How to Backup Android

obrBy Mauricio Prinzlau — Last Updated: 27 Oct'17 2013-07-18T21:00:38+00:00Google+

Until very recently, cell phones were fairly simplistic devices that were capable of making phone calls and not much else. Nowadays, smartphones are practically as powerful as a desktop PC or laptop and contain valuable information such as email correspondence, videos, documents, photos and contact information.

Because smartphones have become an essential part of everyday life for most people, losing the data contained on these devices can be just as catastrophic as experiencing a hard drive failure on a desktop PC. Because of this, backing up an Android phone as frequently as a desktop PC is an extremely important bit of maintenance that owners need to perform.

In addition to having to worry about the normal threat of software failure that computers are prone to, mobile phone owners also need to worry about physical damage to their device from being dropped, exposed to liquid or extreme temperatures. Fortunately, backing data up on an Android phone is incredibly easy. Here are a few precautions users can take to ensure their phone’s data isn’t lost forever.

Backing Up A Phone With Google

Google offers a small amount of built-in protection to the Android operating system. Although it won’t save a great deal of information, things like bookmarks, preferences, and network settings can all be backed up to Google’s servers.

To enable this protection, first navigate to the Settings button on the main menu. Next, press the Personal button, then the Backup & Reset button, and then choose the option labeled “Backup my data and automatic restore.”

The next step is to link your Google account to the phone’s backup system. To do this, start at the Main Menu and then press the Settings button. Press the Personal button and then the Backup & Reset button. This area should look familiar from the previous step. This time, however, press the Accounts & Sync button and you will be prompted to input your Google account. Once this is finished, you will be prompted with a series of check boxes.

Make sure that all of them are checked and click the Finish button. Your basic phone settings should now be saved to Google’s servers.

Backup With a Third-Party Service

For any sort of data that Google doesn’t directly back up, it might be worth using a third-party service to handle data storage needs. Google does not back up any SMS messages, pictures, notes or videos on an Android owner’s phone, so consider using a service like SugarSync to backup any of these types of documents. 

To begin backing up with SugarSync, just download the SugarSync app for Android from Google Marketplace or visit SugarSync's website.

Backup Pictures & Videos Manually

Although it might not be as reliable as storing your data in the cloud, backing data up to a desktop PC at least provides some level of protection.

To start with, connect the Android phone to a desktop PC or laptop using a standard USB cable. A notification should appear on the computer’s screen announcing that an external hard drive has been detected. Don’t worry that the computer sees it as an external hard drive instead of a phone, computers actually can’t tell the difference.

Select the phone’s drive by using your computer’s file browser. There should be multiple directories and files that appear, navigate to the DCIM folder. Choose the data files from this directory that you want to back up and then simply drag and drop them to your computer’s desktop.

The selected files will then be transferred to your desktop and the backup process should be complete.


Backing up an Android device is not very difficult. Yet there are some things you need to take into consideration like saving your files in the cloud before backing up.

We hope the steps above will help ensure that your Android’s data is adequately protected, with redundancy in place in the form of a PC. How do you backup your Android device? Share any tips or tricks you may have with us in the comments section below.

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