Updated on May 1st, 2021
Let’s go from the beginning. If you are not a tech savage, you want to know what is a Nandroid backup and why you need it.
In simple English, Nandroid backup means making a digital copy of all the data stored in your Android phone, including apps, settings, files, etc. This way, you can erase everything from your phone and restore it back as it was. It helps you make sure that whatever happens with your Android device, you will have the possibility to restore all your data.
Now, as cool as it sounds, Nandroid backup can easily go wrong, and instead of saving all your information, you can lose them for good. This is why it’s essential to go step by step and do everything correctly.
I will walk with you through this process.
How to do a Nandroid backup
The first thing to do, make sure your device is rooted before you start a Nandroid backup. If you are not sure how to do that, you can check our Android root guide. Afterward, you need to have Custom Recovery installed on your phone. There are several custom recovery options: TWRP, OFRP, SHRP, PBRP, RWRP.
Basically, custom recovery is a third-party recovery space that you will use to store your data and recover it from there. For the purpose of this review, I’ll be using the TWRP recovery option.
After rooting your device, make sure that you have enough free storage space on your SD card.
Note: You need to use the same Custom Recovery for backup and recovering your files.
Now when you’re all ready, let’s start the Nandroid backup.
- Go Into Recovery Mode – usually, this can be done by holding the volume down and the power button simultaneously. Once you see the options on your screen, use the volume button to navigate to “Recovery mode” and enter
- Navigate to “Backup”
- Choose the partitions you want to backup (if you don’t know what partition is for what, I would advise you to leave the default setup)
- Swipe right at the bottom to start a backup
- Wait for the backup process to finish
- Reboot your device.
Since the backup can take a lot of space, you can move it to your desktop or laptop just because it’s more convenient. It’s simple to do it, connect your Android device to your PC and find the folder TWRP/BACKUPS in your internal storage. From here, you can quickly transfer it to your desktop.
Restore your data using Nandroid backup
Now comes the easy part. If you wish to restore the data you have in your backup, go to “Recovery mode” again and select the option “Backup”. Once the process is finished, restart your Android device, and that’s it. You will see all of your data restored on your Android device!
Other Nandroid backup options
As I mentioned, there are several options to do the Nandroid backup. Besides using Custom Recovery TWRP, you can use CWM Recovery, which is almost the same. Other than that, you can use Online Nandroid backup, ROM Manager app, OnAndroid zip file, and ADB commands.
Let’s go briefly through some of these methods as well.
Online Nandroid backup
- Download and install Online Android Backup https://apkpure.com/online-nandroid-backup-root/com.h3r3t1c.onnandbup
- Select the Backup name and Backup Type
- By default, a backup will be set to CWM, but if you have TWRP already installed, you can choose that one too.
- Select the Backup Mode and Location
- Choose if you want to rewrite some of the previous backups or create a new one
- Click “Save” and then “Quick Backup Option”
- Tap on “Start Backup”.
That’s it; after the process is finished, your Android device has a backup. This option is helpful since it can be done without rooting your device.
ROM Manager App
- Download and install ROM Manager app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.koushikdutta.rommanager&hl=sr&gl=US
- Select “Flash ClockworkMod Recovery” to install CWM
- Choose “Backup current ROM”
- The phone will boot itself, and the Nandroid backup process will start
- After the procedure is done, you can find your backup under the name ClockworkMod/backup/.
If you want to use this app to restore files, start the app, choose “Manage and Restore backup”, and the list of all the files from the backup will show. Choose the files you want to restore and click “Restore”.
Most of these apps are used in a similar way. After the installation, you will see the steps you need to follow in order to finalize your Nandroid backup process. Whether you like to play with your Android device and try out many new things, or you simply want to be safe, doing a backup is always a good choice. It’ll keep you safe, and you’ll always have your data a few clicks away.
My advice for you, do the backup as often as possible, so you will always have all your data stored.