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Android 2.2 Data Backup: How to backup DefaultSharedPreferences?

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment

Questions:

I am implementing the new BackupAgentHelper from Android OS 2.2.

For it to work you need to supply the name of the SharedPreferences that you want to backup:

public class MyPrefsBackupAgent extends BackupAgentHelper {
// The name of the SharedPreferences file
static final String PREFS = "user_preferences";

// A key to uniquely identify the set of backup data
static final String PREFS_BACKUP_KEY = "prefs";

// Allocate a helper and add it to the backup agent
void onCreate() {
    SharedPreferencesBackupHelper helper = new SharedPreferencesBackupHelper(this, PREFS);
    addHelper(PREFS_BACKUP_KEY, helper);
}
}

Problem is I use the PreferenceManager.getDefaultSharedPreferences() method in my application to get the default shared preferences instance. Now I need to supply the name of that file. How can I find out what name that is?

(And why do they not supply a helper that just does a DefaultSharedPreferences backup?)

How to&Answers:

It looks like it’s called "packagename_preferences"