Using Shizuku to Restore All Your Android Apps

In the early days of Android, Titanium Backup was the best backup solution made exclusively for root users. Its impact on the power user community over the years is undeniable; however, Titanium Backup’s days are numbered as it is not maintained. Fortunately, there’s a more modern option for those who don’t want to rely solely on the online backups you get from your Google One account. Swift Backup is the perfect choice for your backup needs, giving you both offline and custom cloud storage options without full root access.

So if Google offers online device backups with Google One, why would anyone want to use any other option? Many users prefer to have more choice about how to backup and restore their devices. When you restore your apps from a Google One backup, you will also need to download them again from the Play Store as it only keeps a list of which ones are installed. Using Swift Backup as your recovery option after a factory reset can save you time, battery and network data as you don’t have to download them from scratch.


Install the Shizuku app and enable the service

Once installed, open the Shizuku app and launch the service using your chosen method. The easiest non-root way to enable the Shizuku service for Android 11 and above is the Start via wireless debugging option. Root access may still be required for some Swift Backup features; However, Shizuku gives you more than enough control over your device backups.

If needed, we have a guide to walk you through the steps to get Shizuku up and running with minimal effort. You can close the Shizuku app once the service is running on your device.

Back up the apps on your device with Swift Backup

One of the best things about Swift Backup is that you can batch backup and restore your apps when it is associated with Shizuku. This means you can check all the items you want, press a button, and it will do everything for you without any user input. In other words, you don’t need to manually backup your apps one by one there. To get started with Swift Backup, here’s what you can do:

  1. Install and open the Swift Backup app, then you can choose to sign in with your Google account or use it offline.

    • The Continue without an account option works great for offline backups; however, you need to sign in to your Google account for cloud backups and other premium features.
  2. When the Shizuku permission request appears, tap Always allow to confirm the selection.
  3. You can use the . view and wipe Recent changes page to go to the main screen.
    • Note below the Root status section at the top, this should be displayed No root, ADB access via Shizuku

  4. Below the Quick actions from apps section, tap the Backup all apps option.
  5. Select the apps you want to back up from your device, then press the Backup options button at the bottom.
    • All your currently installed apps are selected by default; however, you can scroll through this list and disable any apps you don’t want to save.
  6. below User App Partsthe APKs option should already be checked as that is the format your apps are saved in.
    • The APKs option is required to save your apps; however, you can also add additional backup features such as: ext. dataExpansionand Media† You cannot use the Facts option to backup and restore your app data without full root access.

    • The average user who does a simple app backup should be fine with just the APKs option. Gamers would also want to check ext. data and Expansion to store the external resources you need to download for most games.

  7. Now you can either use the Device option for local offline backups or Cloud for online backups stored externally.
  8. Once you’ve selected your choices to suit your needs, tap the backup button at the bottom to start the batch process.
    • Depending on the number of apps and the amount of storage they take up, they may take a few minutes to complete.

  9. Once the backup process is complete, press the Finished button at the bottom to wrap things up here.
    • If you made an offline backup, you may want to keep it on a computer or external media device. You can use the . to copy SwiftBackup folder from the root of your internal storage and paste it on your external media device.

How to restore the apps on your device with Swift Backup

After your device has factory reset, you’ll want to get back up and running quickly to avoid additional downtime. The restore process is quite easy whether you have backed up your apps offline or used the cloud-based option. To bring your device back to life with Swift Backup, you can do the following:

  1. Start by going through the initial device setup process as usual and sign in to your Google account.
    • Don’t forget to skip restoring your apps during installation, because you’ll use Swift Backup for that instead.
  2. Go to the Play Store and install both Shizuku and Swift Backup.
  3. Open the Shizuku app and enable the service as you did before.

  4. Open the Swift Backup app to the main screen, then tap the Restore all apps option.
    • Make sure you have the . transfers SwiftBackup folder with your saved apps to the root of your internal storage as it was before, otherwise your apps will not appear in the list.
  5. All apps you’ve backed up will be selected by default, so just hit the Recovery options button at the bottom to continue.

  6. Check the same options as for the backup to make sure everything is working correctly, then press To recover to start the process.
  7. Once all your apps are restored, tap the Finished button to finish here.

Local backups for the win

Now that you know how to create basic app backups with Swift Backup, you can dive into some of the extra features for even more flexibility. For example, you might consider backing up your messages, call logs, and wallpapers afterward. And when it comes to premium paid features, you can create your own cloud configurations or set a custom schedule frequency to easily automate the backup process. If you want to improve your backup game even more, you can try a Synology NAS as an alternative to Google Drive.

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