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Titanium Backup has long, and for good reason, been one of the most successful apps on the market. It can be used on your smartphone to back up all your important dada software, device data, and even WiFi passwords.


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Titanium Backup

Today, Android is a very stable operating system, so running into a device or program destroying bug is pretty uncommon. Even so, being safe is better than being sorry, you never know when a debilitating update or malicious device might trigger a problem. If you are planning to uninstall apps using your newly discovered root permission, or are planning to install custom Android versions, then it is important to back up your computer.

First things first, a rooted handset is required before you can use Titanium Backup. Before that, root permissions on your smartphone will need to be given to the app but that’s easy enough. When you run Titanium Backup, you’ll be prompted by Superuser and can opt to grant it permanent access so you won’t get prompted again.

A warning term, before we go any further. When you use Titanium Backup to restore apps between ROMs installation, do NOT try to restore system apps or their data through ROMs, as this will cause all kinds of crashes. Different apps are working perfectly, but device data is not compatible.

Performing A Mass Backup

Titanium Backup doesn’t seem to have the most friendly-looking GUI at first glance, the black and grey theme could definitely use a makeover. But don’t let that put you off, it’s actually very easy to find anything you need.

But, frustratingly, the most useful method for conducting a mass backup is possibly actually hidden in another menu, rather than on the Backup / Restore tab where you would expect it should be. Instead, click the Menu button on your handset and then select the option “Batch actions” under the section “General,” this should be the second option on the list.

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Titanium Backup Menu Button

Right here is the all-important backup portion, which gives you a wide range of options about device and system data. Device data includes bookmarks, information about the WiFi, calendar activities, etc. If you are doing a backup for the first time then you want to use the option “Backup all user apps + system data,” or at least the feature Top right corner to start back up.

Creating a recovery backup .zip file

Although the above backups will shield you against most bugs, if you encounter a significant error that prevents your computer from booting properly, such as corruption in a system file, or a bugged-out launcher, they won’t be of much use. That is where .zip files compatible with recovery come in handy, as the backup can be restored without having to boot into Android. However, this is just an option for a donate edition, but if you’re changing ROMs a lot, it could be worth it.

Head over again to the batch options and scroll down until you see the category “Recovery Mode.” There you can pick the apps you want to include in backup file, switch between apps or data only, and call file appropriately to remind you what it is.

If you ever need to use this boot file to recover your computer, enter ClockworkMod recovery and select SDCard update zip.

Scheduled backups

Generating a backup any time you install a new app is a bit of a hassle, and anyway, it’s doubtful anyone will ever recall making a backup every week or month. Luckily, Titanium Backup now provides a scheduled option to back up.

Click the “Schedules” tab on the main menu, and you’ll be given two choices. The first option called “correct backups for updated data” would schedule backups that have been adjusted after the last backup only for device data. This may involve games or changes to unique data about the device.

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The schedule has plenty of options to control automatic backups

The second choice is probably the most significant because, after the previous update, it will back up any new applications, device data, and updates. Press “delete” to allow timetable changes. There are all the necessary options to change the time and date when backups are being made, but users can also set the charging status of the system needed before making a backup, to avoid mid-backup shutdowns, and there is also a choice about filters and what to do once the backup is complete.

Restoring from backup

Sure, in case your smartphone experiences a slight meltdown, you ‘re safe, but the next important move is to be able to recover your apps and settings should anything go wrong.

Once again, you can find in the batch actions a list of options to restore your data by number. “Restore missing apps with info” will replace any content you lack after a wipe from your smartphone. Alternatively, restore all apps with data and replace any existing apps with previously produced backed-up versions of them. There’s also a very helpful option to restore user apps only to newer versions if you reinstall your program.

The option you’ll most likely be interested in, though, is the “restore missing apps + all device data” option, which will bring everything back to where it was before you made the backup. While I can’t emphasize enough, if you are swapping ROMs, the device data should not be restored.

When you discover a fault created by a particular device, say after a bugged update, and you want to restore it to a previously saved version, then you can do so by clicking on the backup/restore option on the main page. You may choose the individual device or piece of data from the list here. A backup list can appear when taped along with a list of other functions to make backups etc. You can monitor your individual data backups here, or restore the data by clicking on the corresponding restore button to a specific date.

Managing Bloatware

You’ll probably have found the Freeze feature when looking at the individual devices. Freezing apps is a handy device that lets you avoid apps from running completely without having to uninstall them. This is usually used on factory-installed devices you don’t want to use. This choice is a paid-for app only, but it’s really helpful if you want to avoid running an annoying task or see how your smartphone will respond before uninstalling a piece of software.

Root authorization also means Titanium Backup can be used to remove inappropriate programs and bloatware. Before doing so with any pre-installed applications, a word of warning uninstalled critical apps will cause close errors and even make your smartphone practically unusable if not carefully handled, so I highly suggest that you first back up your apps and program, ideally with a recovery zip file.

Special Features

When you are short of saving your internal memory, there’s always the option to transfer devices to the SD card. However, this may cause certain devices to crash, so use on software that doesn’t interact tightly with any other aspect of Android, including games, is just suggested.

Under the settings tab, Titanium Backup offers several more choices, including changes to the form of compression used to make backups, the maximum number of backups to hold for each device, and how to store market links for applications. In reality, apps can also be removed from the marketplace, allowing automatic updates to be left on for apps, but then disabled manually for other applications, if you so wish.

Cloud Backups

The ability to transfer backup data to various online services, including Dropbox and Google Drive, is an extra feature for those who buy the PRO Version. While not necessary, if you need to clean your SD card, or if your SD card is ever developing a fault, these options are very helpful. To allow synchronization with one of these services, tap the menu button on your phone and then go to “Preferences,” the options are under “Settings for cloud sync”




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