Be it your cherished photo-album, music files, or contacts, Smartphones today are used to save them all. But if something goes wrong with the phone, or may be if it is lost, then losing the valuable data in it can be frustrating. For this reason, backing up your mobile data is critical. Especially when you have vital work-related info stored on it, then timely backups can save the day for you. Also, the backup data can come in handy if you accidentally delete some valuable data while installing updates or removing unwanted data to free some space.
Backup data can prevent the disappointment that comes from stolen or lost phone, or even the issue of transferring spasmodic data one-by-one to your new phone. However, all important data on your Smartphone can be backed up in few easy steps, and smooth transition to a new device can be ensured. Here are some of the ideal methods you can use to backup your data on your Android phone.
1. Most Contemporary Android Smartphones have the backup and restore option available from Google. It covers majority of the vital information that includes your contacts and their details, music & videos, calendar and photos. Google lets you sync this data to its servers, which can be restored on your new device with ease. You can do this through the device settings on your phone in the following steps:
- Go to Settings and choose Accounts
- Then choose Google account, but before that you must ensure ‘Backup & reset’ option is enabled.
- Once you’ve done, you can then select everything you want to sync.
While the Google’s Backup & reset option will help you save almost everything, we would need some further options to back up the photos and SMS. If you have Android 6.0 Marshmallow running on your phone, then it saves even the game saves, browser bookmarks, app data and much more.
2. Google’s built-in backup tool also has few more options that can help you save deeper settings like WiFi passwords and additional device settings. Even for this, you would have to go to your Settings options and then choose Backup & reset option. The difference from the previous step is that, here you should also check the box against ‘Back up my data’, as well as ‘Automatic restore’ options. This way you can also back up the deeper settings and passwords, which can be instantly retrieved on your new device.
3. Photos usually have a major back up requirement, and there are numerous ways to back-up them. One of the easiest and effective ways is to use Google Photos app. You can utilize the app by selecting the same options as the Google sync instructions above.
With Google+ app, you can backup full resolution copies of all your pics. If the photos are of very high resolution, then you can fit up to 1000 GB worth of pics. But if the photos are of lower resolution, then you can store unlimited files. By scrolling through, you can watch all your photos that you had clicked and saved even 4-5 years ago. Apart from this, you also have Dropbox and other cloud options to save and back up your photos forever. Another impressive feature with Google Photos is that you can save your photos instantly as soon as you click them, and can also use other devices like your laptop or tablet to retrieve them whenever you want.
While this list includes the back-up options that come built-in on your Android phone, there are several third-party apps you can choose from, which can do the same if not better. Also, with every new version of Android OS being released, there are more powerful tools being made available to help you restore and back up your data in a much more efficient and effortless way.