ClockworkMod ROM Manager backup and restore
Last Updated: January 20th, 2011


In this tutorial, I will guide you through the easiest and most reliable way to fully and 100% back up and restore your Android phone.

By fully back up, I don't mean backing up just your address book or your emails, or your dog. I mean EVERYTHING that resides on your phone with the exception of the SD card - what we will create is essentially a full image of your phone's current state that you can restore to at any time as if nothing happened. This image will be written to your SD card which you are then free to copy around and back up on your computer.

In fact, the backup described here is very similar to imaging your computer hard drive before you swap drives - the principle is the same.

Here are some benefits of being able to perform full backups:


  • You can stop worrying about forgetting to or being unable to back up certain components of your phone, such as text messages - Nandroid backs up everything.
  • You can try out new ROMs, switch between them and the original stock any time by backing up and restoring full images.
  • You will be able to restore to not just your physical phone, but also to any other phone of the same model. Lost your handset and got a replacement? No problem - restore your latest backup and it's as good as the one you had lost.

Here are some things to keep in mind, however.

Things To Keep In Mind

  • When you restore from a full image backup, you have to restore all or nothing. In other words, you will not be able to get back *just* the photos.
  • An obligatory word of warning: there is always that slight chance that something will not work. Nandroid is stable and pretty well tested nowadays but there is a possibility that you won't be able to restore, so copy the stuff you can't afford to lose somewhere before starting and make sure you are OK with losing the rest in case something goes wrong. Note that your contacts and the list of applications is already backed up into the cloud by Google, so you don't need to back them up separately.



Here is what we will be using. The list may seem overwhelming at first, but don't fret - every step is really quite simple.

You will need anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour to finish your first backup, depending on your skills.

So here we go. Ready for the big list?

Step 1. Root your phone

Step 2. Install Nandroid Backup

Aaaand we're done. That wasn't so bad, was it?

The above steps and the backup/restore themselves are explained in more detail below.


Step 1. Root Your Phone

Rooting is a process of getting full access to all of your phone's functions. Think of it as unlocking your phone and enabling it to do anything it wants (except for flying - let's not try that one).

We have a full explanation of the most important benefits that come with rooting your Android phone right here.

You will need root in order to do the full backup as an unrooted phone simply will not grant any application enough access to do it.

Because rooting each phone is different, the easiest way to figure out the right way for your model and Android version would be to just Google "YOUR-PHONE YOUR-ANDROID-VERSION root".


Step 2. Install Nandroid Backup

Nandroid is an application capable of making complete snapshots of your whole phone as well as restoring from those snapshots.

There are different ways of getting Nandroid onto your phone and here we will use the simplest of all approaches - using the ClockworkMod ROM Manager application which also comes with a whole bunch of other useful stuff. It can only be used on rooted phones, which is why step 1 was necessary.

This is the easiest part. Hrm, come to think of it, everything described here is pretty easy but installing an application from the Android Market - what can be easier?

  1. Access the Android Market by loading the Market app.
  2. Search for "ROM Manager".
  3. Install ClockworkMod ROM Manager.

And now you're done with step 2. Did I mention this was the last step?


Back Up Your Phone

Now we can do the actual backup.

The backup itself will take about 5-10 minutes and will produce a new timestamped directory on the SD card. This directory will contain all of the files needed for restoration - they comprise your full backup.

Here, I'll give you a preview of what a full backup looks like:

ClockworkMod ROM Manager backup and restore

One-time Setup

Now, before we can back up, we need to install a Recovery Image specific to your phone. Don't worry - ROM Manager does it for you automatically with only a press of a button.

Important: unplug the USB cable during this step, as some users are reporting problems flashing recovery while plugged in (thanks DennGir and others).

This recovery image contains a boot loader which replaces your original boot loader. The boot loader gives you the ability to run Nandroid backup and restore commands outside of the OS. It also lets you install ROMs but we will not do that today. Since the OS cannot back itself up fully while running, ROM Manager will reboot into this boot loader to perform Nandroid operations.

Recovery images vary from one phone model to another, and ROM Manager automatically figures out which one you need. These recovery images are not created by one person - there is a large community effort behind them, and the ROM Manager simply brings together in one convenient package. Alright, enough ranting - let's get to it.

Warning: flashing a recovery image most likely voids your warranty
  • Select Flash ClockworkMod Recovery.
  • Confirm your autodetected phone model.
  • Wait for it to download.

The one-time setup is complete.

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**** Read This ****

There is a chance that you are using a phone unsupported by the ROM Manager. If this is the case, this backup solution will not work for you, at least not until the app starts supporting your phone.

ROM Manager's creator Koushik Dutta is quite active in the community and will hopefully include support for new phones as they get released.

Just for reference, as of 4/15/2010 the following phones are supported:

  • HTC Droid Eris (CDMA)
  • HTC Hero (GSM), aka non-US Hero
  • HTC Hero (CDMA), aka Sprint Hero
  • HTC Dream
  • HTC Nexus One
  • HTC Magic (Sapphire 32A)
  • HTC MyTouch/Ion (Sapphire 32B)
  • Motorola Droid

This list is included here for reference only and is subject to change. If you don't see your device here, check with Koushik's site for the latest supported list.

Your First Backup

If you have successfully installed a recovery image, you're ready to start your first backup.

This is a 1-click operation.

  • Select "Backup Current ROM" and your phone will reboot and start the full backup onto your SD card.
  • Just sit back and relax - there is nothing else you need to do.

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After the backup is complete, your phone should boot back up normally. You're done!

The backup is located on your SD card in the clockworkmod/backup/SOMEDATETIME directory. Here is a screenshot of what it contains again:

ClockworkMod ROM Manager backup and restore

Feel free to copy these files elsewhere and store them safely.


Restore Your Phone

You may want to restore the original full backup of your OS that you took in the Back Up step above. Maybe you forgot something in the original installation or want to go back to stock to apply an update your carrier finally published - no problem.

After you’re done restoring, you’ll be back to your original OS as if nothing ever happened (was it just a dream?)

Restoring is just about as easy as backing up:

  • Load ROM Manager and select "Manage and Restore Backup", basically, repeating step 2.
  • Select the backup, which includes the OS itself and all the apps, settings – everything that you backed up, from the list.
  • Click Restore. You can also rename and delete your backups from this menu.

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Look - the phone boots and the resurrection went just fine!

I sincerely hope that this guide was clear and helpful. Of course, if you have any questions or corrections, feel free to share them in the comments.

Support Koushik, the ROM Manager creator, by purchasing the Premium version which comes with a few added benefits that automate installing and updating custom ROMs.

In conclusion, I'm going to leave you with the screenshots of some other ROM Manager menus as well as the Recovery console:

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Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Ed

    Thanks for the useful info. My only query, is if I want to move to a 2.1 ROM, how do I migrate my data?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I would back up the data to a computer and then back (for ex, pictures, movies, docs, etc).

      Other than that, your contacts and our purchased apps will be saved in the google cloud. Your apps and individual settings will need to be set again.

      It's kind of like reinstalling an OS on your computer really.

      • Ed

        Wow - that was a quick response. That's what I thought, I just wanted to see if there was an easier way of setting up all the apps.

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          I wish there was myself actually - as a power user I always have a ton of stuff customized but just like when reinstalling Windows, you have to reinstall programs and customize them all over again.

          The only thing I can think of is some programs support exporting and importing of settings which can help you out but not many do that.

      • Domnic

        Hey might be me but something happend following your steps now I might be in trouble. So I got all the way through the steps of Flashing a Recovery image, And I followed every step to the T and not once seen anything about nandroid Backup. ITs suppose to be Clockwork mod right? . So i went on to next step of The first back up did so just like in your screen shots and direction and none of that happened my sd never mounted and im clueless as to why so thats where it stopped me at I love my phone i dont wanna brick it PLZ help me tell me what to do ty ty plz

        • C Wood

          After copying all my .img files up to my computer's hard drive, I also went through the steps for "Restore Your Phone". Afterwards, my (original) Droid (1) simply shows a yellow exclamation point ("!") with a white triangle around it. Was my SD card not properly "mounted"? How do I recover?

      • Domnic

        And now my home buttons not working HlEP plz quik

  • Aisseleacim03

    This is great information. Thanks.
    Now for someone like me that I am just venturing into this world, Do you have aguide on how to root my Sprint Hero?
    I have google it like suggested but noen of the links I find are clear enough as this guide.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      This is the guide I used to root my Sprint Hero (Android 1.5): http://theunlockr.com/2009/11/07/how-to-root-your-cdma-htc-hero-sprint-verizon/

      It's clear enough and I found that it worked perfectly.

      • Aisseleacim03

        Thanks, will give it a try...

      • aisseleacim03

        Artem, just followed both procedures the root one and yours. Now before I continue to install the ROM I just want to verify one thing...
        When I finished my backup it doesnt look like the screen shot you have provided. I have a folder with the date and time but inside I have 6 img files :boot, cache, data, nandroid.mds, recovery and sytem.
        Is this ok? My computer runs xp.

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          Isn't that exactly what I have? And it's nandroid.md5, not mds - it's an md5 checksum - the rest are images (.img).

  • hero_user

    When I hit "Flash ClockworkMod Recovery" I get this message "An error occurred while attempting to run privileged commands! " , is there something I missed ?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, it looks like you haven't rooted your phone. Try this guide for the Sprint Hero: http://theunlockr.com/2009/11/07/how-to-root-your-cdma-htc-hero-sprint-verizon/

      • hero_user

        Yea the phone is definitely rooted, when I power it on and hold the the - volume button , I boot into the recovery mode screen. Now if I just go to Backup/Restore then do the nandroid back up from there instead of using ClockworkMod, is it still the same full back up ?

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          That's odd that you're seeing that message...

          Yeah, that should be the same. In fact, ROM Manager simply reboots into recovery and automatically fires up the backup process - it's just a convenient front to the recovery boot app.

          Good luck!

  • Kevin

    I've rooted the phone, installed ROM Manager, and attempted a back up, but upon reboot, the phone hangs on the initial HTC screen for well over 30 minutes. It does nothing. I can reboot the phone by removing the battery, and it seems to start fine. So I'll retry the back up, and the same thing happens.

    Any ideas what's going on?

    Any tips for finding an answer?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      As a matter of fact, yeah, I know what your problem might be and can help you.

      The current latest "stable" (ha!) version of the Clockwork recovery ( is buggy and hangs on boot screen, where a subsequent reboot simply bypasses the recovery mode and boots back into the OS, which explains what you're seeing.

      To fix it, go to ROM Manager's Settings (Menu>Settings) and enable Advanced Mode. This should allow you to see experimental versions of the recovery images, which are incidentally not as buggy as

      I have running and the latest is - try those out and you should be golden.

      • Kevin


      • Junior

        Man I spoke to soon. I got past the error message and got to this point where the phone hangs on the boot screen (HTC logo) forever. I removed the battery, rebooted and set ROM Manager's settings to advanced mode. Its running I retried the Backup Current Rom and - same thing... stuck on HTC logo on reboot. This sucks, I'm so close to 2.1

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          How long are you giving it to boot after flashing to It could take a full 20-30 minutes.

          If the flashing doesn't even start, try to flash to an earlier recovery image instead - I know for a fact that worked for me as that's how I started with ROM Manager.

      • Eric

        I have a HTC EVO 4G and it has the same problem. When I try to go into recovery it goes to the "HTC EVO 4G" white screen and freezes. I did attempt to root my phone with Clockwork a long time ago, but after while I just uninstalled the apps through the phone. It left superuser permission still on it even after I wiped my phone to factory settings. And now if I try to go into recovery it freezes.

        Any help, please?

  • jjprophet

    keeps saying 'an error occurred while flashing your recovery'..right after i select my phone model (htc hero (cmda))..any idea whats going on??

  • junior

    I get the same message... "error occurred while flashing your recovery"

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      See my reply above.

      • Junior

        Thanks guys!!! worked as described!!!

  • Lisa

    I just rooted my phone and did the full Nandroid backup. I have cleaned out some of the bloatware and would like to do another backup with this software. Am I able to keep both back up on the SD card? I would like to have the option to use what ever back up is the best at the time. If did a third backup will all three back ups be there? How many backups will it keep if it does indeed do what I am suggesting here.... Thanks for your response.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Lisa, you can do as many backups as fit on the SD card. They will be named using the date they were made.

      • Lisa

        Wow, very cool program and I will be purchasing the full version. Thanks for the speedy reply too........

  • Grunters


    If i boot my htc hero (GSM) also holding the home button i get the recovery screen. Does this mean my phone is rooted and my warranty is void?

    And also what benefits are there from installing the custom rom with 'rom manager' rather than just installing it from the boot recovery screen?

    Also if I perform a nandroid backup now (while my phone boots to recovery screen when pressing home and power) can i restore my phone so that i can install the official htc 2.1 update when it is launched and will htc be able to tell that i have rooted and installed a custom rom because of warranty purposes?

    Sorry about all the questions i just really want to be sure before i install a custom rom because of the risks. Thank you.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      You probably get the stock Hero recovery which is not what you want (do you see Nandroid there anywhere?). This does not mean your phone is rooted or your warranty void - but only you can know if you've rooted your own phone or not.

      The ROM Manager app is an easy frontend to all the backend tasks, such as installing the ROM, backing up, restoring, and flashing recovery. You can do all the same things from the flashed recovery.

      Yeah, you can do the backup and then roll back to it to install the official update - that's what I planned on doing before I saw how awesome custom ROMs are.

      HTC will probably be able to tell you've rooted if they look closely but you may be able to flash the stock recovery back - I haven't researched this question but you may want to try google and Android forums.

      Good luck!

  • xmetalx

    Hi, I got all the way to the part where you hit "Backup Current ROM" and it turned off, turned back on and is stuck on the "HTC" startup screen (with just the letters HTC on it) and has been that way for about 8-10 minutes... is this normal, or have I somehow bricked my phone? You didn't specify how long the backup would take, and its not going to the backup screen posted on the howto.. I followed every step to the letter, checked and rechecked before I did each step..

  • xmetalx

    Well I got a little farther now.. enabled advanced mode, also changed the recovery version to and is currently in the 20minute reboot after flashing successfully. Though while its 'rebooting' it changed to a white HTC screen, and every 20-30 seconds, the flashing Sprint animation comes up, then goes back to the white HTC screen that says "quietly brilliant" like its restarting over and over...

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Read around the threads here - some others were having the same problem.

      I think it was either due to the USB cable being plugged in while flashing or booting, or not wiping data. Look around.

  • kenzzx1

    My son just update my HTC Hero to 2.1 and it was working fine for hours. All of a sudden, I get this message "The application HTC Sense (process com.htc.launcher) has stopped unexpectedly. Please try again." Have I destroyed my phone? If not, What can I do to fix it? I am new to this so you would have to guide me step-by-step.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Hey there, it's not a big deal - Sense just crashed and will probably restart itself once you click OK, or at the worst, restart your phone. Even official software has bugs sometimes (obviously).

      One thing is for sure - you didn't destroy anything, not until you drive over it with a car or it stop loading even the recovery image.

      • kenzzx1

        I tried restating the phone and again without the battery, but got the same thing?

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          Which 2.1 are you using? Yesterday's Sprint's leak or some other ROM? Did you enable JIT by chance if it's a custom ROM? JIT is not compatible with Sense yet.

        • kenzzx1

          I think he use DamageControl ROM

  • Jason

    Artem, thanks so much for this guide. Quick question - I'm able to successfully install the recovery image, but can't seem create the back-up. I've tried and and in both cases when I click "Backup Current ROM," my G1 shuts down and attempts to reboot but it hangs at the initial Tmobile/G1 boot screen.

    Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Sorry Jason, I don't have a G1 and the problem is reminiscent of me using a bad recovery image which was fixed by using another one. Actually, you could try that too - scroll down to the Flash Alternate recovery - maybe it'll be more stable?

  • Andy Cordill

    I have been trying to make a successful backup for quite some time with this program. When I do, for safety sake, I check the md5 for the files created. Every time that I do the system.img file is corrupt. Any ideas on what could be causing this?

    I am using a Nexus One and have:
    Rom Manager v1.8.7.1

  • zoo

    when i press "Backup Current ROM" and click "ok", nothing happens.

  • Jorge

    I have a problem with my G1 I installed rom manager and I already had cyanogen (Nandroid) installed and now I can't boot to any of them not even to my current rom. When the rom is loading it keeps on going but it never stops.

    Please Help!

  • Rozelle

    Hey when I hit "back up current rom" in Rom Manager, my phone reboots and loads to a screen of a phone with a red question mark over it, then reboots to the regular screen.
    Any ideas what the problem is?

    Phone: Mytouch 3G Slide

  • Artur

    Hello. Will ROM Manager work with Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10? I can't find any info on supported phones... Thanx!

  • Peter

    SMALL issue... I ran the above and the instructions to a T (I am 99.9% sure)! One issue... The backup created does NOT have the boot img!

    I have

    I am assuming based on the above the boot.img is needed...

    Running a Vibrant S
    CloclworkMod Recovery

    Any assistance you can provide would be great


    Hey, I was an iPhone user for a LONG TIME and I switched to the HTC EVO and I rooted mine using unrEVOked3 (On my mac i dont have a windows comp avail right now)

    I completed these steps (up until Backup Current ROM) it reboots the phone but it stays on the HTC EVO 4G screen and doesnt do anything else.

    I've tried it many times and still no dice.
    Something Im doing wrong?
    Thanks In advance for any help!


  • iphone2n1

    i want to ask you, if i have Froyo 2.2.1 running on my N1 and i backed up the image then installed some custom rom...if i restore the Froyo image again, will it be the same as the original? will i get updates over the air once they come out?

  • EpicAl

    I'm wondering if you can help me sleuth-out the problem here. I have a Sprint/Samsung Epic running Android 2.1, Build number SPH-D700 ECLAIR DI18, Kernel vers. 2.6.29

    I rooted my phone (no problems there) and installed ROM Manager v2.5.0.4 (no problems). I ran the Flash ClockworkMod Recovery install, selected Samsung Epic as my device and it ran successfully.

    The display in ROM Manager now shows:

    Current Recovery: ClockworkMod
    Latest Recovery: ClockworkMod

    However, when I select the Backup Current ROM, the device reboots and displays the following on the lower half of the screen as it reboots. Note that I get the identical result when I select the Reboot into Recovery option:

    -- Install from package...
    Finding update package...
    Opening update package...
    Verifying update package...
    E :failed to verify whole-file signature
    E :signature verification failed
    Installation aborted.

    Then, on the upper part of the screen, it displays:

    Android system recovery

    Samsung Recovery Utils
    - for BML -

    reboot system now <-- highlighted
    apply sdcard:update.zip
    wipe data/factory reset
    wipe cache partition

    Pressing the home key does the reboot, but I never get a successful ROM backup.

    The update.zip file that I'm assuming is downloaded during the Flash ClockworkMod Recovery step doesn't seem to be right. I deleted it after the first failed reboot and had no better success with the backup procedure. I even deleted and reinstalled ROM Manager and re-ran the Flash ClockworkMod Recovery install -- still a no-go

    Thanks in advance for any assistance you can offer.

    • David

      Have u fixed this problem. I'm having the sane issue.

    • Joe

      Hey did you ever get a reply to this as how to fix it?

      • DaveL

        Nope...no reply..no help there...

        • http://www.eshirkdesigns.com ES

          I too am having the same issue as EpicAl. I am rooted using Samsung Captivate stock 2.1 update 1. Any fix or work around yet? I'm new to this stuff, otherwise I'd be more willing to do some experimenting on my own. I want to back up everything before diving into the world of custom roms.

        • Juanchojuan

          I fixed that problem. Simply select apply sdcard:update.zip
          Then reboot
          Open Root Manager
          Select "Backup Current ROM"
          (may be you should reboot)
          Thats all. Goog luck!

  • Jason

    I get the same error as epical but I have a sasung fascinate.......any word as to how to fix this?

    • Peter


      When you boot directly into recovery, you dont have a “reinstall packages” option?

      • yoni

        i have the same problem and no i don't have that option or any other custom recovery options. suggestions?

  • Peter


    When you boot directly into recovery, you dont have a "reinstall packages" option?

  • Cooper

    hey there I'm having a little trouble getting a nandriod backup to work, I followed all of your directions and when I got to actually backing up the ROM, my Vibrant reboots into recovery and then hangs up with this message:

    E:can't open /cache/update.zip
    Installation aborted

    When i try to reinstall packages it does the same thing with another error message, so my only option is to reboot the system. Any idea on what is going on here?

  • wazaldo

    This was VERY helpful :)

  • Patrick

    I have root on my droid x running official OTA 2.2, installed ROM Manager and performed the Flash ClockworkMod Recovery, which detected my phone..
    When I clicked on "Backup Current ROM"..the phone rebooted and went back to standard screen ....nothing else happened. Why didn't the backup start?
    I am using ROM Manager ... Why would it reboot without starting a backup???
    Any help would be greatly appreciated...

  • -Mx

    Do you have any idea how to get into the CWM recovery when you have 3e recovery in your phone and it doesnt get you through the process. Halts after:

    – Install from package…
    Finding update package…
    Opening update package…
    Verifying update package…
    E :failed to verify whole-file signature
    E :signature verification failed
    Installation aborted.

    Phone: Samsung Galaxy S i9000


  • craig

    When i select reboot into recovery what happens is that i actually end up with the android exclamation screen to which the only way out is to power + volume up then i am in recovery not like you are and i have same problem with manual i am not sure what to do as i have flashed the current image clockwork mod. anyone with any knowledge of what to do?

  • DaveL

    I've installed ROM Manager on my Samsung Galaxy S i9000, setup ClockworkMod Recovery and tried backing it up. Phone rebooted, but was unable to backup and says there's a problem with loading the update.zip.
    Is my phone supported?

  • nivin

    Hi, I just purchased an unlocked Desire and rooted it using unrevoked3. ROM manager is installed. I have also partitioned my SD card using it. But when I tried a ROM backup, I get an android exclamation screen and on hitting the menu button I find this msg - "E:failed to seek in /cache/update.zip (Invalid argument)
    E:signature verification failed
    Installation aborted"
    I'm using ROM Manager v2.5.0.7 and ClockworkMod Recovery My Desire runs Android 2.1-update1. Please help me out! I'm a newbie and I would like to install [ROM] [15/11] Pre-rooted Stock Froyo (2.10.405.2) with Apps2SD+, which is why I am taking a backup.

  • nick

    i have a droid2 i am rooted via z4root
    i have su incon in my apps screen
    When i select reboot into recovery what happens is that i actually end up with the android exclamation screen to which the only way out is to power + volume up then i am in recovery not like you are and i have same problem with manual i am not sure what to do as i have flashed the current image clockwork mod. anyone with any knowledge of what to do?

  • Andy

    Hey everybody,

    I am new to this and need some help. I have a rooted htc hero (cdma) and have clockworkmod recovery but want to go back to the factory/default recovery. How do I go about this? I don't think I have the default recovery to just flash it.

    thanks in advance!

  • Straykatz

    Hi, thanks for your great post. I'm good with Linux but new to android phones. Have MT4G (Android 2.2.1)

    I installed VISIONary r14, checked USB debugging and unclicked fast boot. I ran VISONary and after a few tries go it to root the phone. Using terminal and installed hboot_dhd and wpx.ko and as able to "su" from terminal and hboot showed s=OFF.

    Hboot still shows s=OFF after several restarts but I cannot get su from a terminal and ROM Manger, which installed cannot backup the stock ROM.


  • Josh

    THANKS! worked perfect! my only question and forgive me if i just missed this will this basicall fix a bricked phone? like if i screwed up flashing a ROM? sry im a complete newb to this

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      As long as you can boot into recovery, you should be able to fix any broken ROM.

  • Levi

    I’ve rooted the phone, installed ROM Manager, and attempted a back up, but upon reboot, the phone hangs on the initial HTC screen for well over 30 minutes. It does nothing. I can reboot the phone by removing the battery, and it seems to start fine. So I’ll retry the back up, and the same thing happens.

    I saw a response in May to this same problem:
    "I have running and the latest is – try those out and you should be golden."
    But I checked and I'm running Should I try an earlier version or something else?

  • Rob

    Noob question. Is "Titanium Backup" equivelent to a Nandroid Backup? Or do I need to do both?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      No, they're not - Titanium Backup restores and backups up apps on an app-by-app basis, while nandroid images the whole system. Both require root.

  • tom

    Having a problem here. Glad if you could advise.
    I cannot find "ROM Manager" or "nandroid" app on the market. Went through Appbrain but link to market on my phone does not return anything. I downloaded the apk from the programmer's website, when i try to install it, it fails with following message "ROM Manager could not be installed on this phone".

    Phone details:
    HTC Hero GSM
    Firmware 1.5
    Kernel 2.6.27-8dd6deeehtc-kernel@and18-2 )
    Software 1.0.0.A6288
    Build number 146733 CL #61267 release-keys

    Phone rooted using universalandroot ok. Unrevoked application cannot be installed on the phone.


    • Josh

      I am having the exact same issue as Tom. Can someone please help?

      I have a:
      Motorola Backflip
      Firmware 1.5

  • jrkiwi

    Fascinate rooted and ROM Manager installed.

    I get an error when trying to backup. Top of screen has "android system recovery

    And highlighted "reboot system now"

    Lower on the screen I get a message failed to verify whole-file signature

    At the end it says in red "Installation aborted"

    any idea what I am doing wrong ?? any help appreciated

    • Paul

      I am having the same problem with my Fascinate too! I would like any help on the issue! Should I email the Koushik? If im doing something wrong Please help!

  • chris yee

    I am rooted my HTC Hero (CDMA) 2.1 and installed ROM Manager. I finished the ClockworkMod Recovery and verified my phone model.

    When I click Backup current ROM, the phone reboots itself, but the all white screen with the green font of "htc" appears. It has been like this for the past 20 minutes. I could take out the battery and such but it won't backup anything.

    I read above the comments about it but I still don't understand. I have the ROM Manager and I went to (Menu>Settings) and checked the Advanced mode. ROM Manager is also allowed in my Superuser Permissions.

    What else do I need to do? I am new. Pardon my lack of knowledge for these things.

    Here is what I have:

    HTC Hero (CDMA) 2.1
    ROM Manager v3.0.0.2

    Thanks for your time!

  • Fred.carter

    The manual works perfect. Thanks.

    I have a question, I have compared with cyanoge http://goo.gl/mD8rT and they "Unlocking the Bootloader", why? what for is this? and what is the diference?

  • Dubship

    Hi, Just wanted to send some appreciation. Your tutorials have proved essential in providing the knowledge needed to take android phones to new levels.

    Also had the thought that when creating a backup image of a ROM it could be worth mentioning something about syncing the installed apps with a sync manager like appbrain so they're all locate-able when testing a new rom.
    Sorry if this was mentioned elsewhere but thought it a convenient time to sync apps between ROMs

    Thanks again

  • http://www.teknogag.com Mert

    I am using 2.1 but I want to install 2.2 custom rom.If I backup with this program, can I get back 2.1 rom ?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      You can back up and restore any ROMs you want, no matter what version.

    • peter

      You can as said backpack any rom you like... But know when you flash a 2.2 rom... You can not just click your backup and go back to 2.1... The kernels for 2.1 are not the same as 2.2 kernels... That said make sure you have the 2.1 kernel ready... Flash your backup... flash the 2.1 kernel... and you should be good to go...

      Or use Odin to flash back to stock 2.1 and then flash your backup...

  • http://learningwithshank.wordpress.com Shashank Sharma

    thanks for the post its really helpful

  • Dirk23

    Thank you so much for the information regarding restoring to stock ROM. I kinda have an idea on how to do it but I just wanna verify if what I had in mind was correct. It definitely was! Thanks to you! :)

  • dayan

    hi i have a huawei ascend and i downloaded rom manager, followed all step to make the back up but when i hit back up current romit only reebot my phone, i dont see any image backing up my current rom, and i dont find any back up files on my sd card. please help me

  • Klege

    I have a rooted stock Vibrant. Installed the Rom Manager, downloaded ClockworkMod for my phone.Version is showing now for ClockworkMod. But it seems that the boot loader has not been replaced. Either Reeboot into Recovery and Backup Current Rom brings me to the stock Vibrant boot loader. Anyone here that has an idea how to fix this?

    • yoni

      ever find a solution to this? i'm having the same problem.

  • VytautasK

    I have rooted SGS i9000 and also cannot boot to ClockworkMod Recovery or make Backup :(

  • biker1

    I rooted my Evo 4G with Unrevoked Root. I have wifi tethering working perfectly.
    I just downloaded ROM Manager and trying to download flash recovey which is necessary before doing ROM Backup. I get a pop up regarding Evo 4G device, I click and get an error message regarding flash.
    Any help is necessary. I still have the stock ROM

  • kenbob

    when i press Backup Current ROM i get a screen with a picture of my phone and a red triangle with a exclamation mark. Something tell me that's not supposed to happen.

    • http://none jpdamigaman

      I have same problem

      • peter

        Are you trying to back your rom up via cwr or rom manager? Rom manager is a buggy pos...

        • http://none jpdamigaman

          I'm using rom manager

          Whats cwr?

      • peter

        Crw is what rom manager flashes for you... Open rom manager and click the first option... Flash clock work recovery... Once its flashed... Either use rom manager to reboot into recovery... or manually do so... select reinstall packages... you might need to reinstall packages twice... once it takes it will reboot into cwr... scroll to nandroid backup... enter... and follow the clear menus options...

        You font neeeeed a backup... if you plan on flahsing a lot of roms... I woildnt even worry about it... backups don't backup kernels... and these days most roms come with a lag fix installed...

        • kenbob

          thanks! I figured out how to do it. Unfortunately i can seem to install the ROM. It said verification failed when i select update and i get teh red triangle :(

        • http://none jpdamigaman

          got backup working after installing clockworkmod 2nd time

        • peter

          That's because the wrong wasn't signed... There's an option in a clockwork recovery That will allow you to flash A rom that is not signed... I don't recall under what menu... But it is there...

  • Conner

    I have an Alltel Motorola Milestone A854 (CDMA Droid.. not GSM Milestone). I just rooted with Universal Androot, installed Rom Manager, did a nandroid backup and flashed over to CyanogenMod-6.1.2-Droid and now I want to go back to the 2.1 update 1 stock rom. But I have been hearing that if I use my nandroid backup it will brick my phone because the kernel from Cyanogen-6.1.2-Droid (Froyo 2.2.1) isn't compatible with my stock 2.1 update 1 Eclair rom. Now, I know I could find a stock Verizon 2.1 update 1 rom and change APNs, but I may also fall into the market not being the right one. If anyone can help me obtain the OFFICIAL Alltel Milestone 2.1 update 1 rom and stock kernel, please... PLEASE reply. To my understanding, it HAS to be an SBF backup. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Conner

    I also want to add.. everyone who's having problems with Rom Manager backing up, I have a solution that works for me.

    1. Open Rom Manager.
    2. Tap Menu and then tap Clear Download Cache.
    3. Open your SuperUser root app and tap on Rom Manager and then tap Forget.
    4. Reboot.
    5. Once the phone is on, open Rom Manager and tap Flash Alternate Recovery. It'll ask to give superuser permissions.. allow it.
    6. Once that's done, reboot.
    7. Once the phone is on, open Rom Manager and tap Flash ClockworkMod Recovery.
    8. Once it's done.. do your backup.

    There is something wrong with the permissions after flashing recoveries and doing certain tasks. I'm not sure what goes on with it, but I saw this method posted somewhere in one of the Droid or Android forums. Try it.. hopefully it helps.

    Any time a backup fails, repeat all those steps. I have to every time.

    • http://n/a kelly

      Flash Alternate Recovery not able to click on it. it said no alternative recovery available.
      I did all the step though skipping that one but my phone reboot after I do rom backup.

    • Zack

      When I get to step 5 it says no alternate recovery available

    • Ben


      Any luck with that Alltel original .sbf? I'm looking for the same thing.

  • BGF

    Ok have an LG Ally with froyo 2.2 rooted with superoneclick. Did down load for flash clockworkmod recovery then tried to back up rom and it went to blue screen saying fastboot mode started. Is this normal? Doesn't seem like it. I know i can just remove the battery and it will go back to normal but any ideas on what i have to do to back up? Thanks

  • barribow

    I do have a problem here, I have a Vibrant and when I go to ROM manager and hit Backup Current ROM then it reboots the phone but after a couple of lines of code running nothing happens and I have to reboot the phone. I am running 2.2 and rooted.

  • http://n/a kelly

    Would this work on motorola droid 2 global?
    please help
    new to the droid

  • Zack

    When I backup my phone it just restarts it and when I select "manage and restore backups" there is nothing there.

    • Zack

      I found the link above, but when I got to flash alternate recovery it says no alternate recovery available.

  • Omd

    Thanks for all the info and explanation. All are clear and detailed yet still within grasp of a newbie to android like me. :)

  • remyvrs

    does this procedure back-up the applications inside the ext3 partition in the file sd-ext.img ?

  • Ben

    I previously had the same problem. This xda thread should help: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=833423

  • rohan

    in the motorola milestone i dnt c an option of nandroid backup when i load the phone in recovery mode ???
    i even get some E: verification failure .. wht shud i do nw

  • Rufuz

    I have a HTC incredible. I used Rom manager to backup my current Rom before I "tried to flash cyanogen". I flashed cyanogen, checked google apps and everything else (did another backup/cleared everything) and my phone got stuck on the cyanogen boot screen. I tried to go back into recovery and do a recovery backup but I can't see my backups. My recovery screen is also orange instead of green, and when I hit backup and restore it displays the rom manger icon and does nothing? suggestions, pls help?

  • Android

    Didn't need the guide, used my common sense :) Thanks anyway. It's useful.

  • ows

    y when after i click the "backup current rom" it appear a red symbol with a ! in it ? means wat ? i m using HTC Desire HD

  • Pat

    Hey, Im pretty good with the ROM Manager and installing new ROMS and making backups. Only problem I have come across is that all the backups i made through ROM Manager do not have a file in them that i can restore. They are all missing the MD5 file needed. All i did was backup current rom and i named them things like smokedglass312 (312 being the month and day) and then hit backup and i cant restore it now. Any clues or helpful hints?

  • harsh tongya

    i have a spice mi-300.. clone of z71..
    running android 2.1.. i have rooted my device using an application 'z4'..
    have clockwork mod rom manager installed..
    i have also installed recovery image(here is where i guess the problem lies i guess i have installed an incomapatible recovery image)

    but when i try to take a backup its gets stuck on the company's logo image at startup..
    please help. is there a way to download the correct recovery image?? or is something else the problem here?

  • J

    hey guys.. i’m a noob.. so bare with. what’s the difference between ROM Manager and Droid X Bootstrapper..

    Great Artcile!! Thanks so much... I’m trying my best to get the hang of this, but I’m getting lost in the articles. I think I’m reading too much and just need to keep this simple.

    I have a DX, and rooted it.. then used DX bootstrapper and ROM manager.. but does that mean I basically made two backups or is this something completely different? Thanks again for all you help. I’m really looking forward to getting more involved.

  • floryn

    Hy there...I have a motorola milestone running on android 2.2.I rooted it using universal androot...I also installed rom manager and I can;t do a backup of the original rom (a custom rom).The probleam appears the phone has to reboot,it opens a nd a white triangle with a yellow exclamation mark appears and it gets stuck.What can I do?

    • pat

      Try to flash the clockworkmod recovery again through rom manager. I had that same problem and that's what fixed it

      • El Fresius

        Hi Pat,

        I have the same problem (and the same phone) as floryn, but unfortunately your solution doesn't appear to work for me. Only difference, I'm still on the stock 2.1 ROM.

        Your thoughts?

        • pat

          Can you update to 2.2? That might help. Is this happening when you try to do a backup?

        • El Fresius

          Actually, that's the whole reason I'm trying to make a backup first :-D

          Indeed it happens when I try to make a backup. The phone reboots, as expected, then starts making a backup and then in a flash of a second a warning triangle appears and the phone continues to boot. When checking on the SD card, no backup is to be found...

          I don't have a windows pc available and Mac tutorials seem very hard to find (i.e. I haven't found a good one for Milestone yet). That's why I was so happy to learn about AndRoot and ROM manager...
          The Milestone 2.2 update is being rolled out throughout Europe but is very buggy and can't be done OTA so I'm very reluctant to try it. I'm planning going for a custom ROM.
          I really hope that Droid users are having a better experience than the crap Motorola is pushing down our throats here on the Old Continent...

  • keye

    I have a htc evo 4g. Just rooted my phone using unrevoked. I downloaded rom mananger. It will not let me back up current rom. It seems to try to reboot but gets stuck on the htc evo screen. Was wanting to get a custom rom. please help. Also i have tried to download titanium back up but it says that i dont have permission, but i am not having problems with any other root app. please help. thanks

    • pat

      Are u sure your rooted? Make sure u have superuser app in ur app drawer. You might not have flashed the clockworkmod either. That is the first option at the top of rom manager. Flash that then try to create a backup. That should fix ur issue

  • keye

    i have the superuser permission app in my app drawer. all rooted apps work but my phone will not back up current rom even after i flashed it. My steps were: open rom manager, do the flash clockworkmod recovery( which was successful), and reboot into recovery. the phone cuts off then cut on and gets stuck on the white htc screen. I rooted my phone with android 2.2. Are there any additional steps since it is 2.2? Please help and thanks for responding

  • jimmy

    I have the same issue as keye. I don't have a phone now. Gets stuck at white EVO 4G screen. I can't even restore my original backup because it says MD5 mismatch. I can the MD5 checksums be different? Rom manager is the one that created it.

    Desperately in need of help. Thanks.

    • keye

      Did you ever get your phone up and running?

      • pat

        I am familiar with the issue of gthe md5 missmatch. All the backups I created have that issue other than the first nandroid backup I created. Have you created a nandroid backup or did u just make a backup through the ROM manager?

  • Johnny Haddock

    If you get the “An error occurred while attempting to run privileged commands! ” try unrooting and then re-rooting

    worked for me :)

  • ahammed

    i tried to back up current rom trough rom manager.first i insalled clock image,then select to back up.suddenly my phone went to switched off.still i can't open in recovery mode also,please help me

    my phone:samsung galaxy fit s5670
    android froyo 2.2

  • http://n/a Ben

    If you have stock firmware on samsung galaxy s and get an error on file verification then use this to update your kernal:
    then try backup current rom again.

  • L G

    Question... should a wipe be done prior to restoring a backup? The instructions on most roms direct you to do a complete wipe. The instructions you listed above, about the restore, do not mention doing a wipe.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I never did it but it's probably a good idea. My reasoning was that if it restores, it will overwrite everything as an image and not as individual files, essentially meaning it'll wipe first. But to be perfectly safe, you should wipe first.

  • Bryguy2144

    Just want to be sure that this will also back up my contacts so I can recover them later?

  • Stephen

    Phone is rooted. I flashed a ROM and decided to restore. I have backed up through clockwork mod. When I selected the backup to restore to and pressed Restore-->Okay... nothing happened. Help?

  • Terry

    I updated my Samsung Epic to Android 2.2, and it was a disaster. To get back some of the lost functionality, I rooted it. Now, ClockworkMod (v2.5.1.0) won’t let me do any more updates. Says E: Signature verification failed. What do I need to do to get around this? Thanks in advance!

  • Tim

    My rooted motorola milestone is having difficulty booting into clockworkmod recovery, no matter what I try it will only boot into the standard recovery.

    This means I can't backup my ROM before wiping everything so I can run Cyanogenmod, which I am definitely leery of doing.

    Any idea what is going wrong? Is there a way to force my phone to boot into clockworkmod recovery instead of the standard recovery?

    • frottler

      Hey, Verizon doesn't know I rooted my phone so will they know if I mess with the rom? Like, will they get somewhat notified if I reset my contacts via google?

      • pat

        Verizon doesn't care if your rooted. That will only void your warranty. I talk to the rep at my Verizon store all the time n tell him I plan on getting the thunderbolt and rooting it for the wireless tether n then using that for internet on the zoom when I buy it.. they don't care as long as you don't care not having a warranty

  • itestmoto

    How do I select an option in the recovery menu? I have a power, volume up and volume down button, but they won't select the option.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Should be the power button if you don't have a trackpad.

  • Confused like hell

    I've reread the whole article over and over and still don't understand.
    I looked all over my Gmail account and phone, and found no evidence of my contacts being saved on cloud. Where do I look to make sure there is a backup of my contacts?
    Also when making a backup with nandroid. Wouldn't the backup be of the rooted phone? So after restoring from backup file, the phone would go back to when it was rooted and had ClockworkMod.
    Can somebody PLEASE clarify?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      To check your contacts in the cloud, just go to gmail and click on Contacts. They should be almost instantly synced between Android and Gmail using push notifications when going to Android and triggered sync when going to Gmail.
      The backup in nandroid backs up exactly what your phone's state is right now, so yes, it'll back up rooted. You can't back up before you root - it's the chicken or the egg problem.

      Also, nandroid restore doesn't touch recovery - only data, system, radio, etc.

  • Matthew Stender

    Hello, not all my contacts are backed up (synced) through my google account. When I back everything up, will all my contacts be backed up or just the ones synced with my google account?

  • AndroidGotItWrong

    The simple task of backing up your device made a nightmare by Google.
    Shinny flashy fun toy trhing = Android
    A phone that actaully works without a degree in IT = iPhone

  • Syncro

    I can't go into clockworkmod recovery when I press 'Backup Current Rom'. I also presse 'Reboot Recovery" but still, I can't get into clockworkmod recovery.

  • Scott

    While this is an older post.. and I didn't read every post on it, so I don't know if anybody mentioned this... but I highly recommend Titanium Backup.

    While Rom Manager is great for a total OS image, Titanium Backup will back up just your applications and your app data to your SD card.

    Soooo... when I loaded loaded Rubix, I was able to restore my programs, AND my most current data.

    It's very simple to use, and extremely valuable.

  • chap

    I'm using a Droid 2 [non-global];

    when i tried to "Backup Current ROM", the screen goes black for about 5 seconds, then just reboots and does its normal thing, and when i go back into ROM manager it says theres no backup made...

    I checked koushik's site and he had a flash recovery image for the droid 2, so i assumed that droid 2s were supported. with that in mind, what could be the problem?

  • Hoang

    I rooted my Motorola Milestone with Super One Click, then installed ROM Manager. I did flash CockworkMod recoveries but I could not do the backup or installation of new Custom ROM. The phone always was back to the screen with the yellow exclamation inside the white triangle. Could you please help?

  • Jay

    HI I'm using a droid 2 non global and when I click backup current rom I am also having the same problem as Chap where after clicking backup current rom and clicking ok it just goes black and then back to the Motorola logo and starts back up like normal and it doesn't have any backup in the manage and restore backups section... help?!

  • Rob

    I have a Droid X which I have EXACTLY the way I want, however it has encountered a hardware failure with the GPS (everything still works, just doesn't lock on to satellites).

    I have a warranty replacement on the way. My question is, using the method described, would I be able to backup my current phone and restore it to the replacement? Or are there things like serial numbers, etc. that would prevent this from working?

  • Tankslappa

    Hi, I have a bit of a catch 22 situation.

    I have a generic (non carrier locked) HTC Desire Z, running Froyo 2.2.1, which I would like to backup before I start fiddling.

    But I have to get root to use Nandroid backup, and I can't get root on mine without downgrading the firmware to an older version first!

    So by the time I am able to run Nandroid backup I will have already wiped the phone and lost the latest stock rom and settings I am wanted to backup. :-(

    Any suggestions?

  • vernon

    i have rooted my phone. flashed cyanogen 7. now if i restore the stock rom will i get updates from htc? how do i get updates?

    please email

    vernon.khuzwayo @ gmail . com

  • Gabriel

    I've read the post and I want to implement in my android phone. The thing is that my phone's brand is a chinese STAR A2000, where can I found information about it? or what model known brands alike?. Help me!!!!

  • Tony Ciccione

    Hello, I am new here; I have a couple of Chinese Android H6 HERO, can't find a phone model that fits when installing clockworkmod recovery, I mean installation works fine but when I start backup the phone reboots and hangs immediately. I take the battery off and is back again fine but no backup. If anyone can help me mapping this phone to anyone in the clockworkmod list I appreciate. Thanks

  • Stranger714

    When trying to make back rom backup it boots into recovery mode but wont create rom backup what am I doin wrong can someone help me im trying to instal bionix v rom to my samsung vibrant

  • Peter

    How are you entering recovery? If you are trying to create a backup and using rom manager... I'd go to entering cwr via the hardware buttons... That's volume up and down at the same time... hold... Then press power and hold at the same time as your holding the volumes... right after the second vibrant flashes on the screen release power only... That will boot you into cwr... Scroll to backup restore.. select backup... let it run... if that fails id use odin to go to stock... reflash recovery and try again... Also bionix v is a very old rom... go to teamwhiskey. Com and download nexgen 2... if you need more help go into the team whiskey irc channel and talk to a girl by the name of Alexea... she is a freaking wiz... irc channel is #teamwhiskey

  • Soner

    This post is for REAL noobs such like me... I blame myself...

    Well, I have a Galaxy S I9000 ... I have installed Rom Manager and tried to make a back up with "Backup Current Rom" option... After rebooting, I got that signature error... I rebooted phone and I was in recovery mode again... I have spent almost an hour with trying to get rid off that recovery screen... But I couldn't...

    Soon... I just realized that I was pushing to POWER button instead of HOME button :o| I feel like a stupid.

    As I pushed HOME button at "reboot" section of the menu, phone started properly...

    Yeah, I'm a REAL NOOB.

    I hope it helps some other noobs :o)

  • Angel

    everytime i try and "reboot into recovery" my phone turns off but when it trys to turn back on it fails and i have to manually "reboot system now" i get this message

    android system recovery
    samsung recovery utils
    -for bml-

    enter:ok key. select : vol up/vol down
    reboot system now
    apply sdcard:update.zip
    wipe data/factory reset
    wipe cache partition

    -- install from package...
    finding update package...
    opening update package...
    verifying update package...
    E:failed to verify whole-file signature
    E: signature verification failed
    installation aborted

    im working with a fascinate. do you think you can help me solve the problem in why my phone is not allowing me to do this. for fun i also went to my sd card to try and open clockwork-downlodd ... so on and a message came up saying no application can perform this action. i dont know if the information i gave you is suffice but i tried to be as detailed as possible so it helps you help me....

  • http://none. Ewout

    Please help me here.
    I followed all the instructions on my HTC HD 2, 2 things were different for me: I had to pick my phone out of a list as it did not auto-detect it, secondly, when I press the Backup current ROM button the phone just reboots into MAGLDR and boots Android as if nothing ever happened. I did flash the newest version of ClockWorkMod ROM Manager.

  • Travis

    i followed the steps to backup my current rom. I did everything exactly as it says and when my phone rebooted, it was as if I had restored my entire phone, but I am still rooted. Any help?

  • Bio bob

    I have spent hours with this software and it just doesn't work, I have removed and rerooted etc still will not backup or go into recovery it just reboots the phone, it's a zte blade so should work but will not

  • Kaushik

    Hi, I am a noob in this section and trying to burn my hands. I own a Samsung Galaxy Captivate with Froyo (2.2) and yesterday I rooted my phone. I then installed Titanium backup and Rom Manager. Have taken backup with both the apps.But after taking backup with Rom Manager, when I clicked on Manage and Restore backups, what I get is just a blank black screen. I have followed the instructions to the T. Is there anything missing that I need to do? My Rom Manager version is

  • http://silverfang77.tumblr.com Silver Fang

    I selected Backup Current ROM, but all it did was reboot my phone. Nothing ever displayed to indicate that the ROM was being backed up.

    Yes, I am rooted and ClockWork ROM Manager has super user permission.

  • Cyniac

    Hi! Thanks for the Great Tutorial. But I just need to if nandroid can back up baseband of the phone too? Plz tell me how to take back up of Baseband. Thanks

  • Sam

    After selecting "backup current ROM" my phone won't reboot. It just says "fastboot usb" and won't go past the start up screen.

  • Jerickson

    Hello. Just want to ask something..
    What if flashing for new ROM will not be successful and my phone bricks, how can I restore my stock ROM? Since ROM manager can only run on the OS.
    Can I restore what I backup using default recovery mode on my phone? Can my phones default recovery mode can support/read the file that I backed up using ROM manager?
    Hope to hear from you soon! Thanks.

  • 1wondrg

    rooting, rom managers, bricking, void warranties.... all this "Androidese"
    I am a Nokia user, yes I had difficulty once, installing software but never to backup or restore. No, I have never flashed or done any firmware updates. Would it not be easier to allow using your buddy's device/phone to backup/ flash your Android device, if you do not want to use the Windows OS/ PC suites? Just a suggestion.Truly

  • Erwin

    I followed every step mentioned but instead of the pic shown in the tut i only get a backup.img of 4mb?

    Maybe usefull to mention that clockwordmod was allready inserted in my current rom 3.4.5 for HD2 so i could begin backing up instantly.
    Flashed, than hit back up current ROM, reboot and finished within a minute or so.
    So i think i didn't get a full backup but just a restore point.


  • Eric

    I have a HTC EVO 4G and it has the same problem. When I try to go into recovery it goes to the "HTC EVO 4G" white screen and freezes. I did attempt to root my phone with Clockwork a long time ago, but after while I just uninstalled the apps through the phone. It left superuser permission still on it even after I wiped my phone to factory settings. And now if I try to go into recovery it freezes.
    Any help, please?

    • Melissa

      You probably just need to reinstall Clockwork again. It doesn't make much sense why you uninstalled it in the first place, since it's pretty important. Once you reinstall it, don't uninstall it again.

  • rishi

    hey samsung galaxy 3 i5801 is not in the list wht to do
    .. or shal i select any other model

  • Jamie

    Does this method work with the droid x? I'm about to try and install cm7 and I'm scared I'm going to do something wrong and mess up my phone.

  • LrdAnkh

    I Installed Rom Manager and the clockwork application, clicked on restore current rom, and the phone shows a name with todays date, reboots but does not erform the backup it bringsd me back to the current state of the phone i have tried it twice with the same results. What do i do next?

  • Biker1

    Install Quick Boot in the Market
    Click on Bootloader
    Toggle to Backup & Restore
    Click on above
    Wait for your Nandroid Backup

  • Cole

    I need your help. Atrix 4g rooted. Followed your method. Got as far as "back
    Up current rom" selected atrix 4g. Phone rebooted and then gave this error.

    failed to boot 2 starting rsd mode.

    Please help me and what do I need to do?

  • shubhadeep

    pls help me out...my phone model is not been shown wen I try to install clockworkmod recovery....

  • Karan

    I tried doing Back ROM but the movement i clicked on "OK" button the screen gets blank and it never came up.. tried removing battery and then switching it on but nothing is working.. Is there anything i need to check.

    Plz Help

  • LG Thrill

    Have LG thrill 4g . Rooted, when I click backup rom phone reboots with no indication that it worked. Any suggestions?

  • Jacob Mouser

    Hi, I'm new to this. I have the Galaxy S, and have run into a problem. I have already rooted the phone. I have followed all the steps to the letter. I get to Flash Clockworkmod Recovery, select Galaxy S, and then select backup current rom. It asks me for a backup name, and I just leave what's in the window (date and timestamp). Then I hit OK. Then the phone goes to Android System Recovery, with the following options:

    -reboot system now
    -reinstall packages
    -delete all user data
    -delete cache data

    I hit reboot system, then the phone reboots. I go into my files and find this:
    -sd card
    -clockwork mod
    -string of numbers
    -string of numbers

    I know instead I should have a 'backup' folder, and a timestamped folder, but I don't.

    Has anyone else had this issue, or do you know if I am doing something wrong? Any help would be appreciated.

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  • vishal

    after searching i got it my phone get bricked phone model samsung galaxy pro can anybody help me

    • twinclouds

      I have been using the Clockworkmod for back up for some time. It really worked well. However, when I tried to backup G-Tab 1.1 Clemsyn_Caulkinver-v5. It always hung at Backing up system. Anyone had the same experience?

  • mrhorsepower

    PLease help. I rooted my backflip and installed j-r0dds boot image and CM7. All worked well, but the camera is inverted. I wasn't happy with that. So I thought I could use the USB bootloader (power+j+d) to install the original Motorola 1.5 ROM (att-motus-viper-0.13.37_SECURE_PRODUCTION-supermonster-customer.sbf) using RSD lite. It went thru the process and looked like everything was gonna work, but after it rebooted and RSD showed 'passed, finished', the phone is stuck on 'Bootloader USB Init'. I can't get into the boot image or anything. Any ideas? Thanks.

  • Stef

    Excellent, thanks a bunch!

  • Ryan

    I was about to flash clockworkmod recovery and when it asked what model i have, i didn't know what the difference between droid x and droid x (2nd init). Any help is appreciated. Im completely new to the scene of rooting and roms.

    • Ron

      Hey Ryan, did you ever find an answer?? I can't figure it out either

  • Lurker

    My backup of the stock somehow didn't get saved so now I'm left without a backup.... And I want to get back to stock. Is there anything I can do?

  • Wolfgang

    I've the same problem as "Lurker":

    Backup Current ROM (on my Phone in German) does initiate a boot, showing short time a similar picture as in the tutorial above, then an alert sign and boots again.

    The /sdcard/clockworkmod directory doesn't contain any backup directory but some other files.

    So I simply don't get a backup now. I'm using a Milestone and Android 2.1 stock.

    Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

  • Lurker

    Wolfgang- I hope someone can help solve our issue.

    For now, I'm trying to flash other ROMs but that's not working either. But right now, I'm trying to flash another ROM. Hopefully this one works. x)

  • Lurker

    Actually, I was able to flash another ROM! :O So I guess my problem is kinda fixed.

    I just need to know where to find stock ROMs. Good luck Wolfgang!

  • Tarak

    I opted to backup the current ROm. It just displaying
    Fastboot mode srarted
    and my phone never booted again.
    Pls help me on this.

  • Alex

    Will This Save in app purchases?

  • edgar

    i pressed flash clockworkmod recovery on my lg optimus 2x keeps rebooting! i dont know what i did rong can someone plz reply? :(

  • terah

    its not working in my galxy tablet (P1000) help. thank you

  • Tyler Jones

    Everything was going fine until i selected Backup Current ROM. It showed an exclamation point instead of backing it up. Is there anything i could have done wrong or anything i could do to fix it>

  • Tyler Jones

    If anyone is having trouble getting the recovery started you can do it another way. Hold the volume up and volume down buttons and the power button (while the phone is off) for a while until the blue menus show up. Use the volume buttons to toggle down to backup/restore and the select backup and it should start. This worked for me when mine wasnt working.

  • Joe

    Please please help. Im brand new to this and after research I wanted to install a custom rom.Heres what I done and the problem.
    I rooted the phone ok using insecure kernal XWKI4 (which is the same as the stock kernal) then installed rom manager to back up but got this message on phone reboot
    -- Installing package...
    Finding update package...
    Opening update package...
    Verifying update package...
    E:failed to verify whole-file signature
    E:signature verification failed
    Installation aborted.

    Im so deflated its silly.Ive looked up the problem for hours but Im so confused with all the jargon.Can you tell me what I need to do to get back on track in really simple terms please ?
    I will really really appreciate any help.Thanks a lot in advance

  • hatem

    when iam making the recovery at the first step.. the phone is showing me two models to choose , but my phone is not one of them... i have a samsung galaxy s i9003 and it is showing me i9000...
    so i choosed i9000... and it downloads it succesfully... but when i make the backup it starts well and then make an error and give me some options to choose from:
    -sdcard update
    -wipe data
    and some other options...
    i dont know what to do.. plzzzz help
    thank you..

    • prakash

      select reboot it will automatically restore bck

  • Louis

    Can I use this guide if my phone doesnt have SD card??? HTC sensation XL. Thanks so much!

  • AussieMatt

    I have Galaxy Note, GT-9228 from china. It does not have the andorid market place app, as it is with China Mobile, as it dosnt have it, the phone dosnt even work with the web based android market as no device reconised. How then can I download and install the app??

    Also the phone seems to have odin on it allready, does that mean its allready rooted?

  • CRAZYeyed2012

    batterey died while doing clockwork backup now my phone will not turn on or even show the battery charging screen just shows the lg screen, oh lg revolution btw

    • jay

      my phone has done this too plezse help

  • Tyler

    So I've seen many people post about this problem but no replies to how to solve it. The problem when after clicking back up current rom and the phone reboots the error message of failed to verify whole-file signature and signature verification failed come up. Please someone help, I've gone thru all the comments here and no help.

  • Jeremy

    I REALLY NEED HELP PLEASE! I've been trying to flash ClockWorkMod
    with rom manager literally all day, (phone is rooted) but every time while it's
    flashing it stops and says "error running privileged commands" and about 2 minutes later my phone
    will crash and reboot (lg optimus 2x, p999). Once it turns on it gets stuck in
    a boot loop, and I have to restore my phone completely. I've also tried
    flashing cwm on my computer running the batch file, but the same thing happens.
    I'VE RESTORED MY PHONE ABOUT 30 TIMES. Also, apparently to get into the recovery menu I have to hold down
    power and the down volume button, and when I do so sure enough the symbol of
    android out of the box shows. Here's the confusing part: if I don't touch any
    buttons then no options show up and my phone will just factory wipe and
    boot normally. Once I touch the home button, the normal options of reboot, wipe
    cache, factory reset, and wipe partition (sorry don’t remember exactly, but it’s
    the normal 4 options when you boot into recovery) show up, but I can only
    navigate in it after the phone wipes itself clean, and then I use the volume
    buttons to go up and down, but no keys and key combos that I press can select “reboot”,
    so I have to pull out the battery and then boot it up normally.

    So two main points:

    1.    Unable to flash  cwm, and
    then phone crashes

    2.    Once phone crashes, it gets stuck in boot loop, so I have to
    restore every time.

    3.    Unable to use stock recovery menu

    I know flash CWM and then a custom rom should be painless and easy
    but I’ve been failing for hours and hours can someone please help?

  • Soorajmannangal

    my phone(LG Optimus One P500) reboot after pressing backup in rommanager, and only message
    fastbootmode started

    no improvement from this state,
    what to do?
    please help me..

  • Bysatoes

    hola chicos... podria abrir las aplicaciones que se encuentran en el backup  en mi computadora... por favor, necesito esas aplicaciones y tengo el backup en mi computadora. gracias

  • perceptionalreality

    Seriously, update this with a notice at the top that ROM Manager can't install clockwork mod on any but a few select phones. Save people the headache of trying to figure that out. (It can be installed on many other phones, but in a less automated way.) 

  • Andrey

    Hello. I got up to the "One time setup" and selected flash ClockworkMord Recovery, but my phone model wasn't listed. Not sure what to do. I have a Galaxy S Blaze 4g, rooted and all. Thanks.

  • Nicola

    Hello, nice guide.
    Why my backup file is some MBs? I think it is too small!!

  • luke

    do i need to remove my external sd card

  • Busy_Jan

    Look at the massive problems this "easy" method created.
    Why in the world would I need to root my phone... just to do a full backup????

    That can already be done on any ICS device WITHOUT a need to ever root anything.
    Never any problems.

    • Jaystarr1082

      There are PLENTY of reasons to root. It's not just for backing up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Araf.net Sheikh Araf

    What if my phone doesn't even boot? How will I then recover??

    • Markus Ressel

      "recovery" mode?

  • Abhishek Verma

    Can you please provide support for LG Optimus Net P690...

  • http://www.facebook.com/cartera.ecaterina Carteră Ecaterina

    This isn't

  • Jeff Pikaart

    thanks for the guide. I was able to root the phone and install ROM manager. however, when I try to create the backup, my phone goes to reboot and stalls. I get a message in the top left corder

    "failed to boot 2, starting RSD mode"

    what am I doing wrong?

  • Ravindra Thoria

    thanks. it work 100%
    plz how to restore backup. when i have install cynognomod 7
    plz restore step made easy either add restore video plz...

  • JOE

    hi im using LG e720 phone. that is very similiar to the LG Optimus 2x. the Rom manager does not support my phone model. can i install the Recovery of LG Optimus?