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Ultimate Hacks: Perform a full backup without rooting your device

Our Ultimate Hacks series will give you the best ways of fully exploring your device. In this post, we’ll show you how to perform a full backup with rooting your device.

Backing up is one of those things that we all know we should do but often put off. Thankfully for those people who have rooted there devices, it’s straightforward to create a total snapshot of the current state of the device using ClockworkMod or similar. People without root have options too, but usually can only backup there photos/music etc rather than every aspect of the device. Thankfully, the developer Gigadroid has made a tool that makes backing up non-rooted devices a doddle.

You will first be required to install ‘ADB’ (Android Debug Bridge) which is part of the Android SDK (Software Devlopment Kit). Instructions on doing this can be found at Once ADB is running you can download, and run ‘Ultimate Backup Tool’ from Make sure that ‘USB Debugging’ mode is enabled on your device. To do this simply go to ‘Settings->Developer Options’ and tick the ‘USB Debuging’ box. Plug the device in and then choose from the list of options what you want to backup. Option 1, ‘backup all without system apps’ is probably the one you are most likely to use. Your device will now perform a full backup on your device.