I encrypted my Android tablet which is a nexus 7. After that I did couple backups. Today I wanted to see the size of the total backups so I open the TWRP folder on my sdcard. There is nothing there. I do not see them anywhere else either.

I made backups before encrypting my device. and TWRP backups always resided in the TWRP on the sdcard.

So where are the TWRP backups after I encryted my device (via standard android enc).

I am using TWRP Cyanogenmod11 Android 4.4.4 , using a recent build from this month.


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Older versions of TWRP do not have the ability to mount encrypted file systems, so therefore, it cannot make backups. In addition, TWRP only supports decrypting certain devices. According to the TWRP2 Project Page, the only devices that they explicitly define as having decryption support are Galaxy Nexus and TouchWiz devices.

  • Well, I think it does recognize the enc filesystems. Because when I run recovery it asks me the password first. And then it does not complain about anything during the backup/
    – yarun can
    Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 19:12
  • Right, it does do that. But the backups are known to just be an empty process when encrypted - literally nothing happens. Give me a minute and I'll update my answer with documentation. Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 19:14
  • Also this says that it does. forum.xda-developers.com/…
    – yarun can
    Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 19:19
  • See my edit. Also, if you read that entire thread, the people that are asking are not able to make backups either... Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 19:26
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    Ok I understand your point. The other thing is that I was able to upgrade my system while it was encrypted with with TWRP. Would not that mean that my version of TWRP works already with encfs?
    – yarun can
    Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 20:43

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