Backing up Android phones is of paramount importance as most phones these days harbor not just text messages and contact address but critical pieces of information such as documents and photo albums and in case anything goes wrong with your device or it gets misplaced, backups would help you save critical information. In order to make your life easier we will be reviewing some straightforward Android phone backup methods.
Google, by default offers a no-nonsense backup method which is integrated in your phone’s settings. When you access settings you will find a dedicated section titled as Backup & Reset. This section harbors the process of saving data such as Wi-Fi passwords, application data and preferences to your Google account. Once you reinstall your phone, a simple sign-in to your Google account will restore all the information.
Application Based Backup Methods
If you are looking for backup apps for Android then there are plenty of applications available on the Play Store to do your job.
Easy Backup & Restore – Free
This application allows you to easily save your contacts, messages, call logs and other critical information. However, it should be noted that the application does not backup media content.
The application allows for two backup locations. One is in the local file storage whereas the other is to choose an alternative service such as Gmail. Using Gmail you can send the backup file to your email address, however due to restrictions in email volume, you might need to break the file into segments.
Furthermore, the application allows backing up of the apk files and application data but it needs root access for that. Apk files are the installation packages of Android applications. By allowing Google backup to save the application settings and then backing up the apk files of your phone’s applications you will be saving the entire data.
Titanium Backup, the gold standard for all Android related backup processes. The only pitfall of the application is the fact that it requires root access and has somewhat limited functionality in the free version. Titanium saves your applications and content in the form of flashable zips while also allowing file transfer from SD card to phone with complete ease.
In order to start working with Titanium, you need to install the application and grant it root privileges while also allowing Superuser access. Another prerequisite is USB Debugging. The application is built with three tabs, the first one displays an overview of your device including system information, the second tab is for backing up and restoring files whereas the third tab is for scheduling backups.
Our primary target is the second tab which has various icons next to applications which indicate whether or not the application has been backed up. A triangle sign with exclamation indicates that the application hasn’t been backed up whereas the smiling face indicates proper up-to-date backups.
The application allows two types of backup. One is for system data whereas the other is for applications. Once in the application you can tap on run to save whatever data you want (user apps or system data). Once selected Titanium will start saving your data and upon completion, the backup would be labeled with the date. Backup can also be saved as a zip file which would be easily flashable via recovery. You can also restore data via the application itself.
Helium is another tool which works in the same way as Titanium, however unlike the latter, the application does not require root permissions. For helium to work, you need to install the application on your phone and your desktop and then pair the two. A Pro version is also available which allows for scheduled backups and Android cloud backups.
In order to pair the applications you need to connect your device with your computer and then enable USB debugging. In some cases the application might also prompt you to change your USB connection to PTP after which you will be prompted to accept your computer’s secure RSA key. The pairing would be indicated by a green checkmark after which you can safely remove your phone. However, re-pairing would need to be done if you power off your device.
In the Android application of Helium you will be able to choose the applications you want to backup, If you opt for the Pro version you can choose for backups to be saved in cloud storage whereas the free version offers backup saving in internal and external storage.
Direct Copy Using USB Cable
In case all these methods seem painfully complicated, you can simply copy off your entire device data to your computer by creating a connection with a USB cable.
Hopefully, by reading this article you will have a significant idea about how to use Android backup apps and will be able to easily backup Android phone.