Titanium Backup Gets Some New Features – NO ROOT NEEDED!

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Titanium Backup Pro Welcomes New ADB Pleasures

Hello fellow Androids and Androidettes,

I’ve had a short list of apps that I just couldn’t do without, Titanium Backup (Tibu) and Tibu Pro are always at the top of my list.  I am what you could call a crackflasher.  When on nightlies I flash everything thrown out, when there is a delay in the builds I am following I try every other Rom I can find.  It is an addiction I am proud to have and I know there are many out there, probably you reading this, that share my affinity and addiction, it’s ok, you can admit it.  LOL.  Ok, with this new update rolled out recently there is new ADB (Android Debugging Bridge) features available to the rooted and non-rooted.  Yes, I said non-rooted, and while I know you can’t imagine not being rooted, there are still one or two Android users that aren’t rooted.

As you know, or may not know, Tibu allows you to take a snap shot of the current app and app data setup on your device at any point in time, it then saves it in an XML format for quick access but will also save in a format that can be pushed to the device via ADB. While Tibu itself doesn’t have the “adb backup” feature built in, it does “support” it. That said, you, the user will need to create your backup using ADB, after you have ADB set up on your computer this is what you do:


adb backup -f MyBackup.bin -apk -all


If the backup process stalls, try using .ab (default) extension:


adb backup -f MyBackup.ab -apk -all


This will create a backup “package” somewhat like how nandroid creates just ONE package. After that, once the device is rooted, this package can be used with Titanium Backup just like as if it was made with Titanium Backup. Check out what the developers at Titanium Track, the creators of Titanium Backup, have to say about their newest additions to the Tibu family:

  • [PRO] Added the ability to restore apps/data from an ADB backup file. These backups can be made *without* root on Android 4.0+ by using the “adb backup” command from a computer, and can be restored with Titanium Backup once you have root. This is especially helpful on HTC devices that perform a factory reset when unlocking the bootloader. Both regular and encrypted (password protected) ADB backups are supported.
  • [PRO] Improved “Market Doctor” and “Force attach to Market” features to properly repair some broken links that previously required the use of “Destroy all Market links”.
  • Improved welcome screen: hitting a gauge will open the “App storage use” screen.
  • Fixed display glitch when restoring “data only” from a “.TiBkp” backup.
  • Updated translations.
There are few apps in the Android world with the usefulness and power of Tibu, so…with all of the these new features Tibu Pro is offering, kinda doesn’t make any sense to delay picking up  your copy today.  Click orsScan the QR code below and you’ll find yourself magically transported to the Play Store ready to take part in the goodness that is Titanium Backup. The free version is need as the Pro version is just the key to the magic. 

Application: Titanium Backup
Developer: Titanium Track
Cost: FREE  

Application: Titanium Backup Pro
Developer: Titanium Track
Cost: $6.58

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  • http://www.titaniumtrack.com shahz

    Dear editors,

    Thank you for reviewing our product. We really appreciate it. However, there is a small error in the article. TB itself doesn’t have the “adb backup” feature, but just “supports” it. That said, the user needs to create his own adb backup using ADB:
    adb backup -f MyBackup.bin -apk -all
    If the backup process stalls, try using .ab (default) extension:
    adb backup -f MyBackup.ab -apk -all
    This will create a backup “package” somewhat like how nandroid creates just ONE package. After that, once the device is rooted, this package can be used with Titanium Backup just like as if it was made with Titanium Backup.

    Hope that clears it :)

    Titanium Backup Support Team

  • Correctioner

    I really don’t know how you can title the article to imply that one can use Titanium Backup without being rooted… “Titanium Backup Get Some New Features – NO ROOT NEEDED!”

    After the TiBu comment poster corrected your post apparently… You talk about using ADB backup to create a backup on a non-rooted device, then say that TiBu can use the backup when the device is rooted.

    That means you have to root the device to use TiBu and yes, ROOT is NEEDED!

    I’m about to upgrade a non-rooted HTC handset to Android 4.x and wanted to back it up first. Can’t use TiBu …maybe I can use ADB, but I have to go research if it just does apps, or includes data/settings, and does both internal/sdcard, etc. Your article implied I could use TiBu. Instead I find I can use TiBu after the device is rooted… to access a non-rooted ADB backup. ROOT NEEDED. What you should use for article title is something like “Titanium Backup gets new features… supports non-rooted ADB backups”.

    • Correctioner

      By the way… the article date in the ‘Software’ green title bar says September 28, 2013 …while this is only January, 2013.

      • http://www.androidspin.com Stormy Beach

        We have been digging in and trying to figure out why year is messed up. No luck yet.

  • Mitch

    adb backup isn’t working for me.
    In adb shell, I can do “ls”, so I know I’m connected to the phone, but:

    D:\MiscApps\adt-bundle-windows-x86_64-20130729\sdk\platform-tools>adb backup -f MyBackup.bin -apk -all
    * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 *
    * daemon started successfully *
    adb: unable to connect for backup

    D:\MiscApps\adt-bundle-windows-x86_64-20130729\sdk\platform-tools>adb backup -f MyBackup.ab -apk -all
    adb: unable to connect for backup

    Suggestions?
    Thanks.

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