Carrying all kinds of personal information, applications and files of various formats on your mobile phone is a natural thing. In fact, that’s why we buy terminals with more memory, but the truth is that we must save all this data in case an unfortunate incident occurs. A defect that makes us take it to the technical service, a poorly installed update, a factory reset to recover proper functioning… All of these actions can involve losing our data, and this is where backups come into play.

There are several ways and different applications to do this. However, when speed is the reward, we will opt for the most effective and simple solutions, in order to keep everything that our Android has in its memories safe. We tell you how you can back up your phone, so that when you recover your smartphone, everything is as usual.

Local Backup

Making a local backup involves saving it to your phone’s memory, but to do so you will need to invest some time in reviewing everything. This method is somewhat more cumbersome, because as we will see later, uploading it to the cloud automates the process a lot.


However, if the cloud isn’t your thing, you can use a computer to store everything. Downloaded files, important documents, music, images, and videos are some of the items that you want to save at all costs, and there’s nothing like plugging your phone into the USB port of your PC to save them on a hard drive.

Ideally, you should do it on an external hard drive, so you can access it anytime, anywhere (obviously, as long as you have a device at hand). Although we also have wireless solutions such as Nearby Share. Now, where is each type of file saved? Here are the most common routes:

  • Camera Photos and Videos: In the DCIM folder
  • WhatsApp Media Files: Android > media > com. WhatsApp > WhatsApp > Media
  • Browser and app downloads: “Downloads” folder

Subsequently, we can make a backup of our contact list. To do this, we will use the method of exporting in file (you will get a small .vcf file) to save time, and then import it again when we have our mobile ready. As a general rule, you should proceed as follows:

  1. Go to your contacts app.
  2. Open the settings and select “Export”. That will generate a .vcf file.
  3. Choose the folder you want to save the file to and give it a name.
  4. Transfer it to your computer to save it

What about WhatsApp conversations? Well, the most convenient thing to do is to opt for the native backup, which will be used by Google Drive. If you still want to keep everything local, you can opt for an email copy, or alternatively, but it will involve saving the folder and restoring it again. In this tutorial, we explain the different methods in depth.

There are a few more elements left, such as the applications, although it makes things very complicated. App data is usually synced to app online services, but if it’s a game that doesn’t save your data in Play Games or an app that doesn’t have a network connection, you’ll need to root your phone. Then, with apps like Titanium Backup or Migrate, you can get a backup of the apps, which we will later restore with it.

The cloud is your ally

Without a doubt, the simplest. Backing up your Android phone to the cloud makes everything more automatic, and it won’t depend so much on your intervention. There are several methods to back up to the cloud, although your phone probably has a native solution.

For example, on the Google Pixel, we can make a complete copy thanks to Google One, the subscription that gives a few extra gigabytes to our Google account. Also, if you don’t have this method available, you’ll always have to do it by hand.

We can manually upload our files to services such as Google Drive or OneDrive, obtaining them from the folders we explained in the first section of this article. Similarly, WhatsApp has the ability to do it from the app, uploading its data to Google’s cloud.

To save photos, there’s nothing like Google Photos, even though the storage fills up easily. But we repeat: your Android phone surely has its own option, to find it, we will use the search bar in the Settings. By typing the keywords ‘backup’, we will see the available options.

What do we do with contacts? Follow the method you should never despise: sync them with Google. This way, whether we change our mobile phone or restore ours, as soon as we log in with our account they will be automatically added to the phonebook.

It may seem that we like to repeat ourselves, but the truth is that doing it with the tools that our phone comes with will do it in a more complete way. What’s more, you’ll be able to save some sections such as Android settings, and even SMS and MMS messages.

Bonus track: use a second Android as a backup method

So far we have talked about storing our information externally, in a cloud or locally, with some more manual ways and others simpler and more automatic. However, if we are going to change our phone, the easiest thing to do is to clone it.

Native apps from some manufacturers make it easy to do this, and will turn your new phone into a clone of your old one. Whatever our case, it becomes a more than valid alternative. The initial configuration of the operating system also offers to transfer data from one smartphone to another, although as we said, manufacturers provide the best tools such as: Samsung Smart Switch Mobile, OPPO Clone Phone, Clone Phone by OnePlus, Easy Share by Vivo, or Device Clone by ASUS are some examples.

In essence, they all act in a similar way: they will ask for access to all our files and request that both phones are operational – with some connectivity enabled such as Bluetooth and WiFi – in order to complete the process. Then, everything will be automatic and won’t need us to be on the lookout.

In the end, everything will depend on our needs, as well as our comfort. Making a local backup involves the user doing it manually, in addition to needing a backup medium such as hard drives or pendrives. On the other hand, it’s best to opt for the native methods of your phone, which generally involve uploading everything to a cloud.



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