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Replacing a Broken Phone and Restoring from Backup

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Published on Jan 30, 2014

Just how quickly could you be back up and running if you break your mobile device? Damage coverage and replacement from Asurion can be quick (albeit a little costly) but then what do you have? A stock phone with an ugly environment and none of your apps, settings, etc.

However, if you've done proper and regular backups of your device (using TWRP or ClockworkMod to backup your whole system, not mere app backups from within the Android OS) you can have your whole phone experience once again in less time than it takes to get a pizza delivered.

This video shows, essentially all in one take (with some minor edits to clip out other people speaking or the entering of PIN codes), the whole process from start to finish.

Want to learn how to do this kind of in-depth work on your mobile devices? Then keep an eye out for the upcoming CORE Group trainings on the topic of Securing and Power Tweaking Android Devices. :-)



NOTE ONE - the brief scene of the stock Samsung environment booting was just to give me something to do during the long sdcard copy process (which takes the most time of the whole restore!) and to show how awful and unusable a stock phone is to most power users. ugh.

NOTE TWO - please always remember that this restore will NOT return your phone to an encrypted state... after restoring everything, set up device encryption once again (and use the cryptfs utility to set a boot decryption password that's much longer than your unlock PIN, of course)

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