Data saved on an android device can be lost or corrupted, due to a virus, damage to the device/software or any other reason. However, it is recommended to create a backup of your files, to tackle such a situation. There are 3 options for Android device owners to backup their data, using cloud, computer or memory card storage, with steps for each listed below.
Using Cloud Storage
A cloud storage can be used to backup the data on phone through an internet connection, by following steps given below:
- Navigate to Settings–> Accounts and Sync from the device’s main menu.,
- You might have logged in to a Gmail account, which would be listed here. If you are have no account connected, select the ‘Add Account’ option and follow directions to add one. If available, enable the option to keep your device backed up with the account.
- Tap on the name of the account, to get the sync options for the same. However, if you see multiple accounts, select the Gmail account that you want to backup your data on.
- Enable options for the type of data that you wish to back up with that account.
- If a ‘Sync now’ key is available, tap on it, or go back to the home screen and wait for the completion of the sync process.
To verify whether your data is backed up or not, you can log in to your account on a browser and check for the availability of the data.
Using a Computer
Android device can be connected to a computer as a mass storage device, which helps you backup all your files and data on it.
- Connect your device to a computer system via a USB cable and select the ‘USB Mass Storage’ or any similar option, if prompted. Alternatively, you can also swipe down for the notification area and select the appropriate option from the notification for PC connection.
- On connection, an autoplay pop-up will show up, with multiple options.
- Select the ‘import pictures & videos’ and follow instructions to backup your media files on the device.
- To manually copy files from your device’s storage to your PC, you can select the option ‘Open device to view files’.
- If you don’t see the autoplay pop-up, you can find and open the device from My Computer.
- Camera photos are stored in the DCIM folder, which you can copy along with other media folders to your computer’s hard drive.
- To backup your contacts on your computer, you need to create a backup file first, on your device and then copy the same from your phone’s storage to your PC.
Using SD Card
SD card can be used to backup both contacts and media files, which you can do with the following steps.
- In order to backup contacts, open them on your device.
- Navigate to Menu–> Import/Export–> Export to SD card and follow the directions.
- After the backup is complete, a file with VCF format will be created on the memory card.
- To backup media files, you need to have a File Manager installed.
- Open the File Manager and locate the DCIM folder on your phone’s storage.
- Long press on the folder icon and select Move or Copy option.
- Navigate to the SD Card and then select Move or Paste option.
- Now, you can remove the SD card from the phone and connect it with a computer or laptop to verify that data is successfully backed up.
Thus, you can easily backup your Android device data through any of the above discussed options and prevent any hassle of data loss.