[kwlug-disc] Android data backups

Colin K colin at void11.com
Tue Jul 24 09:50:15 EDT 2012


>
> A question for the Android folks: what is the usual method used to backup
> your Android data via USB or Bluetooth to your local computer?  Assume
> that you have no internet access, and no access to the cloud.


It depends on what level of Backup you mean.  Are you looking to muck about
really deep into android? if so then you should think about installing a
custom boot loader like Clock work mod. That should pack just about all the
crucial stuff into a .zip file i believe for you so you can revert back to
an old installation of android on your phone.  After this I would just use
some sort of usb method to access the filesystem and copy the backup to
your machine somehow.

- I use FolderSync (needs wifi or some sort of network access) to
> synchronize a bunch of folders to my server using SSH/SFTP. This is
> scheduled for 0300 Sunday. I ended up choosing foldersync because it can do
> two-way sync, which allows me to muck with files on my server, and have
> that replicated elsewhere (I actually two-way sync from my server to my
> laptop, so when I import photos locally, it eventually removes them through
> the chain until they are not on the phone anymore. Eventually).


Thanks I'll check into FolderSync from what you described I'm sold.  It
would be nice to know if it would sync over wifi only.  If not I could
simply just setup the ssh/sftp address to only be a lan routable ip 192.168
or something to avoid syncing over my data plan.  Does it support rsync?

- I use "Titanium Backup" (needs root). I created a label with all the apps
> with data I care about, and scheduled it to run at 0200 Sunday.

if you have root access and just want to backup apps I rely on this app
myself as well so I can vouch for its ultra usefulness.  It can backup apps
and app data quite well.

I think rooting your device is essential for people who want a truly full
featured android experience.  Root at your own risk though :P

On Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Chris Irwin <chris at chrisirwin.ca> wrote:
> - I use FolderSync (needs wifi or some sort of network access) to
> synchronize a bunch of folders to my server using SSH/SFTP. This is
> scheduled for 0300 Sunday. I ended up choosing foldersync because it can
do
> two-way sync, which allows me to muck with files on my server, and have
that
> replicated elsewhere (I actually two-way sync from my server to my laptop,
> so when I import photos locally, it eventually removes them through the
> chain until they are not on the phone anymore. Eventually).
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