The new app backup offering from ClockworkMod is one of the most impressive apps we've seen recently. It makes saving your app data a breeze, and it doesn't even require root. The initial release was good, but Koush has pushed an update that adds a few features and cleans up some errant bugs.

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Here's the full list of changes:

  • Notification progress bars
  • External SD Card support
  • Fix battery drain bug in carbon server
  • Android sync works over wifi now, and allows APK sync
  • Temple Run (and others) Fix: Restores now support external files directory
  • Scheduled backups now notifies about any lock screen issues and no longer unnecessarily start the Carbon server
  • Create a .nomedia file per backup
  • Backup and restore confirm is now more reliable
  • Fixed issues on Asus tablets
  • Detect desktop backup password errors

Of particular interest here is the fix for battery drain while running the Carbon server. The app is going to be much more usable with that taken care of. We also worked directly with Koush to sort out the issue of device-to-device sync not working when the user has a lot of apps (about 200 in our testing). That's no longer an issue in the new update. A lot of these features are only functional in the full version, which is $4.99. Basic backups can be handled by the free edition, though.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    nice, i just tried this yesterday and was wondering if i missed how to save to an external sd card. i'll have to give this another go

  • aerojad

    Does this let you move old app data from one phone to another? Yes this is a sad question relating to backing up one's Angry Birds data.

    • http://www.facebook.com/bron84 Bronislav Shtrom

      sadly it does not work below 4.x, so nope

    • Mark Ingram

      As long as your old phone is running Ice Cream Sandwich the answer is yes. If you're running Gingerbread, no. The guy below me really didn't give you details.

      • aerojad

        Sadly I'm a Tbolt refugee. On the bright side I know better than to get anything other than a Nexus again.

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

      I think you should be able to do it manually, no?

      All app data is saved to the memory/carbon folder. While using an earlier version of Carbon (free) I copied that folder over to Dropbox and then downloaded the same folder onto a another device. I then used Carbon to restore data on the second device.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bron84 Bronislav Shtrom

    i hope external really means external this time. a lot of apps save only to the default /mnt/sdcard, which some phones have as an internal virtual one

    • http://twitter.com/tefnut80z tef

      i don't think so. my backup is really small

      • http://www.facebook.com/bron84 Bronislav Shtrom

        you don't think so what? it does back up to the physical external

  • David Moody

    The only problem with Carbon is that when ever I want to use it ineed to connect with my laptop. It would be nice to just be able to use it on my phone and tablet

    • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

      This is the price to be able to backup without having Root... (With a rooted device you can do backup without laptop, and much more)

  • dees

    Unable to bacuk cos the message " pc backup password" blank" appear even though i have set same to blank . and Debug on

  • http://www.facebook.com/Samuel.Dockery Sam Dockery

    So I downloaded Carbon on both my Nexus 7 and my PC and debug mode is on, but Carbon doesn't recognize my N7. I have all the appropriate drivers installed.... I think.

  • Μαρια

    I had that DesktopBackup password message, there is NO password on my f device!
    SHIT program developed BY IDIOTS,