How to Backup/Restore ROM on Nexus 4!

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First time installing custom ROM on your rooted Nexus 4? Well, before you begin installing that new custom ROM that’s supposed to make your Nexus 4 even better (and yes we believe that), you will want to at least make one backup ROM.

The above video tutorial will walk you through on how to backup your current ROM and also restore it.

What is backing up ROM do?

Backing up ROM backs up all of your settings (wifi passwords, bluetooth, etc…), your apps (AngryBirds and your level 50), kernel, and everything except the contents of your internal storage(such as personal photos/videos).

By backing up your current ROM, you will be able to easily revert to whatever you had before you install a new custom ROM.

By having one backup ROM, you will at least be able to have one good restoration point if something goes wrong (such as you end up in a bootloop).

All backups are stored in your internal storage under the folder ClockworkMod. If your ROM backups take too much space, you can also move the “whole folder” (you must move the whole folder not just one backup) to your hard disk and copy it back when you need to restore it.

You can also rename the backup folders, make sure you don’t have spaces when renaming as that will cause an MD5 error when trying to restore.

So, if you haven’t made a backup ROM, I suggest you to do this first before trying to install custom ROMs and save yourself a bunch of headaches later down the road!

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11 Responses to How to Backup/Restore ROM on Nexus 4!

  1. Daniel says:

    Just wondering…Does the Nexus 4 have a reset counter or anything of that sort? Because I have flashed my phone over 50 times and was worried if there was a counter that would leave residual files and slow the phone down even a little bit?

  2. Erick López says:

    Hi, I have a question about the backup store location. The only thing I can find in the Clockworkmod is a file named .recovery_version but its only 37 bytes and considering that after backuping my ROM I lost almost 3 gigas so I’m not sure that’s the backup hope you can help me.


    • admin says:

      With latest cwm they get stored under blobs directory so when u make multiple backups it will reuse bits from previous backups u can erase the backup folder then boot into cwm use free backup option.

  3. Timothy says:

    One question, my nexus 4 only have 1 GB space left. I have the 16 GB version. Does all backups ROM need to be on the internal storage, can it be backed up on to a computer. I just don’t have enough space. Also in the future if I get a nexus 5 for example, how do i transfer it to a new phone? Basically like a moving a phone, but with all my settings, game saves, widget settings etc. Is there a way?

    Thanks for the help if you can!

  4. Vaseer says:

    How can I transfer backup recovery to PC. I would like to have copy of backup on my PC.

  5. Cal says:

    I’ve updated cwm to as recommended and made a nandroid backup.
    But the backup is located under the root directory on the Nexus 4, which is not visible under ‘Android File Transfer’ on my mac!
    This is the file path on the Nexus 4: /mnt/shell/emulated/clockworkmod/backup

    Q: How do I copy out my Nandroid backup from my phone to my mac via the usb cable?

    Running Stock Android 4.3 and su version 1.8

  6. neo says:

    I recently rooted my nexus 4. And i back uped and then restored all my files on my phone. All the settings and apps are ok. I can even see that my camera pictures are ok, but the problem is that i cannot see the actual picture or open them. Is there a program or a way so that i can restore those pictures as well.

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  8. Muhammad Mansoor says:

    Rooted, installed, Using. One Error: While phone turned OFF putting on charge makes it boot into the recovery. Turned on heating up device while charging. Slow charging as well. Please tell the fix.

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