People rarely realize the importance of a mobile phone backup until a bricked device refuses to start. While it’s easy to blame a buggy app or new update for the loss of your contacts and precious photos, really it’s due to you not having backed up your data in the first place.

Here at, we believe you should backup all your devices, at all times. To help you do so, we’ve put together the four best backup options for a mobile device.

Use Built-In Backup Tools

Almost all modern smartphones come equipped with built-in backup tools. These tools might not be enough in certain cases, but they are a quick backup option and don’t require any extra app installations on your phone. With Android, for example, there is a “backup and reset” option present in the settings menu.

Activating it ensures that all your device’s settings, app data and Wi-Fi passwords get stored on Google’s servers. Even if your phone’s data gets lost or you do a factory reset, you can always restore the phone’s original settings. Unfortunately, Android’s backup tools can’t store data like contacts, photos or text messages. Of course, you can always sync such data with your Google ID, but syncing isn’t the same thing as a backup.

Of course, iPhones have iCloud, which allows users to save essentially all of their iOS data like contacts, photos calendar, notes, reminders and Safari data directly to the cloud. It’s easy to toggle what kind of data gets backed up and what doesn’t. However, iCloud isn’t able to backup everything and it isn’t exactly safe, either.

So, if you want to backup your iPhone’s text messages or photos, it’s time to look somewhere else. Users can choose to run a backup manually or automatically at set intervals. Since iOS launches a new version every few months, backing up a iPhone’s data on iCloud ensures that you can instantly install a new version, restore old data and get back to enjoying your iPhone.

Backup Mobile Data to a SD Card

While many new phones don’t have SD card slots in them, if you do have one and want an external backup, storing your phone’s backup on a SD card is an easy and smart option. There are several ways to backup an Android’s files to an SD card, the first of which is to manually copy and paste folders from the internal memory to the SD card.

Of course, this method can’t backup everything and you’ll need an app to backup Android text messages and phone settings. The second way is to use an app like Easy Backup & Restore, that automatically runs routine backups and saves data to an SD card. Keep in mind, though, that no matter how convenient and secure an SD card backup sounds, it’s not really the best way to go.

If your phone crashes or gets infected by a virus, then so will the SD card, not to mention the fact that external memory cards are notoriously prone to memory corruption (though some of our best data recovery software may help with that).

Save the Backup to Your Computer

Though keeping a phone’s backup on the device itself might not be the way to go, an external backup is still possible through your personal computer or laptop. On an iPhone, for example, you can directly store a backup through iTunes.

For iTunes to run a backup, your phone first needs to be connected to the computer via a USB cable. Also keep in mind that you can only backup a phone’s data to the computer or iCloud, but not both at the same time.

A backup file gets created every time iTunes runs a backup and on Windows PCs the saved file is present at this location by default: C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup. You can easily move backed up files and copy them to a different location, to make extra sure.

To restore the data to your iPhone, you’ll need these backup files as well as have iTunes installed. Android doesn’t provide a tool like iTunes for PC backups, but there are some third-party backup options, like Titanium and Helium, which are more than capable of doing much the same.

Pro tip — If you only want to backup a section of a phone’s data, you can choose to only backup photos, contacts or text messages using one of these tools.

Utilize the Cloud to Backup Apps

The cloud is the best option when it comes to backing up data from mobile devices and there are plenty of specific options available apart from our general list of best online backup services. There are four fundamental reasons why the cloud is a fantastic choice for mobile device backups:

  • There’s no need for cables or wires of any kind
  • Virtually any computer, smartphone or tablet will work
  • Backups are crash, virus and fire-proof
  • There are more cloud backup apps available than you can count

If you’re looking for a secure alternative to iCloud, which is a good idea anyway, there are many cloud backup apps available that provide private encryption and zero-knowledge security. has an article on the best cloud backup for iPhone that you might want to check out.

We’ve also got an extensive list of the best cloud backup for Android as well, which can also backup .apk files and app data apart from contacts, photos and text messages. Though, if you are strictly looking for an app that can backup photos, then try using Google Drive or Dropbox. In your phone’s settings you will find an option to automatically backup the camera roll.


There was a time when phones were just used for calling, but a lot has changed since the good old days. We now have to juggle the critical messages, meeting notifications, contacts and pictures saved on our phones. Losing such data can create nothing short of a crisis, which is why backing up mobiles is crucial, to say the least.

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Among all these backup options for mobile devices, the best one is undoubtedly cloud apps. Not only do they make it easier for users to backup data automatically, but restoring data also becomes incredibly easy since it can be done anywhere, as long as there is Internet connectivity available.

So, how have you backed up your mobile phone? Share the details with us in the comments section below, and thanks for reading.

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