How many times have you gone through this: download a new ROM, backup all your apps with Titanium, reboot into recovery, perform a nandroid backup, wipe, install new ROM, boot and set up, then restore all your apps and data. Yeah, it's crazy. And it takes forever.

What if you could cut that time by a solid 20 or 30 minutes? Thanks to a new feature just incorporated in Titanium Backup, you can. With the newest update to TB Pro, you can now create a flashable zip of all your apps and data. That means that you can flash all your goodies right after a new ROM and fire up a system that's ready to go right out of the box. Awesome.

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The newest update also brings a few smaller features as well, like the ability to upload files larger than 150 MB to Dropbox, an improved "overview of app storage use" screen, and many other fixes/enhancements.

If you're a TB Pro user, the update is available now in the Store. If you root/ROM and don't use TB, there's never been a better time to check it out.

[Thanks, Brandon!]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • TwinkieFGR

    Holy crap. This might be more exciting than If, tomorrow, I woke up and the new President was from a party other than the big two,

    • justincase_2008

      If only.

      • Cherokee4Life

        lol nope sorry

  • duplissi

    bout time.

  • abqnm

    I was surprised at how fast they implemented it after I submitted the request to them. Sent the request on October 14th and saw the update today. Titanium Track really is one of the best Android app developers out there.

    • Amos

      Hey! Wow. That *is* amazing. You should submit a request to Google to start selling a new Nexus phone. I bet it will only take them a week to develop, test, and start selling a new phone. ;)

      • abqnm

        Don't get jealous because I am awesome. I talked to Google this morning about a "Nexus 4." They really seemed to like the idea.

        • letsplaaay

          Holy Crap! I just checked Google Play, and there is "Nexus 4"!! You should get paid.

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      Probably somebody else has had that request before you and they had more time to prepare it...

      • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

        Nawww... don't be ruining somebody's fantasies now!

      • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

        what? there are other people in the world?... *looks out window*.... Holy crap, you're right!

        • abqnm

          What is a window?

  • 1lazysheep

    been using the app App2zip for this same feature for months now. apparently the app doesn't work for all devices, but it works just fine on my epic 4G touch

    • Kevin Clark

      App2zip doesn't restore data. This will

    • impulse101

      App2zip does not do this.

      • SteDS

        App2zip IS supposed to do this but it does not work for all the devices, as stated in the app's description. I restored all my apps with their data using App2zip, and it was a year ago or so.
        Definitely NOT an original feature, Titanium took the idea from there.

  • abqnm

    Oh and Cameron, that screenshot is actually of the update.zip for just the Titanium Backup app. The new feature is in the batch selection.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Whoops! Thanks for the heads up.

      • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

        That's what I was wondering. I have 5.6.0 and yet i was seeing the update.zip screenshot that AP posted. Had me really confused for quite some time.

    • Justin Swanson

      I almost freaked out the feature wasn't actually added!

  • Jon

    This is excellent!

  • Joe

    Well what about if, for example, I back everything up on my GNex and then purchase an N4. I'm not thinking I want to back up my data, just my apps. So how does this feature help me??

    • Justin Swanson

      There is an option to do apps, data or both i think.

      • Joe

        Ok cool, I'll have to look into that a little deeper.

        • Thx84

          You get this choice for almost every backup option in TiBa

    • impulse101

      Why wouldn't you back up your data? You want to lose all your save games and settings for no reason?

      • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

        there are a lot of apps i use that i don't care about the data - there's just not much to them, but it's nice to have a streamlined way to make sure they get re-installed. still though, i imagine the data doesn't take up that much space for those

  • Bakaouji

    This is just awesome. wow.

  • Droid Burgundy

    This Changes EVERYTHING

    • http://twitter.com/psych2L Joseph Lee


  • naki

    restoring accounts rather than just creating them anew has only seemingly caused trouble for me, so, unfortunately, this update won't change anything for me: to be safer, I will continue to boot up and create the accounts associated with all the apps before restoring the apps that reference them.

  • X_Player

    U guys think this update.zip that we are flashing will work with different roms??? i mean the chance for any force close kinda thing when we are switching to new a rom???

  • http://twitter.com/namd88 Nam Dang

    Whut? I've been waiting for this feature for AGES. Damn, finally my life can be much easier

  • Nathan J

    I have two problems with this.

    One, Titanium can't create a flashable update.zip for their own app (well they can, but it fails to flash, every time; AFAIK the feature has never worked).

    Two, and more importantly, Titanium is not so good at restoring app data. I think the developer of the ROMs I use is partially to blame, but he wants to put it all on Titanium. I'm not a developer, nor a programmer, so I can't dispute him. He says that Titanium "just forces" the data "in" "without regard to how it should be stored". I don't see why that should differ from ROM to ROM, but he's less likely to help you troubleshoot a problem if you've restored any data with Titanium. And I can't really blame him -- he does not own the phone (his child does), he's our only JB developer, and it's an unknown quantity he's unwilling to accept.

    Still, restoring just the app has never been an issue, and if I can do that, it will save me a lot of time. Titanium was not cheap, but every penny was well spent.

    • sioux7

      As for the first point, flashable TiBa works for me – I just have to flash the ROM (and gapps) first, then boot and reboot back into recovery. At that point, TiBa is flashable and will appear in the app list afterwards. I have a pretty lousy data plan so I'd hate to re-download TiBa every time I updated my JellyTime ROM :)

      • cwagner

        "su pm install TitaniumBackup_latest.apk" is what I always did. And it doesn't seem like too much of a hassle for me;)

        • bb

          through busybox ? whats the full command ? :)

          • cwagner

            the full command is "su pm install FILENAME.apk", you just need to have a terminal app installed :)

          • bb

            Thanks :) I was trying to get it to work through busybox, no luck tho...

    • Aaron Stedfast

      I also haven't had luck with flashing TB after a wipe. What I have decided to do is use TB for backing up all my apps, but using my ROM's backup feature to backup just TB, ROM Manager, and system settings. So I restore TB and ROM Manager first, then use TB to restore apps, and then restore system settings (to get home screen layout, etc.) I'm all ears about an easier or more reliable method!

      Also, consider which apps really need data restored. Some of them store all your account data and settings in the cloud with a login. If so, then I wouldn't restore the data for them, but let it sync back. :)

    • impulse101

      Their update.zip has always worked for me for their app. I also have never had issues restoring data on any of the ROM's I have installed.

    • usnmustanger

      Not trying to be contrary, but just wanted to share that I've never had a problem flashing the TiBu update.zip, and I've been using the feature since it was added. I never use the "update.zip" name, though, always use the TitaniumBackup-5.xx.xx.zip, so maybe that has something to do with it? Just wonderin'.
      Also, I've been using TiBu for 3 years now, and I've NEVER had problems related to restoring app data via TiBu. Either you've had a streak of bad luck, or I've had a streak (3 yrs) of good luck. But I'm never lucky...

    • http://twitter.com/JesusIce Jesus Ice

      Ti update zip has always done nothing for me also. Before I didn't care enough to mess with it. But now when I tried to restore all my apps using the update.zip option and it didn't work I decided to figure it out. Turns out all I've got to do is make sure that /data is mounted in recovery and it works fine. FWIW using TWRP on a Toroplus.

    • tjennhw

      You can set it to restore just the apps then manual restore data on some that need it later. This is a great thing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1725862986 Louis Wang

    Will this be able to flash directly into ext partition?

  • karel

    does anyone know where you can buy tbpro other than in the playstore? f*ck those creditcard basterd :@

    • Shi Qiu

      You can buy it directly through the developer's website via Paypal or Skrill.


    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      you could get a play store gift card too...

  • http://4LadyDi.blogpsot.com/ Lady Di

    If I rooted my phone, this would be on it for sure.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    sweet. i may need to finally buy the pro license and stop using rom toolbox

  • TB user

    I havent used it yet, but it would be nice if there was an option to unselect the red(system) apps when creating them. Is there an easier way then manually doing this?

    • GraveUypo

      "restore user apps + data" instead of all apps

      • TB user

        I am refering to the new feature of creating an update.zip file to flash via recovery. When you go to create one everything is selected

        • abqnm

          Set a filter first. Tap the magnifying glass then the funnel to get to filters. Unselect system (or whatever else you want to customize) and then hit the green check and go to the batch screen and only the apps that fit the filter will be there.

  • dapbmonkey4u

    In my Batch Backup/restore I do not have the recovery mode section to create an update.zip I am running Gingerbread. I guess I am wondering if this is for ICS and up.
    When I select more in the menu I can scroll down and Create "update.zip" but that option has been there before and creates an unsigned update.zip.

    • Jordan Pt

      It's in the Batch menu, not the dropdown.

  • Dan


  • wheineman

    This is a great feature, but adding the ability to create the update.zip based on my existing labels would be much better for me!

    For me I have a few labels, and I would like an update.zip for each!

    Restore Data Only
    - System Data - This includes accounts, MMS, SMS, Phone Calls, Data Usage

    Restore App+Data
    - Games - All Games
    - Restore Data Label - Apps which I don't feel like setting up again

    Restore App Only
    - The rest of my apps

    • Jordan Pt

      You can. Have you never used Labels with Batch Jobs in TB? All you have to do is:
      -Make out your Labels,
      -Then use the filter option to show only the wanted Label of Apps,
      -Then open the Batch menu and select the wanted Batch Job
      (ie: "Create update.zip from app+data backups")

      That's it, I haven't had a chance to test this with the new update.zip feature specifically, but it's worked for all the other options in the Batch menu for me so it should be fine.

  • nsnsmj

    Since you would be flashing this .zip through recovery, does that mean the apps will be installed as system apps?

  • Alex Anderson

    Thank you. TB's user interface can be confusing. This article was exactly what I was looking for!

  • Chandra

    I was struggling to copy my apps and data earlier when flash my roms.. it is a great option to see the flash zip to ease the pain.. but still some work is required.. it installed all my apps + data back in the new the cynogenmod rom and it is working.. but even after 10 hrs i am seeing the Restoring data seen at my message.. Not sure what it is still doing.. pls help..

  • http://www.facebook.com/Skykid2 Sky Tripp-Schaefer

    Holly hell I have had this program all this time June 2011 and now I find out about this..... thank you sooo much for pointing this feature OUT awesome!!!!!!!

  • Lifetime23

    Is there anyway to direct the apps to also install directly to the sd card instead of having to move them to sd afterwards? Dealing with internal memory issues.