How to Backup Android Phone
Your Android device is filled with important contacts, photos, videos, and other data you wouldn’t like to lose in case it gets stolen, lost or simply stops working. If you are looking for a solution to keep all your files safe, this simple guide has you covered.
It’s easy enough to backup your Android device for free. Below we’ve got the simple steps you can take to be better protected. Our screenshots have been taken on a Xiaomi Redmi 3, so yours may look slightly different, but the settings will be the same.
How to backup contacts, App data, Google data and settings
It will take you a few minutes to safeguard your data on Android phone as Google is taking care of pretty much everything: your app data, calendar, Chrome Browser, contacts, Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Google Play Music, and more. All of those can be synced with Google’s servers with a few taps in your device settings, and then restored when you get a new device.
Open your Settings menu and choose Backup & reset. Make sure the options “Back up my data” and “Automatic restore” are enabled — usually they are on by default. “Automatic restore” function will backup settings and data to any reinstalled app, which is useful if you get a new phone or tablet.
Then, head to Accounts & Sync, or Accounts. There you should tap on your Google account and enable all types of data you want to backup.
All the services in this list are preinstalled on your phone or tablet, such as Chrome, Contacts, Calendar, Chrome, Gmail, and others. By syncing the data within these apps to Google's server, you make them available on any other device, whether it’s a smartphone, tablet, or PC, to which you are signed into your Google account.
How to backup photos and videos
The next major backup is for your photos and videos. The easiest way to do it is to automatically back them up to Google Photos, where they will remain accessible via Google +, Google Drive, and the Google Photos app itself.
Google Photos provides a free storage of 15 GB, where you can save high-resolution files up to 2048px. However, if you want to upload them in full size, it will count against your storage limit. You can buy 100GB for $1,99 per month, or 1TB for $9,99 per month.
To sync your photos and videos from gallery to Google Photos, launch the Google Photos app and go to its Settings. Then, enable Back up & sync function, which also may be called Auto-Backup on some Android devices.
If you don't wish to pay for extra storage, tap Photo size and choose High quality/Standard quality, not Full/Original Size. We'd also advise you to backup photos only over a Wi-Fi connection and not while roaming.
These steps will take care of the photos and video captured by your device's camera. To backup the downloaded photos and videos via the web, your screenshots, pictures from your messengers and so on, you should tap the hamburger menu icon at the top left of the Google Photos main screen. Choose Device Folders, and then tap the cloud icon next to each folder you want to backup.
Once it’s done, you can be sure you get access to these photos and videos from any device via your Google account.
How to backup Android phone data to PC
It’s worth to mention you can backup your media files manually as well. Just connect your Android smartphone or tablet to a PC over USB and access it as an external hard drive. You will find your photos and videos in the DCIM folder, which you can drag-and-drop to your PC to copy them. Mac users will need to use the Android File transfer tool.
If you prefer backing up your files this way, it would be a smart idea to set a reminder and do it at least once a month.
How to backup text messages and call logs
First of all, check if your Android device has preinstalled software to backup your text messages. Open your Messaging app and look for a Backup/Restore option in the settings. If you don’t have this option, you can download a third-party app like SMS Backup & Restore.
This app will backup all your precious texts, along with call logs and multimedia messages to the local backup, Google Drive or Dropbox. Tap on the Backup option on the main screen, choose the backup location and tick the empty boxes if you wish to include MMS and emojis to the backup. That’s it — tap on “Back up now” and give it a start.
If you have any emerging questions following these steps, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments section below.