We always attach more importance to the data on our smartphone. In this article, we will see how to set up an automatic backup of your data on Android and what are the alternative solutions to keep a copy of your data.
Default Android backup with a Google account
Automatic backup with Google Drive
You usually don’t need to install an app to back up on Android. Once you have connected your Google account to your smartphone, part of your data will be automatically backed up to Google Drive:
- Google Calendar events and settings
- SMS (excluding MMS)
- Wi-Fi networks and passwords
- Gmail settings
- Display settings (brightness and standby)
- Language and input settings
- Date and hour
- Settings and data for apps not created by Google (varies by app)
Also read: How to backup and restore your SMS on Android?
To verify that this feature is active, go to the settings, under System then Backup (or type in “Backup” in the search box).
Check that the cursor Back up with Google Drive is activated.
On this screen, you can add another Google account and check your backup settings, especially if it should be done only over Wi-Fi. A button Save now allows you to initiate a manual backup of your Android device.
You can view the details of the data backed up on Google Drive as well as the last backup date by clicking on the name of your device.
Note that this data is automatically saved on Google’s servers and you do not have control over it. You cannot extract a copy on your PC for example. But this data can be restored automatically on a new Android device.
Synchronization of your application data
Data is also synchronized on Android with your Google account. This is the case for example with your Calendar, with Gmail for example. This is not a backup, but be aware that this data is automatically replicated on Google’s servers. These are usually the following applications:
- Contact details;
- Keep Notes;
- Play Books;
- Google News;
- Play Movies and TV;
To check that the synchronization of these applications is effective, go to the Settings then under Accounts.
Then appears the list of all the accounts that synchronize on your phone as well as a button Automatically sync application data. Tap the relevant Google Account.
Touch now Account synchronization.
To ensure that all data is synchronized correctly online, make sure each row is checked.
Once Android sync is turned on, you don’t really have to worry about it. You will automatically find this data in your online account or when you synchronize your account on a new device.
Restore your Android backup
When you set up your Google account on a new device, you will automatically be offered to restore the backed up items.
If you want to manually access this backup data
Regarding the synchronized applications, as we saw above, you do not have to do anything in particular, if only to configure your account on your new device or on your same phone if you have for example decided to reset Android.
Backup your MMS and photos with Google One on Android
If Google’s automatic backup synchronizes most of the account data, there is still data not sent to the cloud. This is particularly the case for MMS data, device configuration and personalization information, as well as your photos and videos.
Indeed, from 06/01/2021, the automatic backup of your photos and videos on Android in high quality is no longer free.
To do this, it is possible to take out a subscription to Google one. This is a backup service from Google that includes additional storage space on Google Drive, a deep backup phone data as well as privileged assistance from the google support.
Here are the Google One plans offered on 03/14/2021In the case of data backup, by opening the Google One application, we find what the Google servers contain:
Use the manufacturer’s software to back up your Android device
Depending on the brand of your smartphone: Samsung, LG or even OnePlus, there are proprietary applications that allow backing up on the device manufacturer’s servers.
Smart Switch for Samsung
We can for example present the solution Smart switch from Samsung that allows you through an Android application, external storage or even a Windows PC to transfer data from your old phone (regardless of brand and operating system) to your new Samsung device or backing up data to your computer.
Smart Switch: https://www.samsung.com/fr/support/smart-switch/
Xiaomi Mi PC Suite
You will also find an application to back up your Xiaomi phone with the PC Suite software.
Mi PC Suite: http://pcsuite.mi.com/
HiSuite app is used to manage data, backup and restore Huawei phone.
OnePlus Switch is an application that is installed from the Google Play Store and allows you to transfer data from one mobile to another. You can also create a backup in an archive on the phone memory. You can then recover it to put it on an external hard drive.
OnePlus Switch: Google play link
Which Android backup solution to choose?
It all depends on your backup wishes. Often the most valuable data is the photos and videos of our loved ones. Contacts also so as not to have to re-type everything manually. The automatic backup included by default with a Google Drive account coupled with a synchronization is sufficient to keep your contacts and other useful applications or settings in the event of a restore.
As for photos and videos, you can choose to dump them regularly to an external hard drive. However, you run a risk if your device is lost. Data not saved manually will be lost. Whenever possible, it is always best to use an automatic backup. The Google One solution for a few euros per month is therefore a more secure solution.