How can I restore my data from a GingerBread app to KitKat on an Android phone?

Srinivas N August 14, 2014
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I recently moved from GingerBread Android phone to KitKat as I bought a new phone.

I have been using a app which takes a back up with .db extension and was hoping to use this backup file to restore the data on the new phone. When I downloaded the app it was exporting/importing to storage/emulated/0/com.mapaps.tracker so I was hoping to copy the file to this path in KitKat. However, I cannot find this path in any of File manager apps like astro or ES file explorer. I tried showing hidden files but that didn’t work and when I go to storage/emulated/0/ it take me back me to the home path. I have even tried to connect to a computer but no luck. Please help to find a workaround to copy file to storage/emulated/0/com.mapaps.tracker so that I can use my old database in new phone as well.

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  1. Pawan K
    August 20, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    You can use the same app on the PC via BlueStacks or Andy and then the data can be found easily within the related folders in C drive of your computer.
    I found a way to use Android apps for PC here, http://www.sidebuytech.com/download-bluestacks-app-player-install-windows/

  2. Hovsep A
    August 14, 2014 at 10:01 am

    storage/emulated/0/ is the "internal SDCard", what should be displayed when you connect android device to pc On some devices that place is available also as either /sdcard or /mnt/sdcard
    try to reboot your device while connected to pc?

    https://developer.android.com/about/versions/android-4.4.html
    If your app reads from external storage...
    Your app can not read shared files on the external storage when running on Android 4.4, unless your app has the READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission. That is, files within the directory returned by getExternalStoragePublicDirectory() are no longer accessible without the permission. However, if you need to access only your app-specific directories, provided by getExternalFilesDir(), then you do not need the READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission.

    maybe you need root access
    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2289445

  3. Srinivas N
    August 14, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Oron Hi...It is Pocket Budget App

  4. Oron J
    August 14, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Can you tell us which app you are using?