Regular Android smartphone backups are useful - keep your folders safe. There’s always a small chance you could lose your phone, or experience a malfunction which would cost you some data. For instance, SD cards can undergo data corruption over time.
Learn how to backup Android phones to avoid this. Services like Dropbox and OneDrive can help you store data on servers, or you could save a copy of your files to a computer’s hard drive. This article will help you with any data type - even system settings, call history, and such. Although, some services are more flexible than others.
As the main developer of Android, Google provides the most comprehensive backup service available on the platform. Google One is the cloud storage system that includes Google Drive, Google Docs and Sheets, GMail, Photos, Calendar, Contacts, and more. These services share the same limited amount of space - 15 GB for a free account.
More importantly, the Google One app can back up most of the data found on an Android phone. After a full Android backup and reset, you can still preserve the folders, settings, cache from your apps, messages, and contacts, even on a different phone.
On the other hand, if you want to sync and preserve specific info instead of sweeping the whole phone, this can be accomplished in the respective app - for example, Google Drive for files and Photos for images. Just keep in mind that the space you get is not infinite.
How to backup Android phone to Google Drive?
Your phone is likely to have backup settings in your Preferences. This applies to Pixel, MIUI, Samsung, LG, and other mainstream brand devices. Different UIs will place this option in various Preferences sub-menus, but generally, this can be found under "Backup & Reset", "Google", "Accounts", or "System > Advanced".
If all else fails, or if your phone does not have built-in Google backup support, the Google One application should help. You simply have to go to the "Home" tab and press "Back up now".
How to restore Android from Google backup?
The restoration process should start as soon as you sign into your Google account. If it doesn’t, you may have to select a Backup Account in Preferences.
Google is not the only company providing cloud and backup services on Android. Other solutions are available, which may offer competitive costs, storage sizes, or other features. On the other hand, these services may be limited, being unable to backup every bit of data on your phone.
Smart Switch is an official Samsung tool, designed to help you swap to a Samsung phone by moving your messages, contacts, images, music, and calendar. Unlike Google One, copying app data is only possible on Galaxy devices. Smart Switch can be used to backup Android to Mac or PC. You’ll need to connect the Android smartphone via USB.
Launch the app, make sure that your Android device is connected to your PC or Mac. Press "Backup" and select "Allow" on your phone. Once it’s done, the backup can be used with the "Restore" button.
Dropbox allows you to back up files from your phone. It’s well integrated with Android, and the option to share a file to Dropbox is usually available by default. A Dropbox app can be used to recover the files. It’s slightly faster and easier than Google Drive, but the 2 gigabyte limit for free users is quite harsh, as opposed to Google’s 15 GB. Not to mention that your messages and settings can not be backed up on Dropbox.
Navigate to the file in your file manager, select it, press "Share", and from there, choose Dropbox. Mind the data limit.
Amazon Photos is a cloud service that only allows you to store photos and videos. 5 GB are available for free, and an Amazon Prime subscription grants infinite image storing space. Video capacity has to be upgraded separately. The Amazon Photos app can be set up to sync your pictures automatically. This method is mainly useful if you’re already subscribed to Prime - getting the subscription for Photos alone is barely worth it.
Launch the app, press "More", go to the Settings and enable "Auto-save". Make sure to disable mobile network autosaving if you have a limited data plan.
Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud can contain any file, but there are no special features for contacts, messages, app cache, or other system data. Files on Android have to be manually selected to upload them to OneDrive servers, after which the PC program can be used to download and store them locally. A 5 GB limit is expandable with a subscription, although it is much cheaper than Amazon Prime, and slightly cheaper than Google One Premium (for the similar amount of storage space).
Open the OneDrive app and sign in. Switch to the "Files" tab on the bottom. Tap "+" and choose "Upload" to select one of your files.
Unofficial services are usually simpler than the mainstream solutions. They are useful for situations that demand plain utility and customizability, and they don’t require cloud services or subscriptions. These apps will show you how to backup phone Android data on a budget.
MacDroid is a compatibility tool that allows you to open Android filesystems directly in Finder. This way, a manual backup can be done by copying the files and folders you need. The free version lets you open an Android disk in read-only mode, which is enough to store a backup on your Mac. Moreover, MacDroid allows you to utilize the ADB mode, which can transfer multiple files at the same time.
Enable USB debugging or MTP media sync on the phone.
How to backup bookmarks on Android phone? SyncMate can do that, and a lot more. It can establish connections over USB and WiFi, and it can even integrate cloud services to provide a quick and easy way to access any of your data from any device. Choose what types of data get synced, including calendar, contacts, and Safari bookmarks. Sync folders, messages, and call history.
Here is a video about SyncMate backup advantages, Time Machine features, and some cloud services:
In order to use SyncMate with your Android, it needs to have the SyncMate module installed. The module will be sent to the phone when you try to form a USB connection. Press “Add New” in the desktop app and follow the instructions in the connection wizard. Once the device is added, you can select it from the list and change the categories of backup data.
Syncios is an advanced application which includes both simple and complex options. In it, different information and files can be backed up, recovered or deleted separately - or you can use the universal “Backup Device” button. Notably, Syncios is available both on Windows and on Mac, and it can save data from iOS and Android devices.
Connect your Android to the PC or the Mac and run the Syncios Manager. In the Device tab, select “Backup device”. This will produce backup files that can be restored in the Tool Box tab.
How to backup Android phone? Coolmuster is a simple, yet functional app that focuses on one-click backups. Other than files, it can preserve message logs, calls, and documents. It works over USB or WiFi. Coolmuster does not provide continuous sync or automatic backups. The app also has secondary functions, such as Android Eraser, Mobile Transfer, and Android Recovery.
Launch the app, press "Android Backup & Restore", connect the Android device via USB. Follow any provided instructions. Once you’ve connected and installed the drivers and the phone app, select the needed data types and press “Back up”.
To sum up…
Most phones already have a powerful built-in backup option. Many mentioned solutions simply transfer or preserve files, rather than storing the whole system with its apps and settings. Syncing features are also rare. It makes sense to choose apps with these features, such as Google One and SyncMate. And don’t forget - you can use multiple free accounts on different storage platforms to maximize your cloud space.