Could anyone explain to me what "Nandroid" is?


Last Updated: 2013-09-25 14:18:23
  1. DravenXcore

    DravenXcore Well-Known Member

    Total freakin noob question...but, I currently use Titanium Backup Pro, and I was looking at a bunch of posts involving "Nandroid Backup". Can someone explain the difference to me, between Nandroid Backup, Clockworkmod Recovery Back up, and whether it replaced the need for Titanium Backup Pro?


    Thanks in advance. :)

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  2. jimsmith80

    jimsmith80 Well-Known Member

    They are the same thing
  3. DravenXcore

    DravenXcore Well-Known Member

    Oh, okay. So it's exactly the same thing as titanium back up? Oh wait.... Didn't you answer this question for me already? Blah, I feel stupid lol.
    I'm still confused about it, I guess. More so, why ZTE Force isn't in the devices list. -_- but warp sequent, is.
  4. jimsmith80

    jimsmith80 Well-Known Member


    Not sure about anything to do with ti backup. A nandroid and a backup created by cwm are the same thing
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  5. sonicbluemustang

    sonicbluemustang Well-Known Member

    A "Nandroid" is a complete image of your whole system, boot and apps you have installed. Kinda like a picture of your whole phone. A Clockworkmod backup IS a Nandroid. Currently there is two types of Recovery's a Stock Recovery that comes on your phone and a Custom Recovery. A Custom Recovery allows you to make a Backup or as known a "Nandroid" of your phone. The Stock recovery only allows you to wipe your data "apps you installed" and clear your cache.
    There is actually two versions of custom recoveries out, one is Clockworkmod and the other is TWRP. CWM is the more popular imo.
    Titanium Backup is only the apps on your phone.
    I hope this helps. You must be rooted to install a custom recovery.
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  6. DravenXcore

    DravenXcore Well-Known Member

    That makes sense lol. Thank you.
  7. sonicbluemustang

    sonicbluemustang Well-Known Member

    Lesson number2; You can use a Custom Recovery to install a Custom Rom or as some ppl call it "Flashing" a rom which usually comes in a zip file. Remember in the beginning you "rooted" your phone? This gives you full control of your Rom, kinda like an Adminstrator. Well if your rooted you then can install a custom recovery, right? Here's the part nobody tells the noobs. When you flash a custom rom whom ever builds the rom would generally root it for you first by installing Superuser to the system. Hence the words "rooted rom" for instance Droidsmith Force Beta is a rooted rom. There may be in some cases when somebody actually puts out a rom that is not rooted, so then you would have to go thru the rooting process again but this is rare.

    Warning;Rooting and installing a Custom Recovery voids warranty!
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  8. DravenXcore

    DravenXcore Well-Known Member

    Right. I had to do that when I first started on Android with my Galaxy Prevail.

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