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Phones are now getting better and better at automatically backing up the data but unfortunately there’s always possibilities that you will lose your phone and one way or the other lose everything.

There are plenty of ways to back-up the data ensuring that you won’t lose your data no matter what happens to your phone. Whether it be through , a third-party app, or your computer, here’s properly back up all your phone’s data.

With Google

Backing up data with Google has always been pretty easy and it has gotten even easier over the years. Unfortunately there isn’t yet a one-stop method for phones through Google, but there are ways to back up different types of data. Here’s how to back up your data with Google.

Photos and videos

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If you’re not already using Google Photos, you should be. The service automatically backs up every photo and video you take to the cloud, so you’ll never have to manually back up your media ever again. If the isn’t already on your phone, get it from Googe store. Once it’s installed, you’ll need to make sure Photos is set to automatically back up your files. Here’s how to do that:

  • Open the Google Photos app
  • In the menu, head to Settings
  • Tap ‘Back up & sync’
  • Make sure the switch is turned on

The best part about Google Photos? You can upload as many files as you’d like for free. Photos and videos will have a maximum upload quality of 1080p for the free storage option, which should be good enough for most people. If you’d like to keep the original quality of your photos, you can, but it will count against your Google Drive storage. Here’s how to check your Google Photos upload quality:

  • Open the Google Photos app
  • In the menu, head to Settings
  • Tap ‘Back up & sync’
  • Tap ‘Upload size’
  • Choose the option you’d like

Of course, you probably have more than just photos and videos on your phone. Here are a few ways you can back up the other files:

Other files

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Google Drive lets you store your other files in the cloud, which means they’ll be accessible from any connected device. To manually upload folders and files, follow these instructions:

  • Download the Google Drive app, if you don’t have it already
  • In the app, press on the ‘+’ button
  • Press ‘Upload’
  • Select the file(s) you’d like to back up

Settings and apps

To back up your phone’s settings and apps, you’ll want to use Android Backup Service. This service essentially backs up the apps you use and the settings that you have selected in most Google apps, making it easy to restore those settings on a new phone. Follow the instructions below to activate it:

  • Open your smartphone’s Settings app
  • Tap on ‘Backup & reset’
  • Press ‘Backup account,’ and add your account, if it’s not there already

And that’s it! Your device should be pretty much all backed up now. Unless, of course, you want to use a third party service instead of Google’s own.

Using other backup options

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If you don’t want to use the backup services provided by Google you can look for a more comprehensive solution as well and for that you might need to use a third-party app.

Unrooted phone

There are a ton of great apps out there for backing up your data, and one of the easiest to use is Easy Backup & Restore. As the name implies, Easy Backup & Restore aims to be simple. It backups applications and the usual assortment of other stuff including MMS, calendar, and user dictionaries. You also have the option of backing up directly to your device, to Dropbox, Google Drive, Box.com, and OneDrive if you use cloud storage.

  • Download Easy Backup & Restore
  • When asked if you’d like to create a backup, tap ‘Yes’
  • Select the items you’d like to include in your backup
  • Select the location where you’d like the backup to save
  • Type in a name for your backup
  • Wait for the app to back up your data
  • Tap ‘OK’

Rooted phones

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Although most people don’t need to root their phones to backup, rooting your phone can help you back a few more things.

By rooting your phone, just about everything on your phone can be restored, including things like app settings, system data, and even Wi-Fi passwords. One of the most used apps for backing up a rooted phone is Titanium Backup. While Titanium Backup certainly looks a little outdated, it’s a very powerful app indeed. Here’s how to back up your files using Titanium Backup:

  • Download and open the app
  • Tap the menu button in the top-right corner and select ‘batch actions’
  • Select everything you want to back up
    • If this is the first time you’re backing up your device, you’ll at least want to select ‘backup all user apps’ and ‘backup all system data’
  • You can also choose to back up the files to Dropbox or Google Drive, which you may want to do in case you lose your phone
  • You can also opt to create a recovery compatible .zip backup file
    • This ensures that even if your phone’s system files become corrupt or something else happens that prevents you from being able to boot up your phone, you’ll be able to restore your phone from the backup

Backing up to your computer

You might want to back up your device to your computer instead of a cloud or a phone itself. This is an easy process and same whether you are using Mac or Windows.  Mac users will need to download and install the Android File Transfer app, though. Here’s how to back up your Android device to a computer:

  • Plug your phone into your computer with your USB cable
  • On Windows, go to ‘My Computer’ and open the phone’s storage
    • On Mac, open Android File Transfer
  • Drag the files you want to back up to a folder on your computer
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