We all know how to use mobile phones but not everyone knows how to take a backup of their Android smartphone. This is very useful, especially when your phone is stolen or if it crashes unexpectedly. If you haven’t taken a backup already, it only means investing in a new phone and losing all your important data. This is why it’s important to enable cloud backups for as many things as possible, so that logging your account into a new handset automatically transfers most of your data. But not everything can be backed up, hence we recommend taking regular backups of your phone. There are some third-party apps available, like Titanium Backup and Helium that let you take a full backup of your Android smartphone but they’re not for everyone, as it requires root access on your phone and not everyone is aware of the process. Here’s how you can backup your smartphone following these simple steps…
Backing Up to the Cloud
1. On your phone, go to Settings > Accounts & sync
2. In the Accounts option, checkmark “Auto-sync data”. Next, tap on Google and then tap on the Gmail ID you’ve used to sign onto the phone
3. Once that’s done, information will automatically get synced to the cloud. This includes your contacts, photos (uploaded to Google+), app data, calendar events, Chrome tabs, your Google Fit data and much more
4. Next, go to Settings > Backup & Reset
5. Finally, checkmark Back up my data.
This way, you can save your app data and all of your phone’s settings including Wi-Fi passwords to your Google account. When you sign in using this Google account on another phone, all of your preferences, photos (via Google+), and contacts will automatically be imported. This data is synced regularly and all you need to do is just log into another device with the same account to recover it. It’s that simple! But this does not include text messages and various other types of data. So, you will have to back them up manually.
Locally Backing Up Media and Messages
We’re sure it’s not just the app messages and passwords that you’d want to take a backup of but a lot more, including music, movies and other media you’ve saved on your phone’s memory card. All you need to do is, connect your phone to a PC and copy everything that’s stored in the micro SD card. This is a manual process so you’ll need to make it a habit to do this on a weekly basis. Here’s how…
1. Connect your phone to the computer using a USB cable. If you are using a Mac, make sure you have the Android File Transfer Application installed before you do this.
2. Go to My Computer on your PC, or Finder on your Mac.
3. Now, navigate to the SD card and copy all the files you want to save to your computer.
4. Once you’re done copying, unplug your phone.
Backing Up SMS Messages
Backing up your SMS from your Android phone to your Gmail account is pretty simple. Here’s what you need to do…
1. Download SMS Backup+
2. Open the app and tap Connect
3. Pick your Gmail account from the pop-up
4. Now, grant SMS Backup+ permission to access your Google account
5. Next, go back to the app and tap Backup. This will save all your text messages to your Gmail account.
6. You could log in to Gmail from any web browser. On the left, you will find a new label – SMS. Click it to view all the text messages that have been backed up.
7. To restore these messages, just tap Restore in SMS Backup+.
8. Tap OK in the pop-up.
9. You’ll be asked to set SMS Backup+ as your default SMS app. Tap Yes (This is needed to restore messages).
10. The app will automatically restore all your messages and call logs. Once the process is complete, the app will show a pop-up that restores your default SMS app. Tap Yes.
Backing Up All Your Apps
The final thing to backup and restore are all your installed apps. You can re-install them easily if you’re using the same Google account on the new device. Just open Google Play, tap the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) on the top-left and click on My Apps. On the other hand, a local backup could be faster to restore, and wouldn’t waste bandwidth either. All you need to do is…
1. Download ES File Explorer
2. Swipe the screen to the right to reveal the Homepage of ES File Explorer
3. Tap APP, which is placed under a blue Android robot icon on the top-right
4. Now, tap and hold any app until you see a checkmark on its icon
5. Next, tap the checkmark icon on the top-right (the one inside a box with a dotted frame). This will select all the apps.
6. Tap Backup at the bottom row to save a copy of the apk files of all your apps.
7. To view which apk files have been saved, tap User apps at the top. From the pop-up, select Backed-up Apps.
8. Tap any app’s apk file to install that app without the Internet.
9. To save a copy of these files to your computer, connect your Android smartphone to a PC via USB cable. The phone will appear in My Computer like a pendrive. Open it.
10. Finally, go to Internal Storage > Backups > Apps
11. Copy all the APK files here. In case, you format your device, or change the handset, you can quickly copy these APK files on the new handset and install the apps again by placing them in the same folder on your phone and then following the above mentioned steps.
This is the best way to save a copy of all your contacts, text messages, media, apps, Wi-Fi passwords, and your app data. Of course, this is a little time consuming but it’s worth the effort, trust us! Another way to back up your phone is to use a third party backup tool. We’d recommend GCloud Backup, CM Backup and Titanium Backup. These are good backup apps, especially Titanium but it requires root access on your Android phone, which not everyone is aware of.