How to backup Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM)? (Video)

Yes, you can make full system backup and restore with Nandroid on Samsung Galaxy Note II ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM). The concept is like full system backup with Norton Ghost on PC. Therefore, you can try lot of custom ROMs and restore back to your daily use ROM after testing them. How to backup Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with ClockworkMod Recovery? Before you do so, you need to install ClockworkMod Recovery on Samsung Galaxy Note 2 first. Have CWM already? Continue to read below step by step guide to find out more…

Step by Step Guide

  1. Turn off Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
  2. Press and hold Volume Up + Home + Power buttons at the same time.
  3. Release all buttons when you see SGN2 Logo.
  4. ClockworkMod Recovery will be loaded then.
  5. Go to backup and restore with Volume Up / Down buttons (or on-screen up / down buttons).
  6. Select Backup with Power button.
  7. Select Yes – Backup.
  8. After backup finished, select Go Back.
  9. Then select reboot system now.
  10. That’s all.

ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM) will make a backup on internal SD card by default. And will store the backup at clockworkmod/backup folder based on date and time. Note – you can backup to external SD card by select ‘backup to external sdcard’ instead of ‘backup’.

Do make sure that you make full system backup of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with CWM from time to time to avoid data loss. Always make a backup before try out new custom modification…


  1. Thank you for the guide.

    My situation:
    I have SGN2 with Android version 4.1.1 with CWM installed, so I cant receive any updates from Samsung. Hence I downloaded official 4.1.2 for my phone manually. Before upgrade, I need to backup all my notes from my app, e.g. ColorNote, Calender and etc (photo, song, video I can back it up manually). In my case, which method should I use?

    I have few questions need your advice:
    1. CWM backup file is stored in phone memory, if I upgrade firmware will it lost CWM backup file?
    2. As what you said, CWM like OS ghost, means CWM use for restore not for upgrade? If yes, then what method should I use for backup, upgrade and restore back?

    Thank you.

  2. jayce, after i restored a back up from the nandroid backup that i did, what do i basically get? will i have all the apps and data installed back in my phone?thanks

  3. I have been reading and reading for days now on rooting and modding and backing up and so far this is by far the best information I have found. Thanks a ton for making it short and sweet without the headaches. One question you may be able to help me out with, I am new to android, I was for years an iphone guy but just hated being controlled by the big guys and will not go back. Anyway I am interested in modding and have been unable to find any concrete information on howto and with what mod. I am using the note 2 from telus and I am banging my head against the wall. I am rooted have managed to back up thanks to you and now am interested in seeing what I can accomplish with the use of mods. I am not looking for free stuff just want better control of what my device does and to run smooth. Thanks in advanced Chris.

  4. I’m trying to backup to the external SD card, because the internal one is too full to hold a backup. However, CWM recovery can’t seem to mount the /external_sd path. Any ideas?


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