If your phone crashes unexpectedly, or worse gets damaged or stolen, you will not only reduce the cost of a phone, but also a huge amount of data. To get around this, you need to enable cloud backup for as many things as possible, so that logging into your account to a new handset will automatically transfer most of your data. But not everything can be backed up this way, and that’s why it’s still important to back up your phone regularly.
While some third-party apps like Titanium Backup and Helium will let you take a full backup of your Android smartphone, they are not for everyone. Most of the users don’t know how to root their phone, or want to mess with installing adb drivers. Don’t worry, it may take a few more steps, but you’ll (almost) get there.
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Here’s how to back up almost any Android smartphone.
backing up the cloud
On your phone, go here Settings > Accounts & Sync,
below Accounts, and tick mark “Auto-sync data”. Next, tap on Google, Now, tap on the Gmail ID that you used to sign in on the phone.
Here, you can turn on all the options so that all your Google-related information is synced to the cloud. This includes your contacts, photos (privately uploaded to Google+ if you prefer), app data, calendar events, Chrome tabs, your Google Fit data, and more.
now go Settings > Backup & reset,
the inspection keep a copy of my data,
This app will save all your phone’s settings, including data and 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 be imported automatically. This data is synced regularly and you just need to log in to another device with the same account to recover it. This doesn’t cover your text messages and various other types of data – you’ll have to back them up yourself.
Back up media, messages and apps locally
Next, you’ll want to save the music, movies, and other media saved on your phone’s memory card. The process is easy – just connect your phone to the PC and copy whatever’s on the microSD card. This is a manual process so you will need to create a routine to do it.
Connect your phone to the computer with a USB cable. If you’re on a Mac, make sure you have android file transfer app Install before doing so.
Open my computer on your PC, or Finder on your Mac.
Navigate to the SD card and copy all the files you want to save to your computer.
Once the copy is done, you can unplug your phone.
You can easily save all your text messages and call logs to your Gmail account using an app called SMS Backup+, Try these steps:
download SMS Backup+,
Open the app and tap connect,
Select your Gmail account from the popup.
Now allow SMS Backup+ to access your Google Account.
Now go back to the app and tap backup, This will save all your text messages to your Gmail account.
Log in to Gmail from any web browser and on the left you will see a new label – SMS, Click this to view all backed up text messages.
To restore these messages, just tap restore In SMS Backup+.
tap Ok in pop-up.
You will be asked to set SMS Backup+ as your default SMS app. tap Yes, It is needed to restore messages.
Now 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,
The next step is to back up the installed apps and restore them. If you’re using the same Google Account on the new device you can easily re-download apps – just open Google Play, tap hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) top-left > my apps, You can install all previously purchased apps from there.
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On the other hand, a local backup can be faster to restore, and won’t waste bandwidth either. And it’s also quite easy to do.
download ES File Explorer,
Swipe the screen to the right to reveal the homepage of ES File Explorer.
tap Application Which is below the blue Android Robot icon in the top right.
Tap and hold any app until you see a checkmark on its icon.
Now tap on the tick-mark icon at the top-right, which is inside a box with a dotted frame. This will select all apps.
tap backup He is on the bottom row. This will save a copy of the APK files of all your apps.
To see which APK files are saved, tap user apps At the top. From the pop-up, select back-up apps,
Tap on the APK file of any app here to install that app without internet.
To save a copy of these files to your computer, connect your Android phone to a PC via USB.
The phone will look like a pen drive in My Computer. open it.
go for Internal Storage > Backup > Apps,
Copy all APK files here. If you format your device, or change handsets, you can quickly copy these APK files and reinstall the apps by placing them in the same folder on your phone, and then following steps 7 and 8. can follow.
By following these steps, you are able to save a copy of all your contacts, text messages, media, apps, Wi-Fi passwords and your app data. Of course, doing everything one by one is a bit cumbersome, and the best way to back up your phone is by using a third party backup tool. we have used Titanium Backup And this is excellent but it requires root access on your Android phone, which is generally expected from more advanced users. Even its interface is too clunky for most average people.
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helium A great app for those who haven’t rooted their phone. Its interface is also good, but it only works with select Android phones from a few international manufacturers. If you have bought a phone from Micromax, Karbonn, Lava or countless other brands, you will not be able to use Helium. In addition, using Helium requires you to have the drivers for the phone installed on your computer as well.
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