How to Backup Stock Rom with ClockworkMod ROM Manager

ClockworkMod ROM ManagerHappy news for all those who are eagerly waiting for the generalized procedure to get back to their original stock ROMs. Finally, we are ready with the detailed steps which helps you to restore the original stock ROM on the mobile. In this article, we are providing the restoring technique using the nandroid backup. It is always advisable to make a backup of your original stock ROM, so that it will be very helpful to you, in case of any damage to your phone because of any custom ROMs or any firmware updates. By making a backup of your OS, you can restore it at anytime you need.

Disclaimer: is not at all responsible in case of any device damage, so we kindly request you to follow the process carefully.

Root the phone:
The first and most important point to consider is, in order to backup the stock ROM, your phone should have root access. So, first of all root your phone and then start this process of backup. Rooting has many advantages and only thing to worry about is, it voids the warranty. So, root your phone and get back to this procedure to move further.

Download ROM Manager for nandroid:
Once your phone has got root access, you are ready to start the process of backing up your stock ROM. We use nandroid application for the backup process and there are various methods available for nandroid and we use “ClockworkMod ROM manager” application. This application can be used only in the rooted phones. So, rooting is a mandatory step to create a backup of your stock ROM using this process. To get the ROM Manager, just search the market and download it on to your phones.

Install recovery Image:
Once you done with the downloading ROM Manager, you need to install Recovery Image for your phone. ROM manager searches the specific Recovery Image for your phone and for that you need to tap on flash ClockworkMod Recovery as shown in the figure below. Just confirm your specific model and move on to install the Recovery Image.

Backup your phone:
After finishing the installing of recovery image, you are ready to make a backup of your phone. Tap on the “Backup Current ROM” as shown below, then the phone will reboot and starts backing up of your phone on to the SD card. Once all the backup is done, the phone boots into normal mode. You can find the backup in your SD Card under the path of clockworkmod-backup. Now, you can store this backup anywhere you want.

Restore Your phone:
So, now if some thing went wrong in any of the custom ROM you are running, then you can restore this original stock ROM very easily. To do this just open the ROM Manager on your phone and select “Manage and Restore Backup”. Then click on “Restore”, the phone boots and you will get back to your original stock ROM.

If you got any issues in the process, kindly mention them under the comments section below and we always try to provide the best solutions for it.



  1. tom acito

    January 11, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    i performed a backup, all went according to plan. flashed galaxy s4_cm-10.1.3-jflteatt which seems to be bone stock ROM. I want to go back to my original settings etc. When I try to restore from the backup… phone boots into recovery. where do I go from there to complete the restore? thx

  2. manju

    September 19, 2013 at 8:51 am


    Where I can find the back up file ,coz I want store it to my PC to use in future.
    Please assist…:)


  3. Jose

    October 1, 2012 at 5:48 pm


    It’s ver interesting this manual but I have some questions about it:

    If I make a backup of my ROM, it is backupped with all my programs? I want to try a custom ROM but, if something fail, I want to restore the “old” ROM but with all the programs I have installed before.

    And, if I have to restore my “old” ROM, do I have to root and reinstall the CWM on my “new” custom ROM or when I installed the CWM on my “old” stock ROMit is installed on the boot partitions or somewhere like that and I don’t need to reinstall?

    Thanks a lot.

  4. Dhananjay

    September 17, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Hey Amit, i installed Clockworkmod recovery on my samsung galaxy s2 and backed up restored my data, but everytime i reboot the system, it alway opens in recovery mode and on the android os itself.
    What should I do now, I’m in grave danger if my mother finds out about this. URGENT HELP PLEASE !!!

  5. aj

    September 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    hi sir…i just want to ask you about my rom manager,bcoz it still asking for installation of cmw even if i already installed it manually.. i followed the instructions properly,did i successfully installed it? and how can i check if i installed it already?

    • Pradeep Neela

      September 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      you can try entering the device in the recovery mode

  6. demosfar

    August 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    First of all, tnx for instructions, but I have problem confirming my mobile model. I have Alcatel OT-995 and there is no that model in list when I try to make backup of my current ROM. Any suggestions?

  7. Bennyinocencio

    June 9, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Hello, I get a screen that says android and on the top it says enter recovery mode after I tell it to backup what should i do

  8. Bennyinocencio

    June 9, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Hello, I get a screen that says android and on the top it says enter recovery mode after I tell it to backup what should i do

  9. iz

    May 15, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    screen’s stuck on the android lying on its back with an exclamation mark in a red tiangle in the middle of its open chest. what could’ve been the problem? this appeared right after i clicked backup current ROM and the phone went off. Hope u can help. Thanks

  10. Tony

    May 9, 2012 at 7:59 am

    When I backup it goes through the process, finishes and goes to clockwork recovery.It doesn’t say that the backup was successful. Once I hit reboot now it goes back to normal. When I go back to rom manager there is no backups in the manage and restore backups.

    What am I doing wrong? HTC Amaze 4g

  11. yokahama

    May 9, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Rooted Atrix 4G, 2.3.6, 141. When trying to backup stock ROM, the screen goes black, brings up Moto logo & says: Failed to boot 2, Starting RSD mode. Not sure what to do next. I’m assuming it failed. Any ideas? Thanks.

  12. denny

    April 30, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Hi there Im trying to backup using ROM manager but during the backup brings up an error i.e “E:failed to find “cust” can’t mount “datadata”

  13. sahil

    April 15, 2012 at 11:12 am

    plz reply to my query
    its very urgent as m really low on RAM and internal memory so i need to root it but not without a stock rom backup this time
    so plz guide me how to backup thr stock rom?

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 15, 2012 at 11:28 am

      the internal allocation cannot be changed as of now!

  14. rev2redlineguy

    April 8, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I have a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab (OG 7) and I rooted it with the Overcome ROM. This is my first time rooting and I forgot to do a backup of the original stock firmware. Where can I get it from incase I want to revert back to stock again? I have been searching the net and XDA but with no success. I guess you could say I’m a noob at this.

  15. Jhoravi

    April 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    How can i restore my Backup if the phone wont continue to boot? Can i restore the backup ROMs from the recovery console?

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      you can do from the backup taken! how you took backup?

  16. bluemilan

    April 3, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    what is this signature verification ??
    my gs2 is rooted.

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 6, 2012 at 11:11 am

      it needs the root access! if it doesnt get then it shows this error!

  17. Jay

    April 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    i use galaxy fit……my phone isn’t rebooting plzz help!!

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm


  18. sahil

    April 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I am new to rooting and rom related stuff.
    I did root my motorola fire xt311 and deleted some of the bloatware which resulted in software corrpution and my device was bricked 😮
    I was only able to open d recovery menu by pressing the volume and power buttons
    I was unable to reset the phone to factory settings
    All i could do was erase all data on SD card and there was one option to load a backup rom from SD
    So is this thing gonna work in that case?
    If yes,do i have to rename/replace it or just browse it?
    Bcoz i dont wanna send it to motorola service centre for 3 days again 😀
    Kindly reply

  19. Serdar UZUN

    March 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Always prefer to use ODIN; not Rom Manager!!!EVER

  20. Serdar UZUN

    March 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    S5670 GALAXY FIT ORIGINAL STOCK ROM 2.3.6 with all tools; you can contact with me 🙂 I love to help 🙂

  21. Serdar UZUN

    March 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Rom Manager is not available for S5670 Galaxy Fit, You can not see your phone model in its list before you back up your rom. I bricked once because of Rom Manager. DONT USE THIS AWFUL APK DONT!!! Any problem (if you have) you can ask me

  22. Suresh

    March 26, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Hi every1…I have a Galaxy S I9000[ROOTED] Can anybody help me I am getting a error in ROM Manager when i try for backup my current Stock reboots & says signature verification failed’.?? any solution for this error… get some help..

    • Gbd

      December 15, 2013 at 1:00 am

      I was getting the same error. The reason for that error was that the Semaphore CWM recovery was not flashed properly. It was still using the Android recovery.
      CWM was not flashed because the zip downloaded in the “Install recovery Image” step was not correct, hence had to flash CWM manually using odin and then the “Backup your phone” step worked fine.

  23. ray

    March 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    screen’s stuck on the android lying on its back with an exclamation mark in a red tiangle in the middle of its open chest. what could’ve been the problem? this appeared right after i clicked backup current ROM and the phone went off. Hope u can help. Thanks

  24. soundguy

    March 18, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Hi guys, do you have anyone EUROPEAN VESION OF ORIGINAL HTC EXPLORE A310E
    ROM? I forgot to back up.. please send it to me if u can.. soundguy at


  25. LG Spectrum

    March 16, 2012 at 9:14 am

    when will the LG Spectrum be supported?

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 9, 2012 at 12:49 am

      there is no eta on the same!

  26. Andrew

    March 16, 2012 at 3:28 am

    I have a Lenovo LePhone running 2.3.7 In the Flash Clockwork recover this phone isn’t listed. How do I get around this? Thank you.

  27. Brian

    March 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I have installed Premium ClockworkMod on my Galaxy S2 after rooting it.

    When I try to back up my default ROM the phone boots into recovery mode

    Please help

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      are you trying to restore the rom? if there are any issues then you can apply via ODIN

  28. Akshay

    March 13, 2012 at 2:04 am

    hi i tried to backup my currrent rom (xt311) but phone never rebooted. pls pls pls give me a solution.

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 13, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      you can skip this step and can just note down on which version yuo are on!

  29. Gressmon

    March 6, 2012 at 9:50 pm


    I did a backup of my current stock rom on SG2, installed cyanogen rom, but when I want to restore the backup with rom manager, It’s still boot Cyanogen. When I launch the restore via CWM it says “error while flashing boot image”. Any help ?


    • Neela Pradeep

      March 11, 2012 at 11:25 am

      you can apply the update manually! may be some files have corrupted

  30. yamen

    February 19, 2012 at 12:07 am

    my Galaxy Gio wont work
    i try to backup and then the device shutdown and wont turn on plz help me !

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 24, 2012 at 9:54 am

      yes it wont run as it doesnt support all the devices yet

  31. saadat

    February 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I downloaded this in my rooted fit running 2.3.6 DDKTi
    but whn i tap on flash CW recovery… then a list of devices pop up.. but the things is that.. i cant find my device in that list!
    please help me out with this!! :/

  32. Norbert

    February 17, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Clockworkmod dos not flash a new ROM on my droid3, neither does it back-up the existing ROM. It just restarts normally every time. I followed all the steps carefully. I can’t actually boot in recovery either. Can anyone help PLEEEEAAASE? Thanks.

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 24, 2012 at 11:30 am

      press volume down and power on the device!

  33. Andy

    February 5, 2012 at 6:19 am

    I tried to back up my rooted HTC wildfire Running Android 2.2.1
    Tried two times to back up room but screen only whent black.
    tried it again today and it rebooted and showed progresbar.
    made a backup of my stock ROM and after that an download and installation of Cyanogenmod -

    Big difference in speed and performance.

  34. jes

    January 30, 2012 at 2:21 am

    I am new to all of this. I have an htc sensation 4g on tmobile. I have used revolutionary to root it, intakes clockwork recovery and have superuser. The phone is definitely rooted. I would like to try a custom room but want to be able to get back to stock if I don’t like it. I have followed all the procedures on here (error obviously restore) and all worked great and I have a backup. My question is I’ve read to install a stock rom (by other means than your backup, like finding and downloading the stidk somewhere else for those that didn’t backup) you have to have done the adb thing which I haven’t done. Does this apply to re-installing your backup as well? Without doing the adb part will my stock backed up room flash back on if needed with this method? Sorry I’m very new, I’ve never done any of this before. Also do custom roms already have to android market on them already? Sorry this may sound stupid, I’m just trying to cover my based and questions before I try anything

  35. dixhuit

    January 25, 2012 at 4:19 am

    I’m also getting the same error on my Galaxy S2 (rooted) when trying to backup the current ROM. I’m using ROM Manager v4.8.1.4.

  36. GameX

    January 9, 2012 at 6:52 am


    I’ve tried to backup my stock ROM on my Creative ZEN Touch 2, so that I could use a better and more stable Custom ROM (The stock ROM SUCK!), but when I select “Flash ClockworkMod Recovery”, *of course*, my device is not listed! “<<

    What can I do? My ZEN does have potential, a great processor, but the firmware by the manufacturer is buggy, and I can't use the real potential of my device! It almost died because of this crappy unstable firmware, today! 🙁

    Please help!

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 16, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      kindly reset or return back to the original firmware~

  37. kyaw kyar

    January 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    hay i tried to backup my stock (current)ROM by CWM. ph was reboot .there is only samsung logo and din’t boot into normal mode .i tried to take into recovery mode. nothing was happen .other ways to remove CWM are in normal mode. help me all

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 5, 2012 at 9:41 am

      yes, in some phones there is an issue while backing up rom using the CWM, its a bug in the app!

  38. Frank Figz

    December 31, 2011 at 1:39 am

    I cant backup my current rom, i get the “!” with the android. HELP!

    LG Ally


    Root access

    • tc

      April 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      I got the same and pressed the power button. Then it gives you a list of options. Select by pressing up or down volume. Then press home button to enter.

  39. jorge

    December 23, 2011 at 8:07 am

    After selecting manage and restore backups the screen only show the title it do not give me any other option.

  40. Tapan Bhanot

    December 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm


    I am trying to take backup but its just reboots into the recovery and then Android with Exclamation mark comes and then nothing. How to take backup of the ROM ?


    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 4, 2011 at 12:22 am


      • rohil

        May 24, 2012 at 6:49 pm


        • rohil

          May 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm

          ok. i got it here.
          press VOLUME UP + POWER button to get the recovery screen.
          but then again i got an error while installing
          signature verification failed!

  41. Chrysolite

    October 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    I have an HD 2 running on android 2.2 , the my when I tap on buck up current Rom , my phone just reboots in a normal way and no buck up occurs .

    • NeaL Pradeep

      October 24, 2011 at 12:01 am

      have you updated the phone with any version?

  42. Steve

    October 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Sorry, posted the above to the wrong site, but hey, if anyone has any answers for me that would be really helpfull, thanks.

  43. Steve

    October 22, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I know this is ment to work, but on my S2 it will only boot into Samsung 3e recovery and no matter what i do I will always get sig fail error. I found a modded version of the 3e recovery where the sig verification has been turned off, so followed instructions to replace the file which is ment to live in /system/bin/ according to “” . No recovery file in that location on my phone. I did search with root explorer and found recovery file in /sbin/ renamed it, pasted in modded recovery file and rebooted. Ran CWM, went to back up ROM and still 3e recovery failed sig verification. went back to /sbin/ and the modded recovery file had been replaced with the standard one again. Please someone help get around this problem.
    My phone is rooted with S2root and is running stock rom, PDA:XWKI4 Phone:XXKI1 CSC:XEUKH2

    • Rash

      October 23, 2011 at 3:55 am

      I get same problem when trying to backup current rom via rom manager.. I also get into recovery & signature verification failed.?
      But I recvd & in my files which I placed at root level & flashed them but no difference

    • hin

      October 30, 2011 at 10:29 am

      i got the same problem as well… is they any solution for it?

  44. tommythomas

    October 22, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Would like this

  45. Rash

    October 22, 2011 at 4:58 am

    Hello.. I installed rom manager few weeks back and went straight into backup rom (backup folder created)..
    I tried above step but 2nd stage my phone went into recovery mode to backup but stopped with message ‘signature verification failed’.??
    Also looking at rom manager folder created update. zip file.??

  46. Daniel

    October 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Great!!! now, question, how can I check if there is an official 2.3.4 ROM for my Galaxy S? and if it exist, how can I update to it if Kies tells my XXJP (2.3.4 downloaded here)? is there a way to trick Kies? or…. is there a way to get an official stock ROM around?

    • Ramesh

      October 22, 2011 at 9:16 am

      We will get back to you if there is an Official update..

  47. Itender Rawat

    October 21, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Cool Trick………my friend applied….!! works well

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