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How to backup Android so you don't lose anything

Did you lose your phone? Did your cell phone suffer a fall and stop working? If it sounds familiar to you, chances are the first thing that popped into your head is how to retrieve contacts, photos, files, and text messages. It is always best to be prepared, which is why we explain how to periodically back up Android.

First of all, you should know that Google automatically syncs your contacts, calendar appointments, documents and even app purchases, as long as you authorize it. Although Google retains much of your data, there are other methods and programs for backing up Android. In Digital Trends in Spanish We explain all the alternatives to back up your information.

The screen of a Galaxy S8 phone. How to backup Android

Secure yourself with Google

Allowing Google to back up Android will vary slightly by phone brand. The most frequent route is Configuration> Google> Backup. On a Samsung Galaxy, you can also access it through Configuration> Cloud and accounts> Backup and restore> Google account. If you have a Google Pixel, you can follow these steps: Configuration> System> Advanced> Backup> Backup to Google Drive.

For devices running Android 8.1 or later, these steps should support the following elements:

  • Application data (installed programs and their settings),
  • Call History.
  • Contacts.
  • Device settings (including default Wi-Fi passwords, wallpapers, and apps).
  • Photos and videos.
  • SMS text messages (does not include MMS).

For some older Android devices, the full list is as follows:

  • Google contact details.
  • Google Calendar events and settings.
  • WiFi networks and passwords.
  • Wallpapers.
  • Gmail settings.
  • Applications.
  • Display settings (brightness and sleep).
  • Language and input settings.
  • Date and Time.
  • Settings and data for applications not created by Google (depending on the application).

If desired, you can precisely configure the items to be backed up. In Configurationgo to Accounts and click on your Google account, then select Account sync. On a Samsung Galaxy, the route is Configuration> Cloud and accounts> Accounts> Google> Synchronize account.

It may vary on other Android devices and versions, but what should appear is a list of synchronization cones that cover aspects such as Google Calendar, Chrome, Contacts, Documents, Drive, Gmail, Google Fit data, Google News, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, Keep Notes, Play Games and, in general, any application that needs a backup.

The list will vary depending on the programs you have installed on your phone. Just make sure to select everything you want to back up.

Drag the content to a computer

The photos, videos and music on your Android phone can also be transferred directly to a PC or Mac, connecting the device and manually copying the files. It is not the ideal solution, but it is a quick and easy way, especially with a PC since Windows will read the cell phone as an external drive.

All you need to do is connect the phone to the computer. If it doesn't immediately appear as a disk drive, slide the notification panel on your phone and open the one that says Charge this device via USB or a similar text. Press it for more options and select File transfer.

What if Windows doesn't detect my phone?

USB cablesYou must have the appropriate USB cables to back up Android to your computer.

Sometimes users try to connect phones to computers with any MicroUSB or USB-C cable, but not all are the same. This may be the reason that Windows does not recognize your device. In the image above, for example, the cable on the left can only charge an Android phone. However, the LG MicroUSB on the right allows data to be transferred.

When you have the right cable, your phone will appear in Windows File Explorer as a unit. If you use a Mac, download and install Android File Transfer. Run the program and when you connect your phone, it will start automatically.

Use a third-party app

Although we recommend you stay with Google to perform an Android backup, there are other alternatives.

My Backup Pro

If we had to design a backup system for Android that is easy to use, it would probably be like My Backup Pro. Available in Google Play Store for $ 7 dollars, this application makes a backup of everything you can without having to root your phone : Photos, application data, browser bookmarks, contacts, system settings, shortcuts to the home screen, alarms, calendars, MMS messages, SMS messages, music and more.

With this application you can schedule backups at convenient times, such as when you sleep, and save them on the phone's MicroSD card or in the cloud, allowing the data to be accessible on the My Backup Pro site. If the phone dies or if If you change it, My Backup Pro software will restore all your settings, data and applications in one session. Although its appearance is dated, it works.

You can also check out G Cloud Backup.

SMS Backup & Restore

Do you want to keep until the last text message? SMS Backup & Restore is a free application that integrates with your email account, Google Drive or Dropbox to back up SMS messages in XML format. You can store the backups on your computer and send them by email. You can select which messages you want to restore or choose all at once. You can also schedule periodic backups.

Manufacturer software

Almost all cell phone manufacturers offer some kind of backup solution for your device. Unlike in the past, when it came to computer-based programs, most now allow you to easily transfer your contacts, photos, messages, and the rest. Here is a list of some of the options: