This is how I install a new ROM in my Galaxy Nexus, backing up all my apps and settings, and allowing a recover to my current state in case of something goes wrong.

I have root and have been using XenonHD (Android 4.2.1).


I’m going back to AOKP, so I decided to post how I prepare my phone for a new ROM.

Backing up your device

  • Backup using Titanium Backup
  • Backup Nova Launcher settings
  • Backup SMS using SMS Backup & Restore
  • Reboot into recovery (I have ClockworkMod Recovery v6.0.2.3)
  • Backup (backup and restore > backup)
  • Go into “install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard” just to guarantee that ClockworkMod Recovery is accessing the storage
  • Plug the phone into a computer (I’m using Ubuntu 12.10, and have already android-sdk)
  • Go into your android-sdk tools folder
cd Android/android-sdk-linux_86/tools/
  • Go into adb shell and list the directories in your “sdcard” to decide what to backup
sudo ./adb shell
ls /data/media/0
  • Pull all the directories you want to backup
sudo ./adb pull /data/media/0/data sdcard/data
  • The previous example will create a sdcard folder in your tools folder with the data folder pulled from your phone
  • Change the owner of the pulled folders
sudo chown -R youruser:youruser sdcard

You can also backup using FTP for example. I normally use WellFTP Server.

Don’t forget to backup at least your “clockwork” and “TitaniumBackup” folders!

Note: clockwork backups are located in “/data/media/clockworkmod” and not in “/data/media/0/clockworkmod”, at least at my system.

Check in what folder you have the following folders: “backup” and “blobs”. That will be the correct clockwork backup folder.

Wiping your device

  • Format /data and /cache (wipe data/factory reset)
  • Format /system (mounts and storage > format /system)
  • Format /sdcard (mounts and storage > format /sdcard)
  • Wipe Dalvik Cache (advanced > wipe dalvik cache)

After these steps, all your device, including the “sdcard” is cleaned without ROM or files.

Installing a ROM

I will be installing AOKP JB-MR1 Build 1, based on Android 4.2.1.

Some of the steps here may be different from another ROMs, for example, the need for installing Google Apps.

  • Create a new folder in your “sdcard”
sudo ./adb shell
cd /data/media
mkdir 0.ROOT
mkdir 0.ROOT/AOKP
  • Push the ROM into your phone
sudo ./adb push ~/ /data/media/0.ROOT/AOKP
sudo ./adb push ~/ /data/media/0.ROOT/AOKP
  • I will also install franco.Kernel
sudo ./adb push ~/ /data/media/0.ROOT/AOKP
  • Install the ROM (install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > 0.ROOT > AOKP >
  • Install the Google Apps (install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > 0.ROOT > AOKP >
  • Reboot (reboot system now)
  • Login to your Google account
  • Reboot into Recovery
  • Wipe Cache (wipe cache partition)
  • Wipe Dalvik Cache (advanced > wipe dalvik cache)
  • Install franco.Kernel (install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > 0.ROOT > AOKP >
  • Reboot (reboot system now)

Android 4.2 creates a 0/ folder in your sdcard, so you might want to move the 0.ROOT folder created before into this 0/ folder.

Restoring your “sdcard”

  • Reboot into Recovery
  • Push your backed up folders into your “sdcard”
sudo ./adb push sdcard/data /data/media/0
  • Reboot (reboot system now)

When restoring I tend to use WellFTP Server.

Restoring your apps

franco.Kernel settings

I’m currently using these settings.