Best practices for updates and backups?

Relatively new to /e/ and enjoying it very much. I have a couple of basic questions…

Is it possible to update /e/ firmware while retaining user data (apps, photos, texts, contacts, etc.)? If so how is this done?

What are the best practices for device backup/restore? For example, to replace a lost/stolen device or transfer to a newer device.

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You just have to update once a notification says that an update is available and it will update the system without deleting anything.

There is no best practice, it depends on what you need to backup. You can backup with TWRP (go to TWRP (the recovery mode) > Backup to do a full backup of the phone in case something goes wrong. (except Internal Storage, which is what you can access when you plug the phone to a laptop)

And to backup in case you have to change the phone, just backup your contacts, files, etc at the frequence you want by coping the files on your laptop (or the /e/ cloud).

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Thank you. Still finding my way around the /e/ ecosystem. Much appreciated.

Often overlooked (even though TWRP displays a warning about this while backing up) … TWRP doesn’t do full backups.
Internal Storage has to be dealt with in a different way (e.g. simply copying it to somewhere else via USB while TWRP is running should work).


another newbie here… just read your other post about backups, but still don’t fully grasp it. My technical understanding is limited :thinking: :exploding_head:

So: if I make a TWRP-backup from my current phone, will I be able to restore

  1. system settings
  2. apps
  3. app-settings

-> on any other /e/phone or is the backup phone-model specific?

thanks for help

TWRP backups are phone model specific.

(Unless somebody has success in backing up a GSI and restoring it on a different phone model, but installing and using GSIs is not for newbies and/or the faint of heart, at least as far as I read about them.)

As I understand it, you should be able to restore them on a different device of the same model phone
(If I’m wrong I am very happy to be corrected)

It would be nice to officially confirm if this method is supported.

copy it to USB -SD?

Yes. You can backup and restore the entire system among same models.
I did it on three Samsung i-9300.
There is nevertheless a trick on the name of the backup. I will report it here when I will recover it from the net


Any news so far or is there another way?

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