How to Backup (some) Telltale Save Games on Android (no root required)

I love gaming.  One of the main reasons I purchased my Nexus 9 was the ability to play on the go.  I played through The Walking Dead Season 1 and quickly moved on to Season 2, Game of Thrones, and Tales from the Borderlands.

One of the greatest fears of all gamers is the loss of save data.  Playing a game once is awesome, playing it again to restore lost progress is painful.

With the 5.0.2 patch, my Nexus 9 was in the unfortunate lot of dead tablets.  After an afternoon of command line flashing action, I had a functional Nexus again, but four Telltale game saves were gone.

NEVER AGAIN.

Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones are easy and don’t require root.

The game save data is /sdcard/Telltale  Each game has its own folder.  Simply copy and paste the entire folder to the backup destination of your choice.  If you want to restore save data, copy from backup to /sdcard/Telltale.

I’ve uninstalled the game and reinstalled, the game data survives.  I’ve even copied game saves from my rooted Nexus 9 to my stock Moto X without any issues.

The folders are tiny (~100kb).  Once you backup you shouldn’t have any issues uninstalling the game (>700MB) to save space on your device.

There you are, my precious
There you are, my precious
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No save game data on my MotoX
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A quick copy and paste of my Nexus 9 save game data.

The Walking Dead games use a different save file, I found that Titanium Backup works, but requires root.  A non-root solution Like Helium might work but i haven’t tested it.

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