How To Backup in Android

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How To Backup in Android

Surely you have heard thousands of times of the term Backup. Many users do not know the possibilities of these procedures. With this guide I want to make the backup process accessible to everyone, to keep all the necessary files that we keep in our smartphones. Having ready a backup will avoid scares and annoyances due to file loss. In my opinion, it is a fundamental issue in the technological world, not only in Android.

How To Backup in Android
How To Backup in Android

What is a backup?

This is an Anglicism. A backup is to make a backup of our data (SMS, applications, contacts …), that is, all the information that a device can store and do not want to lose. It is advisable to perform this backup process before rooting, installing a ROM or anything that involves a risk to information the phone. Some manufacturers offer their own backup application (such as LG Backup or Samsung Smart Switch, for example) and are usually preinstalled. These backup applications from manufacturers are usually fairly simple to use. Then I’ll explain the main tools that everyone has to make backups and that are a bit more advanced.

Google backup

Our first choice could not be other than the native one offered by Google. In the menu Settings, our Android smartphone find the option  ‘ Backup and Restore’. From there we can back up our data, including Wi-Fi passwords, preferences and application data. The backup is done through your Google account. 
Easy Backup (no need to be root)
In the Google Play Store, we find a variety of applications that allow us to back up our data. There are more specific applications that, for example, only backup your SMS; And others all in one. Easy Backup is a free app that will allow us to backup contacts, call logs, SMS, calendar and bookmarks. 
How to make a backup with Easy Backup 
1. Download Easy Backup on your Android
2. When opening the application you will be asked if you want to make a backup. Say yes. 
3. Then see the data that can be backed up: SMS, MMS, Call Log, Calendar, Bookmarks, Dictionary and  Contacts. You can select what you want specifically. 
4. Then the application will ask you where you want to save your copy. 
5. If for example, you select a service in the cloud, the application will prompt you to log into the service. If you select SD card, it will ask you for a directory. 
6. The next step is to give your file a name. The date and time are displayed by default.
 When the process finishes, a window will appear with concrete information of the data that has been backed up. 
8. If your phone is rooted you can also back up your applications with data. If it is not your case, you can still make a backup of the applications, but only APKs, that is, no data.
9. To do this, simply select which applications you want to save.
10. If you want to restore your applications or data, just click on the ‘Restore’ tab. Then you must select from where you want to restore. By the way, at this point, the application will inform you that to do an SMS restore you have to select Easy Backup as the default messaging application.
11. The next step will be what backup you want to restore.
12. To restore applications you have to follow another procedure. From the main menu, select ‘Tools’ and select the ‘Archived’ tab.
13. You will get the list with saved APKs. Just select the ones you want and click ‘Install’. 
14. Before they are installed you will get the permissions of the applications. 
Helium (no need to be root)
Helium is a great backup tool without the need to have root access. With it, we can back up our applications and data. If something happens to our smartphone or simply get a new one, we can restore the data and our applications as they were in the old. The copies can be done locally on the microSD card or in the internal memory of the terminal and if we buy the Premium version we can also upload them to the cloud.

Install Helium on the PC and on our Android

1. Install the app on your Android smartphone.
2. Install Helium on your computer.
3. Connect your smartphone to the PC via a USB cable.
4. USB debugging is required on your Android device.
5. I may ask you to change the debug mode via USB to PTP connection (camera sharing mode).
6. You must allow your PC to access your Android terminal.
7. When the connection is established with the PC, a green tick will appear in the Helium window confirming that the Helium backups are now enabled.
8. You should see the same warning on your Android smartphone. Now you can disconnect the smartphone from your PC.
9. Caution: In case you restart your Android smartphone you will have to reactivate the connection to your PC.
Backing up your Android with Helium
1. In the Helium application on your Android, you can see two tabs ‘Copy’ and ‘Restore and Sync’. I suppose you are able to guess that the first is to make the backups and the second to restore those copies.
2. To begin, let’s select all the applications. To do this you just have to click where you put ‘Select’ and automatically all will appear at the top as selected.
3. Once you have loaded all the applications you can if you only want to make copies of the data, mark ‘Application data only’. If you do not want to copy all the applications you can select them by sliding your finger down on the screen, the full list of applications will appear where you can easily mark and unmark.
4. Once you have made your selection you just have to press the ‘Copy’ button that is next to all the icons of your applications. Then you can choose the destination: internal memory, microSD and for Premium users also the backups in the cloud of Google Drive or Dropbox. 
5. In the ‘Restore and Sync’ tab, you can manage your copies and your accounts in the cloud, and you can even manage the synchronizations on your other devices.
6. When doing the backup you can encrypt it with a password if you want to protect the data against third parties, but you will need to enter it to restore the data.
7. To restore just select the location where you have the backup of the applications and select the ones you want to restore in the ‘Restore and Synchronize’ tab. Once you have selected the applications you just have to press the ‘Restore’ button.
Note: You can also do this on your computer via the menu option ‘Download to PC’, where a URL appears one number. Copy this address into the window of your internet browser and you can save the backups of your Android smartphone to your computer and restore them from there without having to take up space on your smartphone or microSD.

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