Android How To: Restore a Nandroid Backup

May 5, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Whenever we type up a tutorial showing people how to flash a certain ROM on a certain device we always tell them to be sure they backup their device first. Just in case something happens. Well today, we are going to show you the most popular way to back up your device – as long as your rooted – and it’s called making a Nandroid backup. What you’re essentially doing is making a complete backup of your phone or tablet. This includes the ROM as well. For instance, I had a stock-based ROM on my LG G2, and I did a Nandroid backup, then flashed CM. I was able to get back to my original stock-based ROM by restoring my Nandroid backup because it backs up the ROM as well. Which is a great thing. So today we are going to show you how to backup your device.

How to create a Nandroid Backup

  1. Reboot into recovery
  2. Tap on “Backup”
  3. Select everything you want to be backed up
  4. Now confirm that you want it backed up
  5. It’ll take a few minutes to back up your device depending on how much data is being backed up.
  6. This is now going to be stored on your device.

How to restore from a Nandroid backup

  1. Reboot into recovery
  2. Tap on “Restore”
  3. Choose the Nandroid backup you wish to use
  4. Confirm
  5. A few minutes later you’ll be asked to reboot your device and you’ll be all set.

For those that need help restoring your Nandroid backup, we have a video down below outlining the process.