Losing your Android smartphone can be an absolute nightmare, and dropping it to find it made into a million tiny pieces afterwards is no exception either. Therefore, it is always better to be safe than sorry. So in case that the worse does happen to your handset, at the very least the files, photos, videos, and even the application data can all be restored when you get a new smartphone. If you want to learn how to do a back up for your device, then read on.
Back up Your Android Device to Have Better Peace of Mind
Step 1 – The first and most simple step is to enable the built-in back up feature found in Android devices. If you haven’t already activated the feature, head on to Settings on your device, and then head to Backup and reset. In here, make sure that both “Back up my data” and “Automatic restore” have their tick boxes checked. In doing so, your device will keep on backing up your data and settings online which are tied to your Gmail account. Should you need to reset your device, or perhaps decided to purchase a newer model, then all you need to do is sign in with your Gmail account on the new phone, and the data will automatically be downloaded and restored.
Step 2 – Should you want to have double the assurance, then you can use third-party applications to back up your Android handset. One such mobile application is called Helium, and it can be downloaded from Google Play. Do take note that your device needs to be rooted in order to use this app properly. But if it’s not, don’t worry as you can still use Helium, but you will need to take a couple of additional steps in order to give the application the correct access it needs to perform a back up.
Step 3 – You can also make use of a personal cloud storage to back up your files, photos, and videos. Third-party services such as Dropbox are great, and all you need to do is download the app into your phone to get started.
Step 4 – If photos and videos are more important than your files, then the Google Photos app for Android has a feature to automatically back up those particular files into your personal Google account. Furthermore, should you want to download them again, all you need to do is to access them straight from your personal Google Photos cloud storage space.
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