I used Titanium Backup to backup an app and its data. I will be flashing my phone with a new ROM/firmware. How do I ensure I can latter recover the backup? I would like to copy the files to the computer but am not sure what to look for. Does anyone know where Titanium Backup stores the backup files and what files to look for?

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  • Titanium Backup (TiBu) saves the files it has backed up by default on your internal or device storage, unless you have specifically pointed it to save on your external SD .

  • Saving on External SD is the preferred option, since you can do a factory reset or wipe your device as you would do now to flash new ROM

  • OP has confirmed that the initial directory of backups was in internal SD /storage/emulated/legacy/TitaniumBackup

Now it is required to be saved on the external SD for transfer to PC

Steps to create a backup directory on Ext SD and copy the earlier backed files from internal storage

  1. Menu → Preferences → Backup Settings → Backup folder location to display the current backup location (in pic below /storage/0000-0000/moto titanium is my current back up location, where 0000-0000 is my external SD)

  2. Press Back key (to jump to parent folder of device) →Create a new folder → by name Example

  3. Select Use the Current folder and on the nest screen accept the prompt to move all earlier backups to new folder. (takes some time depending on the number of backups and it may look like app is doing nothing, be patient, it is working)

  4. You are done ! To confirm that the location has changed refresh the application by hitting Back or reload to go to the home screen and see the changed location

  5. Now you are set to transfer the files to PC or upload to cloud - ( TiBu also has uploading to cloud options)

Aside, you can set up the frequency of backups by scheduling them . Additional details and steps to schedule here

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Note: An alternate way of specifying a backup folder is shown by OP in comment. That is also fine but requires to create a folder using a file explorer before and then specifying it. Method suggested above, reduces one step of using file explorer to create a folder but that's not a big deal

  • "Titanium Backup saves the files .. on your SD card, unless you have specifically pointed it to save on your external SD" I didn't know there was an internal SD card :/
    – Celeritas
    Aug 18, 2016 at 5:14
  • I have resolved the problem and here were my steps. I had to click "storage provider: Filesystem (click to change)" and selected Ext. SD card, then specify new folder I created with the file explorer. However, by default, the folder does not have permissions to be written to so you must fix that somehow, for example using the app SDFix (reboot required). This part about fixing write permissions may not be applicable to all versions of Android. Also note, I had the error the application isn't responding. Click "wait" as it may take a long process to move existing backups to new location.
    – Celeritas
    Aug 18, 2016 at 5:53
  • Here I ask how to restore? android.stackexchange.com/questions/155394/…
    – Celeritas
    Aug 20, 2016 at 9:13
  • I prefer to give a few days before accepting an answer in case someone else has other ideas to contribute.
    – Celeritas
    Aug 20, 2016 at 10:53
  • I am doing this again and still get "this folder is not writable". You mentioned your instructions include a simple way of solving this but I don't see where? As I said, I think it's necessary to download and install an app like SDFix to save to the sd card.
    – Celeritas
    Oct 9, 2016 at 4:13

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