How To Backup An Android Phone
That’s 1.3 million lost phones per year in a city of just 7 million people – an astonishing average of 1 in 6 people suffering the loss of their phone! [Assuming that everyone owned a mobile phone, which they don’t – the true figure is likely to be 1 in 5 or even worse]
Or perhaps you want to transfer your old phone’s contents to a new one? Or are worried about dropping your phone down the toilet (amazingly 19% of people do)?
With all these risks, it’s essential to backup your phone’s data – and it’s not that difficult to do. There are manual ways to backup or you could use an app to do a more thorough (and easier) job.
Manual Methods – Your Google account can automatically backup your system settings, contacts, calendar, apps and e-mail to Google’s servers online:
- Go to Settings then ‘Privacy’ and tick the options for ‘Back up my settings/data’ and ‘Automatic restore’.
- Go to Settings then ‘Accounts and sync’ and open your Gmail account – tick all options e.g. Sync Contacts, Sync Gmail, Sync Calendar.
As long as you use the same Gmail account, these saved settings will be reinstalled on your new Android phone.
- Backup pictures by connecting your phone to a computer via USB cable and transferring them manually. Alternatively, consider using a cloud backup service like Dropbox which automatically uploads your photos and videos in the background using Wi-Fi or data plan.
- Backup SMS text messages, MMS and call log entries to the cloud by using a free app called SMS Backup+ – it backs them up using a separate label in your Gmail / Google Calendar. It is also possible to restore SMS and call log entries back to the phone (MMS not supported yet).
Automatic Methods – The easiest way to backup (and restore) everything on an Android phone is to use an app – there are 2 standout apps in this market:
Titanium Backup Root – Free or $6.58 (Pro version). This app only works if your phone is rooted. Rooting allows you to attain privileged control (root access) within Android.
It’s the most complete backup app for Android – you can backup, restore, freeze (with Pro) your apps and data and Market links, including all protected apps and system apps, plus external data on your SD card.
MyBackup – Free 30 day trial or $4.99 (Pro version)
Whilst this isn’t quite as powerful as Titanium Backup Root, you do not need root access to use it – it’s also a little simpler to use.
Mybackup can backup (with schedule option) to their online secure servers or SD card (extra features are available if you do have a rooted phone e.g. backup of data/settings of applications).
It’s as important to keep a backup of your Android phone as it is for a standard computer – perhaps even more so due to the high number of phones that are lost, stolen, or accidentally damaged.
Backup doesn’t have to be a chore if you use a tailored app but even the manual methods can backup most of your important data.