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ROM Manager Updated, “Restore ROM Manager” Feature Could Save You Later

Sometimes, you flash a new ROM and come to find out, it doesn’t have Google Apps coupled with it and ROM Manager was also left out. So, what’s a flasher to do? Thankfully, Koush has fixed this from being an issue down the road.

With the new “Restore ROM Manager” feature, ClockworldMod Recovery checks before reboot whether ROM Manager is installed on your device under system/apps. As long as you have that settings box checked, whether you wipe all of your data or not, ROM Manager will be there to greet you upon reboot. Definitely a saving feature for the habitual ROM flasher.

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  • Master O’Disaster

    Question for VZW SGS3 Owners: What CWMR version does ROM Manager flash? kexec? If not, ROM Manager isn’t useful for those of us trying to run CM10 on our VZW GS3s.

  • Jeff Simpson

    Really? A habitual rom flasher doesn’t NEED Rom Manager for anything

    • PC_Tool

      Of course not…but it does indeed make things much easier.

      (At least, with the zip-queuing available with Premium)

      You can set backup of your existing ROM, wiping, ROM install, GAPPS install and titanium restore up to all execute in one step without ever having to monkey around in recovery to manually do anything.

  • Niiiiiiiice.

  • New_Guy

    This is so awesome. I’ve always wished that ROMManager could be there after I flashed but never it thought would actually happen. Great work!!!

  • JoshGroff

    Meh, a problem that can easily be fixed through the stock browser by downloading gapps. Not worth switching from TWRP. Also, you could just have the apk file for Rom Manager on your memory card.

    • For the second option: what happens if the ROM doesn’t have a file browser?

      • JoshGroff

        Then you would use the browser, download gapps, wipe, flash said gapps, and download a file browser. Or you could just revert to your nandroid backup of the previous ROM like most normal folks. 🙂

  • Eric Franca

    I’ve become increasingly annoyed with ROM Manager. No one diligently updates the ROMs on there (or ROM Toolbox for that matter). The only way I can get up to date ROMs is by creeping around forums at xda and rootzwiki. Then again, it’s been a while since I checked ROM Manager. In any case, nice feature.

    • JoshGroff

      Same, I originally purchased Rom Manager because it was at least up to date within say a week or so of ROM updates, and back then it was the easiest way to get ROM updates , but lately it seems to be quite behind. (then again I thought it was because the Thunderbolt wasn’t getting any dev attention, but alas I was wrong.)

  • fixxmyhead

    the hell with this crappy recovery. i NEVER used to care about recoveries as long as they flashed roms i was good but after just having so many problems with CWM i gave twrp (i thought meh its just another recovery) but damn that thing actually had me caring cuz it wowed me soo much that i will never go back to CWM plus its also faster

    • JoshGroff

      That zip queue is quite an awesome feature, saves a decent amount of time when flashing AOSP/AOKP/CM+Gapps+kernel+mods.

      • PC_Tool

        You can queue zips through ROM Manager as well…(settings-enable advanced). Has been a feature for ages….not many folks seem to know about it though for some reason.

        …I couldn’t get by without it at this point.

        • JoshGroff

          Can you do it from recovery?

          • PC_Tool

            Nah, but I like being able to do it in the phone GUI more than in recovery anyway. Recovery was a PITA for a while on the G’Nex and only recently got fixed. Selecting them through the GUI, and including the backup creation as part of the “process” makes it cake.

            Through ROM Manager, I can set it to Backup, Super-Wipe, install ROM, install GAPPS, restore titanium, and reboot. I don’t even have to “touch” recovery (heh…heh…someone shoot me for that).

            Set that, wait for it to boot up, hit ROM Manager again to install my Apps zip and it’s good to go.

          • JoshGroff

            Seems like it would save some time, especially if you don’t have a touch based recovery, I’ll have to try it out next time I switch ROMs.

          • PC_Tool

            fyi: It does require ROM Manager Premium.


            Currently $5.99, but well worth it in terms of making the whole ordeal of flashing/restoring easier. That, combined with the new recovery’s method of backup saves a *ton* of space and time.

          • JoshGroff

            Oh, I’ve had premium since my first couple days of flashing, so that’s definitely not a problem. (me remembering to install the premium license key can be sometimes though) >.>

          • PC_Tool

            Which brings us to my Question of the Day:

            Does the “Restore ROM Manager” feature also restore your premium features?

            I’ll have to give that a go tonight and find out…

          • JoshGroff

            I would assume not, but maybe.

      • fixxmyhead

        idk what that is since i gave up on it but twrp has ability to keep adding zips up to 10 in a row.

        • JoshGroff

          I think the most zips I’ve queued so far is 4, wasn’t aware there was a limit, lol.

  • I bet that will lead to some bootlooping. Most ROMs don’t let you flash anything until after the first boot, unless this isn’t flashing it. Probably just adds it back or excludes it during a data wipe.

    • PC_Tool

      “Most ROMs don’t let you flash anything until after the first boot, unless this isn’t flashing it”

      Yep. Hate that. Would love to be able to flash my “apps” zipfile immediately after flashing gapps. Ah well…

  • MichaelFranz

    someone check their SDcard and see if there is a folder in clockworkmod called blob and how big it is, i had a problem after updating

    • skyskioc

      I do have a folder called “Blobs” It looks like it has a ton of files in it. size is 1,171,476,898. hmmmm

      • MichaelFranz

        yea mine went to about 4gb, i had to force delete it and it hasnt reappeared, slowed my phone down, drained battery amongst other things

    • Pdiddy187

      1.65 GB

      • MichaelFranz

        check it in 5 min, it’ll climb, i alreayd tweeted some Dev’s and clockworkmod to let them know, we will see

        • Pdiddy187

          Mine stayed the same size. I’ll check again in an hour or so.

    • G-Nex

      This is how backups are now being stored Now.

      • MichaelFranz

        yea just found this out. Kinda crazy how it took up so much room on my device. I had switched to TWRP anyway.

  • T4rd

    Titanium really needs to do this so I can restore my old device ID and backups before adding my Google account to the phone (which adds another different Galaxy Nexus phone with a different device ID to my Google account).

    • Greg Morgan

      I wholeheartedly agree sir!

    • Boblank84

      you can make a flashable zip w/ titanium and flash before first boot.

      • Southrncomfortjm

        Yep, I do that now and it makes my life easier. Create the flashable zip on your SD card, flash rom and gapps, fix permissions, reboot, do *not* input your Google account, reboot into recovery, flash titanium zip, flash mods, reboot, start titanium and restore old google ID, let it reboot, and then set up google account.
        Don’t know if that reboot after fixing permissions is needed, just habit at this point.

      • PC_Tool

        …which will only restore titanium (unless they have added functionality since the last time I tried).

        I basically copied all of my app apk’s from the /data/app folder on my ICS install and created my own flashable zip to install them all back after a flash.

        I had to do it in ICS as in JB, some of those paid apps do not install to /data/app any longer…but they restore in JB just fine.

        • Sean Livingston

          download apps2zip from market.

          • PC_Tool

            Last I checked, this was not compatible with Jelly Bean in that it does not back-up many apps that are now no longer installing to /data/app.

            I tested this recently and it could not back up Franco’s Kernel updater.

            Even so, this works very well for me as I have it. I have a device that I don’t use much running ICS…so whenever I add a new app it’s as simple as installing it on that device, and adding the apk to my existing “app” zipfile.

          • And App2Zip doesn’t backup the app data either right? I had tried it once and uninstalled instantly. Back to Titanium backup it is. And even I did a device id restore. I’m not seeing two devices in my Google account.

          • PC_Tool

            I just don’t trust restoring data at all. Non system or otherwise. Logging into the apps manually always seems to give me hella better performance than even just restoring data to one or two apps (like tapa or tweetlanes).

            Currently running the latest BB and restored data to my social apps. Mega lag. Reflashed, and logged into those apps manually…no issues.

            Sure, it could be any number of things, but messing around with restoring data has always led to random issues for me.

          • Br_d

            You got a market link? I’m not finding it. https://play.google.com/store/search?q=apps2zip

  • jjrudey

    Surprising that it’s not a premium feature.

  • Greg Morgan

    That is a great new feature. There have been many times I booted a Rom and I didn’t like it, but had to re-download Rom Manager from the market. This will save some time!

  • Buckoman

    Now, this might sound like a stupid question, but can this also restore GApps, or is it just for Rom Manager?

    • JoshGroff

      Looks like just ROM Manager, it would have to be more advanced to not only see if you had gapps installed, but to know which to flash.

    • PC_Tool

      Technically, the ROM itself should do that during install. The best (read: most license-friendly) way to handle GAPPS would be for the ROM install process to back up the GAPPS in the currently installed ROM (or check for an existing backup), wipe, install, and restore GAPPS.

      As I understand it though, this is not an incredibly simple thing to do as we’re dealing with system apps and settings.

      • JoshGroff

        But what if you’re upgrading from CM9 to CM10, wouldn’t you need a different GAPPS? (I know from CM7 to CM9 you did of course.)

        • PC_Tool

          Hence my disclaimer about it being “difficult”.


          It’d work pretty well between versions of AOKP or CM nightlies, but going from OS versions or from one completely different ROM to another (say..AOSP to non-AOSP) would be a completely different beast.