How to backup Android
Imagine waking up one day and finding out that your android phone has crashed and wiped out all its data. Everything that you had ever stored on your device, including contacts, photos, videos and documents would all be lost in the blink of an eye.
Such an event has the potential to lead to a mental breakdown or even give rise to suicidal thoughts. Of course we would not want you to go through such an unfortunate event. This article is going to guide you on various methods which you may employ to backup your android device.
The first methods will focus on backing up on to your PC.
Backing up through dr.Fone- backup &restore (android)
This program has a simple and friendly interface. It is also very secure and allows you to backup data such as call history, messages, contacts, videos, notes and even apps.
To use this program, you need to download and install it on your computer. Then launch it. Several tools will be displayed on the interface, from which you will select “Backup & Restore”.
The next step involves connecting your android device to your PC. You have to use a USB cable for this process. A pop up screen will give you the necessary option of activating the debugging mode of the cable.
The next step is the backing up process. You will find that all the data types have been checked and so you will have to unselect the ones that you do not need to back up.
Finally, select “Backup”. The process might take a while and so ensure that the device is not disturbed by either disconnecting or using it during the backing up.
The “View backup button” allows you to view the backed up files. You can only do this once the process is done.
If you are a normal android user, this probably going to be one of your preferred methods due to its simplicity.
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Backing up through Nandroid Backup
This method involves saving the NAND data of your device or creating its copy. It however requires your device to be rooted.
The first step in this process is downloading and installing the “Online Nandroid Backup” app on your device. You will then launch the application.
On launching the app, you will be requested to grant “Superuser Privileges”, to which you should oblige. A menu on backup options will be displayed. You will have to configure some of these options.
Select “Backup Name”. It is at this point that you will decide the name of the backup. From here, you get to decide the format of the backup.
The device by default would have selected “Clockworkmod”. The other option would be TWRP, which you can select if you prefer it as your backup format.
After that, you move to “Backup Mode” which helps in deciding which partition you would use for the backup. The device would have chosen “Normal” by default. The other option is selective, which you can select if you wish.
Next up is the location. Select your preferred location for the backup to be stored and ensure that you remember it. You will have an additional option of deciding how many Nandroid backups you would like to be saved.
Ensure that you save any of the changes you have made in the configured settings. You may now finalize the backing up process.
Choose “Quick Backup” and choose “Start Backup” from the dialog that displays. Give the process time to finish.
Note that with this method, the data may end up being saved on both the device and the operating system. This method is a bit complicated and not meant to be used by the average mind.
Manual backup to the PC
This is by far the simplest way of transferring data from the android device to the PC. You will just copy and then paste the files to your preferred computer storage.
First and foremost, you activate USB debugging from the device’s settings. Then you connect the USB cable from the device to the PC. You will be required to enable “USB file transfer”.
A window will open and display the internal as well as the SD card storage of the phone. Once you get access to the internal and external memory, you can copy and paste the files to the computer storage. You may also transfer through the drag and drop method.
The downside to this method is that it only supports backing up media files and not other types.
Apart from the PC, there are backup apps out there which you may use in backing up your data. Let us briefly mention them.
APP Backup Store application
With this app, you can backup and restore APKs as well as your phone contacts.
It also gives you the additional option to backup to the cloud. The major disadvantage with this app is that it only stores your APKs for easy re-installation in case of device format or factory reset.
Backup your mobile app
If you are not one to be fascinated by a lot of features, then this app is just for you. The user interface is quite simple and the backup process takes very few minutes.
It can back up stuff such as call logs, SMSs, system settings and other apps as well. The major downside with this app is that it easily experiences bugs. You are likely to uninstall it after using it just a few times.
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As the name suggests, you will use this app to backup your photos and videos. It operates in the same way as cloud storage.
Once you store your files here, you can access them at your convenience either through the website or app.
The major downside to this method is the storage space. It uses up Google drive space and this may come to haunt you in the future if you need the space for more urgent data.
For your own peace of mind, always ensure your data is backed up somewhere. A little tumble in a small pool of water and you may lose everything on your phone; that is unless you have sufficient backup.
You should also ensure that you choose the easiest and most convenient means of backing up your data.