Buying a new Android device is amazingly exciting, but the fun starts dying once you realize you have to set it up again! This means you have to download all your apps, set up all your accounts, rearrange your homescreens, tune your settings and more. There is an easier way to get this taken care of – backups.
Unlike other platforms, Google doesn’t have a very useful internal backup system. You can have your devices automatically sync and backup some of your settings to the cloud. It also remember which apps you had and re-downloads them, but Android doesn’t do much more than that.
Not to mention, this feature doesn’t always work when you switch to a different device. Regardless, we will go over this process as well, but the fuller backups are done via other apps.
Backup your Android device via the cloud
Google will take care of your basic cloud backup needs, but it will do it in a messy way. Music is stored in one place, photos in another, settings elsewhere and so on. Here are some backup solutions.
Apps & settings
- Go to the Settings app and open it.
- Scroll down and tap on “Backup & restore”.
- Check “Backup my date”, “Automatic restore” and select an account.
Photos & video
- Open the Google Photos app.
- Tap on the Menu button.
- Hit “Settings”.
- Access “Auto Backup”.
- Toggle on/off.
There is really no way to backup music, but you could use Google Play Music. This service allows you to upload all your music to the cloud and play it from the Google Play Music app. All it would take is signing back into your account in any Android device to have all your music back.
Otherwise, you can go ahead and backup music manually, or using one of the apps listed below.
Backup your Android device via apps
The beauty of Android rests in its infrastructure. Unlike the others, Android allows developers access to all kinds of features and internals. We can thank Google for all the awesome backup apps in the Google Play Store. We have our favorites. Here they are:
These apps will help you back up your whole system, to the point where your phone will look and feel exactly the same as the previous. They have all kinds of features. In fact, the last one can backup your whole system. All the way down from the very last line of code! Give them a test.