1. draco963's Avatar
    Hello Android Central. I'm waaaay outta my depth here...

    Here's my issue. I got a replacement Note II from Samsung (my first one had a defect, caught it within 30 days) and I'm finally sitting down to transfer all my data to the new hardware. Problem is, I've had the wonky phone long enough to have put a not-insignificant amount of time into a couple of games on my phone (notably, FF Dimensions) and my SwiftKey has gotten almost clairvoyant. I've been trying for a few days to copy the savegame and other app data to the external SD card so that I can easily transfer it to the new phone, but I'm not having any success.

    So far as the savegame goes, it's apparently in \data\data\obb. But,the \data directory on my phone says it's empty. And there's no second data directory under the other data dir I can find (\sdcard\Android\data). One post I read says I need "superuser access" to be able to see the second data directory. I've tried a couple of different apps (ES File Explorer for example) that are supposed to provide superuser directory browsing access, but none of them work, and apparently all for the same reason: I need to root my phone (well, phones, as I'll need to be able to plant the copied data into the new one too). U

    Now, I'm REALLY reluctant to do this. I fancy myself as a pretty smart geek, but the idea of cracking my phone's OS fills me with the heebie-jeebies. I'm praying that someone here much smarter than I am knows some way to access the data I'm looking for (and why the hell is it so well hidden to begin with?!? Opening it up would just encourage Android users to stay with Android!), without rooting my phones. Failing that, can someone tell me how to safely root my two Note It's, and how to UNroot them afterwards?

    Thanks in advance everybody!
    07-10-2013 02:30 PM
  2. DroidXcon's Avatar
    Hello Android Central. I'm waaaay outta my depth here...

    Here's my issue. I got a replacement Note II from Samsung (my first one had a defect, caught it within 30 days) and I'm finally sitting down to transfer all my data to the new hardware. Problem is, I've had the wonky phone long enough to have put a not-insignificant amount of time into a couple of games on my phone (notably, FF Dimensions) and my SwiftKey has gotten almost clairvoyant. I've been trying for a few days to copy the savegame and other app data to the external SD card so that I can easily transfer it to the new phone, but I'm not having any success.

    So far as the savegame goes, it's apparently in \data\data\obb. But,the \data directory on my phone says it's empty. And there's no second data directory under the other data dir I can find (\sdcard\Android\data). One post I read says I need "superuser access" to be able to see the second data directory. I've tried a couple of different apps (ES File Explorer for example) that are supposed to provide superuser directory browsing access, but none of them work, and apparently all for the same reason: I need to root my phone (well, phones, as I'll need to be able to plant the copied data into the new one too). U

    Now, I'm REALLY reluctant to do this. I fancy myself as a pretty smart geek, but the idea of cracking my phone's OS fills me with the heebie-jeebies. I'm praying that someone here much smarter than I am knows some way to access the data I'm looking for (and why the hell is it so well hidden to begin with?!? Opening it up would just encourage Android users to stay with Android!), without rooting my phones. Failing that, can someone tell me how to safely root my two Note It's, and how to UNroot them afterwards?

    Thanks in advance everybody!
    Welcome to Android Central, the method of rooting your device depends on the Carrier you have. Please share that along with the build number on your device which can be found in settings>about phone>build number.
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    07-10-2013 03:45 PM
  3. draco963's Avatar
    Thanks DroidXCon. My carrier is Telus (I'm Canadian), and the build # is JZO54K.I317MVLBMA3.

    Thanks everyone!
    07-10-2013 04:41 PM
  4. draco963's Avatar
    Bump...
    07-11-2013 08:34 PM
  5. gollum18's Avatar
    No you cannot. You're never logged into your phone as root in the first place, just a standard user. Stock oem software doesn't even have the su binary installed in the first place or the extra tools to use it. Rooting is the procedure that installs it on your device and allows you to use it.

    Sprint GS3 Running TN's Msg and Chubbs
    07-12-2013 01:02 AM
  6. anon(6174973)'s Avatar
    Hello Android Central. I'm waaaay outta my depth here...

    Here's my issue. I got a replacement Note II from Samsung (my first one had a defect, caught it within 30 days) and I'm finally sitting down to transfer all my data to the new hardware. Problem is, I've had the wonky phone long enough to have put a not-insignificant amount of time into a couple of games on my phone (notably, FF Dimensions) and my SwiftKey has gotten almost clairvoyant. I've been trying for a few days to copy the savegame and other app data to the external SD card so that I can easily transfer it to the new phone, but I'm not having any success.

    So far as the savegame goes, it's apparently in \data\data\obb. But,the \data directory on my phone says it's empty. And there's no second data directory under the other data dir I can find (\sdcard\Android\data). One post I read says I need "superuser access" to be able to see the second data directory. I've tried a couple of different apps (ES File Explorer for example) that are supposed to provide superuser directory browsing access, but none of them work, and apparently all for the same reason: I need to root my phone (well, phones, as I'll need to be able to plant the copied data into the new one too). U

    Now, I'm REALLY reluctant to do this. I fancy myself as a pretty smart geek, but the idea of cracking my phone's OS fills me with the heebie-jeebies. I'm praying that someone here much smarter than I am knows some way to access the data I'm looking for (and why the hell is it so well hidden to begin with?!? Opening it up would just encourage Android users to stay with Android!), without rooting my phones. Failing that, can someone tell me how to safely root my two Note It's, and how to UNroot them afterwards?

    Thanks in advance everybody!
    No, you cannot request for superuser permission without root.

    Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
    07-12-2013 01:21 AM
  7. draco963's Avatar
    Ok, is it possible to root my phone's and then UNroot them then?

    And, how do I do this safely? I'm terrified of "bricking" my phone's...

    Thanks!
    07-12-2013 11:15 AM
  8. anon(6174973)'s Avatar
    Ok, is it possible to root my phone's and then UNroot them then?

    And, how do I do this safely? I'm terrified of "bricking" my phone's...

    Thanks!
    If you followed every instruction carefully, you won't brick your phone. Even if you do, flashing back to the original firmware will unbrick it.

    You can unroot by flashing the original firmware. At least that is what I did for my Note and S4.

    Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
    07-12-2013 11:18 AM
  9. Dwaipayan De's Avatar
    Hey Draco, If you want to root your phone safely use the kingroot app.
    09-24-2015 11:44 AM
  10. rhaneyjr's Avatar
    And another safe way Is cf autoroot

    Sent from my GT-N7105 using Xparent Cyan Tapatalk 2
    10-14-2015 06:35 PM

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