Backup, Restore, And Update Android On The HP TouchPad

Christian Cawley 12-07-2012

hp touchpad androidIf you’re sick of the limits to webOS on your HP TouchPad, you might have already installed Android Ice Cream Sandwich using the guide published previously How To Install Android Ice Cream Sandwich On The HP TouchPad In Minutes As slick, smooth and functional as webOS is on the HP TouchPad, and wherever the future of the platform may lie, there remains a problem – the shortage of apps. The fact remains that there... Read More .


In most cases, you should have found that this is a great way to breathe new life into your tablet. While webOS has a slick and pleasing user interface, the platform is sadly lacking in applications.

However the versions of Android Ice Cream Sandwich that are currently available for the HP TouchPad The User's Guide To HP TouchPad Featuring the webOS operating system, the TouchPad offers a user interface that is polished, attractive and–most importantly–easy to use. Read More are also lacking. In particular, functionality of the camera and microphone has been missing, resulting in a tablet that looks great, has lots of apps but isn’t quite ready to use.

As time progresses, developments to the drivers for these devices will result in a fully functioning Ice Cream Sandwich for the HP TouchPad; but how can you easily upgrade your existing Android installation?

Introducing ROM Manager

Thanks to the ROM Manager utility, you can backup your current Android installation, download and install an update and even restore to the previous backup if necessary.

(The general flavour of what follows also applies to other Android devices, but we’re focussing here on the HP TouchPad.)


Using ROM Manager is pretty simple. The utility offers a range of options, dealing with recovery, ROM management, backup and restore and also offers some additional utilities.

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ROM Manager should appear in the Apps list on your HP TouchPad after installing Ice Cream Sandwich. If it isn’t, simply visit Google Play, search for the app and install it.

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To use ROM Manager successfully you will need to configure ClockworkMod Recovery. If you followed our previous guide for installing Android on your TouchPad, you will find that this is very simple. Select the Flash ClockworkMod Recovery option in ROM Manager, accepting cm_tenderloin as your “phone model”. Next, the tablet will ask “Have you installed a ClockworkMod based recovery manually?” Select Yes for this option, and then choose ClockworkMod 2.x to proceed.

Backup Your TouchPad with ROM Manager

Before installing a new ROM (the name given to an operating system image), you should backup the currently installed version of Android. In ROM Manager, scroll down to Backup and Restore and select the Backup Current ROM option.

Your device will request confirmation; click OK and the TouchPad will reboot. As it boots up again, the data is backed up; this may take a while, so leave your device alone until the process is completed.

Once done, Android will boot as normal, and you’ll be safe in the knowledge that there is a backup of the OS ready to install (or “flash”) in the event of problems.


Download and Install a New Android ROM

Finding a new ROM for your HP TouchPad is a case of going to the site and selecting one of the most recent – and if you can, stable – nightly releases. This should then be downloaded to your computer, and copied to your HP TouchPad. If you’re mobile, however, you can also download directly to your TouchPad. Save the file in the cminstall folder (created when you installed Android previously) and remove the previous ZIP file if it is still there (from which your current Android installation was installed).

All you need to do now is open ROM Manager, select Install ROM from SD Card, select the appropriate ROM, remembering to select Wipe Data and Cache and Wipe Dalvik Cache before clicking OK.

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(Note that in recent builds of Ice Cream Sandwich for the HP TouchPad, the GooManager app will alert you to new updates and download them for you, as well as managing installation. This software also enables you to browse for compatible ROMs which can be installed via the Flash ROMs option.)


Manage and Restore Backups

If there is something about the new ROM that you don’t like, however, worry not – there is an opportunity to restore a previous backup using ROM Manager.

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Under the Backup and Restore section, you will be find the Manage and Restore Backups item. By tapping this you will see a list of backups that have been previously created. All you need to do is tap the one that corresponds with the date and time that you instructed Android to make the backup and then select Restore from the menu (you can also Rename and Delete backups using this screen).

Once the selection is made, confirm your choice and the TouchPad will restart; as the tablet boots up again, the backup will be restored!


With the constant development that is taking place in delivering Android to the HP TouchPad, changes are made on an almost daily basis. Nightly ROM builds demonstrate this perfectly, so you should be aware of how simple it is to backup, upgrade and if necessary restore a previous Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM to your TouchPad.

Note that your user data should remain untouched by these changes. Any problems with apps can be resolved by removing them and then downloading again from the Play Store. Using the Downloads menu item will allow you to quickly find software previously downloaded, saving you time.

ROM Manager and ClockworkMod Recovery offer what is probably the slickest upgrade experience of any platform, but remember that problems can occur. In this situation, don’t panic – restart the device, boot into webOS and use the webOS Doctor to resolve the issue.

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  1. allan nielsen
    September 11, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Could you update this piece? I downloaded the latest Rom Manager v5.5.3.7 and it does not act as described.
    First it accepts the Clockworkmod like you say when picking 2.x.x.x (in RM it says it is there under Recovery Setup) but it does not show up in the reboot menu when it reboots to do the install, so when I try to install it just reboots into evolve thenderlion and that was that.
    Second it will not make a backup, that is, there are none after "making one" when going to the backup and recovery??
    Am I missing something?

  2. Punit
    June 20, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    I'd like to know if there's a fix for the camera out or not. I was searching for the same and didn't find any.


    • Christian Cawley
      June 22, 2016 at 10:50 am

      IIRC there is, but it's such a long time ago I can't quite remember. It might be a file you need to flash after installing Android.

  3. Marc Goeringer
    November 29, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Your the best !! Thank You!!

  4. Gary
    November 4, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Hello Just curious on updating, just pick Mod3x+ instead of Mod2x+ and the backup and update will work?


    • Christian Cawley
      November 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      I'm assuming you mean in Clockwork? If so, then 3x is fine. If not, please be more specific :D

      • Gary
        November 4, 2012 at 11:45 pm

        That was ClockworkMod 3.x. All went ok after picking that option


  5. MrDonev
    October 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I`ve recently installed Cyanogen mod 7.2 on my girlriend`s HTC Wildfire and after the reboot the SD card is not recognized. How can I fix this?

    • Christian Cawley
      October 28, 2012 at 8:27 am

      I would advise heading to for answers on the HTC Wildfire. This comment thread is for installing Android on the HP TouchPad

  6. Chris
    October 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    unfortunately i've choosen on the first run of ROM-Manager (for backing up the actual Rom) the wrong ClockWork-Mod ( Version 2 instead of Version 3). If i try to make a backup, the pad reboots (no mor question about the version of the CW-Mod) but do nothing (no backup at all). How can i change the version of the installed CW-Mod for the ROM-Manager?

  7. Bob
    October 7, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Hi Christian,

    Whenever i click on Flash ClockworkMod Recovery it gives me an error saying cannot download from server as my wireless connection is not working. I also tried to upgrade to the current nightly build by selecting install rom from sd card and cannot upgrade as it says you must have clockworkmod recovery installed first. Any ideas how i can proceed to upgrade to the 0930 nightly build to fix my wireless problems. Many thanks.

    • Christian Cawley
      October 7, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Hi Bob

      Boot back into WebOS and follow the instructions in the guide, but instead of the Android version I suggested, copy your preferred build into a new cminstall folder (insure previous is deleted and/or contents have been removed). Proceed through the guide issuing the novacom command in the command line, etc, and this should install the fixed build.

  8. Matt H.
    September 1, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks Christian -
    I have updated via ROM manager using the latest nightly build and all seemed to go perfect. However, I now do not have any apps that I had previously and my linked accounts are gone as well. I don't even have the icon for the google play store. If I browse to the google play store via the browser and try to install the app it says that I already have it. I figured that I could go back to my ROM back up but that has disappeared as well. I am stuck

  9. Jim I
    September 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm


    Any word on when we will get a release that will have a working camera?

    For my use, that is the only thing that is not functioning.

    Thanks again for all your help. It really made the Touchpad fun to use!

    • Christian Cawley
      September 1, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Hi Jim

      Unfortunately we're still waiting on that. it might be the case that no camera support is ever forthcoming.

  10. Thea
    August 13, 2012 at 2:51 am

    Hi Chris & Bakari,

    I have updated with the tenderloin like you told me and have even tried to do what you have said here but when I hit Install ROM from SD card it says " Only Premium users may use Alternate recoveries with ROM Manager to flash Roms! Otherwise, you must have ClockworkMod Recovery installed before continuing! Install the recovery through ROM Manger first." on Check for ROM Updates it stated "Error while downloading from server. Please make sure that you have a stable internet connection, and that your SD card is inserted and has free space." Received the same message when I hit Flash ClockworkMod Recovery.... Help Wifi is not working but it was yesterday when I downloaded the android.

    • Christian Cawley
      August 13, 2012 at 7:46 am

      Hi Thea

      If Wi-Fi is not working you will not be able to download anything to install. I'm not sure why you're getting this error and no one else is, but I think your best option is to manually install ClockworkMod. See this:

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  11. Jim I
    August 5, 2012 at 8:40 pm


    As others have said, I could not get the ROM Manager backup or install to work until I change the ClockworkMod to 3.x.

    As soon as I did that, everything worked perfectly.

    You are really doing good work with this!

    Is there any way to know what is being changed with the nightlies?



    • Christian Cawley
      August 5, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      Hi Jim

      At present the automated nightly builds have been brought to a close, so I'm keeping an eye out for the ultimate ROM release (working camera, of course) and I'll be updating things here.

      You can keep an eye on things at XDA:

      • Jim I
        August 7, 2012 at 6:07 am

        Looking forward to the working camera!


  12. rohit
    July 28, 2012 at 3:45 am


    I am newbie so please bear with me in case my query is very primitive. I brought this touchpad yesterday and its having following config -
    cm_tenderloin android version: 4.0.3 kernel version 2.6.35-palm-tenderloin CM version: 9.0.0-RC0-Touchpad-alpha1 built date: feb 2012 build number: IML74K.

    When i am trying to backup my existing ROM using "Backup Current ROM" option in ROM manager it does ask me to select a name for the backup and reboot the device. But one i am in side the ROM manager after reboot, it gives me error "SDCard needs to remount to use ROM Manager" and doesn't show anything (but dark gray blank screen) in "Manage And Restore Backups". How could i make sure if my existing ROm is saved and i can go ahead and install the new nightly builds? I dont want to go ahead and install new build unless i make sure i can recover in case something goes wrong.
    Also, can i directly upgrade the build (July 27 2012) eventhough i have 20120219 (feb 2012) right now? Or i need to go sequentially and update the builds from mar, apr, may...?

  13. kent
    July 25, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    In ROM manager, Christian, you showed us to choose ClockworkMode 2.x rather than ClockworkMode 3.x when select flash ClockworkMode Recovery. When are we starting to use version 3?
    I am a little confused.

  14. Mark
    July 16, 2012 at 2:22 am

    I agree with Leo, the article is a bit confusing when GooManager is mentioned "out of the blue." Also, I flashed the latest cm -9-20120715 using ROM Manager. All went well but after I rebooted my HP Touchpad into Android, I checked the "About tablet" in "Settings" but it still shows 9-20120329-NIGHTLY-tenderloin. I also used GooManager to flash the latest "nightly" but, again, "About tablet" says 9-20120329-NIGHTLY-tenderloin. Any thoughts? Thanks.

    • Christian Cawley
      July 16, 2012 at 7:16 am

      Hi Mark

      Are you sure you're flashing the correct ROM? The best way to ensure that the system picks up the correct one is to delete any others that remain before downloading again.

      • Mark
        July 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm

        I'm pretty sure I'm downloading the right one because cm -9-20120715 is the only zip file in my cminstall folder. Can you check if your Touchpad shows the latest version in "Settings/About Tablet?" Thanks a bunch.

      • Mark
        July 16, 2012 at 5:00 pm

        Update. After doing some checking, I found out that my cm -9-20120715 update in GooManager folder wasn't the right size. I downloaded it again, used GooManager to install the update, and now I can see the updated install in “Settings/About Tablet.” Thanks for your Install & Update Android on the HP Touchpoad articles!

      • Mark
        July 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm

        I am running into the same issue as well and I am using ROM Manager. My only zip file in cminstall is the nightly build of 7-15 but when I check the version using about tablet it shows prior build of 9-20120329-nightly. The system seemed to flash quickly (tried several times).

        • Mark
          July 17, 2012 at 9:12 pm

          Different Mark with the same symptom.

        • Mark
          July 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm

          Mark, I never got (just) the ROM Manager work to update the build. I was experiencing exactly the same thing you described in your post. I use it for back up only. I've used GooManager app a couple of times and so far so good. However, during the process of using GooManager to update the build I see that the screen changes to DOS type menu with ROM Manager icon on the bottom. Hope it helps. Mark.

        • Mark
          July 20, 2012 at 10:59 pm

          I found the issue. In order for ROM manager to perform backups or flash you must choose
          ClockworkMod 3.x.I now have a working version of ROM Manager.

          Christian... I enjoy reading your posts and without your cminstall instructions I would still be on WebOS. Please update Flash ClockworkMod Recovery version to 3.x and you are good to go.

  15. Leo Milano
    July 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you, Christian, nice article. I am a bit confused though. How does GooManager enter into play? I thought the ROM Manager was a separate app. I started trying to use that one, and it wasn't very intuitive to me. So I googled a bit, and found that GooManager was the way to go, so I installed it and this is all I use. Cheers!

    • Christian Cawley
      July 16, 2012 at 7:15 am

      Hi Leo

      GooManager is not given the focus it deserves here simply because its presence on your TouchPad depends entirely on which ROM you update to. We'll be looking at GooManager separately in a later article.