Cell phones aren't just used to call. Today a smartphone contains important and valuable data such as photos, videos, messages and documents collected over time. As with other electronic devices, Android smartphones may also stop working suddenly or become damaged. Imagine what the consequences could be: you could lose all your most precious data and memories. If this unfortunately happens, you may regret not knowing how to backup Androidcomplete with your smartphone.
How to make full Android backup of your smartphone
To avoid losing all your data and save yourself from the trauma that could ensue, it is important to make a full backup of your Android smartphone. You have no excuse for not making backups. If you don't know how to do it, in this guide I would like to show you this by letting you know all the simplest methods you have available.
Backup of Android contacts
In the past, such messages I have lost all contacts, send me your number they were very frequent. If you found yourself in this situation too, let me tell you that there is a simple method for not losing all the contacts again. All you need to do is synchronize them with your Google account.
Although contact backup is one of the basic Android features, many people are unfamiliar with this procedure. Contact backup essential and will allow you to keep the phone numbers of your family and friends in the cloud. To back up, do the following:
- Access to Settings Android smartphone.
- Select Account and subsequently Google.
- If you are logged in with multiple Google accounts, select the one on which you would like to store your contacts.
- In the display options, enable the entry relating to Contacts.
This is all. With the full backup of your Android smartphone all the contacts will be synchronized on your account. To restore the contacts on the device or if you want the same contacts on another smartphone, log in with your Google account and enable the backup synchronization option as I have shown you previously.
Backup your calendar, Google Fit and app data with Google Sync
In addition to backups, your Android smartphone allows you to backup other important data such as the calendar, Google Fit, Google Keep and Google Music directly to Google's servers. To allow Google to perform these backups, perform the same steps previously performed for contacts and select the items you want to keep synchronized.
Backup basic information such as Wi-Fi password and other settings
Android also allows you to backup basic information like Wi-Fi passwords and other system settings. In this way, when you restore your smartphone or set up a new one, you will not have to re-enter all this data.
To enable this feature, follow these steps:
- Go to Settings -> Backup and restore.
- Enable the voice Data backup (this item may differ depending on the smartphone model you have.
Done. Android settings will now be synchronized regularly and you just need to log in with your Google account to restore them on a new smartphone.
Backup of messages and call log
Unfortunately, the internal features of Android do not allow you to automatically backup messages and call logs. To do this, you'll need to download a third-party app from the Google Play store. One of the most complete SMS Backup & Restore that you can download and install for free on your device.
The application provides you with two options for storing your backups: the first allows you to copy the backup of messages and the call log to your PC; the second instead implies the use of Google Drive for storing the backup. My advice is to use the latter feature, so all your backups will be stored online and you will not have to use your PC to complete the operation. To configure the app, follow these steps:
- Download and install SMS Backup & Restore from the Google Play Store.
- Launch the app and select the item Backup new.
- A popup will ask you to select where you want to store the backup. Select Google Drive (you can also select Dropbox if you prefer) and then confirm.
- A final pop-up will ask you to select the Google Account to complete the backup on. Confirm and wait for the end of the operation.
Your backup now successfully connected to Google Drive. To restore it, just select the item Restore / view backup and all your messages and call log will return to your Android device.
Keep in mind that the app won't automatically back up. So you will need to remember to do it on a regular basis. In addition, the free version of the app allows you to backup only the last 500 calls.
Back up your photos
The easiest way to backup photos and videos on your device is to sync with Google Photos. This app is generally pre-installed on many Android smartphones. If you don't see it among your apps, you can download it for free from the Google Play Store.
The application has been released for about two years by Google and we talked about it in detail in this article. To back up your photos, open Google Photos on your Android device. You will be asked if you want to synchronize your photos and videos: keep the relevant synchronization item enabled. In case you have multiple Google accounts, select the one on which you want to synchronize your personal photos and press the confirmation button.
By doing this, the smartphone will automatically start synchronizing the photos and videos found in your camera roll. You can also decide to enable the synchronization of the folders of WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, etc. To do this, after starting the app select the item Album bottom right. All folders containing photos will be shown on this screen. Select the folders you want to keep synchronized and enable the voice Backup and sync.
This is all. Now every time you take a photo, it will automatically be synchronized with Google Photos. The particularity of this Google service that you can store an unlimited number of high resolution photos. If instead you decide to store the photo in original resolution, then you will occupy the space made available free by Google (15GB).
How to backup Android to music and other media
To back up other important data like music and documents, you can use the dear old manual method. You will have to connect the smartphone to the PC and manually transfer the data from Android to the PC or vice versa.
These are the steps to perform:
- Connect your smartphone to your PC using the USB cable. The device will be treated as an external device, therefore you can browse all its folders and subfolders.
- Access the folder to be synchronized, copy it and paste it on your computer.
You can also copy photos and videos with this method. Usually they are saved in the folder DCIM, If you are looking for other images, try searching for them in the folder picture.
Backup the app
There are two methods that allow you to backup the apps on your Android device. The first very simple but you need an internet connection to restore all your apps. The second one is slightly more complex, but has the advantage that it does not have to download all the apps from the internet when you have to restore. Your choice. Below I show you both methods.
You can simply download all the apps from the Google Play Store. To do this, start the Play Store, access the menu and select the item My apps and games. On the page that opens, select the option All. You will be shown the list of all the apps you previously installed on your smartphone and you can decide to install them manually on your new device.
As mentioned earlier, this method on how to backup Android does not require any internet connection, allowing you to save bandwidth and time.
Here are the steps to take:
- Download the free app now in APK format ES File Manager.
- Launch the app and select the item APP present on the home screen. All the apps installed on the device will be shown.
- Hold your finger on an app and then select the item Select all in the top bar. By doing this, all installed apps will be selected.
- Select the item Backup option present at the bottom. This will save an apk file (installation file) of all your apps within the device memory.
- Now connect your smartphone to your PC, access the folder Internal memory -> Backup -> Apps and copy all the app files to your computer. When you need to restore the backup, transfer the app files and manually install them one by one.
Remember, this method does not save the data contained within the apps. It only allows you to create an installation file that you can use later without downloading the apps from the internet.
Backup of WhatsApp conversations
Most of our conversations are made through WhatsApp. For this important backup of this app. Last year, the WhatsApp team introduced a feature that allows you to backup conversations, including exchanged media files, directly to Google Drive.
This way you can restore the status of WhatsApp when you need to delete and install the app again. To find out how to backup Android WhatsApp and enable the saving of chats, follow these steps:
- Launch WhatsApp. Select the three dots located at the top right and then access the Settings.
- Go to Chat and then Backup Chat.
- Select Backup to Google Drive and then set how often WhatsApp should proceed with the backup. Finally select the Google account on which the backup is to be performed.
Know the procedure on how to make full Android backup of your smartphone very important. This procedure allows you to never lose your images, your documents and all that is precious and important inside your device.
If you don't want to perform all these steps manually, you could rely on external solutions such as Helium. If you want to know more about the latter backup method, I recommend you read this article.
If you are a hacker and you like to customize your Android device, you can not help but make a backup of the entire system first, because you can run the risk of losing everything. In this guide you will see how to backup with CWM, TWRP and Philz Recovery.
Or you can make a Nandroid backup that represents a complete save of the entire Android system.