Suppose I plan to flash my recovery with TWRP/CWM, but then later suppose I would like to move back to the stock recovery. Is it possible to take a backup of stock recovery just like we can take a backup of our ROM?

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    Check this universal thread: Making Dump of Android Partitions. Just backup the recovery.img from there – Gokul NC Dec 23 '15 at 9:37
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    Why do you you think it won't be possible? Rashr, Flashify and dd are always there to help as long as you've root access. – Firelord Dec 23 '15 at 11:51


1. Download adb required tools.
2. PC
3. Phone Drivers (for other phones google it out)
for spreadtrum phones: SCI-Usb-Jungo v4 (download here) or SCI-USB2Serial v1.5.6.1 (download here)
4. Android Phone + Usb cables

STEPS: OPEN cmd window in adb folder

type the ff:

      adb devices 
      adb shell
      cat /proc/mtd 

Now from your screen look at your files and you see mtd10 has your recovery.img

dev: size erasesize name 
mtd0: 00040000 00020000 "misc" 
mtd10: 00500000 00020000 "recovery"
mtd12: 00280000 00020000 "boot"
mtd13: 04380000 00020000 "system"
mtd14: 04380000 00020000 "cache"
mtd15: 04ac0000 00020000 "userdata"

Once u see it's LOCATION in which in this sample is in mtd10 type:

cat /dev/mtd/mtd10 > /sdcard/mtd10.img or
cat /dev/mtd/mtd10 > /sdcard/recovery.img
Source: http://howtorootcherrymobilesnap.weebly.com/adb/how-to-extract-img-files-via-adb-ex-bootimg

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    /proc/mtd is not universal. It's not there in all devices.. Change it :) – Gokul NC Dec 23 '15 at 9:37
  • But works in many devices. – Vivek Ji Dec 23 '15 at 11:15
  • /proc/mtd is not there in my device (Yuphoria). It's empty in my mom's device (Android One). – Gokul NC Dec 23 '15 at 11:17
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    And you conveniently didn't mention the original source. Please follow How to reference material written by others – Firelord Dec 23 '15 at 11:48
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    While /proc/mtd may not be valid for all devices how would anyone know trying to answer this question without first being provided what device model number/name is being worked on? This answer is good and until the question's author can provide specs I don't think I'd do any better than Vivek Ji already has. Also Firelord suggestions on dd will also work great for doing full backups over USB. – S0AndS0 Nov 9 '16 at 14:52

Generic Backup/ Restore

If you are root you can backup/ restore all partitions (not only recovery) with native tools.

To list all mountable partitions and block devices use find and grep

adb shell
find /dev | grep by-name$

On my system I get /dev/block/platform/soc/1d84000.ufshc/by-name back (this is very device specific and yours may look different).

Now You can list ls this path to show all mountable partitions.

ls -al --color /dev/block/platform/soc/1d84000.ufshc/by-name/

Or all in one command

ls -al --color $(find /dev|grep by-name$)


Armed with this information you can, as root, backup all partitions. Just use the dd (part of every android toolboox/ toyboox e.g.:

dd if=/dev/block/platform/soc/1d84000.ufshc/by-name/recovery of=/sdcard/Download/recovery.img.dd


Warning Data lost possible! Don't use until You understand all dd parameter.

In many cases you can also restore with the dd tool, e.g:

dd if=/sdcard/Download/recovery.img.dd of=/dev/block/platform/soc/1d84000.ufshc/recovery

if proc/mtd not available for your device.

making a backup via cwm can give you recovery.img when you check your clockworkmod folder after backup http://howtorootcherrymobilesnapv2.weebly.com/how-to-make-back-up-via-cwm.html

another option would also be by making a ROM (dump) via adb http://howtorootcherrymobilesnapv2.weebly.com/img-pull-extract-via-adb-rom-dump.html

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