Back Up your Android Device

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Backing up your Android is simple. And while a backup is definitely something you should do before an upgrade, it’s a good idea to set your device to perform periodic, automatic backups, too.


There are many apps and services for Android, but for sheer simplicity and security, cloud-based backups are best for their ease of use. You don’t need to worry about getting an external hard drive to store your backed-up files, and because everything’s stored virtually, in the cloud, you can access and sync with it from anywhere, on any Web-enabled device.


Once installed, some backup apps, such as Easy Backup, let you save your backed-up files, including your contacts, calendar and text messages, to wherever you choose, such as to Google Drive and Dropbox, or right onto your device’s microSD card.


Bonus: Easy Backup is free, although services like Dropbox charge a nominal monthly fee depending on the storage you need.



How to back up your Android using Easy Backup:


  1. Download the free app from the Google Play store.
  2. Once installed, click on the app. You’ll be asked if you’d like to perform a backup now. Tap Yes.
  3. Select which types of files you’d like to back up; choices include SMS, MMS, Call Log, Calendar, Contacts and more.
  4. Choose where you’d like to save your files: SD card, Gmail, Dropbox or Google Drive. You’ll be asked to configure your account with the app. Do so now.
  5. When prompted, enter in the title of the backup (e.g., today’s date). Click OK.
  6. To access the saved files, go to the saved location and open the file.


TIP: It’s a smart idea to back up other files, such as videos, pictures and music, periodically.

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