2 Quick Ways to Backup Android Phone

If you are trying to do an experiment on your device and you want to keep your data safe, you might want to backup your Android phone. You may want to do it for other reasons as well and there are multiple methods to do it as shown in the guide here.

Roger Smith Last Updated: Mar. 26, 2020

If you use an Android phone as your primary device, chances are it has all of your essential data stored on it. This includes your business files, calendars, to-do lists, and pretty much everything that you need on a day to day basis. With all this important data saved on your device, you want to make sure you can access it even when your phone does not work. That is when you need to learn how to back up an Android phone.

It is important to backup your Samsung phone or any other phone for that matter. A backup ensures you have a safe copy of all of the files stored on your device. There are multiple ways to back up an Android device and the following guide shows various ways to do it. Go for the method that you think is convenient for you.

Method 1. How to Backup Android Phone with Google Account

One of the best things about owning an Android phone is that you get to enjoy full access to all of Google’s services. One of these services helps you sync the data of your device with your Google account and it helps create a backup of the essential data on your phone.

You can sync your contacts, calendar, and various other data with your Google to create a backup for them. All it requires you to do is select the data you want to sync and your phone will do the rest of the job for you.

Step 1. Launch the Settings app on your phone and tap on Accounts.

Step 2. Find and tap on the Google account that is linked to your device.

Step 3. On the following screen, tap on the option that says Account sync to find the items that sync to your account.

Find Syncable Items on Your Phone

Find Syncable Items on Your Phone

Step 4. You can now enable the toggles for the items that you want to sync to your account. Enable all the items you want to do a backup for and then tap on the three-dots at the top-right corner and choose Sync now.

Start Syncing Items to Create A Backup

Start Syncing Items to Create A Backup

It will start syncing and backing up your data to your Google account.

Method 2. How to Backup Android Phone with AnyTrans for Android

If you are looking to backup your Android device to your computer, then you are going to need to use a third-party app to do the task. The Google method only backs up your files to the cloud and that is where you can access them from.

It is a good idea to have a local backup of your phone’s data on your computer and the AnyTrans for Android helps you do just that. It allows you to copy data from your phone over to your computer with minimum hassle, and this way you can have a secure copy of your files stored on your computer.

The following is how you back up an Android to a computer with the aforementioned app.

Step 1. Download and install the AnyTrans app on your Android device.

Step 2. Download AnyTrans for Android and install it on your computer.

Step 3. Launch the app and scan the QR code displayed on your computer using the AnyTrans app on your phone.

Connect Your Phone to AnyTrans for Android Wirelessly

Connect Your Phone to AnyTrans for Android Wirelessly

Step 4. When the main app interface appears, click on the option that says Content to Computer.

Send Android Content to Your Computer with AnyTrans for Android

Send Android Content to Your Computer with AnyTrans for Android

Step 5. It will ask you to choose the file types to back up to your computer. Make a selection on your screen and click on the Next button at the bottom.

Select the Files to Back up to Your Computer

Select the Files to Back up to Your Computer

Step 6. Your chosen file types will be backed up to your computer.

AnyTrans for Android is really a great way to make backups of your Android data as you need to do nothing but click a few options and you are all set.

Method 3. How to Backup Android Phone with Google Drive

Google account and Google Drive backups are two different things. The Google account backup is actually built into the system of your device that lets you backup certain predefined items from your device to your Drive. However, the Google Drive backup, on the other hand, lets you backup much more than that.

As long as you have free memory space available in your Google Drive account, you can utilize it to store the data of your Android device. Unlike the Google account method, you can actually back up almost everything stored on your device to your Drive. This includes your photos, videos, documents, and so on. The following is how you go about making a backup of your Android phone with Google Drive.

Step 1. Download and install Google Drive on your device, if you have not already done so.

Step 2. Launch the app and log-in to your Google account. Make sure to use the account that has enough free memory space available in it.

Step 3. You should see all the folders and files available in your Drive account. To upload new files from your device, tap on the + button.

Add New Items to Google Drive

Add New Items to Google Drive

Step 4. It will ask what you would like to add to your Drive. Tap on the option that says Upload to upload files from your device to the Drive.

Upload Files to Google Drive

Upload Files to Google Drive

Step 5. Your file manager will open letting you choose the files to upload to the Drive. Select the files and they will be uploaded to your Google Drive account.

Select the Files to Upload

Select the Files to Upload

You can upload as many files as you want until you hit your storage quota.

Method 4. How to Backup Android Phone with Dropbox

Dropbox is yet another cloud storage provider that allows you to upload and keep your files on the cloud. It is available as an app for Android devices and you can use it to backup your Android phone to the cloud. All you need is a free Dropbox account and you are good to go.

Dropbox for Android works pretty much the same way as Google Drive. You can view the files available in your account as well as upload any kind of files directly from your Android phone. That way, you can upload your documents, presentations, photos, videos, and much more and have a safe backup of your phone. The following is how you go about making a Dropbox backup of your Android device.

Step 1. Download and install the Dropbox on your device.

Step 2. Sign in to your Dropbox account to use the app. Create a new account if you do not already have one.

Step 3. When you are on the main interface, tap on the + sign at the bottom-right corner and select Upload files. It will let you upload files from your device.

Upload Files to Dropbox

Upload Files to Dropbox

Step 4. The file manager will open allowing you to select the files to upload to Dropbox. Choose the files and they will be uploaded as a backup to your Dropbox account. Dropbox is as good as Google Drive to backup your Android phones.

Bonus Tip: Backup Android Files (Photos/Messages/Contacts)

If you are only looking to backup certain items on your device, you can do it as follows.

1. Backup Android Photos

The photos on your Android phone can be backed up using the Google Photos app.

Step 1. Download and install Google Photos on your device.

Step 2. Tap on the menu icon at the top-left corner and choose Settings.

Step 3. Tap on Back up & sync and enable the only option you see there.

2. Backup Android Messages

Android Messages can be backed up using the backup feature on your device.

Step 1. Launch the Settings app and tap on System followed by Backup.

Step 2. Enable the Back up to Google Drive option.

3. Backup Android Contacts

Your contacts can be backed up using the Contacts app.

Step 1. Open the Contacts app on your phone.

Step 2. Tap on the three dots at the top-right corner and choose Contacts Manager.

Step 3. Tap on Import/export.

Step 4. Select Export to .vcf file to create a backup.

Conclusion

Considering how many people accidentally lose data on their phones, backing up your Android phone has become more important than ever. Using one of the many methods available, you can backup your device to your preferred service with the tap of a few buttons. We hope our guide helps you do it on your Android phones and tablets.

Roger Smith

Work for iMobie team for 5 years as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS or Android related issues.