ; backup your appdata.
This has worked for me:
And it doesn't need root.
Try this app: [link]
Titanium does require root. Quick google search gave me app called Helium that claims to backup without root though.
Check out Helium
Kung hindi nasasave sa Google account, try Helium. No rooting required.
At least Helium works for most apps without needing root.
If you go to the Contacts tab of the Dialer app and hit the overflow, you have the option for Import/Export. Export to .vcf, save that file to somewhere safe, and then just import that file once you've factory reset.
Backing up your apps and their associated data can be done with Helium ([link])
I have not used this but someone else recommended it and thus I earmarked it. Root NOT required.
Supposedly Helium lets you back up app data without root, but I haven't tried it personally. Your mileage may vary. Linky
It does not. The full version does cost $5 though. I don't recall any good backup being free, though, so $5 should not be a dealbreaker. There were some apps that didn't come through properly, but only a handful and I think that's because they were obsolete and not supported on the new phone. I also used the backup to create a clone on my tablet, which was nice as a jumping-off point.
Try this: [link]
Yes you can get apps like Helium, or Titanium Backup to make a full backup.
Then fully wipe the phone to return it to stock. Then you just need to manually install whichever app you choose to initiate the restore. Unfortunately its nowhere near as nice and painless as it is on apple devices. Keep in mind that the restore will probably only work if you are staying within the same version of android. IE going from lollipop to lollipop. If you try and go from lollipop to kitkat, the restore most likely wont work very well.
As far as I know the only way through google is when it asks you in the initial setup.
You can try this app, backup on old phone, restore on the new one.
Best option for non-rooted backup is Helium
Most backups you've to do manually. Like your downloads, photos and stuff. But I don't really backup photos anymore since most are synced to my Google Photos now. As for apps, lot of apps today use the cloud data saving feature. For apps who doesn't have this feature, I'd recommend Helium to backup. Titanium would also do the trick. For SMS backup, I'd recommend this. If you need to backup WhatsApp, you'll just need to copy the WhatsApp folder in your storage and paste it in your new device, which will restore when you reactivate.
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Android backs up your data to the cloud, it is opt-in and the choice is presented to you upon first run. If you don't like that, choose an alternate method: [link]
Yea, I thought the game was fairly innovative. It was a hybrid between a restaurant simulator and a traditional RPG. The leveling system and guessing game with the ingredients were fun to mess around with as well. The only gripe I had with it was that it was grind-heavy, even in comparison to other RPGs. That's why I didn't want to restart from the beginning after losing my progress.
Anyways, is your device rooted? If it is, Titanium Backup would work as well. In fact, I think that's the most reliable app. Though I'll need to figure out how to root my device as well to make it work.
If not, here's Helium. Follow the short set of directions here. Once you get your PC to recognize the Android device, hop onto your Android, open the Helium app, and on the top right, there should be a pop down menu for PC transfer. Click on that, and it'll give you a local IP address which you enter into your web browser. Now you just click on whichever app you want to backup the app data for, and download. It should give you a zip file. Host that zip file on a file sharing website or just send it to me by email and it should (hopefully) work as long as we have the same version of the game.
Helium has poor support if things go wrong, and is generally less reliable. However, it's the most accessible option for people who don't want to root their device as far as I know. Both apps are free.
I haven't tried this myself, but ...
Someone let me know if this works?
Either Helium or you can use ADB. I'm not sure how well either of them work, as I've always used Titanium Backup.
Hopefully Android M will solve all our troubles.
I had a nexus 5 with earth completed save for low sintrest rates then I got a Galaxy S6. What you need to do (NON ROOT) is get the app helium HELIUM BACKUP install it on your existing phone and create a backup of Adventure capitalist. Then restore that backup on your new phone. or put the backup onto another android device tablet etc until you get your new phone.
This works nicely. My device is rooted but there is instructions there if yours is not.
Just backup the file internally and plug your phone into a computer. The files will be stored in a folder called "carbon" (helium used to be called carbon, alpha decay?). When you get the new device, simply copy the backup over and run helium once again for a restore.
If you're lazy and rich, helium offers a cloud backup service for 4.99. The free version works just fine though.
[link] Helim backup will backup most things without root
Depending on your phone and if you have root - you can force roam with this
I just tested Helium, and it works as long as you are copying over data for the same version.
If you're not rooted there's a few extra steps to follow in the app description needed to work, but basically just download, install, and connect phone to pc.
Yes there is a way. This should work. [link]
I used this on my Shield Tablet and as far as everyone can tell, it doesn't do anything malicious. I think you can even install SuperSU instead of their root app afterward, but I'm not sure on how to do that. This will get you rooted, save your data and then you can migrate your TiBu downloaded apps data over.
Or...you can use Helium app. It can backup and restore your apps, texts, phone history, dictionaries without root. You will have to install an app on your computer and allow it, but once you do, it will work. This is from a trusted developer as well. [link]
I suggest buying the Pro version of Helium if you go that route. It makes it much easier.
Titanium backups or this
If your phone is rooted you can use titanium backup or lucky patcher or one of many backup apps, if not you can try Helium ( [link] ), its pretty good but you need to make an account and use chrome. You can find tutorial here: [link]
Be sure to backup everything. You can backup your apps with this app or Moto All Tool.
I'm going to assume you're using Android because you used the word 'tablet' over the word 'iPad'. In the order you should try them, go through this list until the issue is fixed:
That's all I've got. Good luck!
You can use an app like Helium to backup your apps and data without root. This can then be restored after you have rooted.
Alternatively you can use a full-backup tool like Holo Backup which should make a complete image of your phone (all data, settings and apps) and save it to your PC.
Personally I would also recommend copying ALL your personal files (photos, documents etc.) to either your PC or the cloud just in case something goes horribly wrong.
now I feel really sorry for the Helium devs.
I use Helium. Backup to a microSD is free, backup to cloud services like DropBox or Google Drive is part of the premium app.
I used Helium to transfer everything from my new phone when I upgraded. There were a handful of apps that didn't make the transfer for some reason, but it saved my text messages and screen layout, including the full settings for my launcher and all app data. It's a wee bit of a pain, but it doesn't require root access like most other good backups I've looked into.
Regarding installation on the new device, you can pick and choose which apps will be installed. Regarding preferences, I believe those will have to be reconfigured on the new device.
Regarding local storage, you can use an app like Helium to create a backup and then load it onto the new device.
Try Helium Backup
Anyone try Helium?
We've got Helium now, but I know exactly what you mean. All these Google cloud services and it's still a crapshoot as to whether my game progress will sync across multiple devices... and half the time, if it does, it's because whatever game I'm playing wants me to create an account with them.
I think Helium is the go-to backup app for non-rooted phones. I used it once and it worked well.
>I'm rooted with custom recovery so I don't think I would get the OTA anyway
You would eventually get it, but it would fail to update because it's expecting the stock HTC recovery.
If your bootloader is unlocked and if your device is S-ON, you'll need to re-lock it before running the RUU with fastboot oem lock (otherwise you'll encounter "error 155") and then re-unlock using your token from HTCdev after the update.
fastboot oem lock
>What's the easiest way to restore app data using Titanium backup?
I didn't have any problems restoring app data with TB with a friend's M8 so I don't know how to answer this. It made a directory on the internal SDcard partition called "TitaniumBackup" that I copied to the computer and then put back on the device after using a RUU. Maybe also make a backup using Helium in addition to TB?
You can make backups on an unrooted phone using Helium or the adb backup api
Once you have unlocked your bootloader and installed TWRP (or the like) you can backup/restore from recovery mode.
You can always backup and restore.
Helium is one of the good ones
You can backup everything on /sdcard by connecting to a PC. Use Helium first (which will backup app related stuff to /sdcard) and then backup everything by transferring it to your computer. Once the bootloader is unlocked and you've rooted your OPO, transfer the stuff back and restore with Helium.
Maybe you accidentally enabled Smart Rotation, which tries to line up the phone's screen rotation with your face, no matter which orientation the phone's actually in. It's pretty hit-or-miss. Here's how you can disable it again, if it's active. If that doesn't work, factory resetting most likely will. If you want to back up your apps, I'm pretty sure google can do that automatically for you, from your account settings within the phone's own settings. Alternatively, you can use Helium Backup, which doesn't require root.
You can use Helium to backup most of your appdata without root.
Try using Helium for backing up your apps.
You could try clearing your cache partition which can be done by booting your phone into system recovery mode. That might solve the issue(s), hopefully or at least with the phone freezing.
You can do get into that by pressing and holding the volume up + power + home key at the same time, when the phone vibrates release the power button while continuing to hold the volume up and home button.
Just MAKE SURE only to select "wipe cache partition" and do NOT select "wipe data/factory reset."
While you probably are on the latest OS 4.4 update, you could still double check and make sure you are running the latest update. Not sure which carrier you are on but Lollipop / Android 5.0 update will probably be released to you any day now.
Another thing you could try, that I normally don't mention, is performing a complete factory reset/wipe and starting fresh again. Which you could use apps like Helium or possibly Titanium Backup (though you are not rooted--never looked at what it does unrooted) to start backing up your data, or even using Samsung Kies, possibly.
I know Kies always checks for updates to its software, but I imagine it is up to date?
Also, since OTA and Kies have been failing, I would consider trying a factory reset then seeing if you are able to update after that. Make sure to backup everything though before hand with the many different apps out there (Google Syncing for Contacts/Apps/etc, Helium, SMS Backup & Restore, Titanium Backup, etc etc)
Use Helium for app backup, and disable any dual factor authentication depending on the phone, it may stop working.
Try helium instead. [link]
In theory what I believe the Pixel does when transferring stuff from one phone to another with USB cable is based on the equivalent of "adb backup". For the moment I know of just one relatively friendly program for that - Helium - but in my experience that was not very good on older Android, look around for more info.
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A combination of Kies and Helium Backup.
Kies i use to backup contacts, messages, etc... and Helium to backup my actual applications and their data.
Backs up data and apps. It uses ADB IIRC.
> A decent adblocker. Like, seriously. I could need one.
There are plenty of good no-root ad-blockers available for Android.
> Decent backups
Helium backup. It only backs up apps that the developers have permitted. But it's very good at backing up and restoring apps with data.