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Titanium Backup Guide For Newbies

As one of the top paid apps on android in the Playstore since I can remember, Titanium Backup has always been most users number 1 go to app for backups.
  1. When you open up titanium backup check and make sure it says you're rooted. Open up preferences and check dropbox/drive/box. Whichever one you use and put in your info for it.
  2. Click Schedules to routinely backup your phone. As you can see I have 3 schedules that run daily. Just be careful with the third one. Don't run it on a newly wiped device unless you want all your backups deleted! I run it daily because why would I want my phone to backup a bunch of apps I had previously downloaded but yet still got backed up?
    • Redo backups for modified data (nightly): This backs up the data for your apps. For example... if you are on Level 35 in Angry Birds, doing this will save that data. When you have to re-install your ROM for whatever reason and have to re-install Angry Birds, the data that states you've passed all the levels prior to Level 35 will be restored.
    • Backup all new apps & newer versions (nightly): It only backs up the apps that have been updated from the Android Market Place since the last backup and adds any new apps you've downloaded as well.
    • Delete backups for un-installed apps (weekly): This deletes backups for apps I've uninstalled during the day. I wouldn't want titanium backup to restore all the apps I've uninstalled and don't want anymore would I?
  3. If you're using a launcher such as Apex or Nova, I also recommend backing up those settings in the launcher itself just in case Titanium Backup doesn't. I still recommend running TiBu manually before flashing anything just in case something didn't get backed up. Last time I wiped for some reason my swype and a few other apps never got backed up. Just a side note.
  4. Now is the time to download your respective ROM and Kernels. Put these on your SD card somewhere easy to find. All ROMS depend on the phone you're using. They're not universal. The two major sites you can find ROMS and Kernels for your device are XDA and RootzWiki.
  5. Make sure your backups have run and completed. Something else you can do is make an update.zip of all your apps.

    This saves you time because right after you flash your ROM/Kernel you can flash this update.zip and have all your apps ready to go right when you boot up your phone. It will save the update.zip by default in the /sdcard directory. If you want to save your wifi/sms/mms information just click the options from the main screen and go to "Backup data to XML..." and then choose whatever needs you want.
  6. ll you have to do now is boot into Clockwork Recovery or TWRP. From here you wipe system data, Cache, and Dalvik Cache. You can also click "Mounts and Storage" and format the respective folders in there such as system and boot but it's not really necessary most of the time.
  7. Once flashed reboot the phone and make sure it boots.
  8. You can click the about section in the phone settings to check the radio/kernel/ROM/android version you're on.
  9. The first thing I do after signing into my Google account is opening up the play store and installing titanium backup. You can also just download the .zip on the web and flash that in CWM as well. Although like I said earlier, your apps shouldn't need to be installed if you had flashed that update.zip in CWM. Alternatively, you could store the tibu.apk somewhere on the phone and just open it from there.

    This next step is only if you don't flash the update.zip in CWM.
  10. From TiBu, Click the check mark in the top right to access the batch options. Scroll down to restore and click "Restore missing apps and data". Note: I've had issues receiving notifications from apps after restoring data. If this occurs just wipe the data/cache for the app and re-insert your credentials. Just make sure you aren't restoring system data because it can cause conflicts with the ROM. The few apps you can restore system data with are like clock,messenger, etc. After the batch install is done your phone should be read to go!

  • If you go to the search, near the bottom you can create filters. I create a filter for stock apps I don't need/want on my phone. Then I add all the apps to that filter. Apply the filter. Go to batch (check mark), and just run the uninstallation of all the apps it is filtering. So basically with 4 clicks I can remove a specific list of apps
  • When you're editing the schedules, scroll all the way to the bottom and enable syncing to dropbox/drive. It should say "When finished: _____" This way it can sync your backups to dropbox automatically without having to do it manually. I advise doing this when you're sleeping as it could take awhile. If you sync to the cloud and your phone ever breaks/dies you will have your exact settings and apps backed up ready to go for your new phone.


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