Losing all of one’s precious data and applications in just a flash is something no one ever wants to endure. When something like that happens, the first most likely thought to pop in one’s mind would be “Geez, I wish I had a back up.”

Luckily, there is a powerful app for making backups of your Android phone’s data. The Titanium Backup app, hailed as the mother of all backup apps, comes as a handy little application that can ease the chore of backing up your phone data.

Getting Started

To get you started, first you need a rooted Android phone. Rooting is the process in which you gain “superuser permission” on your device. Titanium Backup requires root access for it to function properly, otherwise the application may not be able to back up normally inaccessible areas such as system data. On non-rooted phones, system data are usually not accessible to apps.

Rooting Your Phone

It is vital that you root your phone first, since Titanium Backup thoroughly scans your phone, including databases, system folders, operating system files, applications, etc. The app practically sweeps through every nook and cranny of your phone.

Installing and Versions

Titanium Backup is available in two variants: the free and premium editions. The premium edition costs about US$7.00 but will give you add-on features like backup encryption, unlimited backup points, power-user mode, and scheduling backup time. The free edition gives you the same basic features as the premium, minus the extra features. Either way, the two versions will still help you get the job done.

Try the free version of Titanium Backup first. You can get it from the Android Market.

When you first run Titanium Backup after installation, you will be prompted with a Superuser Request notification. Tap the Allow button to give the application root access.

Making Your First Backup

Always remember that Titanium Backup is a powerful tool. As a rule of thumb, you wouldn’t want to press those unfamiliar buttons unless you are sure of what you are doing. Follow the steps below to start backing up your applications and the data associated with those apps:

  1. Tap the Backup / Restore Tab.
  2. Tap the Menu button on your phone.
  3. From there, a Batch menu button will appear. Press the button and wait for it to calculate the entire possible scenario for you to choose from.
  4. Since this is your first try, select Backup all user apps + system data by pressing [RUN].
  5. Titanium Backup will then ask you to kill all active apps. You can select which ones to kill and which ones to exclude by checking the list.
  6. When you’re done selecting, press the Run the batch operation button to begin backing up your files.

The process of backing up your data can take some time, depending on your phone’s processor. Most of the time, high-end phones will finish backing up in under 3 minutes. If you have tons of applications installed on your device, backing up could take up to half an hour or more.

Once the backup process is done, you’ll be prompted with a notification and you’ll be taken back to the Backup / Restore Tab. By then, you have successfully made your first backup. All of your backups are stored in your SD card and can be restored later.

Restoring a Backup

Restoring data or applications is pretty much the same as backing up. Follow the steps in making your first backup, but instead of choosing Backup all apps + user data, scroll down a bit and find the Restore subheading. From there you can find a variety of options that will suit your restoring needs.

Or, you could try another approach. Instead of restoring batch applications, you can also try restoring a single app or data. Go to the Backup / Restore Tab, from there choose the application you want to restore by selecting it and then press Restore. And, that’s it–you have successfully restored your data.

Titanium Backup is perfect for those sticky situations where you wish you had a backup that you could restore. If you haven’t backed up your phone data today, perhaps it’s high time for you to back them up. After all, no one knows the day or hour when disaster strikes and you could lose all your important data.

Do you use Titanium Backup? How often do you back up your phone data?