I got an Android phone a while ago. I’m trying very hard not to have to connect to any “cloud” services when I use it. It pretty much makes the phone useless as a PIM and I am actually still using my old Palm.

However the battery on my aging Z22 is holding less and less charge: its days are numbered. So I’m going to have to make the Android phone more functional.

Step one. Backup the apps I do use to my own computer.

Apps I use:

Contacts com.android.contacts
Gallery com.google.android.gallery3d
Note Everything de.softxperience.android.noteeverything
K-9 Mail com.fsck.k9
Messaging com.android.providers.telephony. Or not. Restoring this did not get the messages back.
qPDF Viewer com.qoppa.activities.viewer
Apollo com.andrew.apollo
Clock com.android.deskclock
Phone com.android.providers.telephony
Timer org.dpadgett.timer
Terminal jackpal.androidterm
Settings com.android.providers.settings
Offline Calendar com.droidwave.offlinecalendar

I got K-9 Mail from fDroid, the free-and-open-source-app store for Android.

It seems I will have to backup all this data app by app. I’m making a list of apps I use … and adding to it as I discover more of them that I use.


settings — import/export — Export to storage — saves as a file to /mnt/sdcard/nnnnn.vcf

Can be copied off with adb. I don’t think my phone has a separate SD Card for general storage, although it is a separate partition in flash.


I’m already using digikam to copy the photos off.

The photos are saved to /data/media/DCIM/Camera/ by the camera app.

Edited photos are in /data/media/Edited/

Note Everything

settings — more — export textnotes to SD-Card

saved to /mnt/sdcard/noteeverything/text

There is also a directory /mnt/sdcard/noteeverything/backup

The directories:


It may be that Note Everything saves to SD Card even without the export step.

Perusing fDroid, I see there are some more choices now for note apps than there were when I first got Note Everything. Will have to revisit this. Although I like the way Note Everything stores data, I’d prefer an open source app.

See also

  • /data/data/de.softexperience.android.noteeverything

Not sure yet what info is stored in the different directories.

K-9 Mail

No need to save — this is just a view on an IMAP folder that I can see elsewhere. Although I suppose it might be nice to save the account info and settings.

  • /data/data/com.fsck.k9


Messages are stored in


in some kind of binary DB.

Contents of that directory:


I suppose the telephony.db is the list of phone calls I’ve received/initiated. Could be handy to save that too.

qPDF Viewer

Some items in


Some items in


One item in /data/media and /mnt/sdcard (!) Perhaps that’s an anomaly. Not sure why it’s in two places. Maybe /data/media is the same as /mnt/sdcard. Apart from having (some of?) the same files, I have no other evidence of this.

Items in /mnt/sdcard are owned by user 0.1015 (root.sdcard_rw)

Items in /data/media are owned by user 1023.1023 (media_rw.media_rw)

Moving along …


I have nothing in here at the moment

However …


That could be backed up I guess


clock info to back up


I wish these apps would have an “about” entry in the settings, I can’t remember what came with Android and what I got afterwards.


Phone preferences


See also


Not sure where the phone calls rec’d/initiated are kept.


I probably got this from fdroid also


Very nice app.


Perhaps settings are stored


And the app itself



The android stock settings app, if the settings can be said to be an “app”. And apparently it can.

Offline Calendar

Apparently a fork of ancal. It needs work — on my platform at least.


for investigation

  • /data/data/com.android/backupconfirm
  • /data/data/com.android.camera
  • /data/data/com.android.certinstaller
  • /data/data/com.android.magicsmoke
  • /data/data/com.android.mms
  • /data/data/com.android.packaginstaller
  • /data/data/com.android.providers.applications
  • /data/data/com.android.providers.calendar
  • /data/data/com.android.providers.contacts
  • /data/data/com.android.providers.downloads
  • /data/data/com.android.providers.downloads.ui
  • /data/data/com.android.providers.drm
  • /data/data/com.android.providers.media
  • /data/data/com.android.providers.settings
  • /data/data/com.android.providers.telephony
  • /data/data/com.android.providers.userdictionary
  • /data/data/com.android.soundrecorder
  • /data/data/org.fdroid.fdroid
  • /system/app/Apollo.apk
  • /system/app/Calculator.apk
  • /system/app/Camera.apk
  • /system/app/Calendar.apk
  • /system/app/CalendarProvider.apk
  • /system/app/SuperUser.apk
  • … etc.