Perform nandroid Backup on Android using Custom Recovery

Perform nandroid Backup on Android using Custom Recovery

We all know that Android Smartphones are popular because for their Open Source nature and vast customization capabilities. Ever since the rise of the Android Open Source Platform in 2008, it allowed developers from all around the world to do their customization to the original OS and release range of custom operating system, mods, and many other useful tools. Because of its Open Source nature developers from all over the world were attracted to this great platform and discovered new ways to exploit the Android OS and unleash its real power. And when they have learned that Android can be rooted, there is now going back.

But one thing we should all keep in our minds that performing advanced operations on our device might get us into big trouble, so backup is the thing we have to make sure first. It is very easy to take backups of apps, media, file etc, there are lots of third party apps available on Play Store for the same purpose. However if you want to take a complete backup of your device OS then Nandroid Backup is the best option. Nandroid Backup is basically just like standalone backup which can be restore at any point of time.

For instance, if you encounter any issues in the rom or mod you had installed or already damaged your device accidently when making a mod by yourself, you can easily get backup to your old rom only if you have made a backup of that rom.

So, now you must also get interested in the nandroid backup and want to try new mods and things like that, but before starting anything you should know that the complete procedure of making these backups. CWM, TWRP, Philz are some top most custom recoveries in which you can easily made nandroid backup. It’s difficult to say that which one is the best one because each recovery has its own significance and hence we are going to show you how to backup and restores your Android device using all three top recoveries.

So, let’s begin with this simple guide on how to create and restore nandroid backup on Android device using CWM, TWRP and Philz recovery.

How to Backup & Restore Android Device Using CWM Recovery

Follow the step by step instructions of this guide carefully, and you will see how easy is to perform the nandroid backups on your Android device. There are two versions of CWM, touch and non-touch. By using touch controls you can easily access the touch version of CWM and to access non-touch version you have to press Volume-Up and Volume-Down for navigating and Power key for selecting. (The hardware key combination to access ROM may vary with device)

  • Visit this Official CWM website to find the recovery for your device and then install it on your device.
  • And if you want to install unofficial builds then you can easily find one for your device on XDA forums or on any other Android development forums.
  • Once you have successfully installed it, boot your device into CWM Recovery mode by using the hardware combinations keys or by using any good 3rd party app from the Play Store.
  • You will find several options in CWM recovery, select Backup and Restore from it.

CWM Recovery

  • There are lots of sub-options under Backup and Restore option similar to the options in the screenshot.

CWM Recovery

  • To perform a nandroid backup, choose any backup option (Internal or External) from the submenu above and the backup process will start automatically.
  • To restore a backup, choose any restore option (Internal or External) from the submenu above and select any backup file to restore your device.
  • Now chose Go back to return back to the main menu screen.
  • Select Reboot System Now to reboot your device.

That’s all !

Now you can perform nandroid backup and restore them by using the CWM recovery whenever you like.

How to Backup & Restore Android Device Using TWRP Recovery

Follow the steps carefully, and you will see how easy it is to perform nandroid backups on your device using TWRP Recovery.

  • Visit the Official TWRP website to find the recovery for your device and then install it on your device.
  • Other unofficial builds for your device can be found on XDA forums or any other Android development forums.
  • Once you have successfully installed TWRP Recovery on your device boot into your device by using the hardware combination keys or by any 3rd party apps available on Play Store.
  • By tapping on Backup option in TWRP main menu you will see a screen with all available partitions to backup.

TWRP Recovery

  • Normally we select all the required partitions to backup and also select the storage option. You can also give your desired name to backup, if it’s enabled in the TWRP settings.
  • After selecting everything according to your requirement, swipe the confirmation button to start the backup process. It will directly start and will display a success message on screen once done.
  • Restoring backup is also easy, go to the main menu and tap on Restore button. You should see the options to rename, delete or restore backups.

TWRP Recovery

  • Now chose the partitions you want to restore (Normally we select all) and swipe right to begin the process.
  • Once it’s completed successfully, you should see an option to reboot the device. Tap on that option to reboot your device.

Backing up and restoring your device with TWRP is easy, right?

How to Backup & Restore Android Device Using Philz Recovery

Philz recovery includes many new features and options for customization because it’s an advanced version of the CWM recovery. Carefully follow all the guidelines of this step by step tutorial, and you will see how easy is to create n nandroid backup of your Android device using Philz recovery.

  • First find the right recovery for your device from any Android development forum and then install in on your device.
  • Once you have successfully installed the Philz recovery on your device, boot your device in to the Philz recovery by using the hardware combination keys or by any 3rd party app.
  • Go to the main menu of Philz and tap on Backup and Restore option.
  • There are lot of options in sub-menu pick the backup method of your choice and tap on that option to initiate the process of backup.
  • Stored backups can also be restored from the same Backup and Restore option, simply tap of any restore option of your choice.
  • To start the restore process first select the required restore file and then simply tap on it.
  • Once device is restored, return back to the main menu and tap on Reboot System Now.

That’s all !

Now you know 3 easy ways to backup and restore your Android device, so it’s time to play dirty with your device. And just in case if anything goes wrong just follow this simple guide to restore your device using an existing backup

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