There is a chance that your Android phone encounters bugs during daily use. So, it’s great to keep all your contacts, photos, documents in a safe place. You can eaisly access these things no matter where you are. However, what to do if there is something happening to it? If your phone is broken, you upgrade your phone, here are some things you should do to make sure all of your important data is secured. Here are ways to back up the data on your Android phone in a safe place.
How to back up Android phone
Here we are going to talk you each method to make things as easy as they can be. You can read the entire guide, or follow a specific section.
Steps to back up photos of your Android
You usually capture special moments in your daily life it’s important to keep them on a cloud service so that you can keep them forever. We recommend you to use Google Photos.
Google Photos is completely free and allows you to use unlimited backups of your photos and even videos. After installing the app from the Play Store, you simply set it up just by a few taps. To do so:
- LauchGoogle Photos app
- Log in your Google account.
- Select your preferred quality settings.
- Wait for the app to sync your photos and videos.
All your photos and videos will be synced and then saved in the cloud of your Google account. If you have a lot of photos, but you have not set up Google Photos before, the process could take a while, so you should be patient. Once you have Google Photos set up, all your additional photos will be backed up automatically.
Steps to back up your files
Once you have your images and videos backed up, it’s time to back up other files? In such a case, you should consider using Google Drive and Dropbox to help you.
Both of them are cloud storage, which allows you you to save all your documents like word files, PDFs and other file types on your phone storage.
Using these apps is quite simple. If you choose Google Drive, simply follow these steps below:
- Open Google Drive on your phone.
- Tap the plus (+) icon in the bottom corner.
- Tap on Upload.
- Choose the file you want to upload.
By default, Google Drive is free to use, offers unlimited backups of photos that are called “high quality.” However, this is a lower resolution version, and while they are still good enough, it’s not as sharp as the original one.
If you want your pictures to back up in the highest resolution, you should upgrade to your Google One storage, which is only $1.99 per month for 45GB storage space.
If you do not like Google Drive due to any reason, you can think of using Dropbox. Once you download Dropbox from the Play Store, using it is quite simple.
- Open the Dropbox app on your Android phone
- Register an account if you have not ott you can sign in with Google account
- Once done, tap on the + icon and upload your files
While you can use Dropbox for free, it only offers 2GB of free storage, which is much lesser than15GB of free space of Google Drive. If you opt for a paid plan, you need to pay $11.99/month to get 2TB of free storage as well as 30-day file recovery, Smart Sync, and other features.
Steps to back up your text messages
If you are using a messaging app like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, you can access the messages on your Android phone as easy as signing in your account. But, if you want to back up your SMS text messaging, things are a little complicated.
You can download SMS backup app from Play Store to save the SMS texts on your phone. On your new phone, you simply download the backup and all of your conversations will be restored.
There are some apps you can do so, but the recommend app you should try is SMS Backup & Restore app. This app is free to download and set it up is also straightforward.
- LaunchSMS Backup & Restore app on your device.
- Tap onGet Started.
- ChooseSet Up A Backup
Aside from backing up your text messages, you can also back up your call history. If you are using WhatsApp as the primary messaging app, it’s a separate process that you need to do for backing up your WhatsApp conversions.
Steps to back up your contacts
If you want to back up all your contacts, you can consider using Google Contacts.
Those who are using Google Pixel 3a or Nokia 7.1, you can use the pre-installed Google Contacts to back up your contacts. But, those who are using other Android models, you need to download the Google Contacts app from the Google Play Store.
If you have already had the Contact app on your current Android phone, simply install it on your new phone and all your contacts will be synced on the new one.
When digging deeper into the Google Contacts app, you can find interesting features, allowing you to import, and restoring all your contact files.
- LaunchGoogle Contacts app on your phone.
- Tap on the menu button at the top left corner.
From there, you can opt for importing a .vcf file, exporting contacts from your Google account, or restoring the contacts that have been saved on your account.
Steps to back up your apps
Backing up apps was ever a headache, but, everything is now much simpler. Google keeps an automatic backup for you on your account. All the installed apps on your device and their data can now be backed up easily as long as you enable the toggle. Then, you can choose the backup option on your new Android device. On your current phone, simply follow these steps below to back up your data
- Open the Settings app on your Android phone.
- Tap on System > Backup.
In this page, you can toggle automatic backup switch on/off, manually create a backup and check the last time of the backups made for app data, device settings on your Android phone.
How to Back Up A Galaxy Phone
If you are using a new Galaxy phone and want to back up the data from the old phone, then you can take advantage of the Samsung Smart Switch app. All you need is to download Smart Switch app on your old phone, making a connection between two devices through a USB cable or wirelessly, and you can then transfer all your data in a clean sweep.
You can use Smart Switch to transfer everything on your current Android phone, including:
- Call history
- Photos, videos, and other files
Using the Smart Switch app on a non-Galaxy phone is not difficult. Once you download the app from the Play Store, just follow the onscreen instruction to transfer your data.
- LaunchSmart Switch app on your old phone.
- Tap onAgree > Allow.
- ChooseLet’s Go.
- Select Cable or Wireless depending on you. We recommend you to use a cable for faster data transfer.
Wait for the process to complete and you are done! All your important files are not on your new Galaxy phone.