Having backups of your personal data is always a good idea. The advantage to that is you can retrieve your data in the case when the local data isn’t reachable or has been corrupt. Maybe your phone is stolen, lost or broken. That is when cloud backups come handy. In this article, we show you how to backup your Android phone. From backing up photos and videos using Google Photos to backing up Android app settings and data and even files using Google Drive.
How to backup data on Android
To upload your Android data into the cloud, you will need to have a Google account – a personal Google account not G Suite. Google Drive helps you back up content, data, and settings from your phone to your Google Account. The backup method varies depending on what type of data you wish to upload to the cloud.
Backing up Photos and Videos on Android
The best and probably the easiest way to backup photos and videos on Android is by using Google Photos. This app from Google acts as both a Gallery and a tool for backing up photos since its connected to your Google account. Typically Google provides users with 15GB of free cloud storage so you got plenty of photos and videos to backup.
Here’s how to backup Photos and Videos using Google Photos;
Step 1. Download Google Photos app(in case you don’t have the app)
Step 2. Open the Photos app
Step 3. Open the app’s menu and tap “Photo Settings”
Step 4. Tap on “Backup & sync.” On this Backup and sync page toggle the Back up & sync switch(should turn blue)
Google Photos offers a couple of options to use. It allows you to set which folders can be backed up automatically, the quality of photos to upload, and the method of backing up photos. We’ll show you how to tweak all of those in a few.
How to Check Google Photos upload quality
To check the quality of Photos uploaded on Google Photos, do this;
Step 1. Open the Photos app
Step 2. Open the app’s menu and tap “Photo Settings”
Step 3. Tap on “Backup & sync.”
Step 4. Tap ‘Upload size’ then choose the upload quality you’d like. If you love the backups to have quality same as the original Select “Original Quality.” Otherwise, choose “High Quality” – suited to those with free unlimited storage.
How to Select Folders to Automatically Back up on Google Photos
Google Photos also allows you to set which folders should be automatically backed up when on Mobile data or WiFi.
Here’s how to set which folders are automatically backed up;
Step 1. Open the Google Photos app
Step 2. Open the menu and tap “Photo Settings”
Step 3. Tap on “Backup & sync.”
Step 4. Choose ‘Back up device folders’ at the bottom then select all the folders whose Photos and videos should be automatically backed up. The camera folder is usually backed up automatically.
Backing up Files on Android
Unlike Photos where we use Google Photos, you can also backup other file types on Android. To backup other file types, Google Drive is what you should be using. That doesn’t make Google Drive unable to backup Photos and videos of course, the app can still be used as well, but Google Photos is preferred.
How to back up files using Google Drive
- Download the Google Drive app from Google Play Store – if you don’t have it already
- Open the app and press the + button
- Select ‘Upload’
- Choose the file(s) you want to back up
How to Backup Android Settings and App Data
Apart from safely storing your files (Documents, Images, Audio and Video) you should also have a copy of your phone’s settings and apps. This is what will help you restore how your phone was before switching to another. To backup android settings and apps, we use Android Backup Service. Here’s how to backup android settings and apps;
- Open your phone’s Settings app
- Select “Accounts and Backup”
- Tap on ‘Backup and restore”
- Toggle on “Back up to Google Drive” at the top
Below the backup to Google Drive toggle is the Google account which the data will be stored. To change the backup account tap on “Account” to select or add another account. Below the Account button is where you will see when was your last backup. To backup data manually, tap the “Back up now” button.
The type of data backed up in Google Drive varies but Google says it includes Contacts, Google Calendar events and settings, SMS text messages (not MMS), Wi-Fi networks and passwords, Wallpapers, Gmail settings, Apps, Display settings (brightness and sleep), Language and input settings, Date and time, App Settings and data(varies).