How to Back up your Android Smartphone

Have you ever found a need to back up your Android smartphone? What if it gets hit by a car and you try to rescue it in the middle of the crosswalk? Better to plan ahead of the disaster before it actually hit your phone!

Backing up your phone is the best way to ensure your data isn’t lost, even if your phone is destroyed. Fortunately, Google helps you doing so by automatically syncing your contacts, calendar appointments, and app purchases as well so long you permit it to do so. There are many other ways and backup programs you should consider.

How to Back up your Android Phone’s Data to your Computer

Rely on Google


If you permit Google to back up your data, it will do the job. It might vary from phone to phone, and there are some specific way to do it. The best way is Settings > Google > Backup. If you own a Samsung Galaxy phone, you can backup via Settings > Cloud and accounts > Backup and restore > Google account. For Google’s Pixel phones or another stock Android device, the path would be – Settings > System > Advanced > Backup > Back up to Google Drive.

You can have a long list of sync icons covering Calendar, Contacts, Doc, Chrome, Drive, Gmail, Google Fit data, Google Play Music, Google News, Google Play Movies & TV, Keep Notes, People details, Play Games Cloud Save, and some other service you can virtually back up. This list might differ depending on what you have on your phone.

Transfer Content from your Phone to PC

You can easily transfer your photos, videos, and music from your Android phone directly to your PC or Mac by plugging your phone into your PC and manually copying the files over to your hard drive. It’s not a great solution, but fast and easy particularly on a PC where Windows will display it as an external drive.

You just have to plug your phone into your computer and if it doesn’t pop up as a drive, remove the notification shade on your phone, then expand the notification that says charge this device via USB, tap for more options, and hit File Transfer.

Third-party backup Solution

Although sticking with Google for your backup needs, but there are alternatives if you don’t want to go with Google for some reason.

My Backup Pro

You can use an app My Backup Pro, available in the Google Play Store for $7, which will back up everything that can be backed up without rooting your phone. Using this app you can schedule your backups at convenient times and it will save the backup files either to the MicroSD card in your phone or to the cloud. You can instantly access your data at the My Backup Pro site. In case you lose your phone or your phones breaks or in case you switch to a new phone, you can always use My Backup Pro’s software to restore all of your data, settings, and apps in a single session.

Facilitate your Device Manufacturer’s Software

Nearly all smartphone manufacturer offers some kind of backup solution for your device. Most of them offer easy switching apps that allow you to port across your photos, contacts, messages, etc.

SMS Backup & Restore

SMS Backup & Restore is a free app that can help you integrate with your email account, Dropbox, Google Drive to back up your SMS messages in XML format. This backup you can store on your computer and email them. You can also view and restore your messages all at once. In addition, you can also schedule regular backups using this app.

Get your Backup Now

It is necessary to have back up of your phone to avoid any disaster of losing all your data. When it’s gone, it may not be possible to recover anything, so if you have critical data on your phone — don’t delay, back it up today.

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