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You can Make Nandroid Backups Without Having to Reboot to Recovery, Thanks to New Backup Service

A new service has been created that allows you to create full nandroid backups without ever having to boot into recovery or reboot your phone. The developer is calling it Online Nandroid Backup, but the name is a bit confusing, since you aren’t storing the backups “online” per se. In fact, you are still storing them on your device, you are just doing it with your phone up and running or “online.” Confusion squashed? Good. 

So how does this work? Well, here is the setup that ONB’s creator suggests:

1. Rooted android phone
2. A terminal emulator installed on phone
3. Busybox
4. A working CWM based recovery installed
5. Some patience

1. Download and copy zip file to SD card
2. Reboot into recovery
3. Choose install zip from SD card, select zip and flash .
4. Reboot!

1. Open terminal emulator
2. Type su to obtain root
3. Type onandroid
4. Wait and watch

And some example backup types:

I have yet to try it myself, but you can bet that I will be shortly. Nothing in the ROM game is more frustrating to me than having to reboot into recovery, wait for a full backup to be created before flashing a ROM. Depending on your device or version of CWM, it could be 20 minutes before your phone is ever booted up again. We’re talking a potential for missed calls, texts, and other important happenings. As of today, those things are all a part of the past.

Give it a spin and let us know what you think. Full support at the source link below.

Via:  XDA

Cheers Aravind and Paul (from yesterday)!

  • NorCalGuy

    This seems cool but like boot manager I was having a good time with that but there is just something that goes wrong when your phone is on and trying to do something that important. Also how many apps do you have that your back up only takes 4 min… my recovery times (backup/ clear data cache / install new rom) take upwards of 15 min easy. I also have some 200 apps this could be the reason.

  • Diablo81588

    You won’t miss text messages. They will be delivered when you boot the phone back up.

  • brando56894

    Awesome idea, I was going to try this out until I saw that you have to use cwm.

  • daniel.archibald36

    This is amazing. It works flawlessly on my Droid razr

  • EvanTheGamer

    I think I’ll be sticking to the old fashion way(booting into CWM) to do my backups, especially if doing it that way backs up everything.

  • frank

    Easy to gain root on a device remotely huh?

  • Pedro

    I guess we’re also talking about 20 minutes of your life that you think is unrecoverable.

    If the call was important, they’ll call back.
    If the text is important, they’ll call.

    • theoiulkj

      That’s not even the point. He didn’t say that that kept him from flashing roms or that he was crying in a corner during those 20 minutes. Only that it’s a bit of a nuisance, which it is. Now, with a simple flash of a zip, you don’t even have to think twice about making a backup. That’s a win in my book.

  • Quite interesting. I assume they’re Restorable in cwm

  • Murphy

    I love the Android Community. 🙂

  • Will

    Great if you like half hour long backups

    • Does it take a while?

      • Will

        I started it at 22:34:00 it’s 40 minutes later and still backing up /data

      • Will

        Just finished, 23:24:17 so nearly an hour
        Could not find /boot or /recovery
        It’s a neat idea, it’s just really slow and doesn’t back up everything, so I don’t see the purpose other than not having to boot into recovery. But if you’re going to flash a rom what’s the harm in doing the nandroid first then flashing the rom, you’re in recovery anyways.

        • Jon

          Well at least it’s cool as a proof of concept. I’m sure they will work out the bugs. There has been more than one time for me where I really wanted to do a backup, but not have to have my phone off for 10-15 minutes. (backups take forever on the Galaxy S III as samsung has a huge footprint with their roms).

      • Will

        53 minutes. I’m going to assume and hope the non-GUI version is faster

      • Jager07

        Everything appeared to work and a backup started on my GNex, but at the 25 minute mark my phone rebooted. My screen was dark at that point, so I don’t know if it worked/finished or not. I do have a corresponding folder in clockworkmodbackup on my sd card, but I’m not going to restore it since I got no confirmation that it worked and I don’t trust the fact that my phone rebooted…

    • Murphy

      I’ve actually used this already….it takes about 7-10 minutes depending on how much data you have.