Learning how to backup Android phone data can prevent some unpleasant situations. A backup can help you start over with a new device, if the old one becomes inaccessible. While a phone can hold many different types of files and records, music is the first thing that comes to mind. Indeed, most people use phones as a media player, and would miss their audio library if it were lost. Fortunately, backing up files from Android is easy on any system.
Google cloud services are readily available for most Android users without the need to install anything - it’s not rare to find Drive already installed on the device. Thanks to that, you can upload files without the need to connect Android to Mac or PC. The uploaded files are accessible from most systems with a working browser, and google provides plenty of features to manage them.
Enter a file manager. Select the folder for backing up. Use the “Share” option and select "Drive".
Compatibility: Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, iOS
Conclusion: Google Drive is usually the best option speed-wise and in regards to features; other services, however, may have better subscription rates. But there’s also the possibility to combine them all and get over 30 gigabytes for free.
"Are there alternatives to backup my music Android files?" Of course, and Dropbox is one such service. The Dropbox cloud starts you off with a very sparse limit of 2GB, with optional paid upgrades. Like other cloud apps, it can be used right from the File Manager, but with an added caveat - you may need to install the app beforehand. Dropbox is often used for file sharing, which you can also do with your saved tracks.
Open any file manager, and select a folder by pushing and holding it. Open the context menu (three dots) and select Share > Dropbox.
Compatibility: macOS, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android
Conclusion: Go with Dropbox only if you intend to pay, because hardly anything will fit in the 2GB of free storage. Outside of that, it’s a service of reasonable quality, and it will cause no difficulties for you as a user.
Microsoft provides its own way to backup music Android data. While it’s less strict than Dropbox, with 5GB of free storage, it comes with a different type of pain: a Microsoft account. They are less easy to manage than a Google account, and, worse yet, many Android users don’t have one. But the issues don’t stop there, since reviewers on Google Play complain about removed features and an inconvenient UI.
Launch a file browsing app on Android. Navigate to the right folder, select it. Open the ellipsis menu, choose Share > OneDrive (the app needs to be installed beforehand).
Compatibility: Windows, macOS, iOS, Android
Conclusion: OneDrive is a last-resort solution in comparison to Dropbox and Google Drive. But it’s pretty useful to squeeze out more storage space out of free accounts.
You can also backup music on Android to other devices directly, via a USB cable. In order to connect them, you need to choose the right adapter. You can identify the ports on both devices by looking at USB port types on Google.
Most commonly, an Android phone or a tablet will possess a USB Micro B or a USB Type C port. As for the other end of the cable, you’ll need USB for a PC or a desktop Mac, and Thunderbolt for a MacBook.
All these cable types are very common and easy to find in your local electronics store. They are also cheap, unless it’s an Apple brand cable. After picking out the right wire and connecting, there are software issues you may need to overcome.
Connecting Android to a Mac can be harder than you’d expect. It can’t be done right away - an app is needed, and MacDroid is that exact app. By connecting your device in this fashion, you get to access it directly in Finder, without having to use a different, lower-grade file browser. But it’s not just mounting software; with MacDroid, you get access to the quick, experimental ADB mode. It’s harder to enable, but it provides the unique benefit of being able to launch multiple copy-paste operations at the same time.
Click "MTP mode" and select "Next".
On your Android device, choose "File Transfer" if prompted.
Compatibility: macOS, Android, any MTP device
Conclusion: MacDroid provides unique functionality in a simple package. It will come in handy for new and experienced users alike - an absolute must-have if you’ve got a MacBook and an Android.
Android File Transfer is Google’s answer to the file transferring problem on Mac. Completely free of charge, safe, reliable - the only thing it lacks is additional features. With this minimalistic app, you can expect to send files back and forth, and nothing more. It’s nice to have a free option for any occasion, and it’s easy to get running on your system.
To access your Android files in the app, open it, connect the Android phone, and then enable the "File Transfer" mode on the device. Click the phone and storage you want to browse, and drag files to your desktop to copy them.
Compatibility: macOS, Android
Conclusion: This is the obvious choice for free software fans, and it’s odd that this utility doesn’t come pre-installed by default on the system. It’s not as convenient as Finder, but certainly enough to do the job.
MobiKin, rather than copying separate files, creates a single backup file, and can do so automatically, both from Windows and from Mac. It can also create backups over WiFi, which is not a common feature of Android backup managers. Cable usage wears out Micro USB ports, so it’s handy if you can avoid using them when you backup music Android. Instead of backing up the whole system, folders and data types can be specified.
After opening the tool and connecting the Android phone, click "Backup" to proceed. Tick the "Music" category on the selection screen. After the backup is done, you can go to the folder and put the music elsewhere on your Mac.
Compatibility: macOS, Windows, Android
Conclusion:While it’s expensive, MobiKin is a useful tool for many situations, and with highly-polished functionality. There are lots of options to discover and customize your backup procedure.
There are countless ways to backup Android data, including music. It can be automatic or manual, wired or wireless, and you should choose the right method for your use case. For example, no backup manager is needed to send a few files over USB. We wish you luck in backing up any audio you may have.