1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    is there any software to backup a whole samsung s8 to an external image? I've seen plenty of apps that will back up certain files and such but I was hoping to backup my whole phone. I'm aware this would require booting the phone from another operating system. One can back up a whole computer by booting it from acronis or clonezilla or whatever so is there an equivalent for the samsung s8?
    08-11-2018 08:25 AM
  2. hallux's Avatar
    Without rooting? No

    If you don't mind rooting, TWRP or similar can do it. Samsung had a computer based tool called smart switch that might be good enough for you.
    08-11-2018 10:38 AM
  3. Rukbat's Avatar
    One can back up a whole computer by booting it from acronis or clonezilla or whatever
    Only one partition at a time. An Android phone has about a dozen partitions (think a dozen hard drives), so it's not that simple.

    As Hallux said, TWRP will back everything (that can be backed up - it won't back up a couple of partitions that shouldn't be written to) up in one shot.

    Remember, apps like Acronis or Clonezilla have to be booted from a CD (or DVD), and run rooted operating systems. That's a bit difficult on a cellphone (although Samsung is one of the few phones - some models, at least - that can be booted from SD card - but, because the boot image has to be signed, and Samsung isn't about to release the code for that, it still can't boot a fully rooted OS).

    Stick to TWRP for your data and flashing the OS if you have to.
    08-11-2018 03:57 PM

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