Everything is about data these days. Today I will be sharing a tip on how to backup data on your Android device.
I actively use an Android phone and I pride myself in being able to manipulate it to my heart’s content. Sometimes, however, I screw things up. Of course, before I do anything that throws my phone in a boot loop, I backup all my data.
These tips cater for both normal users and more advanced users who have rooted their devices. Let’s begin.
Skill level: Beginner to intermediate users
GO Backup is a free backup tool that handles data backup and restore very well on Android. The app was made by the makers of the famous Android launcher – Go Launcher EX.
It offers batch backup of your contacts, messages, logs, apps and basically all data on your Android phone. However, I just recently found out you need to have root access on your phone before you can use it to backup application data.
Why you should use it
This is a very clean uncluttered app that just does what it says in the easiest way possible. If you are just in need of something to quickly back up your data, this is your best bet.
Google Contact Sync
Skill level: Any user
Size: Comes inbuilt in Android
I flash my Android phone almost everyday with new ROMs or Kernels and I lose my contacts in the process. This also applies whenever I change my mobile device and I need all my 6 years+ contacts.
I use the inbuilt sync feature that comes with Android to sync all my contacts to the cloud. I just perform a restore and here is how you do it.
1. Go to Settings
2. Open Account and Sync
3. Add a Google Account
4. Tap on the account that you just added
5. Tap on Sync Contacts
After doing step 5, all your contacts have been automatically backed up to your Google account and you can access and manage it at http://google.com/contacts.
Remember that you have to sync periodically so that it can update your contact list with newly created contacts.
Note:This process takes approximately 1-2MB of data.
Why you should use it
This is a very effective way to backup your contacts. You can also group your contacts online.
This is the most sophisticated backup app on Android with a myriad of backup options. It requires root access and it does tons of actions that other backup apps do not come close to.
You can backup System apps, new apps as they are installed and periodic automatic backup. This is hands down the best root backup app for Android and if you have a rooted Android device you should surely give it a try!
Editors note: The app below was recommended by a commenter(Noni)
I have actually used this backup app a long time ago but i was just reminded by Noni in the comment section about it. The greatest thing about this app is that it does not need root access and it can backup your apps without it. The interface is not the most prettiest but it gets the work done still and you should seriously considering getting this app if the others are too difficult or confusing for you to master.
Skill: Beginner to Advanced users
Size: Built into Android OS
Google has since added a backup feature to Android OS. You can find it by searching for “Backup” in your Android phone settings.
It is attached to your existing Google/Gmail account. Just toggle it to activate the feature. It doesn’t backup all the data in your phone though. Rather, it automatically backs up device data,e.g. Wi-Fi passwords, call history, and app data (such as settings and files stored by apps) remotely.
It is a great tool for setting up your new device to the configuration settings you had on your previous device.
This is it, you can always drop a comment as to which backup app that you use if you are an Android user. If you use another platform a la Symbian or iOS your comments will also be appreciated.
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Emmanuel is a video blogger who shares his love of technology with the world. Check out his videos at Geekception.