No matter how sophisticated your phone’s operating system is, sometimes it can’t handle the apps installed and crashes. While crashes are not debilitating, in rare cases, you might find some of your data corrupted or missing. Sometimes your phone might get lost, or worse, stolen. Or you could be one of those people who accidentally flush their phone down the toilet or throw it out the window.
In some cases, the information stored inside a phone is more important than the handset itself. Losing all that important information can be stressful and frustrating for most, so before the unthinkable happens, you should be prepared. Creating a backup of all your data is a great safety feature that’s easy to do.
Go to the Settings tab on your device, and go to the Accounts and sync option.
Check the field for Auto-sync data under the Accounts tab
Under the Google tab, pick the Gmail ID that’s synced to your phone.
You’ll see a lot of options. It’s up to you what data you want synced on Google’s cloud.
Now, leave the Accounts and Sync tab and go to Backup and Reset.
There’s an option to “Back up my data”. Check this.
That’s all there is to it! You don’t even need to manually start the process each time. Your data will be backed up automatically at regular intervals. Even if you lose your phone, you can simply buy a new one, sign in using the Google account, and retrieve your data.
If you want to restore and reinstall the same applications on your new device, here is what you need to do. If you use Google Play for everything, the process is simple. Just open Google Play and tap the icon that looks like three horizontal lines. This will take you to the settings. Select My Apps and then just install all the apps you previously had.
Alternatively, if you want to create a backup of all your applications on another machine, like your PC, it’s also possible. Programs like ES File Explorer can help make the process easier. Once you download the program, you can create backups of your favorite apps onto your computer, which you can simply transfer back once you get a new mobile phone.
Media files like pictures and videos are easier to back up. Simply plug the mobile phone to your PC through a USB cable. Now, using the Android File Transfer program, you can create a backup of all files inside your SD card. After copying it, simply unplug the USB cable and you’re done.
If you don’t want to do everything manually, there are programs that help you backup your data. Titanium Backup is the most popular software for this purpose, despite its complicated interface. You also need to have your phone rooted for it to work.
If your phone isn’t rooted, then you might want to try Helium. The program is easier to use compared to Titanium, but it is only available on selected Android handsets.