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How to Backup Your Android Phone's Data

At Phone Medics Plus, we’re not just committed to providing the best possible repair service for your phone or PC. We also want to make sure you have the tools to get the most out of your experience with your device, and to make sure that even when something does go wrong, you can get back on your feet as quickly as possible. That’s why we’ve spent our last two blog posts talking about the best ways to backup your data. In our first post, we talked about the best backup solutions for your iPhone, then we talked about how to backup the data on your PC. In today’s post, we’re going to finish up by talking about the best ways to backup the data on your Android device.

As with PCs and iPhones, there are two basic ways to backup your Android device: on-site and off-site. On-site backups are saved to your own computer, while off-site backups are saved to the cloud. There are a wide variety of applications out there that will help you create both kinds of backups.

Manufacturer's Software

While there is no single service for all Android devices that duplicates the functionality of iTunes and iCloud, most smartphone manufacturers - including Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC, and Motorola - offer PC software that will allow you to backup your Android device to your PC or the cloud. So when it comes to backing up your Android device, your first order of business is checking to see if your phone’s manufacturer has a backup tool you can use, and start using it. Depending on the features, that may well be enough of a backup solution for you. If not - or if you want redundant backups (which are always a good idea), there are a few other options out there for you to check out.

Cloud Backups

Cloud-based backups for your Android device are perhaps the easiest and most user-friendly. The first thing to do is activate Google’s built-in backup service in your device’s settings. This will backup all your account data, browser bookmarks, contacts, calendars, wi-fi networks and passwords, app data for all of Google’s apps, and more. Through Google Play Services, they also allow third party app developers to backup their own app data automatically, but developers aren’t required to use Google Play Services to backup their app data, which means that in the event of a data loss, some of your app data might be lost if Google’s cloud is your only backup service.

A number of other apps will allow you to backup the data that Google’s built-in backup service doesn’t. My Backup Pro, available in the Google Play Store for $5, backs up everything Google backs up, and a bit more. SMS Backup and Restore, which is free in the Google Play Store, does exactly what the name says: it specifically backs up all your text messages. Contacts+ is a free alternative address book that keeps your contacts backed up across multiple platforms and incorporates contacts from social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. App Backup & Restore, another free app, backs up your phone’s apps (though not, unfortunately, their data).

Cloud Storage

There are also several multi-platform services that will backup and sync certain data from your Android device. Cloud storage services like Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, and Google Drive will automatically backup photos, as well as allowing you to upload files to the cloud and making them available on your iOS device or your PC. Additionally, Amazon Prime members get free access to Prime Photos, a service that will backup all your photos at full resolution for free (video backup requires you to pay a subscription fee). Finally, Google Photos lets you backup an unlimited number of photos and videos at a slightly reduced resolution.

Many people ask which backup solution is best for their device, but the truth is, no single backup method is perfect. The best thing you can do is follow the rule of 3. That means 3 copies of your data: the original, an on-site backup, and an off-site backup. By having at least one of each kind of backup, you’re making your data as safe as it can possibly be.

A lost, stolen, or damaged phone is always an inconvenience, but by maintaining backups of your phone’s data, you can make sure that it isn’t a disaster. At Phone Medics Plus, we know how much your phone and the data on it mean to you. That’s why we want to make sure you have the tools to keep your data safe. And as always, if you need help with a damaged phone, you can give us a call, schedule your appointment online, or visit our repair facility at 91 E. Merritt Island Causeway in Merritt Island.


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