So you threw your cell phone on the street. Then it was run over. Twice. And then you almost got hit by a Subaru trying to save him from the middle of the crosswalk.
If this sad story sounds familiar or at least plausible, there is a chance that the first thought that comes to your mind was all the contacts, photos, text messages, and notes stored on your device. What can an Android fan do in such a case? As your mother once said, "Plan ahead."
Planning ahead is the easiest way to ensure that your data won't get lost to the ether, even if your phone is destroyed. Fortunately, Google automatically syncs your contacts, calendar appointments, documents, and even app purchases – if you give them permission to do so. While Google keeps a lot of your data, there are other methods and backup programs that you may want to consider. Read on to find out how to back up the content of your Android phone to your PC.
Stay with Google
If you give Google permission to back up your data, it will vary slightly from phone to phone. There are several ways to do this. The easiest way is Settings> Google> Backup. On a Samsung Galaxy phone, you can also get there via Settings> Cloud and accounts> Backup and restore> Google account. If you have one of the Pixel phones from Google or another standard Android device, you can also do the following: Settings> System> Advanced> Backup> Backup to Google Drive. For devices with Android 8.1 and higher, this should cover the following:
- App data (installed apps and settings)
- Call history
- Device settings (including Wi-Fi passwords, wallpapers, and standard apps)
- Photos and videos
- SMS text messages (without MMS)
For some older Android devices, the full list is as follows:
- Google contact information
- Google Calendar events and settings
- Wi-Fi networks and passwords
- Gmail settings
- Display settings (brightness and sleep)
- Language and input settings
- Date and Time
- Settings and data for apps that were not created by Google (varies by app)
You may also be able to add a few more items to this list and configure exactly what you do and what you don't want to back up. Go to Accounts in Settings, click on your Google Account, and then tap on Account Sync. On a Samsung Galaxy, these are Settings> Cloud and Accounts> Accounts> Google> Sync account. It may be slightly different on different devices and versions of Android, but you're looking for a long list of sync icons that cover things like Calendar, Chrome, Contacts, Documents, Drive, Gmail, Google Fit Data, Google News, and Google Play Movies and TV, Google Play Music, Keep Notes, Person Details, Play Games Cloud Save and all other services that you can virtually back up. The list depends on what you have on your phone. Make sure you check everything you want to back up. That's it.
Drag and drop content from your device to the PC
Photos, videos and music from your Android phone can also be transferred directly to your PC or Mac by connecting your phone to your computer and manually copying the files to your hard drive. It's not a perfect solution, but it's quick and easy, especially on a PC that has Windows mount it as an external drive.
All you have to do is connect your phone to your computer. If it doesn't immediately appear as a drive, pull down the notification shade on your phone and expand the notification that says "Charge this device via USB". Tap For more options, choose File transfer.
What happens if Windows doesn't recognize my smartphone?
Do you have the right USB cable? Sometimes users try to connect their smartphone to their computer with a micro USB or USB-C cable lying around, but not all cables are the same. This may be the reason why your smartphone is not displayed in Windows. In the picture above, for example, the cable from a third-party provider on the left side can only charge an Android smartphone. However, the official LG Micro USB cable on the right can transfer data.
Once you've connected the correct cable, your smartphone will be listed as one of your drives in Windows File Explorer. If you're using a Mac, download Android File Transfer, install the software, and run it when you connect your phone. After that it will start automatically.
Use a third-party backup program
We strongly recommend that you stick to Google for your backup needs. However, there are alternatives if for some reason you don't want to work with Google.
My backup pro
If we were to design a simple backup system for Android, it would probably work just like My Backup Pro. This app is available in the Google Play Store for $ 7 and backs up everything that can be backed up without your phone rooted – photos, app data, browser bookmarks, contacts, system settings, shortcuts to the home screen, alarms, calendar , MMS messages, SMS messages, music and more. With the app you can schedule backups at convenient times, e.g. B. in hibernation, and save the backup files either on the microSD card in your phone or in the cloud so that your data is immediately available on the My Backup Pro website. If your phone fails or you switch to a new phone, use My Backup Pro software to restore all your settings, data and apps in a single session. It looks very dated, but it works.
G cloud backup
As a free alternative to My Backup Pro, G Cloud Backup lets you back up everything from contacts and photos to app data, videos, music, SMS and more. Everything is securely backed up in the cloud, with a convenient storage feature that makes it easy to sort photos or messages from a specific date, and options to schedule backups. You get 1 GB of storage space for free, but you can earn more through the app (up to 10 GB) or upgrade if necessary. If your phone goes down or you get a new handset, you can restore or migrate data with a single keystroke.
SMS backup & restore
Do you want to keep every last drunk text message for posterity? SMS Backup & Restore is a free app that is integrated into your email account, Google Drive or Dropbox to backup your SMS messages in XML format. You can save backups to your computer and send them by email. It is possible to view and restore your messages selectively or all at once. You can also use the app to schedule regular backups.
Use the software from your device manufacturer
Almost every smartphone manufacturer offers a kind of backup solution for your device. Most of them are moving from computerized backups to simply changing apps that allow you to port your contacts, photos, messages and the rest. Here is a list of some options:
If you've rooted your Android device, you should check out Titanium Backup. It is a powerful backup tool with numerous power user functions.
Back up now
If you do not back up, you risk losing everything if your phone is lost, stolen, or damaged. If your data is no longer available, it can be very difficult or even impossible to restore it. If it is important to you, do not hesitate and secure it today.