Backup Nexus 5 without Custom Recovery

Prerequisites

  • Install Android SDK to your PC/Mac.
  • Launch SDK Manager, install both Android SDK Tools and Android SDK Platform-tools.

    Android SDK Manager

  • Install USB Driver for your PC/Mac.
  • My Nexus 5 Android OS is 4.4.4. Procedures might have some different with your version.

Backup procedures

  1. Go into Settings, then scroll down to the bottom and click on About Phone.

    Android Settings Menu

  2. Tap on Build number seven times to enable developer mode.
  3. Now you are a developer. Click back until you reach back to the main screen.
  4. Go into Settings, tap the new Developer options.

    Android Settings Menu

  5. Tab the switch to turn on Developer options.
  6. Tap to enable Stay awake and USB debugging.
    Setting for full backup

    Setting for full backup

  7. Tap Desktop backup password.
  8. Type a new password and retype the password to confirm. Leave the current password blank as this is the initial setup. Click Set backup password button when done.

    Android desktop backup setting

  9. Connect the phone with the PC/Mac with an USB cable.
  10. For Windows, right click the command prompt, click run as administrator.
  11. Unlock you phone if it is already locked.
  12. Type following command, modify the path for your environment.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32> cd \users\ray
    C:\Users\ray> cd android-sdks\platform-tools
    C:\Users\ray\android-sdks\platform-tools> adb backup -apk -system -shared -all -f c:\nexus5-2014-08-23.ab

    ADB backup command

  13. Back to your phone, the backup wizard is displayed.

    Android Full Backup Wizard

  14. Input the backup password that previously defined in eariler step.

    Then click Backup my data button.

  15. Wait until backup finished.

    Android backup wizard

Restore procedures

  1. Connect the phone with usb cable. Unlock the phone. Make sure USB debugging is turned on.
  2. Open a command prompt as administrator.
  3. Type following command, modify the path for your environment.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32> cd \users\ray
    C:\Users\ray> cd android-sdks\platform-tools
    C:\Users\ray\android-sdks\platform-tools> adb restore c:\nexus5-2014-08-23.ab



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