App Review: Titanium Backup

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I’ve been meaning to write a review about Titanium Backup for quite a while now, but everytime I started to put together my thoughts about it, Joel Bourquard released a new update with a new feature to test out. I finally got a chance to sit down and write a review about this app, currently version 3.0.2. To sum up in one sentence, it is a must-have backup app for anyone jumping between builds, wiping between updates (which you all should be doing ocassionally), or just looking to backup your apps and data.

Review:

Taking a look below at the features list, it supports almost every option and configuration you can throw at it. You can backup system and paid apps as well as their associated data, and non-market installed apps in virtually any configuration you would like. A unique aspect of Titanium Backup is the market doctor, only available in the donate version, which repairs damages market links in apps that were inproperly updated/installed, and the app freezer which allows you to entirely disable an application without uninstalling it, making it very fitting of the name “App Freezer”. I really liked the amount of customization you are given over the application, as I had several types of compression available, and could enable\disable any feature I wished. Several other exclusive  features only available in the donate version make it well worth the $3.99 pricetag, such as batch “zero click  background batch” backup and restore, automated verification of backups, multiple backups for each app, all of which is user-configurable. I personally find myself using this app all the time to backup all my data and apps, which makes testing out new builds, updates, or roms completely seamless, and makes me feel secure knowing my data is backed up on my SD card should anything happen to my phone, physically or software-wise.

Updates:

I’ve noticed that Titanium Backup gets updated several times a month,with each update including a new feature or multiple fixes, and ocasioanally a new language. Great developer support, and very responsive when emailed regarding questions, issues, or bug reports.

Donate Version:

The paid version of this app is handled quite uniquely, as the app is developed in Switzerland, a country which has some restrictions with paid apps on the Google Marketplace. Once you donate on the developer’s website, you are emailed a license which you put on the root of your SD card, which in turn enables the premium features not available in the free version.  Rest assured that if you do choose the free version, you will have an app quite worthy on it’s own merits.

Features:

Features of the Free version:
  • No time limit
  • Very fast app listing (~1 second for 300 apps)
  • Sort apps by name / last backup / backup frequency
  • Filter apps by name / type / status / Apps Organizer labels (also affects Batch operations)
  • Backup/restore regular apps + their settings
  • Backup/restore protected apps + their settings
  • Backup/restore system settings (incl. Wi-Fi AP list)
  • Restores the Market links when restoring apps
  • Zero-click background batch backup
  • Interactive batch restore
  • Many batch scenarios (eg: if more than N days since last backup, etc)
  • Zero-click app un-installer
  • Zero-click system app un-installer
  • Desktop widgets
Additional features of the Donate version:
  • Branding to your name
  • Multiple backups per app (history length can be chosen)
  • Zero-click background batch restore
  • Batch verification of all backups
  • Ultra fast HyperShell (much faster for almost everything)
  • Market Doctor can remake any broken Market links (only for apps that were backed up with the link in place)
  • App freezer can disable an app (and make it invisible) without un-installing it
Available languages:
  • English
  • Français
  • Deutsch (thanks RinTinTigger)
  • Norwegian (thanks Stian) – Coming soon
  • Chinese (thanks Rollin) – Coming soon
  • Russian – Planned

About the Author

Jason Bowdach
Jason is a technology and media enthusiast. He loves the Android OS, although his interests go far beyond the cell phone platform. He enjoys keeping himself up-to-date on the film and cinematography industry, as well as the ever-changing world of personal computers and gaming. He studied Communications - Media Studies and Organizational Psychology at San Diego State University, and is pursuing a career within the broadcast media industry. In his free time, besides playing with the never-ending supply of custom Android builds or theming, he enjoys caring for his 60-gallon aquarium, training his white-golden retriever puppy, catching up on quality films and TV shows, and playing the occasional video game.

  • Dmolition

    I admit this app is the BEST!!! backup applications.

    I love it! I went from Fastest to CISD and it saved all my apps and even the information of the apps, for example I did not longer have to RE-sign in facebook, the app saved all my passwords, and I love playing GRave, it even saved my level in the game!!

    It restored all my links in the market, and finally I did not longer have to install 100+ apps one by one, but with one click :]

    I recommend it so much!

    There is also AndroidCommander but it does not save the information of the apps, but at least is free [google it because it is not an app]

  • Dmolition

    I admit this app is the BEST!!! backup applications.

    I love it! I went from Fastest to CISD and it saved all my apps and even the information of the apps, for example I did not longer have to RE-sign in facebook, the app saved all my passwords, and I love playing GRave, it even saved my level in the game!!

    It restored all my links in the market, and finally I did not longer have to install 100+ apps one by one, but with one click :]

    I recommend it so much!

    There is also AndroidCommander but it does not save the information of the apps, but at least is free [google it because it is not an app]

  • Dmolition

    I love this app, it saved all the information in my apps, for example loggins, for facebook and myspace, and the levels i have reached in my games. It installed all the apps in one click rather than having to install 100+ apps one by one.

    Really really really really recommend it!

    • Dmolition

      This shouldnt of happened :/
      It said the post was not posted so I did not want to type everything again, sorry for the double post.

  • Dmolition

    I love this app, it saved all the information in my apps, for example loggins, for facebook and myspace, and the levels i have reached in my games. It installed all the apps in one click rather than having to install 100+ apps one by one.

    Really really really really recommend it!

    • Dmolition

      This shouldnt of happened :/
      It said the post was not posted so I did not want to type everything again, sorry for the double post.

  • Dmolition

    Loved it!!

    Really recommend it

  • Dmolition

    Loved it!!

    Really recommend it

  • RVadillo

    Does this app work on a non-rooted phone?

  • http://www.readforgreed.com Manojr Tiwari

    My favorite app now. a must have app for every Android root user.
    @RVadillo its need root permission to use.

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