lblasa lblasa - 1 year ago 69
Android Question

Android backup/restore sample doesn't work?

I'm having this same problem - as found in the google developer group. I quote what it is a very detailed explanation by Chris Grebeldinger (original author).

"In the documentation:

It recommends testing backup/restore of your application by:

  1. installing your app

  2. make sure backup/restore is enabled

  3. changing some data and calling dataChanged()

  4. forcing bmgr to run a backup pass

  5. uninstall the app

  6. re-install the app and check if your data was restored

All seems well until step 4, when I see this in the log:

V/BackupManagerService( 306): removePackageParticipantsLocked: uid=10078 #1
V/BackupManagerService( 306): Removing backed-up knowledge of

And then for step 5:

V/BackupManagerService( 306): restoreAtInstall token=21
V/BackupManagerService( 306): No restore set -- skipping restore

So apparently backed up data is destroyed when an app is uninstalled, which means the official testing workflow can't possibly work right? What's the best way to test this?"

Has anybody managed to run and test this sample correctly? Thanks!

Answer Source

Thanks again to Chris Grebeldinger which kindly answered my reply to his original post in the google android developer group.

How it does work:

  • Install the app in device A.
  • Set any data or preferences in device A.
  • Force a backup on device A. (Using adb shell bmgr backup [app_name], adb shell bmgr run).
  • Grab a second device B.
  • Perform a factory reset on device B.
  • Once reset, install the app again.
  • The restore operation should be successful.

What annoys me is that the "steps" as shown on the Google Android documentation which appear to be quite detailed decided to omit what it appears to be a necessary and compulsory steps.

As Chris mentioned on his reply, I hope this helps other people who find the same problem.



After further testing with different devices, it appears that the whole backup/restore process can vary from manufacturer and device. I could test the sample app using Google's document approach i.e. by uninstalling and installing using a nexus 7 - just by a coincidence. So, my advice would be not to expect the same behaviour and consistency during your tests.

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