Create And Restore Nandroid Backup Using TWRP


Taking a Nandroid backup with TWRP Recovery will come in handy when you accidentally mess-up your device. With a Nandroid Backup, you can get back your phone to a usable state in minutes. In this guide, we will tell you how to take Nandroid Back and how to Restore Nandroid Backup with TWRP.

Smartphones powered by Android are gradually becoming daily drivers for a large number of people. This directly signifies that the phone we carry contains a lot of important stuff in it. There is a great probability for the things to go wrong when you’re rooting, flashing custom ROMs or doing random things on your device. And when I say things going wrong, it means making your device dysfunctional with all your data in it. This is the reason why we must keep a backup of our data. In this guide, we will tell you how you can take a NANDROID backup and restore your phone from the one you’ve already taken.

What is NANDROID backup?

There are a lot of ways in which one can back up his/her data but no way is as effective as a Nandroid backup. Nandroid is a de-facto standard directory structure for storing Android system backups. It is a standard structure for backing up the perfect mirror image of your Android device. It is accessible through Recovery Mode that provides options to back up a phone and restores it in the exact same state of what it was backed up. It is a creation of  XDA developer Infernix.

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A nandroid backup basically includes the copy of the phone’s stock or custom ROM, all the apps (including all the preinstalled one), all system settings, all account settings, all pictures, music and videos, contacts and messages, wallpapers and widgets. It backs up everything you can literally imagine.

Note: Nandroid backups are quite large (it can be as large as few GBs), so you’ll need a large microSD card to store them. Before you proceed you must have your bootloader unlocked and TWRP recovery installed. If you are having any troubles with unlocking the bootloader or installing TWRP recovery, you can follow our guides on How to Unlock Bootloader and How to install TWRP Recovery.

Steps to Create Nandroid Backup:

  1. Boot your device into TWRP Recovery mode.
  2. Scroll down to ‘Backup’ and click on it.
  3. Choose ‘System’, ‘data’ along with every other item you want to backup. System and Data basically consist of your entire OS.
  4. Set up the folder to store your backup files. (optional)
  5. Swipe Right on the required portion of the screen to start the backup process.
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Reboot your phone and you are done with your backup.

Steps to Restore Nandroid Backup:

  1. Boot your device into TWRP Recovery mode.
  2. Scroll to ‘Restore’ and click on it.
  3. Choose the backup folder you want to restore.
  4. Swipe Right on the required portion of the screen to start recovery.

Once rebooted, you should find the ROM restored exactly same as when you backed it up.

This is the way by which you can backup and restore everything on any android. If you have any queries, leave them down in the comments section. If you need any help on how to take nandroid backup or how to restore a nandroid backup, do let us know in the comments below!

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