How to backup your Android phone or tablet

Regularly backing up your Android phone can save your day in case you end up losing contacts, photos and other data on your device. Below are different methods to backup Android phone or tablet.

How to back up an Android phone to Google

In general, most Android phones offer the option to back up data to Google Drive, both manually and automatically at regular intervals.

In addition, Samsung Android phones offer the possibility of backing up data to Samsung account and also to SD card or USB drive.

Both automatic and manual backups to Google Drive on Android phones do not include photos and videos.

This means that you must either back up photos and videos to your local computer or use the Google Photos app to back up to Google Drive.

Note: The process of backing up Android phone to Google may vary a bit depending on the manufacturer of your device.

1. Backup Android phone to Google Drive automatically

Now that you know what is backed up in your Google account, follow the steps below to back up your Android device data to Google’s cloud servers.

1. Open settings on your Android phone > tap Accounts & Backup (or backup and reset).

Accounts and backup option Android Phone

2. On the next screen, tap Save and recover (or Backup & Reset) option.

Backup and restore option on Android phone

3. On the next screen, scroll down to the Google Account section and move the slider next to it Back up my data to ON Position.

Backup Android phone to Google automatically

This will set up your Android phone to automatically back up to the Google account when your Android phone is connected to a WiFi network.

2. Backup Android phone to Google Drive manually

In case you are looking for update date backup, you can always backup your android phone to google on your android phone or tablet.

1. Go to settings > Accounts and Backup (or backup and reset).

Accounts and backup option Android Phone

2. On the next screen, tap Save and recover (or Backup & Reset) option.

Backup and restore option on Android phone

3. Then tap Google user account Option in the Google Account section.

Google account option on Android Phone

4. On the next screen, tap Secure now Button to initiate a manual backup of Android phone to Google Drive.

Backup Android phone to Google manually

The time to complete the backup depends on the amount of data available on your Android phone.

What’s included with Google Backup?

Once you give Google permission to access and back up your data, the following types of data may be stored on Google cloud servers.

Application Data: Only app-related data available on your device will be backed up.

Apps, books and music downloaded from the Google Play Store are linked to your Google account and can be downloaded to your Android phone at any time.

Contacts & Call History: Call history and contacts are backed up to Google Drive.

Device settings: Some system settings such as date and time, language, display settings, home screen wallpaper, Wi-Fi networks and Wi-Fi network passwords are stored in your Google Account.

SMS Text Messages: Only SMS text messages are baked, MMS attachments are not included.

Emails and Calendar: Email is always available in your Gmail account. Contacts and calendar events are synced to Google Calendar on your phone.

2. Backup photos on Android phone to Google

Since photos and videos are not included in Google Backup, you can choose from the following methods to back up photos and videos to your Android phone.

  1. Back up photos and videos to computer
  2. Use PhotoBucket, Dropbox and other services.
  3. Use Google Photos to backup photos

2.1. Backup photos on Android phone to Google Photos

If your Google account has storage space, you can back up photos and videos on your Android phone to Google Photos.

1. open that Photos app on your Android phone or tablet

2. Sign in to your Google account (if you are not already signed in)

3. Next, tap the 3 line Menu symbol 3 line icon google photos located in the top left corner of your screen and tap settings in the drop down menu.

Open the settings in Google Photos

4. On the settings screen, tap Backup and sync. (See image below)

Backup & Sync option in Google Photos

5. On the next screen, move the switch next to Backup and sync to ON Position.

Backup photos on Android phone to Google Photos

If your Google account doesn’t have available storage, you’ll be prompted to purchase additional storage.

If space is available, you should be able to tap Save everything to start backing up photos to Google. with WiFi network.

If needed, you can also enable the option to backup photos over cellular network.

2.2 Backup photos on Android phone to computer

If your Google account is running out of storage space, you can backup photos on your Android phone to your computer.

1. Connect Android phone to the computer with the supplied cable.

2. Unlock your phone by entering your lock screen passcode.

3. Open on your computer file manager > click yours phone in the left pane. Search in the right pane DCIM folder and copy it to the desktop.

Copy photos from Android phone to computer

To copy the entire folder, right-click DCIM folder > select Copy in the context menu > right-click anywhere on the desktop and select paste in the context menu.

4. Wait for the photos to be copied to the desktop

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