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Hi, We are doing a job for a large mobile device manufacturer. Part of the job is preparing  countless Android phones and tablets for retail display.  This involves manually completing the initial set up, adding two email accounts, copying music to the music folder and photos to the photos folder. Then we install applications. Usually just one is installed but sometimes 2 or  more depending on the device.

We currently can do 5 phones at a time per person but there is alot of manual input.

Is there a way to image these android devices like a ghost image?  

What about Using Android System Recovery?

I have tried apps like tasker etc.. but it wont allow automating the initial set up of the device or creating email accounts.

Any Ideas?
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by:Kimputer
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It involves rooting the device before you can start the full backup. And that will void your warranty. Also, every phone/tablet make/model/type, has to have it's own backup.
I'm not sure this is the way to go?
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It may be quicker than manually doing all the phones due to less interaction. I would have to test. If only one image of each device needs to be made that is manageable.
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by:Kimputer
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Remember, all devices need to be rooted. So you have to find out if that's even possible. You really don't need approval from the upper management about you voiding all the warranty?
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I thought only one of each device would need to be rooted. That would be approved no problem.. .

These are retail display models, once the display has been refreshed these devices go back to the manufacturer and sold in lots. We  configure them for display by setting up 2 email accounts, copying content (music and pics) and installing the retail demo app. The initial set up is the tedious part. Connecting to wifi, naming device adding accounts etc

There has to be a better way to do this or some sort of Automation that we can incorporate? Any ideas would be appreciated
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Then spend a few dollars on a good backup app. You have to spend money as the free versions usually don't allow restoring to another device, only to the same one.
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Can you recommend a good back up app? If it does what we need, they will buy it.

Thanks
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My Backup Pro (by Rerware) seems to suit your needs.
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