Today, there are different ways to save your data on Android: either through third-party apps available on the Google Play Store (not just through Google Photos ), or thanks to Android itself that restores its apps previously installed on a mobile or other Android device. Let’s start with a brief explanation of the system put in place by Google.
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1 – The applications of “Backup”
Just like on the computer, backing up your data is a simple way to keep it if you have to change your Android device. It is simply a matter of backing up this data on an external storage medium, in the case of an SD card.
If Android does not initially back up data, many apps dedicated to this feature are available on Google Play.
Among the most reliable, we will include Super Backup SMS & Contacts, Helium, Titanium Backup, My Backup Pro or Ultimate Backup Pro.
Regularly updated, Super BackUp is among the fastest and most intuitive of these applications. It will allow you to keep your SMS, your list of contacts, the history of your calls, your calendar and your bookmarks. The application also allows you to save the data of your applications, provided that your device is rooted. How to back up your data via Super Backup is a breeze:
Steps to follow:
- Download SuperBackup
- Install the application and launch this App
- Select the type of data you want to save in the drop-down menu.
- Select the “backup” key
- Validate the name of the default backup file, or choose another.
By default, the data is saved on the internal memory of your phone. It is therefore necessary to change the destination directory for that of your SD card!
For more security, you can send your data to your mailbox by selecting “send to Email”. When you want to restore your data, simply select the data type again, then select “restore” and designate the backup to restore.
Super Backup can be used in case you change your device. You will just need to install the application again to access your backups stored on the SD card. This feature is also useful when you are changing ROMs, or if you want to reset the factory settings of your device.
If your device is rooted, the process will be the same to back up your apps and their data.
2 – Google Sync
Google allows you to directly save your data to your Google Account from one device to another.
It could not be easier. Access your device settings. Select the “Accounts” tab, choose your Google Account, and check the data you want to back up.
However, this feature does not allow you to save your text messages and photos.
To activate the automatic data backup function, simply go to your mobile settings, then “personal” and activate “Save my data” – the labels may differ depending on the mobile. On Samsung terminals, there is for example directly a category “Backup and reset” to manage the backup of its data by Google and Samsung accounts.
Once enabled, you will be offered to restore your previously installed apps to your new mobile device each time you sign in to your Google Account.
3 – Save your photos and videos on the Cloud, Google + or Dropbox
One of the easiest ways to keep your photos and videos and store them live on the internet. For that you just have to put them online directly on social networks like Google + or Instagram, which offer a virtually unlimited storage space. In addition, Google + keeps the quality and the initial format of your photos.