You lost your cell phone. Your phone suffered a fall and stopped working. If these situations will sound familiar to you, the more likely it is that the first thing that came to mind is how recuperarías all contacts, photos, text messages and notes you had stored. What could make an Android user in a situation like this? It is always better to plan, that is to say, to periodically make a backup of Android.
In the first place, you should know that Google automatically syncs your contacts, calendar appointments, documents, and even purchases of applications, provided you have agreed to do this. Although Google will retain a large part of your data, there are other methods and programs to make a backup of Android. In Digital Trends in Spanish we will explain to you all of the alternatives to support your information.
Make sure with Google
Allow Google to make a backup copy of Android will vary slightly depending on the brand of phone. The route is most frequent is Settings> Google> Backup. On a Samsung Galaxy, you can also access it via Settings> Cloud and accounts> Backup and restore> Google Account. If you have a Pixel of Google, you can follow these steps: Settings> System> Advanced> Backup> Backup to Google Drive.
For devices with operating system Android 8.1 or later, these steps should support the following elements:
- Application data (installed programs and their settings),
- History of calls.
- Device settings (including passwords of Wifi, wallpapers, and default applications).
- Photos and videos.
- SMS text messages (not MMS).
For some older Android devices, the complete list is as follows:
- Data from Google contacts.
- Events and settings of Google Calendar.
- WiFi networks and passwords.
- Settings of Gmail.
- Display settings (brightness and sleep).
- Settings language and input.
- Date and time.
- Settings and data for applications not created by Google (depending on the application).
If desired, you can set with precision the items that will be backed up. In Settings, go to Accounts and click on your Google account, then select Sync account. On a Samsung Galaxy, the path is Settings> Cloud and accounts> Accounts> Google> Sync account.
May vary on other devices and versions of Android, but what should appear is a list of icons synchronization covering aspects such as Google Calendar, Chrome, Contacts, Docs, Drive, Gmail, data of Google Fit, Google News, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, Keep Notes, Play Games and, in general, any application that needs a back-up.
The list will vary depending on the programs you have installed on your phone. Just make sure you select everything that you want to support.
Drag the content to a computer
The photos, videos and music from your Android phone can also be transferred directly to a PC or Mac, connecting your device and copying the files manually. It is not the ideal solution, but it is a fast and easy, especially with a PC since Windows will read the phone as an external drive.
All you need to do is connect the phone to the computer. If you do not see immediately as a disk drive, slide the notifications panel of your phone and open the one that says Charge this device via USB or a similar text. Press it for more options and select file Transfer.
And what if Windows does not detect my phone?
In some instances, users attempting to connect phones to computers with any MicroUSB cable or USB-C, but not all are created equal. This may be the reason that Windows does not recognize your device. In the image above, for example, the cable of the left can only load an Android phone. However, the LG MicroUSB on the right allows you to transfer data.
When you have the right cable, your phone will appear in Windows file Explorer as a drive. If you’re using a Mac, download and install Android File Transfer. Run the program and when you connect your phone, it will start automatically.
Use a third-party application
Although we recommend to stay with Google to make a backup copy of Android, there are other alternatives.
My Backup Pro
If we had to design a backup system for Android that is easy to use, you would probably like My Backup Pro. Available in the Google Play Store for $7, this application makes a backup of everything that you can without the need of rooting your phone: photos, app data, browser bookmarks, contacts, system settings, shortcuts to the home screen, alarms, calendars, MMS messages, SMS messages, music, and more.
With this application you can schedule backups at convenient times, such as when you sleep, and saves them on the MicroSD card of the phone or in the cloud, allowing data to be accessible in the site of My Backup Pro. If the phone dies or if they change, the software My Backup Pro will restore all settings, data and applications in a single session. Although its appearance is antiquated, it works.
Also you can check G Cloud Backup.
SMS Backup & Restore
Do you want to keep up to the last message of the text? SMS Backup & Restore is a free application that integrates with your email account, Google Drive or Dropbox to make a backup of the SMS messages in XML format. You can store the backups on your computer and send them by e-mail. It is possible to select which messages you want to restore or choose all at once. You can also schedule regular backups.
Software from the manufacturer
Almost all manufacturers of mobile phones offer some type of backup solution for your device. Unlike in the past, when it came to computer based programs, most now allow you to easily transfer your contacts, photos, messages and the rest. Here is a list of some of the options:
Make a supports now
If you do not do a backup periodically, you run the risk of losing it all. When the information goes, can be very difficult or even impossible to get it back, so if that is important to you, don’t delay more, and make a backup of Android right now.
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