Android Backup: The Definitive Guide 2018

Anything can happen with your Android phone or tablet anytime; it can be lost or stolen. Therefore, it’s always necessary to backup your important data such as Apps, Contacts, SMS, MMS, Photos or videos. In this step-by-step guide, I will guide you through different ways you can use to backup your Android.

I have tried focusing on most common ways to backup Android data. Now there are certain methods or apps require root access, but I have mainly focused on ways that can help you to backup data without rooting your Android device.

This is the most detailed and up-to-date guide to latest methods and best apps never to lose your critical data even when you lose your phone. Instructions and ways to backup Android are compatible with all versions of Android, from Marshmallow to Lollipop, KitKat, and Jelly Bean.


Google Backup

The best Android backup option available to all Smartphones and tablets users by default. Google gives options to automatically Backup app data, Wi-Fi passwords, and other settings to Google servers. To benefit from this useful Android feature, you need to add  the backup account, and whenever you restore your Android, you’ll get the same data before you had. When reinstalling an application, backed up settings and data will be restored.

This option is available under phone Settings > Personal > Backup and reset as shown in the screen below:

Android Backup options

Android built-in backup option for app data, contacts, and other settings.

How to backup contacts on Android

The same way you can backup contacts as well by merging with Google. Open contacts app on your Android and tap the menu button to get the additional options. Check the screen below:

Merge contacts with Google account

Merge contacts with Google account

Import/Export: You can also save .csv copy of all your existing contacts numbers to PC or Cloud storage. Whenever needed you can always restore your contacts onto a new Android device or existing phone.  This way all your contacts are keep saved and safe so that you never lose your friends and family contacts.

Merge with Samsung: If you made Samsung account, You get an additional option to save your contacts by merging with Samsung account, you can always restore them to existing or new device.

Best Android Backup Apps

Luckily there are some free and paid apps available on the Play Store helping you to backup everything stored on your device, from Android SMS to MMS, Call log, Calendar, Bookmarks, Dictionary, and Contacts. These apps help you to create a backup of entire data stored on the internal storage and give you the option to save automatically to SD Card, Gmail or Cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive or OneDrive.

1. Helium App Sync and Backup (Free / $4.99)

Helium is one of the most widely used and top rated backup apps by Android users giving you the ability to back-up your apps + data, text messages and media files without having root access on your device but stock users need to install Helium desktop installer. You can backup entire apps and data to your SD card or cloud storage.

If you have a couple of devices, Helium gives you the power to sync all your data across your devices without having to be on the same network. It has two versions, free and paid. Premium version gives you additional features. Here is an excellent Video review of Helium app by the Xda developers TV:

2. Ultimate Backup (Free / $2.99)

It is multi-purpose backup utility app, apart from keeping your data safe and secure it also helps to backup, restore, freeze, uninstall, sync to the cloud, kill tasks and many other additional features. App has two versions, free and paid. Premium version gives you ads-free environment plus other features to automate backup schedule, restore data from the cloud, extract and restore from nandroid backup.

3. My Backup Pro (Free / $6.99)

My Backup Pro has basic and powerful user-friendly interface giving you the ability to schedule automatic backups and restore your apps, data, and settings to a new smartphone anytime anywhere you would like to. Other than applications, it also provides the backup of text messages, important dates and alarms, and much more.

Synchronization of data with one or more than one device is an add-on feature. However, it complies with the purchase of upgrading the application.

Finally, you should now be able to make your Android data safe and secure, and whenever needed you can always restore back to your existing device or a new Smartphone.

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Imran Aftab

Hello, I'm Imran Aftab, a tech enthusiast using Android, iOS, and Windows. I have been writing on tech since 2013, starting with ohguideme, then Androidcentral. I have written and published several guides and tutorials on how to root Android, flash custom ROM, recovery, and jailbreak iPhone, and have written several guides on how to bypass FRP. I also worked in a phone repair shop, so I have pretty good experience with mobile software and troubleshooting. So, all the guides you see here have been tested and confirmed to work.

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