Your Android phone is a warehouse of important stuff—family photos, videos, office presentations, contacts, chat messages, bookmarks, documents and a lot more that you can’t imagine losing.
However, data loss is inevitable in so many cases. Your phone can get crashed, broken, stolen or damaged due to spilling liquid. You may also accidentally delete your phone’s data or factory reset the device. In all such cases in Android, backing up your data can be a major save.
Thus, to address this, we present various methods you can adopt to back up your Android data.
You can use these methods for any Android phone including Samsung, Xiaomi Redmi, Huawei, LG, Sony, Lenovo and OnePlus.
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Methods to Backup Android Data
- Back up to Google Cloud
- Use Android Backup Apps
- Back up Android phone on computer
Back Up to Google Cloud
Almost every Android phone comes with built-in Google backup apps—Google Drive and Google Photos. These apps are free and can back up Android device settings, contacts, networks passwords, Gmail settings, bookmarks, calendars, photos, videos, etc. to your Google account.
This data can be later restored, when required, on your new Android phone or on the same device after factory reset. Remember, you can’t restore Google backup from a higher Android version to a device operating on a lower version.
How to Backup Android Data on Google Drive
On your Android phone, go to Settings > Google > Backup. Choose the backup account or add a new Google account.
You can enable Google backup on your Android phone via Settings. Ensure the phone is connected to a good Internet service before you begin. If you have multiple Google accounts, select from the account options to which you want to store your Android data backup. Follow the steps below to back up Android phone on Google Drive:
- Turn On Backup to Google Drive option.
- Note: The specific options may vary between Android brands. For instance: Backup on Samsung Galaxy phone: Settings > Cloud and accounts > Backup and restore > Google account. Backup on Google Pixel phone: Settings > System > Advanced > Backup > Back up to Google Drive.
How to Backup Photos and Videos in Google Photos
Google Photos app is a built-in app for Android. Open Google Photos app, sign in to your Google Account and follow the steps below to back up your photos and videos:
- Tap Menu icon on top left.
- Select Settings > Back up & sync.
- Tap Back up & sync to turn on.
Note: Data Charges may apply if you upload using your mobile network.
Google Photos, won’t back up if,
- Your photos are larger than 200 MB or 150 MP.
- Video files are larger than 10 GB.
With Google backup turned on, your Android device will automatically back up its data in cloud.
Android Data Backup Apps
Usually, for most of you, the free Google Android auto backup service may suffice your backup needs. But if you are using several apps on the phone that holds a lot of critical information, then it is recommended to go for a secure Android backup application.
Backing up your complete Android data including all your apps frees you from the hassle of reinstalling these apps on a new Android device. Plus, maintaining multiple backup options is a smart way to ensure complete protection from unexpected Android data loss.
There are several third-party Android backup applications such as Helium, Contacts+, My Backup Pro, Migrate, Super Backup that save your app data as well as documents, presentations, huge contacts list, messages, photos, videos, music, etc.
Benefits of Android Backup Apps
The benefit of using third-party Android backup services is that they usually offer unlimited storage and provide features such as automated backup scheduling, multiple cloud backup options, backup encryption and more.
There are paid as well as free Android backup apps available and they can be downloaded from Google Play Store.
Keep in mind the following prerequisites while choosing an Android backup app:
- It supports your Android device and version.
- It includes the type of data that you want to back up.
- Some Android apps such as Titanium, NANDroid Backup app etc. work on rooted devices. But if you are not comfortable with rooting your phone, go for Android backup apps that do not root your phone.
Backup Android Phone on Computer
You can manually create a local backup of your Android data on your computer or other external drives instead of cloud by the simple transfer process. This method is usually referred to back up contacts, photos, videos and music, etc.
However, your Android data is not completely safe on the computer, SD cards, or other external media. The data files may get unusable due to corruption in the drive. It can be also wiped off due to deletion, formatting, virus infection, hardware damage, etc. The only way out would be to use a data recovery software like Stellar Photo Recovery, which can recover deleted Android photos, videos or soundtracks from hard drive, SD card, pen drive, etc.
How to Backup Android Phone to PC
- Connect your phone to computer via USB cable.
- Go to My Computer or This PC.
- Your phone will show as an external drive. Click on it.
- Navigate to DCIM folder.
- Drag and drop or copy and paste contacts, photos, videos and music etc. to your PC
How to Backup Android Phone on Mac
- Download and install Android File Transfer app on Mac
- Connect your phone to Mac via USB cable.
- Unlock your phone. Tap on USB for charging.
- Select Transfer Files.
- Open Finder. Double click Android drive icon.
- Look for the required data on your phone and transfer it to your Mac.
Your mobile phone carries a lot of valuable information, which you can’t afford to lose. Thus, backing up your Android device is essential. Local backup on a computer may seem convenient but is not a feasible solution as storage drives are prone to data loss and corruption.
It is best to use a free Google Android backup service that comes built-in with Android devices. Then there are advanced Android backup apps for complex needs. They can back up complete Android data and also provide a host of useful features such as scheduled automated backup and backup encryption among others.
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