Every smartphone has its unique number which helps make the device unique to identify in lost moment or IMEI missing issue. You can track or load IMEI number on Android phone. I am sure that the majority of Motorola users (or any other OEMs) don’t deal with the customization part but there is a growing number of users who are constantly trying to refine their user experience. In this article talk about how to backup Motorola IMEI number file.
What Is IMEI?
IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. It is a global identification of your device and it is unique for each unit sold anywhere across the globe. In fact, if there’s no IMEI number registered on your phone, you cannot register to a network carrier without any doubt. Plus, people with authority or someone who has the skills can track their phone using the valid IMEI number as well. Thus, backing up before doing something like installing a custom ROM is pretty important. Here, we have two major methods that you can take to backup IMEI files on your Motorola Devices.
How to Backup IMEI Number Files on Motorola Devices Using TWRP?
Step #1: First, you need to power your device on the recovery console mode. Use a combination of Power + Volume Up/Down which can be model-specific in order to boot into the recovery mode.
Step #2: Select “Mount” from the many options on TWRP Recovery Mode.
Step #3: Next up, tick all the boxes that aren’t ticked already such as “Firmware”, “ OEM”, “ Persist”, and so on. Tap on the home screen button to come to the main menu.
Step #4: Now, tap on the “Advanced” menu and proceed to “File Manager” and then, proceed to the “persist” folder located under the file manager. You might have to scroll down the page to find it.
Step #5: On the bottom-right of the screen, you will see a Blue Folder Icon, tap it and, select “Copy Folder” from the various menus available here.
Step #*: Back up to the root folder and paste the said files into the sdcard for internal memory or you can also paste it on External-SD Card for external memory. Tap on the Blue Folder Icon again and check if the Copying ‘from’ and ‘to’ is right nor. Finally, swipe the slider to the right where it says “Swipe to confirm”.
Step #7: Now, reboot the device and go to the TWRP folder and check if the IMEI files are available or not.
If yes, you have successfully backed up the IMEI files and you can make a copy of it on Google Drive or your computer as well.
Note: User discretion is advisable.
How to Backup IMEI Number on Motorola Phones Using ADB or Fastboot Mode?
Step #1: First up, go to Settings on your Motorola device, and proceed to “About Phone” located at the bottom of the page.
Step #2: Scroll and you’ll find “Build Number” listed on this page, tap it 7 times continuously that will enable developer options for you with the notification “You’re now a Developer” popping up on the screen.
Step #3: Back up to the Settings main page and scroll to find “Developer Options” that should be listed right above the “About Phone” option.
Step #4: Now, you need to scroll down the page to find “USB Debugging” and enable it. You will be prompted to “Allow USB debugging” so do tap on “OK”.
Step #5: Next up, take a USB cable, connect it to your phone and the PC and that must throw a prompt on your device asking you to “Allow USB debugging?”. You can tick the option “Always allow from this computer” if you are a regular or simply by “OK” straight away to ditch it totally and allow for a one time access.
Step #*: Extract the ADB and Fastboot Tools that you downloaded earlier and open the folder.
Step #7: Now, hover on the empty section of the folder and press “Shift + Right Click on your mouse” and select “Open Command Window Here”. This will launch the CMD on your computer.
Step #8: You need to enter these commands in the CMD. Note that the IMEI files on your Motorola device are stored in the PDS partition and by doing so, you are searching for the PDS partition that you can backup and store on your internal storage or your computer. Enter these commands →
dd if=/dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc.1/by-name/pds of=/sdcard/pds.img
Step #8: After entering the aforementioned commands on the CMD on ADB, a file named PDS.img will be stored on your device’s internal storage. Now, I would recommend taking a backup of this file on your computer and Google Drive or any cloud storage as well.
This was one of the easiest ways to take a backup of IMEI files on Motorola Devices. You can check out Method #2 that requires TWRP or any custom ROM installed.
Last Updated on February 12, 2021 by Prosenjit Dey