Backup Android

You would like to create backup copies for all the data that is on your device Android? No problem, you can opt for various solutions, all very valid. For example, you can backup your data and synchronize them on all devices thanks to the Google cloud platform, you can use third-party apps through which to keep a copy of data and apps locally and / or on the Internet or you can connect the your smartphone / tablet to your computer and copy all the data of your interest to it.

Contrary to what you might think, carry out the backup su Android it is not complicated at all: you simply have to find the solution that is best for you and then use it to the fullest. How? Read on and you will find out! Even if, from what I understand, you are not very familiar with the tech world (nor with the "green robot"), you have no reason to worry, because I will guide you step-by-step in the procedure you are called to carry out. today.

So, are you ready to get started? Yup? Fantastic! To begin with, make yourself comfortable, take your time to concentrate on reading the next few lines and, more importantly, implement the "tips" I will give you. If you do, you won't have the slightest problem securing the data on your Android device by creating backup copies. Enjoy the reading!

Backup Android to Google

The first solution I recommend you try is to do the Android backup on the cloud platform of Google. Through Google, in fact, it is possible to automatically create backup copies on the cloud of photos, videos, contacts, and many other data on your device: let's find out, together, how to proceed to make the most of this convenient solution.

First, open the app Settings (the icon with gears present on the Home screen), presses on the item Accounts / Accounts and Synchronization and tap on the logo of Google. In the screen that opens, then, select yours email address and make sure the DocumentsCalendar, Phonebook / Contacts, etc. are moved to ON. If this is not the case, you can activate them yourself.

If no Google account is set up on your device yet, go to the menu Settings> Accounts, select the voice Add account and set up a new account by selecting the Google and following the instructions on the screen: I have explained to you in more detail how to do it in my tutorial on how to associate Android with Google.

Now, go to the menu Backup and restore present in the Settings of Android and make sure the options Backup my data e Automatic recovery are active and yours Gmail indirizzo is set as backup account (if not, you activate the settings in question).

Finally, open the application Google Photos, pigia sul pulsating (≡) located at the top left and select the item Settings from the menu that appears on the side (the third last option in the list). In the screen that opens, presses on the item Backup and synchronizationsposta su ON the switch lever located at the item Backup and synchronization (if needed) and set the option Dimensioni cartoon su High quality, so as not to consume the storage space available on Google Drive (keep in mind, however, that the photos will have a maximum resolution of 16MP and the videos a maximum resolution of 1080p).

Mission accomplished! After enabling the options in question, any data you have chosen to store on Google can be automatically restored to any device associated with your Google account.

App Per Fare Backup Android

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, on Android it is possible to backup using the third-party app, to be downloaded directly from the Play Store and which can be useful for creating backup copies of data locally.

Before seeing a couple more closely, I remind you that the applications I'm about to tell you about allow you to save data on the internal memory of your device, on a microSD card or on a cloud storage service: this means that, if you decide to save the data locally (and not on the SD or on the cloud), after making the backup you will have to connect the smartphone or tablet to the computer and transfer all the data saved by the apps to it to avoid losing them following a reset of the device itself. Understood?

Titanium Backup

One of the best apps to backup on Android, if not the best of all, is Titanium Backup. This application allows you to create backup copies of all the data on your device: from those concerning the apps installed, passing through those of the system. Before explaining how it works, it is good to make a couple of clarifications: the app only works on devices unlocked via root and, in addition to this, the free version of the app does not support cloud storage services and backup encryption, which happens instead in its paid version, which costs 5,99 euros.

After installing and starting Titanium Backup, press the button depicting the sheet and the check mark next to it located in the upper right corner of the screen and select the option Backup of all user apps + system data from the screen that opens, by pressing the button starts located close.

Make sure, then, that all the applications you want to include in the backup are selected, presses the symbol (✓) located at the top right to save the data and select the path on which to save them by going to Menu> Preferences> Backup Folder Path.

When you need to restore the backup data, you will have to press the button depicting the again sheet and the check mark next to it located at the top right, choose one of the available options (eg. Restores all system data) and that's it.

Helium – App Sync and Backup

Another solution that I recommend you to try to backup on Android is Helium, a free application that works on all devices (rooted or not), which allows you to create backup copies of applications quickly and easily. I already tell you that, to use Helium on a non-rooted device, you must also install its extension for Chrome or its official client, an unnecessary requirement on "unlocked" devices.

Before explaining its operation in detail, I also remind you that Helium is available both in a free version (which allows you to save and restore applications on your device), and in a paid version (which costs 3,71 euros) , with which you can switch apps from one device to another and restore backups created on the cloud.

After installing Helium on your Android device and installing its official Chrome extension on your computer, connect your device to the PC and activate the USB debugging: on the device go to Settings> About phone> Software information and presses on the wording Build number seven times in a row; then go to Settings> System> Developer options and move up ON the switch lever placed in correspondence with the wording Debug USB.

At this point, launch the Helium app on your smartphone / tablet and its extension for Chrome, always answer on OK to the warnings that are shown on the screen on the portable device and wait for the symbol to appear on the PC (✓). If you run into any problems, try downloading one of the driver present on this link and, instead of using the extension for Chrome, download the client from this page.

After you see the symbol (✓), disconnect the device from the PC, select the apps you intend to "backup", press the button Backup and choose the mode in which to save the data (eg. Internal MemoryScheduled backup o Add account of a Cloud Storage service). When you want to restore the apps and all data connected to them, you will need to select the tab Restore and synchronization Helium and select the applications to restore. Simple, right?

Easy Backup & Restore

Instead of backing up your apps, do you want to create a backup of data, such as contacts saved in the address book, calendar events, messages and so on? Then, Easy Backup & Restore is the solution that can do for you. Easy Backup & Restore, as easily understood from its name, allows you to create backup copies of the data on your Android device - contacts, SMS, call log, etc. - quite easily and quickly. It works without root but, as of this writing, its interface is in English.

After installing and starting Easy Backup & Restore on your smartphone, press one of the buttons you see on the screen to back up your SMS, contacts, call log and so on (eg. Contacts Backup, Call Logs Backup, etc.). In the screen that opens, then presses the button Backup, assign a name to the backup you are about to make and press on OK. Then open the File Manager of your device, go to the location where you saved the backup (eg. /storage/sdcard/MyBackups/contacts) and move it to the SD card, so as to secure the saved data (if you find it difficult to do this, read the guide in which I explain how to proceed).

To restore the data you have backed up, then, you will have to go back to the main screen of the app, press the button corresponding to the type of file saved (eg. Contacts Backup) and press the button Restore to select the data to restore and the "source" from which to take the backup (eg. SD Card).

How do you say? Are you planning to back up only some data? In that case, to backup the SMS you can try the excellent SMS Backup & Restore which I have already extensively told you about in the study on how to save Android SMS, while if you want to backup only the contacts saved in the address book, you can follow the instructions I have given you in this other guide.

Recovery Personalizzata (Nandroid)

Has your device been rooted? In that case, I remind you that you can make a backup using Nandroid, a particular procedure that allows you to create an image of the smartphone memory on the device itself or on an external media (such as an SD card) and restore it when necessary.

To carry out this procedure, after installing a Custom recovery, we need to call the function of Backup from the main recovery menu (which can be accessed by simultaneously pressing the keys Power+Volume –), choose the various options proposed in the screen that opens (eg. SystemDatecache, PDS, etc.) and then slide your finger from left to right on the button Swipe to Back Up located at the bottom of the screen.

To restore the backup, then, you will need to go to the menu Restore of recovery, choose the archive you want to restore and swipe once again on the button at the bottom.

Fare Backup Android Su PC

Another solution you can consider is that of fare il backup Android to PC. I advise you to do this especially if you are contemplating the possibility of creating backup copies of the multimedia content on your device, such as photos, music and videos. Are you wondering how you can do this? If you want to make a complete backup of your data, the advice I give you is to rely on the official application made available by your manufacturer: below you will find the most important ones.

  • Samsung smart switch - this application, compatible with both Windows and macOS, allows you to back up your Samsung devices quickly and easily. To learn more about how it works, see the tutorials in which I explain how to connect Samsung mobile to PC and how to connect Samsung mobile to Mac.
  • HiSuite - if you have a Huawei device at your disposal, you can create backup copies of the data using the appropriate desktop application made available by the Chinese giant which, at the time of writing, is only available for Windows. For more information on how it works, see the guide where I explain how to connect Huawei to your computer.
  • LG Bridge - this program developed by LG, allows you to copy the data of your device to your computer in a rather simple and intuitive way. The application is available for download on both Windows and macOS.
  • Sony Xperia Companion - Sony's official application allows you to easily make and manage backup copies of your Android devices on both Windows and macOS.
  • Motorola Device Manager - those who have a Motorola Android device, can backup to their computer using this application available for both Windows and macOS.

If you would like more information on the use of these applications provided by the major manufacturers of Android devices, consult the guide in which I show how to connect the smartphone to the PC: there you will find some "tips" that will be very useful to make the most of these programs.

If, on the other hand, you want to transfer the backup files to your PC "manually", you can use other solutions. In this case, you can transfer files simply by connecting your device to the computer and using theWindows File Explorer or the application Android File Transfer per macOS. For more information on this, take a look at the tutorial where I explain how to transfer files from Android to computer. I'm sure this further reading will also be very useful to you.