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How to Create a Backup for Android Phones

One of Android’s most beautiful features is that it allows you to back up your files with just a few taps on your device. A lot of non-techie Android users shudder at the mention of the word “backup” because it sounds too geeky for them. However, creating a backup for your Android phone is no rocket science. It’s not even science at all. You simply have to follow a few steps, much like connecting the dots in your favorite children’s book.

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If you’re still too scared to explore the “settings” menu of your phone, you have to think of all the hassle and heartbreak you will go through if you accidentally wipe your device clean or if you lose it. You’ll never get back all the wonderful memories and the dirty little secrets you keep in it.

If you want to learn how to create a backup for Android phones (don’t worry you won’t have to spare a lot of brain cells for this), read on.

For App Settings and Passwords

  • It can’t be helped, you’re really going to have an adventure in the settings menu of your Android phone. If you can’t find it, tap home and look for “System Settings.” Tap that as well.
  • Once in the settings screen, don’t panic. Simply tap “Backup and Reset” somewhere below “Language” in the “Personal” section of the menu.
  • Tick “Back up my data” and “Automatic restore.” For additional security, tap “Backup account” as well.
  • If you have multiple Google accounts in your phone, select where you want to create your backup. You can also add a new one.

For Media

Backing up your photos and videos is easier and less terrifying as you don’t have to brave the dreaded settings menu. There is an app called “Photos” which is a part of Google+. Upon installing Google+ on your Android device, you can set it to back up your photos automatically. Just don’t forget to set the sharing settings right or else the entire world will see what you do with your phone’s camera when you’re bored.

For Contacts and Calendar

This is even simpler as you probably already have a Gmail account. It’s true that Gmail is more than just email now. You can save your contacts to your Gmail account, so if you have to switch phones and have the same contacts, you don’t have to list them down on paper and transfer them one by one to your new phone. Man, it’s almost a decade late for that. Simply use your Gmail account on your new phone and you’re going to get your old contacts handy. On the other hand, your calendar also gets stored in your Google account whenever you connect to the Internet using your phone.

That’s as basic as it can get. When you use these methods to create a backup for Android phones, you’re actually using Google’s servers to store your data. There are other ways to back up your phone and use other servers (even paid ones with humongous storage spaces), and in the future you will probably feel the urge to take on bigger challenges and check them out.

Have you tried creating a backup for your Android phone? What method did you use?