How to Backup Android Phone 2017 – Contacts, Photos, WhatsApp Messages, Etc. If you are thinking how to take backup of an android phone, then this video will help you a lot as it shows the complete process of backing up Contacts, Apps Data, Calendar, Gallery files, Media files, SMS and much more.
Note: You can also use the same method to backup your android phone before rooting. 🙂
1 Google Backup & Restore
For starters, Google has you covered when it comes to most of the important contact and email information. All your app data like game saves calendar, Browser, Contacts, Gmail, Photos, Music, People details, and even more detailed things like WiFi passwords and other device settings. All of this can be synced to Google’s servers with two or three taps in your device settings, and restored when you get a new device.
Head to Settings -Accounts tap Google Select Google account -check everything you want to sync. Make sure under settings -Backup & reset this is all enabled as well. It should be enabled by default, which is nice. This is one of the most powerful tools for the important stuff, but we’ll go over SMS and other things too. Backup & reset will save almost everything. A new restore function arrived with Android 5.0, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow made it even better and backs up everything. Like game saves, settings, app data and more. It’s a full solution here in 2016. But you’ll need to be on Android 5.0 or higher to take advantage of it. Most should be.
2 The second aspect of Google’s built-in backup tool is for WiFi passwords and other device settings. For this you’ll want to head to Settings – Backup & reset. Then check Back up my data, and automatic restore. This will ensure all those deeper settings and passwords will be saved for you, secured on Google’s servers, and instantly returned to your new device. This is shown above, and again below for those on versions older than Android 6.0. It looks similar, and has the same options overall.
3 Photo Backup
The next major important backup tool is for photos. We all have hundreds of them we don’t want to lose. The problem here is there’s hundreds of different ways you can backup your photos. Many are extremely easy so pick whatever works best for you. Personally, I use the Google Photos app, and select it from the Google sync instructions above. Google Photos will store a full resolution copy of every photo taken, up to 1000GB. Or lower the resolution and it can hold an unlimited amount, which is what we’d recommend. Quickly find a photo from 3 years ago, or even search for “hats” “cats” or other things and let it find them for you.
4 Manual Backup
Something I also do as a third backup for added comfort and redundancy, is manually copy and paste all the photos and video from my smartphone to the computer. This also works for other data, so this is our third easy step. Simply connect your phone to your computer via the included micro-USB cable, and it will show up as an external hard drive. Mac users will need to download the Android File Transfer tool.
Now just click and drag anything and everything to a folder on your computer or laptop. For photos you’ll be heading to Android – DCIM or Camera – and dragging all of your photos and video to back them up on your PC. This is always a great thing to do anyways, and once a month wouldn’t be a bad idea.
If you have a Samsung Galaxy device or another Android phone with a micro-SD card, you can always remove that from under the battery door, insert this into the computer, and copy over files that way for additional protection.
Text (SMS) and Call Log Backup
Another thing many consumers hate to lose when they get a new phone is all those important text messages. Not to mention the call log, although that’s never a concern of mine. If you want to save those precious or funny text and picture messages, we can do that in minutes.
My app of choice is SMS Backup & Restore, simply because it’s easy and straight forward. This app will quickly backup all of your SMS text messages, and the entire call log to the cloud. Or you can save them right in Gmail or Dropbox. You can do it manually, set weekly or bi-weekly backups and more. Another good option is SMS Backup+.
5 All-In-One Backup
Finally, there are a few all in one solutions that will allow you to backup nearly anything and everything. These usually have limits, or cost money, but are an excellent way to fully ensure you have everything from your device. Not only that, but it does almost all of the work. Apps like MyBackup Pro have been around forever, simply because it works. Root is not required, but helps, so the average user can buy the $4.99 pro version, set it, and forget it. Essentially.
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