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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by tuggy24g, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. tuggy24g

    tuggy24g Well-Known Member
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    How do I transfer all all my data from one galaxy nexus to another. All story short I am getting a replacement since my speaker will not amplify my voice loud enough.
    So how do I take all my games and data from the games, music, passords ect.. from one phone to anther phone without losing everything? Do I send it all to google cloud or use Titanium Backup Pro. Also I do not want to root my phone just to do this.


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  2. iowabowtech

    iowabowtech root@android:/ #

    Unfortunately, root would be required to make your wishlist a reality. The easiest and most complete way to do it would be to restore a nand backup to the new phone. It'd give you a mirror image of your current phone. This option would work well for you since you'd be running the exact same phone with the same Google account. But, it requires root and a custom recovery. Titanium or a similar app could do much of the same but would be more work.
  3. tuggy24g

    tuggy24g Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Man this stinks. I wish there was an easy way to this: ( Man nothing is easy now a days. I think someone should develop a app to do this.
  4. UBRocked

    UBRocked VZW Nexus Please!!!

    This is something that should be implemented by Google. Hopefully it will be set up so that when apps automatically restore from the play store...your app data will be restored as well. Otherwise...rooting is needed to to backup all apps and data.
  5. tuggy24g

    tuggy24g Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Does anyone know an easy root method so I can save all my data?
  6. edcooper714

    edcooper714 Well-Known Member

    File Expert from Google Play Store will probably do what you require.
  7. AnotherFatalEpic

    AnotherFatalEpic Android Enthusiast

    I am in this exact situation, replacing because I have "banding" - not the normal grey visible when dim banding, but horizontal lines whenever the screen displays red. I was messing around with SketchBook app and found a shade of red that causes the screen to display solid black lines through it. Other shades of red show "light red" lines through them.

    I selected Backup in CWM Recovery. How would I move this over to the new phone? I know I'll have to root the phone first and get CWM on it before I restore the backup, but the transfer of the backup has me stumped.

    I know I can use AirDroid to try and transfer the whole blob/backup folder to my computer, but it would be over WiFi and I'm not sure how stable it would be with that big of a transfer.
  8. teddyearp

    teddyearp Android Expert

    WUG's root toolkit is what I used, though I think back then I had to dig around to get the drivers working properly, the new version might have improved that:

    Nexus Root Toolkit v1.6.2 | WugFresh

    Unfortunately though, IIRC, you must unlock bootloader first with wug's which will still wipe your whole phone as well as any pictures, music, everything that is on your virtual sdcard. Dig around and see if you can use wug's to root without unlocking bootloader and then you should be pretty much set for the next steps.

    You can just plug your phone into your pc and transfer your 'sdcard' contents that way.

    good luck to both of you
  9. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User

    didn't their used to be a temp root solution so people could make backups for this purpose?
  10. teddyearp

    teddyearp Android Expert

    I think wug's will allow for a backup of the sdcard before unlocking, but I think you are referring to rooting without unlocking bootloader. I haven't looked into it, but it's linked in the sticky as only for 4.0.2 or something.
  11. patruns

    patruns Member

    It has been implemented by Google... sorta. Google keeps track of your apps and gives you the option to restore them when you get a new phone. As far as the apps' data, the developers could include the data in the regular Android backup but it is up to the individual developers. If you want to blame someone, blame the developers that do not utilize this function.
  12. val88

    val88 Android Enthusiast

    You can turn on your google backup (settings, backup & reset, check off "back up my data". I'm not sure exactly how long it takes for google's server to back up but it gets done eventually. Then when you get your new phone you use the same account and do google restore and it will put all the apps/apps related data onto your new phone.

    I don't think it will back up user data though so you will probably have to do that manually.

    Thats what I did when I had my phone repaired. I got the phone back with factory settings and I put my account back on and it gave me all my apps back to my last save point.
  13. UBRocked

    UBRocked VZW Nexus Please!!!

    This is why Titanium Backup is my #1 favorite Android app. Some people claim to have issues restoring apps and data but after 3+ years of very frequent use...It's the best way to restore app data. Gotta have root and need to know how to use it properly, but it works.

    As far as Google backing up app data vs the developers...Google now is an example of how this should work. Small files, frequently backed up by one source would be fantastic. I bet you will see this in future versions of Android.
  14. AnotherFatalEpic

    AnotherFatalEpic Android Enthusiast

    I'm using Wug's Toolkit right now. I just got my replacement (which has a slight yellow tint and the haptic feedback is much weaker - but screen is still better than my old one since it has no ghost lines running through it.) What I've done is save a nandroid with CWM then download it to a PC with Rom Manager Backup Server. I copied the backup zip file to my new replacement (which I've already unlocked and rooted with Wug's) and restored it via CWM. Now my phone is exactly as it was, minus everything I had in data/media.

    I hit Backup, then Backup Virtual SDcard, and it says that you will need to be rooted to restore this backup.

    If this is the case, you can just backup the Virtual SDcard from your old phone, but would have to root your new phone with the Toolkit before restoring the SDcard.


    Scratch that, the nandroid thing worked fine but the Toolkit does not backup my SDcard. I am guessing it's something with CM 10.1, since Android 4.2 treats the SDcard a little differently. When I go to backup it just says it's instantly finished. I guess I'm going to try and manually pull the folders over MTP and copy them back that way. :(
  15. chrisinsocalif

    chrisinsocalif Well-Known Member

  16. tuggy24g

    tuggy24g Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Wish I would of saw that a few hours ago. I just deleted my old phone and just installed all my app on the new phone :(
  17. iowabowtech

    iowabowtech root@android:/ #

    Have you verified this to work on the Gnex? It does not work on mine. I'm running a 4.2.1 rom however so has this been verified to work with a stock, unlocked Gnex and if so are we talking ICS only, JB or both?

    When I run it, I get a backup folder and the file created ok, but the file size is 0kb and the "backup" happens in a few seconds so it's pretty obvious it's going to fail. Could be because I'm rooted but I'd think this would work on any setup unless it's looking for an exact, stock file structure. Then the fail might make sense.
  18. chrisinsocalif

    chrisinsocalif Well-Known Member

    It works, just takes a while. I have done it for 4.1.2 and 4.2.
  19. AnotherFatalEpic

    AnotherFatalEpic Android Enthusiast

    I believe this depends on what ROM you're running. Right now I'm on Carbon which lets the Google app restore run pretty smoothly, but I've had many ROMs that either skip this completely, or hang on downloading apps and never really install any. Also, your app data isn't saved, for this I recommend Titanium Backup. I just did a clean wipe and let Google restore all my apps, then restored missing ones with TiBu, then went and restored data for all the ones that needed it.
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