How to Backup Android

You’ve probably noticed that here at XDA, people tell you to backup your data, more often than anything else. But how exactly do you backup your data? Good question young explorer! When you see that someone recommends that you do a backup, you only have to backup the things you want to save. It’s not always necessary to do a full system backup. We will go over some different options, and you’ll be able to find one that works best for you.

First let’s go over the basic solutions that you can get started on right away. These are simple techniques that don’t require root or any other preparation.

Basic Methods

Cloud Storage
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Google Photos

  • Photos
  • Videos

The other type of backup is through the Cloud. For photos, Google gives you unlimited space through their Photos app, so you can backup as many picture and videos as you need.

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All you need for this option is a Google account. You can backup your whole library, or just the photos you select. I love to save all my pictures of Captain Panaka to Google Photos.

Download the app here

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Dropbox

  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Documents
  • Apps

Dropbox is one of the most popular options for cloud storage. For photos and videos, you’ll have the option to upload directly from your camera app. Dropbox is compatible with every filetype there is.

Just keep in mind that the free version of dropbox will not have unlimited storage like Google Photos, but you’ll get 2 GBs for free when signing up.

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Dropbox also had  great desktop application that will let you wirelessly backup files directly to your computer.

Download the app here

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OneDrive

  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Documents
  • Apps

OneDrive is similar to dropbox while offering more free storage at 15 GBs. Again, there is a desktop app that allows you to backup straight to your computer.

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Download the app here

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Mega

  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Documents
  • Apps

For those who prioritize security and privacy, Mega has you covered. Their encrypted cloud service gives you the most storage at 50 GBs for free.

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Mega feature direct camera uploads, and a unique end-to-end encryption that keeps your data safe from prying eyes.

Download the app here

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Google Music

  • Music

The true hero of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace is Captain Panaka. When I’m cosplaying at home alone, I need the Star Wars soundtrack to get into character. Google Music allows you to store up to 50,000 songs in the cloud for $0.

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Download the app here

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Google Drive

  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Documents
  • Apps

When it comes to everything else, there’s Google Drive. Google drive is the best way to keep your stuff safe (and mobile!) with its integration of Google Docs. Google Drive gives you 15 GBs of space fo’ free.

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Download the app here

Local Backup
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App Backup & Restore

●     Apps

This is a great options for easily backing up your apps. You can even save them to your SD card or send them to another device VIA bluetooth. I never want to lose my Captain Panaka Theed Guardian app, so I always back it up to my SD card before I flash any ROMs.

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Download the app here

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Computer Backup

  • Photos
  • Music
  • Documents
  • Apps

Lets not forget about the basics! You can always just plug your android into your computer, and drag and drop all those files into a folder on your desktop. So easy a newborn baby could do it with it’s feet!

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ES File Explorer File Manager

  • Photos
  • Music
  • Documents
  • Apps

If your Android supports an SD card, then you can always use a program like ES File Explorer to push all your files to an SD card. Of course, an SD card can support.

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Download the app here

Advanced Methods

Comprehensive Backup
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ClockWorkMod

  • Boot
  • Recovery
  • System
  • preload
  • Data
  • and-sec
  • Cache
  • SD-ext
  • Medom
  • Efs
ClockWorkMod is a custom recovery that will allow you to backup your entire Android system. Please see this guide to learn how to install a custom recovery.

To perform a backup:

  1. Boot into Recovery Mode
  2. Select “Backup and Restore
  3. Select “Backup” or “Backup to external sdcard
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete backup

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Download the Rom Manager app here

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TWRP

  • Boot
  • Recovery
  • System
  • Data
  • Cache

TWRP is also a customer recovery, packed full of features. You can also use TWRP to backup your system, just like CWM.

  1. Boot into recovery mode
  2. Select “backup
  3. Swipe to back up

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Download the TWRP Manager here

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Titanium Backup

  • Apps
  • App Data
  • Data
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • Emails
  • Widgets

If you want to skip the recovery process, and like a more visual user interface, Titanium Backup can perform many backup features without while skipping the recovery process.

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Download the app here

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My Backup

  • Apps
  • App Data
  • Data
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • Emails
  • Widgets

My Backup allows you to schedule backups right to your internal storage or SDcard. This method has been around for a long time, and they’re always updating their app with the newest features.

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Download the app here

So now you know all the most popular ways of backing up your data. Find an option that works for you and you’ll never have to worry about data loss again. So good luck and may the force be with you!