Phones are getting better at automatically backing up data, but unfortunately there is always the possibility that you will lose your phone or drop it in water and lose everything. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to back up that data and make sure that even if something happens to your phone, you won't lose all the embarrassing photos of your kids that you would show on their 21st birthday.
Whether through Google, a third-party app or your computer, here's how to make a proper backup of phones to ensure that you never end up in a situation where you end up with lost data.
Backing up most of your data is actually fairly easy with Google and it has become much easier in recent years. Unfortunately, there is still no one-stop backup method for Android phones via Google, but there are ways to back up different types of data. Keep in mind, however, that these options do not apply to text messages, for example, but we do have an entire article to help you with that. You can back up your data with Google as follows.
If you are not yet using Google Photos & # 39; s, this should be. The service automatically backs up every photo and video that you take in the cloud, so you never have to back up your media manually. If the Photos & # 39; s app is not yet on your phone, you can do this download it here. Once it is installed, you must do this make sure Photos & # 39; s are set to back up your files automatically. Here's how to do that:
The best part about Google Photos & # 39; s? You can upload as many files as you want for free. Photos & video & # 39; s have a maximum upload quality of 1080p for the free unlimited storage option, which should be good enough for most people. If you want to maintain the original resolution quality of your & # 39; s and video & # 39; s, you can do so, but it does count towards your storage limits for Google Drive. To check the upload quality of Google Photos & # 39; s:
Of course you probably have more than just photos & videos on your phone. Here are a few ways you can back up the other files:
With Google Drive you can store your other files in the cloud, which means that they can be accessed from any connected device. Follow these instructions to upload folders and files manually:
If you want to back up your phone's settings and apps, you want to use Android backup service. This service essentially backs up the apps that you use and the settings that you have selected in most Google apps, making it easy to restore those settings to a new phone. For a complete list of what is saved with Android Backup Service, go here. Otherwise follow the instructions below to activate it:
And that's it! Your device almost always needs to be backed up. Unless of course you want to use a third-party service instead of Google.
Google's services are great, but if you are looking for a more comprehensive solution – a solution that supports everything at once, you may need to use a third-party app.
There are a lot of great apps available to back up your data and one of the best is Super Backup & Restore. This allows you to back up individual items on your phone, such as apps, contacts, text messages, calendars, voice calls, and more. Users can determine where the backups go so that they can be easily found later and you can also schedule automatic backups and backup to cloud storage.
And that's all there is. Easy, right?
Although most people don't have to root their phones to back up what they need, rooting your phone can help you back up a few extra things. By rooting your phone, just about anything on your phone can be restored, including things like app settings, system data, and even Wi-Fi passwords. One of the most used apps for backing up a rotated phone is Titanium backup. while Titanium Backup for sure looks a bit outdated, it is indeed a very powerful app. You can back up your files using Titanium Backup as follows:
For a full explanation of Titanium Backup and how it works, go here.
Instead of backing up your device to the cloud or to the phone itself, you may want to back up all your files to your computer for easy access later. Fortunately, this is fairly easy to do, and the process is pretty much the same whether you're a Mac or PC user. Mac users must download and install it Android File Transfer app, though. Here's how to back up your Android device to a computer:
And that's it!
Whether you want to make a full backup of your device or just want to make sure you don't lose your photos, backing up your phone shouldn't be difficult. Fortunately it is not! If you can think of even better ways to make your phone back2up, you can let us know in the Comments section.