Backup & restore apps

I started this race with basic backups of mobile (contacts, SMS, calls-logs, calendar, etc.), only apart of the important functions of mobile also should make a backup of apps, although this is not difficult requires more effort because each app save data differently.

Given that I take liking to try ROMs (both, stockROMs and customROMs) I had to investigate each app to can backup and restore all apps with the easiest way possible. Obviously isn’t count apps based on cloud and credentials (Google, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo!, etc. accounts), so that I will put apps that save data and/or settings locally. These ones will be apps I have used or using, probably will not be all apps that you’re using.

Every location that not begin with /sdcard0/ (eg. /data/data/...) are required root permissions to access them both for backup and restore.

There are some apps that create directories/data files on startup, so it’s possible some app may rumple some restoration overwriting our files. It’s better run at least once, after this you can restore the files overwriting those were created.

A better camera

For save camera preferences

Automatic Call Recorder

Requires save three different locations:

  • /data/data/com.appstar.callrecoder/databases/*.* List of recorded calls.
  • /data/data/com.appstar.callrecoder/shared_prefs/com.appstar.callrecorder_preferences.xml Preferences and settings of the app.
  • /sdcard0/callrecordings/* Recorded files of calls.


Has an integrated option of backup. This is stored in:: /sdcard0/intsig/camscanner/databases_backup.


Data export. /sdcard0/birthdayplus/*.txt

App based on cloud (Feedly, Old Reader, RSS), but but allows export settings: Appearance, synchronization, reading, highlights, etc. /sdcard0/greader/backup/*

My cars
Data export to int.memory(SD) and Dropbox. /sdcard0/mycar/*


Export option, export all settings: profile, rules, locations, repeater towers, etc. /sdcard0/fancy01/myprofiles/*.db

History /data/data/*
thnks to RalphS, TechSupport from @neomediainc for his help.


Although I believe that have solution based on cloud through account, also can to backup manually.
/sdcard0/.dmd_pano/* Pictures and files in raw.
/sdcard0/panoramas/* Images of panoramas exported to .JPG


Location by default of videos. /sdcard0/rec/*


Options for save backups of app:

  • In int.memory: /sdcard/smscontactsbackup/*
  • In µSD card: /sdcard1/Android/data/com.idea.backup.smscontacts/files/Smscontactsbackup/*

Remember that to use the card μSD you have to have LP (or above.) Or be root to enable writing on the card, but you can not write to the card μSD with third party applications, except Android native apps (eg. Camera).


Whatsapp has option to save the backup directly to GoogleDrive, but is paid a very expensive price at expense of our privacy and safety for use WhatsApp.

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