How to: Provide a Nandroid Backup for Your Android Device

Last updated: July 1, 2020.

Nandroid Backup for Your Android Device

For the Android lovers who are keen on always exploring new things by flashing Recoveries or MODs or ROMs, Nandroid Backup is surely not a new concept anymore. This is a necessary precaution that users must take prior to flashing the Android device in order to ensure that the process becomes problem-free. But for those who are not yet familiar with this term, this article will guide you through what Nandroid Backup is, how to provide one for your device, and how to restore it.

About Nandroid backup

The fact that the Android ecosystem is open source provides developers with a lot of leeway to provide many possibilities. The system can be altered in only a short period of time, including:

  • Tweaking several aspects of the device
  • Providing custom ROMs
  • Adding MODs to give more functionality to the Android device
  • Backup apps, data, and other files (call logs, messages, phone contacts, media files)

These things can be done through third party apps such as Titanium Backup to make users worry-free when it comes to customization and data loss. However, these third party apps focus on only one aspect of the system. Backing up the entire operating system — including the system apps, settings, data — can be done through Nandroid Backup. Here are some of the important things that you need to know about Nandroid Backup:

  • You don’t have to worry about soft bricking your Android device whenever you tweak or flash it because your device is protected once you have a Nandroid Backup. Flashing Nandroid Backup brings you to the latest working state of your device.
  • Nandroid Backup may also be used whenever you are experiencing radio issues after flashing. Flashing Nandroid back up will bring your device to the last working Radio so that your device will no longer have performance issues.
  • Nandroid Backup is placed at the internal SD card


Creating the Nandroid Backup

Custom Recoveries are one of the best developments in the Android ecosystem, and the TWRP or CWM Recovery allow users to create a Nandroid Backup.

  • The Nandroid Backup is in a zip file or image file format.
  • This zip or image file can be flashed using the TWRP or CWM Recovery


Creating Nandroid Backup Through TWRP Recovery:

Using the Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) Recovery is the simplest method for creating a Nandroid Backup. The user interface of TWRP Recovery is really commendable. Follow the step by step procedure to know how you can use TWRP Recovery for the creation of Nandroid Backup:

  • Install TWRP Recovery on your phone
  • Open TWRP Recovery
  • Click Backup. There are options that should appear on your screen, including the following:
  1. Boot,
  2. Recovery,
  3. System,
  4. Data,
  5. Cache,
  6. EFS
  • Choose the options that you prefer to back up
  • Enable compression options if it is on your preference as well.
  • Following all the options, the storage location is also displaced. Click the location to choose which storage location you want, whether on your internal SD or external SD (if permitted by your device).
  • Swipe to beging the backup.
  • Once the backup has been finished, copy Nandroid Backup to your computer. This is an additional safety layer.
  • Nandroid Backup can be flashed through the Install option in recovery.




Creating Nandroid Backup Through CWM Recovery:

  • Install ClockWork Mod (CWM) Recovery on your Android device. This can be installed manually or through the ROM Manager.
  • Boot to CWM Recovery
  • The sub options are provided in the Backup and Restore option:
  1. Backup to /sdcard – this creates the Nandroid Backup on your phone’s internal SD card;
  2. Restore from /sdcard – this restores the Nandroid Backup from the internal SD card;
  3. Delete from /sdcard – this removes the Nandroid Backup from the internal SD card;
  4. Advanced restore from /sdcard – this instantly restores the files;
  5. Backup to /storage/extSdcard – this creates the Nandroid Backup on your phone’s external SD card;
  6. Restore from /storage/extSdcard – this restores the Nandroid Backup from the external SD card;
  7. Delete from /storage/extSdcard – this deletes the Nandroid Backup from the external SD card;
  8. Advanced restore from /storage/extSdcard – this instantly restores the files;
  9. Free unused backup data – this will give you additional space on the SD card of your device;
  10. Choose default backup format – this allows you to customize the file format of your backup files, which is either of the following:
  11. .tar
  12. .tar + gzip
  13. dup format
  • Choose your preferred option on the list


Nandroid Backup


An application for Online Nandroid Backup is also available, and the only requirement for this is for you to root your device. There may be some differences in the options that are shown in the recovery, but these have the same functions.


If you need further assistance about the creation of a Nandroid Backup, feel free to ask away at the comments section.



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  1. yoichi November 7, 2019 Reply