How to: Back Up your Android Device

A smart phone is the most common accessory in the world these days and having it broken, lost, or stolen is also a common happening. In this case the usual panic is not just the loss of the phone but also the loss of the data, contacts, photos, and various other what not’s we may have stored on it. However the fault with the android is that; it by default doesn’t have a back up and the user is required to back up the phone them. Google has been able to provide excellent solution to saving usually most of the important things.

This back up can usually be done over a few simple steps.

Using the Built In Google Sync Features

This is one of the easiest ways you can use to back up your android phone. Google Sync lets Android users sync all their contacts, emails, related information, saved games, app data, calendars, browser history, photos, music, notes. It also lets you save details such as WiFi passwords, particular device settings. This can directly be backed up into the Google servers and can be restored easily whenever a new device is connected. Google servers in terms of reliability are the most reliable, and trusted.

To enable sync Tap Settings > Accounts –> Choose Google > Choose Your Google Account > Put a check on all the options that you wish to sync to your Google Account.

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Whenever you sign into your Google account on any device including a new device, you will be able to instantly access all the items you had previously synced. This comes handy if you decide to buy a new phone or if you’ve lost your phone.

To back up WiFi and other detailed device settings, Google carries an in built back up tool.

To access this TAP

Settings > then access Back Up & Reset > put a check on Back Up My Data > and then check Automatic Restore.

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Use the Helium App to Backup Your Android Device Without Granting Root Access

For a PC back up without giving any app root access, install the Helium app on your Android device by searching for Helium in Google Play Store, then download the desktop version and pair both of them together from here.

After you connect your phone to the computer, you may need to download the USB Drivers. Once done, the system will detect the phone, make sure the helium application on your PC is open and visible to you.


On the Helium app, follow the steps on the phone’s screen to enable usb debugging, and mtp/ptp.


Once this is done, tap the BACKUP app, and choose the apps that you’d like to back up, then tap Backup option and choose USB Storage. This will copy and keep the backup to your PC/Laptop.


If you need to restore the data from backup, you can tap the RESTORE AND SYNC tab, and then choose the Device where the back up is saved to.


The pro version of Helium allows the scheduling of automatic backups and even lets it be stored into their cloud.

Kevin Arrows
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