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How to Backup and Restore Apps with Titanium Backup

It is important to always have your important data backed up, for safety. It is recommended to backup your data before doing some tutorials on this site. These include things such as flashing ROMs and installing mods. For this reason, we are writing this tutorial to teach you how to backup your data, and how to restore it. This is usually if you change your ROM or have to do a factory reset for some reason. It can also help if you lose your data any other way. Read further to find out how to backup using Titanium Backup.

When you install a new ROM, you may need to wipe your device. This means all the data outside the internal/external SDcard will be lost. Titanium Backup allows you to backup apps and data in a single file which you can use to restore. Rather than downloading apps again from the Play Store once phone is reset, you can just restore using Titanium. Most apps these days have their own solutions of managing their data like WhatsApp provides Google Drive backups but unfortunately, there is no efficient method to backup the apps themselves except using Titanium.

Disclaimer: All the software on this page belongs to the app developer. We aren’t responsible if you lose your data, or otherwise damage your device.

Backup your Apps using Titanium Backup

Titanium Backup is a free app, with more powerful features in the paid version, that allows you to backup your data along with your apps. If you want an ad-free experience with extra features, go for the paid version. Or else, use the free app like we and millions of other users do.

Before we get started with the simple tutorial, you might also want to look into how to backup the following for your Android phone/tablet:

Next, we’ll teach you how to use Titanium Backup.

Requirements

Before we start, you need the following stuff:

  • An Android device (duh!)
  • The device should be rooted
  • Download Titanium Backup from the Google Play Store
  • Enough space on your SD card or internal storage

When you have all of the above, read on.

Part 1: How to Backup Your Apps & Data

How to Backup a Single App

Step 1 – Open Titanium Backup and grant it root permissions, if asked. Dismiss any messages.

Step 2 – Tap on Backup/Restore near the top.

titanium backup

Step 3 – Tap on any app you want to Backup (I used Firefox in this example).

Backup single app

Step 4 – Select Backup !

Backing up app

Step 5 – Wait while the app is being backed up.

Step 6 – When the backup is complete, the dialogue box will disappear and you’ll get a notification.

Notification

How to Backup Multiple Apps

Step 1 – Open Titanium Backup and grant it root permissions, if asked. Dismiss any messages.

Step 2 – Tap on the icon that looks like a page with a check mark, near the top right.

Batch backup/restore actions

Step 3 – Tap on Run next to Backup all user apps + system data.

 

Step 4 – Use the buttons and the check boxes to select the apps to be backed up.

Note: It is best not to backup or restore apps in red when changing ROMs. This may cause crashes on your phone.

Step 5 – Tap the check mark in the top right corner.

Batch Backup

Step 6 – Wait for the apps to finish being backed up.

Step 7 – You will get a notification confirming the operation.

Batch notification confirmation

Restoring Data

Keep in mind that you can only restore data if your SD card was not wiped. Restoring data is very similar to backing it up. Just select restore in step 4 or step 3, instead of backup. If asked, always restore app + data.

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About the author

Haris Nadeem

He lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android.