Back up your android phone and have a fortress to run to for your data and files when the unexpected happens to your phone.
There are a lot of mobile phone insurances being ushered to users these days by some service providers but that insurance doesn’t cover your data and files that will be lost or corrupted when that phone you are holding breaks down or got missing right now.
You will surely feel bad about losing those sweet messages and files from your significant other, the photos you took on that romantic trip, and many more. Taking your time to back up those files won’t take anything from you but keeps your memories alive after losing your device.
For this reason, you must learn how to back up your mobile phone memory before it’s too late.
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BACK UP YOUR ANDROID TO GOOGLE.
The simplest and easiest backup option is Google’s cloud service, which is built into Android.
Go to Settings, Google, and choose Backup. You can see how much storage is available for the Google account you are signed into listed at the top.
Below that, you will likely see an option that says Backup to Google Drive with a toggle next to it. (If you have Google One installed, it might say Backup to Google One.) Make sure it is toggled on.
There is a Back up now button beneath. Tap it. Remember that backups can take several hours to complete if you haven’t backed up before. It’s best to leave your phone plugged into a charger and connected to Wi-Fi overnight.
The section at the bottom shows details of your backup. Tap on Photos & Videos and make sure that Back up & sync is toggled on. You can also do this in the menu in the Google Photos app.
At the bottom of the Backup details section, you can tap Google Account data (also accessible via Settings, Accounts, [Your Google Account], Account sync). This is where you can choose what to sync with your Google Account. The list of toggles that appears here differs based on the apps and services you use.
BACKING UP ANDROID ON EXTRA STORAGE
You can find your backups in the Google Drive app by tapping the menu at the top left and choosing Backups.
It can be a challenge to stay under Google Drive’s free 15 GB of storage, so you might consider signing up for a plan with Google One. You can get 100 GB for $2 per month or $20 annually, 200 GB for $3 per month or $30 annually, and 2 TB for $10 per month or $100 annually. You can share this storage with up to six family members.
The Google One app offers more insight and control for your backups, found on the Storage tab listed under Device Backup.
You might not want to pay for extra space, so let’s look at how to back up files directly to your computer.
BACK UP ANDROID PHONE ON WINDOWS PC
This is the most recommended as it required no buying of extra space and also laptops don’t get missing as frequently as phones. Even when they are spoiled, you can still retrieve your files. So, below is how to back up android on a windows PC.
Plug your phone into a USB port on your desktop or laptop. Drag down the notification shade on your phone and look for a notification from Android System that says something like Charging this device via USB. Tap for more options and tap it.
Look for an option that says File transfer and select it.
A window should now pop up on your PC, or you can open Windows File Explorer and click your phone listed in the left pane under This PC.
You can dig into folders and copy and paste any files you want to back up. This isn’t the most user-friendly layout, though. For example, your photos will probably be in a folder labeled DCIM, Camera.
If you want something like iTunes to manage this process or an app to manage a wireless backup from phone to PC, then you can find various premium options online, though we don’t recommend any of them. If you’re trying to send files from your Android phone to a PC, try using Microsoft’s free Your Phone app.
BACK UP YOUR ANDROID PHONE ON SAMSUNG
If you have a Samsung phone, then you have additional backup options. We recommend sticking with Google because Samsung backups can be restored only to Samsung phones, but if you want a second backup or you plan to stick with Samsung, here’s how to use Samsung’s cloud service.
Go to Settings, Accounts, and backup, then Backup and restore. Under the Samsung account, tap Back up data (the option to back up through your Google account is listed here too). You will have to create and sign in to your Samsung account if you haven’t already done so.
Tick everything you want to back up and tap Back up at the bottom.
Samsung also offers Smart Switch, an app that lets you back up your smartphone onto a Windows or Mac computer. It makes it easy for anyone switching to a Samsung phone to copy over all their data. Sadly, although Smart Switch backups can be made from most smartphones, they can only be restored to Samsung phones.
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