How to backup your Android phone ?

Posted on August 27, 2012


How to backup your Android phone ?  This is a commonly asked question among all new Android users. Here I’d just like to post some simple guidelines. Answering such questions at the various forums can be tiring and I hope this post will be of  help to such new users

For a NON Rooted phone

1Google’s Android offers the ability to seamlessly save certain settings like wireless network preferences, bookmarks, and custom dictionary words to their servers using your Google account. To enable it:

  1. Go to Settings, Personal, Backup and reset, and select both Backup my data and Automatic restore.
  2. Go to Settings, Personal, Accounts & Sync, and select your Google account.
  3. Select all of the option boxes listed, to ensure that all available data is synced.

Though the specific procedure may slightly vary between Android devices, the process is generally the same.

2. Sync your contacts, calendars to your G Mail account. After every factory reset or change of phone, log in to your GMail account and all your contacts and calendars will be auto sync back

3. SMS – use the free app SMS Backup & Restore by Ritesh Sahu. This app backup and restore PERFECTLY all your SMS and it works beautifully across all Android OS from Eclair to JellyBean. You have option to set your backup at external SDcard ( if your phone has such feature ) . Just select this at Menu/Preferences/Backup Folder and select BRowse to external SD card as your choice. Explore the other options that are available

4. Apps – you can only backup your 3rd party apps apk file. All data associated with the app CANNOT be backup unless your phone is rooted. Best app is to use MyBackup Pro – it is a free app from Playstore. Backup (with schedule option) to their  online secure servers, or SD card, your Applications, Photos, Music, Videos, Contacts, Call log, Browser Bookmarks, SMS (text messages), MMS, Calendar, System Settings, Home Screens (including shortcut positions), Alarms, Dictionary, Music Playlists, APNs and more…. The paid version will allow you  to go across another device (data migration). Data associated with apps can ONLY be backup on rooted phones. Restoring of apps can only be done manually and selection is one by one NOT auto batch restore as in rooted phones. Refer this website for more details and help guide :

You can also use file manager apps such as Astro File Manager or ES File Explorer to just backup your 3rd party apps APK ONLY ( no data ). In Astro, Select “Manage My Files”, Menu/Tools/Application Backup – you will see a listing of all your apps – select all or just tick what you wish to backup. By default the backups will be in internal storage but you can change it to external SDcard at Menu/Preferences/Directory Options
For ES File Explorer, select menu/Manager/App Manager – press the Select Tab and choose your apps that you need to backup. The backups will be stored at internal storage

In both apps, restoring the apps is just tapping on the individual apk file after you have located the respective backup folder

For ROOTED phones

Follow above 1,2 and 3

For apps, best to use is Titanium Backup Pro ( paid app ). There are many options available in this app and I must say is a MUST BUY app for rooted phones.

Refer to these 2 excellent tutorial guides : these guide is based on the older version but the principles are essentially the same. Major difference is in the newer version, you select the BATCH options not at Menu but just tick the “arrow tick pad”  at the top right corner and you will see the amazing list of options available

You can select option to have backup done at external sdcard by selecting Menu/Preferences/Backup Folder Location and select DETECT – browse whole device. Before that, create a folder TitaniumBackup in your external Sdcard

If you are moving to another rom, ONLY select restore Missing Apps to avoid conflict and overwrite of newer rom system files. Refer to these 2 links for more information and HOW TO DO IT