Android Backup

Google Backup & Restore

All your app data (like game saves) calendar, Browser, Contacts, Gmail, Photos, Music, People details, and even more detailed things like WiFi passwords and other device settings, can be synced to Google’s servers with two or three taps in your device settings, and restored when you get a new device.

 Go to Settings > Accounts (tap Google) > Select Google account > check everything you want to sync. Make sure under settings > Backup & reset this is all enabled as well.  Backup & reset will save almost everything. A new restore function arrived with Android 5.0, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow made it even better and backs up everything. Like game saves, settings, app data and more.


Once you sign into your Google account on the new phone or tablet you’ll instantly have all your contacts, bookmarks, movies, music, and even photos if you select that option. Saving and backing up photos is another huge area of concern, so that’s our next topic.

The second aspect of Google’s built-in backup tool is for WiFi passwords and other device settings. For this you’ll want to head to Settings > Backup & reset. Then check Back up my data, and automatic restore. This will ensure all those deeper settings and passwords will be saved for you, secured on Google’s servers, and instantly returned to your new device. This is shown above, and again below for those on versions older than Android 6.0. It looks similar, and has the same options overall.


 Photo Backup

The next major important backup tool is for photos. We all have hundreds of them we don’t want to lose. The problem here is there’s hundreds of different ways you can backup your photos. Many are extremely easy so pick whatever works best for you. Google photos app will save all pictures online. Download from the app store and connect your google account.


Manual Backup

Connect your phone to your computer via the included micro-USB cable, and it will show up as an external hard drive.

Now just click and drag anything and everything to a folder on your computer or laptop. For photos you’ll be heading to Android > DCIM or Camera > and dragging all of your photos and video to back them up on your PC. This is always a great thing to do anyways, and once a month wouldn’t be a bad idea.

If you have a Samsung Galaxy device or another Android phone with a micro-SD card, you can always remove that from under the battery door, insert this into the computer, and copy over files that way for additional protection.

Text (SMS) and Call Log Backup

Another thing many consumers hate to lose when they get a new phone is all those important text messages and call logs.

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SMS Backup & Restore is  easy and straight forward. This app will quickly backup all of your SMS text messages, and the entire call log to the cloud. Or you can save them right in Gmail or Dropbox. You can do it manually, set weekly or bi-weekly backups and more.