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[Guide] How to keep Device backup up-to-date

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By dr.ketan, Recognized Developer / Recognized Contributor on 17th August 2012, 10:03 AM
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How to keep Device backup up-to-date

Here I am discussing to keep data up to date, so you can test different ROM without worrying about losing your data. As well this is safe, in case of you need to have wipe your device in emergency.
Basically our device have two types of data. 1.Static 2. Dynamic.
-Static data is like ROM,Kernel,application mods,account,settings etc.
-Dynamic data is like contacts, msgs, user applications etc. Which are getting change everyday. This type of backup need to update regularly or can say schedule backup is ideal for such data.
So backup should be create differently for both cases.
I prefers Nandroid backup for static data. This will help you when you want to switch back to your original ROM anytime, without flashing that ROM, Editing kernel or adding accout setting etc.
and Titanium for dynamic data. This needs schedule backup, so you need not to worry anymore for losing contacts, SMS, your game level etc.
After restoring Nandroid backup OR Moving to newer ROM this data will bring your device to condition, which was almost before flashing new ROM.

Backup :

1.Nadroid Backup :

This is can backup your full ROM + Custom Kernel + Data
But as above said, I prefers to use this as Backup only static data rather than have full backup. I think this will be more suitable if you create Backup of just Base. e.g System. As data we always have modify in day to day activity, but system will remain same.
- So better to keep Backup of ROM + Mods if you are using like call recording, launcher,any dumped application you have, OR any stuff you are using with pushing in system ROM.
- Better to have backup after adding your account, as this will save your time. But keep Account sync off (otherwise backup will includes contacts, calendar) and when you will restore, it may have changed.
- - Add your preferable setting like sound, tone, keyboard, language, country etc. As these setting usually we need not to change, once it applied.
- Add Titanium backup, Root Explorer application, as this is useful immediately after restoring backup

Now Create Nandroid backup of above said contents with recovery. It is better to put note along with backup, so you can easily get idea which backup contains what, particularly when multiple backup are there.

2.Data Backup :

Here list of things we need to have backup day to day.
1.Contacts : There is option available in contact – menu – Import/Export, This is best tool when you manually wiping, as this is most secure backup. Contacts also gets backup automatically if you keeping Accoun sync ON. Though will discuss in next step how to auto backup.
2.Camera snaps : Usually very precious data, and stores in Internal storage by defaults, so won’t erase during wiping/hard reset(except specially you select to format USB storage). But still better way you can change setting in camera appl storage location to Ext SD card, so need not to worry, if you need to format USB storage any time.
5.Call Logs
6.Calendar – As said it also auto sync with google acc, but will discuss in next session
7.Personal dictionary, usually swype dictionary auto add all names and words you are having in contacts, will discuss next session

So after having backup of all mentioned above, you need not to have worry about data, and you can fearlessly flash any ROM without worrying about losing data.
Hete now will discuss how to setup Titanium backup to backup all mentioned thing automatically.

Schedule Backup :

1.Open Totanium and make this change
Menu – preferance – Auto-sync TB –This will save all change you make on Titaniu, and need not to set everytime after re installing TB.
As well if you have sufficient space on card, select to have 3-5 copies of backup.
2.Now first create backup of full device, once your device is full prepared with everything..
batch – backup – select ‘Backup all user app + system data’
This will have full backup of all your installed appl and data.
3.Now from backup/restore screen, select ‘Click to Edit filter’ See image below)

select ‘create lable’

name it e.g. ‘data only’
select add/remove elements
Now just select green and yellow colored listing – and Ok from Rt upper corner tick mark.

Now come to schedules
Pick one from listed – Edit
First line select with Backup new user+syst app & newer version (see image)
Second line – no filtering
Select time (when your device remains in non use)
Select days of week you want to backup (idle daily)
And save.

Now pick another one – Edit (see image below)
First line select – ‘Backup all system data’
Second line select –[Label] data only (OR name which you applied above)
Same way above select time and days of backup and save.

So schedule 1 will backup all application which you install day to day, and schedule 2 will backup all the data like bookmark,contacts, personal dictionary,SMS,calendar,call logs etc as per your selected time.
And keep data up to date.

Backup of homescreen

This is usefull when you have multiple folder on your homescreen like I have in this picture.

Here you need to have backup of Tw Launcher(or touch wiz home if you are using TW5), but remember when to restore, just select data only.

Restoring :

So whenever you need to wipe OR you want to switch over from different ROM, just go this way
1.Restoring after wiping
If you have same ROM and just wipe data then restore with Titanium is enough
- Install titanium, bacup/Restore screen and just select all yellow colored backup and restore, if you want to restore dictionary,calendar,storage select those from green colored list and restore
- Batch – restore – select ‘missing appl with data’ and restore.

2.Restoring from other ROM
better flash same kernel, on which you have create nadroid backup and restore nandroid backup of base as mentioned at starting of post.
Then restore rest of things as mentioned in 1. above.

@ All newbies using titanium backup

I have read to many cases, user losing backup made by titanium after factory reset
This is b'coz by default titanium backup make makeup folder on internal SD card, and factory reset wiping this folder too, so at end of factory reset you won't have any data to restore
to prevent this, always use storage to Ext SD card instead of int SD card
How to ?
-create new folder on ext Sd card and name it like titaniumbackup
-open titanium - menu - preference -backup folder location
Now this will show all backup files, press back menu and navigate to new folder you have created
and use 'use current folder'
It will ask to move all data - move it.

Now back to preference menu and check mark 'Auto-sync TB setting'
this will remember your choice after installing TB next time

Now you are safe and can wipe cache and data without losing your backup.
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17th August 2012, 10:14 AM |#2  
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Titanium Backup does the same i think. But I would love to have a great tutorial on this by you bro
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Yes but many user having confusion about to select proper option for them.

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interested. Interested in doing it properly!
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Would be very nice if you could make a tutorial
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Was thinking about this (how to backup files and how to update it) a few days ago and started playing with Titanium Backup but unable to figure it out even though I see that there is a schedule option for backup. So with this guide that your going to make it would be alot helpful. So +1 for the interested party/group.
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Anyway i have just managed for time and almost it is ready, you will see it soon.
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i need to back up all the info in this guide Dr !

Dr, you are one of those people who just make android so much fun to learn and use
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wow learned something new again, Dr Ketan keep em coming thanks m8!

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