Whether for an upcoming repair or as a purely precautionary measure, making an Android backup is always a good practice. In case of damage, the content will not be lost and, indeed, it will be possible to find it easily. Let’s see how to do it.
What is an Android backup
A backup consists of copying to a safe space everything that is saved in the memory of your device. In most cases, the backup must be saved on a media external to the device itself so that, if it becomes unusable, we will still have access to the data. The media on which a backup can be stored are:
- external hard drives
- Network NAS,
- cloud systems such as Dropbox or Google Drive.
What does Google backup include
In reality, the backup is now almost automatic : Google takes care of it to remember to save your memories in a cloud space and to restore them when necessary. The data that is uploaded to the cloud are:
- media files , with Google Photos for photos and videos, and Google Play Music for music),
- applications installed from the Google Play Store,
- SMS (up to 25 MB total),
- contacts, email and calendar.
Despite this, it is important to know how this process works and where the files are saved.
How to make a manual Android backup
If you need to save the contents of your smartphone on the spot, perhaps in view of an improvised repair or before trying some particular function , you can start a manual backup. The most direct procedure is to go to Settings> System Info> Backup and Restore , or Settings> Google> Backup (the paths may vary from model to model, but just scroll through the various items). Alternatively, there are two other options.
Android backup: By application
If you want to make a manual Android backup, the simplest method is to install one of the many special applications . Some require root permissions enabled , an operation that “lowers the defenses” of the device and allows the user to change settings that would not normally be accessible. This operation voids the warranty and can be risky in some cases. For this, we indicate an application that does not require this step.
Android backup: by Helium App Sync
After giving the required permissions to the app (which logically are many), you can save your data on an SD card , on a computer or in the cloud with the Premium version . The operation of the application varies from device to device, so it is good to check compatibility with your smartphone model.
Helium – App Sync and Backup
Android backup: by With USB cable
An “old school” solution is to connect the smartphone to the computer via USB cable [ this braided rope set costs only € 6.99 ]. This method, however, only saves media files such as images, videos and music. The procedure is very simple: just activate the USB debugging function in the Settings menu of the smartphone and then connect it to the computer via the cable. By doing so, you can access the phone memory directly from your computer and copy-paste the data to be saved wherever you prefer.
Restore a backup
To restore data from an Android backup , just log into your Google account and the process will begin automatically . All saved data will be downloaded as long as the device that is to receive the restore has an Android version equal to or later than the one from which it was backed up .