How to Completely Backup Your Android Phone Apps and Data Manually

Backup Android Apps with Titanium BackupBefore messing around with your Android phone, the first thing any groovy geek would do is perform a full system backup.  When it comes to making Android backups, the Titanium Backup can handle them for you.  But, the only problem is that it requires your phone be rooted.  Sure, there are a few other options out there, such as ASTRO, that don’t require root.  However, Titanium Backup packs more features than all of the rest and is easily the best tool available for the job.

Backup your Phone Apps with Titanium Backup

Note: Titanium backup requires root access, if your phone is not rooted you will not be able to use this app.

Step 1

Download Titanium Backup from the Android market.  I’ve linked the free version but there is also a paid version with a few extra features.  For all intended purposes, the free version is what most people use.  The first time you launch Titanium Backup, it will likely request Superuser (root) permission.

titanium backup for root users on androidtitanium backup needs superuser to run

Step 2

If this is your first time running Titanium Backup, you probably don’t have the right version of BusyBox.  But, even if you think you do it won’t hurt to let check for an update.

Tap the Problems? button to access the menu.

Note:  The Default backup directory is sdcard/TitaniumBackup.  If you’d prefer it to be somewhere else you can change the location in the Preferences (phones running Android 2.2 or higher only).

problems in titanium backup

From the “Problems” dialog, just Tap Get BusyBox and then on the next one Tap Yes, do it

BusyBox will now download the latest compatible version and then Titanium Backup will close.  At this point, just launch the app again and continue forward.

get busybox for androidconfirm busybox download

Step 3

Back in the main screen of Titanium Backup Press the Menu button on the outside of your phone.  From the menu that appears, Tap Batch.

In the Batch list, Tap the Run button for Backup all user apps + system data.

Titanium Backup batch settings buttonrun titanium backup for all user apps and data

Step 4

You’ll see one more confirmation screen which gives you the option to unselect apps for backup.  Just Click Run the batch operation and it will start.  Now all you have to do is wait around for 5-10 minutes while the app backs up your entire phone.

run the batch operation for titanium backupwait for the 10 minute backup


All of the system data and apps on your phone should now be completely backed up to your SD card.  You can now perform system resets without worrying about losing your app data, or you can just mess around to your hearts content knowing that everything is saved.

To restore a backup, just go into the Batch menu again but this time Run Restore all apps with data.

restore all apps and data from titanium backup

1 Comment

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  1. Paul Fullilove

    What backup to you recommend for people who don’t want to root their phone?

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