How to Backup/Restore ROM on Rooted Galaxy Note 2!

After rooting your Galaxy Note 2, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you to make a backup ROM at least once.

What is a ROM backup?

ROM backup is basically a snapshot of your whole Android OS.  Backing up ROM is similar to Timemachine feature on a Mac or Windows operating system recovery.

Basically, backing up your ROM backs up EVERYTHING except the contents of your internal storage/SD card including your apps, app data, settings, contacts, etc…etc…

Why backup ROM?

Backing up ROM allow you to easily restore to a previous point in time without having you to start all over from scratch when things go wrong.

So, I highly recommend you to do this, here’s how to do it easily:

Before we begin, I assume you’ve rooted your Note 2 using methods on our site, that will automatically install CWM Recovery.  If you didn’t, follow our root method first.

Step 1. Turn off you Note 2.  Then hold down Volume Up, Center Home, and Power buttons together until you see blue menus, this is CWM Recovery.

Step 2. Choose “backup and restore” in CWM Recovery and hit the Power button.

Step 3. Choose either “backup” (backs up to your internal storage) or “backup to external sdcard” (backs up to your micro SD card).

Step 4. Backup should take around 5-10 minutes.  Make sure you have enough space in your internal storage or microSD card before trying this.

Step 5. For restoring at any time to any of your backups, simply reboot into CWM Recovery, choose “backup and restore” (Step 1-2) and hit “restore” or “restore from external sdcard”.

Step 6. You should see all of your backups timestamped and you can choose your backup here to restore.

Step 7. Restoring will take 5-10 minutes.  That’s IT!

Where are the backups actually stored?  They are stored in “clockworkmod” directory.

If you want to save space, you can move the whole “clockworkmod” folder to your computer.

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44 Responses to How to Backup/Restore ROM on Rooted Galaxy Note 2!

  1. iron says:

    Hi how to remove root on note 2

  2. Arun says:

    Hey,

    Thanks a lot for your guidance, I use this website for all my Note 2 needs ,

    I have a doubt as to whether before doing a restore , i should perform a wipe cache and wipe dalvik cache operation and then wipe data /factory reset and then go about the restore? could you please advice?

    Thanks a lot!
    Cheers

    • Max Lee says:

      For restoring, no need to do anything else. Just hit restore!

      • shazzy says:

        maxx… when i restore and reboot… then i open MY FILES in sdcard0 the content is normal with app files but empty inside, then when i scroll down i find folder name ”o” in this folder it have all of my apps files plus it’s data complete… the problem is the system wouldnot use all files in ”o” folder but use the first empty one… hope u understand Zedomaxx…

  3. Kean says:

    I was able to root my note 2 but I can’t boot up into clockworkmod recovery mode… Do you have any tips/suggestions? When I press the vol. up/home button/power button, I see the samsung galaxy note 2 screen then it goes blank (where I expected to see the recovery menus).

    • ari says:

      Hi Kean..We’re in the same shoes here..any answers to boot up into clockworkmod recovery mode? please share (arifandi@hotmail.com) if you do..thx a bunch

    • Carlos says:

      Can’t get into clockworkmod after rooting, keep getting black screen too.
      Any help will be greatly appreciated!.
      AT&T SGH-I317

    • tim says:

      I had the same problem – the model number would flash arount the screen but no CWM. I downloaded rom manager from market place and used the menu item to install CWM. No problem thereafter booting into CWM recovery.

    • Robert says:

      I thought I had the same problem of the black screen. In my case I was able to get CWM recovery working with a slightly different power up process.

      Start with the Note II off and press POWER + HOME + VOLUP and hold all three buttons until you see the ‘Samsung Message’. Wait a few seconds (but not so long the screen goes black) then release the POWER button while keeping down HOME + VOLUP. Keep HOME + VOLUP down until CWM recovery starts. :-)

      I am not sure what is going on. I think it is a hardware feature in the Note II which power cycles if the POWER button is held down and no firmware has started yet. There must be some race condition of power cycle vs CWM starting.

      Good luck.

      … Robert

      • Guna says:

        Hai robert,
        My galaxy note 2 stuck cannot on. Message said ( Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in kies & try again ). I dont want root my phone.
        I need help that back up all content and restore back. So how to solve this problem ?
        That hold key menu, vol up and power button nothing work. Still that error message appear.

  4. Quinn says:

    Hi max. I got a Stock UNrooted GtN7105. can i do back up on stock rom before i rooted ? Thanks

  5. Adhiraj says:

    Hi Max,
    i m a regular user on ur website for S2. now i have changed to Note 2. i need to ask u 2 things.
    1. Is siyah kernel available for Note 2 so that i can dual boot?
    2. how do i subscribe to your weekly rom for my mail id?

    Cheers
    Aj

  6. Spencer says:

    Hi Max, I have upgraded to the Galaxy Note II for Verizon from the Galaxy SIII. I am highly anticipating the guide to root for my new Note 2. I wanted to know when you are going to work on that for me??

  7. rekamyenoM says:

    How much space is needed on the SD card?

  8. Be Indonesia says:

    Hi Max, Hi, Thank you was provide this great and simple tutorial.

    @rekamyenoM: little more then 2 GB

  9. Ondrej says:

    Hey, I just try to back up my rom to SD card, My phone has like 13GB from 16GB so almost full (games, programs) … I checked new folder on the sd card with backup but it has like 3GB … how come ? it should contain system, all apps, games.. etc… home come size is only 3gb.

    thx ;)

  10. Sanket says:

    Hello, Max I rooted my Note 2, International version GT- N7100 with the root method you have described on your website. But unfortunately my phone fails to go to clockwork recovery mode. what to do please help.

    • ari says:

      Hi Sanket..We’re in the same shoes here..any answers to boot up into clockworkmod recovery mode? please share (arifandi@hotmail.com) if you do have an answer..thx a bunch

    • tim says:

      I had the same problem – the model number would flash arount the screen but no CWM. I downloaded rom manager from market place and used the menu item to install CWM. No problem thereafter booting into CWM recovery.

    • Robert says:

      I think this is the same problem as the one I described my fix for above.

      Start with the Note II off and press POWER + HOME + VOLUP and hold all three buttons until you see the ‘Samsung Message’. Wait a few seconds (but not so long the screen goes black) then release the POWER button while keeping down HOME + VOLUP. Keep HOME + VOLUP down until CWM recovery starts. :-)

      Good luck.

      … Robert

  11. Sanket says:

    Max after rooting note2, GT-N7100 with ur method I had run triangle away .so is that the reason my phone not going in to CWM? I also tried to go CWM via rom manager on Note 2 but instead of going into cwm it was failed to boot up & eventually now I flashed stock rom all over again. Please help. Details of My Note 2 current Built No. JZ054K.N7100XXDLL7 & Baseband: N710000DDLK6

  12. tyler says:

    Hey max I have an i317m model rooted with cmw installed I went to the recovery mode with the blue screen and there is no option for backup/restore, is this because cmw doesn’t support the device or am I missing a step, or do I have any other options for restoring my stock rom. Thanks

  13. compudad77 says:

    Ok first its CWM. I know its easy to get screwed up. It sounds like you r going through what I just went through. Let me guess u rooted with the automated easy method. Well just to let you know the recovery that you r working with is stock. He didn’t include CWM Recovery with the automated easy version. You’ll have to do like I did and install CWM separate. Go to this address and follow directions,(www.androidegis.com/how-to/install-clockworkmod-recovery-for-att-galaxy-note-2/#comment-14127). I think u can use any version of Oden3 I think and the link for the one that they have is no longer working so go here and u should be all good just download Oden3 from here, (www.jayceooi.com/2012/05/31/download-odin3-v3-04/) this is what I did and it worked perfectly, just got through backing up ROM with CWM rec. Hope all goes well.

  14. Basil says:

    Hello! I have a problem with restoring to my factory rom/settings after ive rooted and flashed to cm 10.2. You say that the backup files are in the clockwork folder. I indeed do have them there but the recovery menu says that i do not have any backuos when i try to restore. So pls would anyone point me in the right direction?

  15. Oleg says:

    After doing backup, I get 10GB worth of files.
    It’s basically one folder with today’s date and time with 2.5GB, but four times.
    card\clockworkmod\ has two folders called backup. In each of the two backup folders, there are two 2013-03-16… files with 2.5GB each.
    Is that normal? Can I delete the extraneous files?
    CWM only shows one restore option.
    Thanks!

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  17. spidey24 says:

    hi,
    guys, i just want to ask, if I do a full back-up using CWM, does it includes the baseband,the kernel? etc.. because at first i have a SG Note 2 SHV-E250L Korean version LG U+, I flashed its ROM using Jedi XP12 and with the SJKernel and it was successfull. my SG Note 2 becomes SGH-I317 on the model version. is that right? but the baseband still I have is E250LKLVMC8. I want to try to change the baseband using the stock of SGH-I317, but I am afraid to try maybe it will brick my phone. that why those questions are really intriguing me.

    • Herve says:

      Hi,

      How is it going with your E250L.
      I have one as well and I am desesperate to unlock it.

      Could you help?

      Thanks.

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  19. grreso says:

    Hi, tnx for nice guides, I’m hoping you could help me. I did the rooting but can’t get to blue menus of CWM Recovery . Instead my screen goes crazy the samsung note 2 logo is moving all over the screen. Any idea? I downloaded the titanium backup and it sees that phone is rooted.

    • spidey24 says:

      @grreso, you have two options, download rom manager, and from there, install recovery. 2nd, you need to download samsung galaxy note 2 toolkit, then used odin to set up CWM recovery or TWRP. you can find those recovery in your drive C:** in where you installer samsung galaxy note 2 toolkit.

      • grreso says:

        Thx spidey24, I’ve maneged to solve the problem by flashing latest philz recovery with never version of odin.
        Thank You for responce and help.

    • tim says:

      I had the same problem – the model number would flash arount the screen but no CWM. I downloaded rom manager from market place and used the menu item to install CWM. No problem thereafter booting into CWM recovery. You have to be paitent when you hold the three buttons – hold them down until the model number flashes on screen a couple of times and then put the phone down for a munute. CWM will load shortly.

      • Robert says:

        I think this is the same problem as the one I described my fix for above.

        Start with the Note II off and press POWER + HOME + VOLUP and hold all three buttons until you see the ‘Samsung Message’. Wait a few seconds (but not so long the screen goes black) then release the POWER button while keeping down HOME + VOLUP. Keep HOME + VOLUP down until CWM recovery starts. :-)

        Good luck.

        … Robert

  20. Jeff says:

    Good day sir, sir i have a little bit of problem with my galaxy note GT-N7100, i follow your instruction about the rooting on my Note 2 and I succeed, but when I want to backup my ROM, (this is where my problem started,) when I’m pressing volume up, center home and power button, at first it goes into the start up screen, and then the start up screen going whacky, its all over the my phones screen, ( or you can call it flickering??) and not booting up into CWM Recovery, and then it restart itself, I’m using stock rom and the only thing i did on my phone was rooting it.. i hope you can help me sir max good day again…

    • taga-iloilo24 says:

      @jeff, you need to download rom manager from playstore, and from there you can download recovery which will make you boot on recovery..

    • taga-iloilo24 says:

      you have two options, download rom manager, and from there, install recovery. 2nd, you need to download samsung galaxy note 2 toolkit, then used odin to set up CWM recovery or TWRP. you can find those recovery in your drive C:** in where you installer samsung galaxy note 2 toolkit.

  21. luis says:

    I don’t see the backup and restore option

  22. Elias says:

    This web site is great

  23. edward says:

    Is there a problem if i erased blobs folder ??

  24. David Kwok says:

    Great instructions. Thank you.

  25. Vikas says:

    Hi,

    I have a rooted N7100 (Note II) when I enter the recovery mode I am not getting the option (Back up and Restore)
    help pls.

  26. Lum says:

    I don’t see the backup and restore option. Please help !

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