How to use Titanium Backup

Have you rooted your device? And now do you want to make the most of out of it? Most people will tell you having root privileges on your phone is awesome but you haven’t seen anything amazing yet? We’ll tell you how can you make the best use of root on your phone. There are several apps available which are specific for rooted phones. They increase the functionality of your device beyond expectations. One of the most famous apps for rooted phones is Titanium Backup. It is possible that you have already heard of it and probably installed it too, but you do not know what to do with it. Well it happened with me too when I installed it for the first time. titanium-backup-logo

In this post, I’ll show you how to use this amazing app. This app is packed with lot of features, so I’ll explain all of them one by one. Well how to use titanium backup?

Before we begin, we need you to understand few important things about this app. This app is designed to save all your important data. It not only stores app data but also system data. You might be wondering that what is system data and what is its advantage. You all are aware of the fact that how we all decorate our home screens, set favorite wallpapers, set lovely notification sounds, alarms and much more. You must have understood my point. Every time we change a phone or sometimes install a new firmware, we lose all our saved settings. There was no other way to save those settings until i started using Titanium Backup. Now I’ll explain everything about Titanium Backup you need to know.

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How to Make Backup with Titanium Backup:

Making Backup with Titanium Backup is very easy and there are many methods to do it.

Total Backup:

With this option you can backup all apps and system data with just one simple click.

  1. Enable USB Debugging by navigating to Settings>Developer Options and tick Developer Options
  2. Open Titanium Backup app from app drawer in your device
  3. Click on the button in top right corner
  4. It will give a list of options
  5. Select Backup all user apps + System data
  6. Tap on green tick icon
  7. You may deselect some apps you do not wish to restore
  8. It will automatically make a backup of all your data
  9. Progress can be seen in notification window
  10. You can minimize the app and use it normally
  11. If your phone’s RAM is below 1 GB, then it is recommended that you should not use your phone while Titanium Backup is working
  12. You do not need to worry if your phone turns off during process
  13. You can resume backup anytime
  14. If half of the apps were already backed up, Titanium Backup will detect them and make backup of remaining apps

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Backup User Apps:

If you only want to backup user apps – the apps you have installed, you can use this option. This option is particularly useful for those who do not modify phone’s settings much.

  1. Enable USB Debugging by navigating to Settings>Developer Options and tick Developer Options
  2. Follow all the steps mention below
  3. Only select Backup all User Apps instead of Backup all user apps + System data in step 4

Backup System Data:

Those who who like to install fresh apps every time can only backup system data.

  1. Enable USB Debugging by navigating to Settings>Developer Options and tick Developer Options
  2. Follow all the steps given above
  3. Just select Backup all System Data instead of Backup all user apps + System data in step 4

Backup a specific App:

If you have recently installed an app and want to make a backup of it instantly, you can use this option.

  1. Enable USB Debugging by navigating to Settings>Developer Options and tick Developer Options
  2. In main menu of titanium backup, click on “Backup and Restore”
  3. It will show you a list of all system and user apps
  4. Select the app you want to backup
  5. Then a popup will show
  6. Select Backup option
  7. Progress will be shown in notification window

Backup new Apps and System data:

With this option you can automatically backup new apps or newer versions of these apps.

  1. Enable USB Debugging by navigating to Settings>Developer Options and tick Developer Options
  2. Open Titanium Backup
  3. Select icon in top right corner
  4. Select Backup new use apps + newer version + new system data
  5. Progress will be seen in notification window

How to Restore data with Titanium Backup:

Just like backing up, lot of options are available to restore data.

Restore Total Data:

With this option, you can restore all apps and system data in one easy step. Note that apps backup will work in every phone but system data is specific to phones or brands. For example i was able to restore my home screen from Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro to Sony Xperia Sola. This is because they both share same manufacturer. However, restoring system data between different phones is not recommended by me.

  1. Enable USB Debugging by navigating to Settings>Developer Options and tick Developer Options
  2. Open Titanium Backup app from app drawer
  3. In the top right corner, tap the button with a tick
  4. Locate Restore tab and options listed underneath it
  5. Select Restore all user apps + System data
  6. When it comes to system data restoring, it will give you some options
  7. If you are restoring in same phone with same firmware, restore all of system data called snapshot of it
  8. If you are using another similar firmware/ROM, restore from XML which is much safer
  9. Another option is available called “Let me choose myself”
  10. With this option you can select the apps you want to restore
  11. Progress will be shown in notification window
  12. As i said earlier, you may minimize the app and use the phone
  13. Do this only if RAM is at least 1 GB
  14. If the restoring process is stuck, close the app or restart device and start again
  15. You need not to worry about if it will restore any app again, as Titanium Backup intelligently detects app which are already restored and which haven’t been restored yet
  16. As soon as all system data will be restored. it will ask you to reboot your phone – This step is very important
  17. You must reboot your smartphone after full restore

Note:- If you are using free version of Titanium Backup, you cannot use HyperShell. This is a premium feature of this app which allows auto install/restore of apps. It means that all apps will automatically will be installed while with  free version, you will have to click install button again and again.

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Restore User Apps:

Restore the user apps only with this option. This option is particularly useful when installing apps on new phone or in a different ROM.

  1. Enable USB Debugging by navigating to Settings>Developer Options and tick Developer Options
  2. Open Titanium Backup
  3. Click on Tick icon on top right corner
  4. Locate Restore tab in list
  5. Select Restore all missing apps with data
  6. Then tap green tick icon
  7. You can also deselect some apps which you do not want to restore
  8. Progress will be visible in notification window

Restore System Data:

  1. Enable USB Debugging by navigating to Settings>Developer Options and tick Developer Options
  2. Open Titanium Backup
  3. Click on Tick icon on top right corner
  4. Locate Restore tab in list
  5. Select Restore all system data
  6. Then tap green tick icon
  7. You can also deselect some apps which you do not want to restore
  8. Progress will be visible in notification window

Restore a specific app:

  1. Enable USB Debugging by navigating to Settings>Developer Options and tick Developer Options
  2. Go to Backup & Restore tab in main menu of Titanium Backup
  3. Select the app you wish to restore
  4. The apps which are not yet installed will be lined in middle
  5. Select the app
  6. It will give you some options like restore app + data, restore app only or restore data is app is already installed
  7. Select any option suitable for you
  8. Soon app will be restored
  9. If it is a system app, you will have to reboot after restore is complete

Basic functions of Titanium Backup have been explained.

Head over to next page Page 2 to learn about additional features of Titanium Backup.

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