How to make a backup of your data on Android

Our smartphones keep very important things close to us below that lovely chassis that they have. They can contain our closest (and farthest) contacts, very beautiful or very private photos, our progress in a game, or up to some archives that can be fundamental at some point.

All that I have mentioned and more, of not being for the blessed backups, could be lost in the moment of renewing our telephone or suffer a terrible accident. There are multiple ways of saving our data, and we will tell you several of them that will keep your most precious information safe.

Your Google account, the default method

Many of us do not take it into account, surely because, by default, it is configured to make backups automatically, but our Google account is responsible for a good part of our data to be safe. Said data can range from contacts to applications that we have installed or the configuration of our device.

So that our Google account makes automatic backups, we must simply have activated the appropriate option. In the settings, look at ‘Backup and restoration’ and make sure that ‘Yes’appears in ‘Copy my data’. The data will be saved in the account that you have configured.

Use the cloud to keep your data safe

A fairly safe way to keep our data under protection is the cloud service, where we can create an account (or more than one if free space falls short) and we upload things as if they paid us for it. Perhaps the preferred one between Android users is Google Drive for its intergration with the operating system.

This service permits us to upload almost anything, already are the typical photos and videos, our contacts or any other archive, like a PDF, for example, or a ZIP archive. While we have storage space on Google Drive, we will be able to upload almost anything we want and download it onto another device.

Saving your data on the cloud will ensure that you will be able to access them from any site, although you need internet connection for it.

Another well-known service is OneDrive, the Microsoft cloud, in which you can, as on Google Drive, save your photos, videos, and almost any type of archive. The only thing is that it doesn’t let you copy your contacts (they reserve it for Windows Phone), but neither is it something that you will need.

There are more services on the cloud, like Dropbox, but they come to the same, and all of them will save that so important data that you save on your device. The only requirement is to have internet connection to be able to upload and download the archives that you may want.

Also it is worth it to mention that you can activate, if you desire, the uploads from the camera on any of the cloud services automatically. This will avoid you having to spend time on uploading manually and to check if you have uploaded them repeatedly. In the settings of any of the applications you will be able to activate this option if you do do not yet have it.

Speaking of photos, the Google Photos application allows us to save all of our images and videos without a storage limit so that we can get them when we wants. Recently it has recieved an update that makes it so we may see more content at a glance when visiting the Album tab.

For those that prefer the computer to the cloud

Not everything has to be saved on our phone or on the cloud, also we can go to our computer, that will have more free storage than our smartphone (almost certain). The most common option is to connect the cellphone to the PC by USB cable and transfer to yourself the archives that you may want.

But if you don’t want to or you can’t connect the phone to the computer, you can use an app like, for example, AirDroid, which will allow you, among other things, to send files remotely from your smartphone to your PC. You just need to download the mobile app from Google Play to your phone and the desktop version to your computer from their website.

Once you have installed the app in both devices, you just need to connect both devices with your account and start enjoying all of the options. You can send from the typical photos or videos to apps as apk files. AirDroid has many more options, but some of them depend on the web version.

There are other options, like CrashPlan, but in this case, in order to use the mobile app, you need to have a paid account. If you want to give it a try, you can get access to a free account for 30 days to decide if it’s worth the money or not, having all of the app’s functions.

And if what you want is to do a backup copy of the apps data…

Yes, you can also do a backup copy of the data from your Android apps, but it is not as easy as the previously mentioned methods. In these cases you need root access, something that not everyone knows or wants to have, for different reasons. But if you are one of those people who has rooted their phone, then you have another open door.

Apps as well-known as Titanium Backup or Helium are the favorite options of customization lovers. You just need to install the app, select the apps of whose values you want to make a backup and you’ll be able to keep them safe for when the time of restoration comes.

The main advantage of these applications is that they are capable of saving data such as a game’s progress or the exact settings of any application that, else, you would have to set up again and you’d be wasting time.

As you have seen in this post, there are more than a few ways of saving our data, all of which are relatively simple. Still, if you have any application to recommend that has this function, your recommendation is welcome.