Perfect way of backing up all the data from an Android smartphone

I not only write about smartphones, I review most of them as well. It is my job to use those devices completely as my primary device and then let know the readers my opinions about them. Due to this, I constantly feel the pressure of transferring all of my data to a new device every week. So, I have found a perfect way of backing up all my important and non-important data to cloud services and restore them back in a very hassle free manner. If you constantly switch between devices as I do, here is how to always back up all your data and be in sync on every device.

1. Back Up Contacts, Call Logs, Messages & WhatsApp

SMS Backup Plus

SMS Backup Plus

One of the most important data existing in your mobile phone these days are your SMSes. They contain very important information and sensitive such as messages from bank, recharge information, personal messages, online shopping confirmations, etc. SMS BackUp Plus is a free app available in Google Play Store. It can back up and restore all your messages, call logs and WhatsApp messages in to Gmail. It saves all this information in the form of mails in conversation style. It can even back up multimedia attachments from WhatsApp in the form of native attachments in Gmail. Contacts from the device will be saved in Google Contacts, after which you can edit them through the web browser as well. Call logs can even be saved to Google Calendar via this app.

2. Back Up Images & Videos

Dropbox

Dropbox

We all know the importance of images and videos shot from your mobile phone. There are multiple ways to back up your memories on an Android smartphones. You can either use cloud storage apps like Dropbox or social networking apps like Google Plus or Facebook to back up your camera images and videos. You have to enable the ‘Camera Upload’ feature in the Dropbox app for Android which will not only automatically upload the images and videos to Dropbox cloud storage, it will also back up screenshots.

Google Plus

Google Plus

Alternatively, Google Plus offers ‘Instant Upload’ where you can back up unlimited amounts of images at 5MP resolution and videos  at 720p resolution. You can also set them to be of full resolution, but then you can’t make use of unlimited storage.

Box

Box

You can even use Box for backing up images and videos but the mobile app doesn’t have that feature so you have to use IFTTT to make that happen. All these files will be backed up to private folders so you won’t face any privacy issues.

3. Back Up Notes & Stuff

Evernote

Evernote

You should never store your notes to native note taking app in your smartphone. If you lose your device, all your information will be lost and you certainly don’t want that to happen. The best apps that I found for notes and stuff are Evernote and Google Keep. You can save whole kinds of stuff such as text, images, to-do lists, screenshots, doodles and clippings, complete with reminders.

Google Keep

Google Keep

Google Keep can even turn these to-dos into location based reminders. There are a lot of other similar services but I found Evernote and Google Keep to be the best and widely used.

4. Back Up Interesting Content On The Web

Pocket

Pocket

Every now and then, you find interesting content across the Internet but you don’t always have the time to read or consume it at the same instant. If you can use either free app like Pocket or paid ones like Instapaper or Readability, chances are that you will always read or consumer it sooner or later. Pocket is the most famous services for saving web pages for offline usage.

Instapaper

Instapaper

 

Instapaper comes with similar features but is a paid alternative offering more options in terms of appearance. Pocket app can distinguish between regular text content and YouTube videos, arranging them into separate folders.

5. Back Up Your FourSquare Check Ins

IFTTT

IFTTT

IFTTT, a service that acts as an interconnect for various internet services can automate a lot of stuff for you. If you are an active FourSquare user and want to keep a log of places that you have visited on a daily basis, you might be interested to save all your FourSquare check-ins to your Google Calendar. You can use IFTTT app for Android to save all your check-ins to Google Calendar, complete with exact timing and duration.

If you have found this article of any use and want to know more about backing up other stuff, feel free to mail us for help or suggest us some similar topics to help out you guys.

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  • kaushik May 20, 2014 10:00 pm

    great post!! very usefull. thanks…
    but ek baat puchni thi…cloud backup krne k liye internet kaha se layenge jab internet hi itna mehenga hai :P khikhi

  • Sugu May 20, 2014 4:52 pm

    gadgets.ndtv.com/contests/features/win-a-moto-x-courtesy-uc-browser-cricket-version-516878

    @Rama, bro check this! you have high chances of getting this!

    • Rama May 20, 2014 5:12 pm

      The only phone I have used till date is Nokia X2-01 and Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus(now broken).I can write up a review on both of them but I am not sure how well received my reviews would be.Apart from that ever since the beginning I am the kind of guy that has never believed in contests.That’s why did I never comment on Telecom Talk’s mobo genie contest or their ipad mini diwali contest.Anyhow thanks for letting me know bro.Highly appreciated.

      • Sugu May 20, 2014 8:14 pm

        @Rama bro, winning doesn’t matter, participation does! Just give it a shot..
        Your reviews are highly appreciated by me (and many others here) and you analyse them so well, that I also realize that what you say is exactly right.
        ndtv would be impressed by your detailed analysis and your * comments.
        you can also write reviews on phone you don’t own.. All the best bro, I hope you participate. BTW, a request, can you write a very brief review here about my L5 E612? (consider you are in 2012)
        thanks

        • Rama May 21, 2014 11:46 am

          *Well bro trying to write a review about a smartphone I have never owned is like thinking about something that never happened.I can write a review about LG L5 2 but there would be no originality in it and all my points would be a copied from already done reviews and I don’t find any point in copying content in such a manner.Anyhow for the sake of writing I wrote a review yesterday night on my Nokia X2-01 and sent it to NDTV Gadgets although I am not sure how well it will go and yeah winning does not matter infact money or any kind of gifts don’t matter at all to me if that was the case I would not be commenting for free on Telecom Talk and lets see about the NDTV gadgets stuff I probably guess no one at the end might win :-P.

  • Sugu May 20, 2014 4:05 pm

    Titanium Back up has almost all the features mentioned above! I find it pretty useful for me since I always switch between ROMs. Backups everything including App Data. However for media/notes, you need another service itself. Sadly, most people would not be able to use this beast of an app since it requires root access..

  • Esmail May 20, 2014 3:13 pm

    Not everyone is blessed with a good broadband (wired or wireless) connection with decent upload speeds to back up all data including photos videos and music to cloud storage, and doing it frequently also brings on closer to their FUP limits. A better and faster method would be to use a desktop client to backup all the phone’s data to a PC or MAC over USB cable (Similar to what iTunes does for iPhones) and then restore it to the new phone. There are several such clients for Android phones, though my favourite is ‘Wondershare mobilego’ it backs up your-
    Contacts
    Text messages
    Calender
    call logs
    playlist info
    Photos
    Videos
    Music
    Apps
    And none of this uses your data plan or add to your monthly data consumption. You dont even need to re download the apps from the play store, the backed up APK’s will be used to re install the apps.

  • Suvham May 20, 2014 12:26 pm

    Have heard about a portable device of 500 GB capable of connecting to Android smartphones using an app. Waiting for some official release.

  • dinesh May 20, 2014 11:37 am

    I use most of this apps. Super backup if more usefull all in one backup app

    • riyaz May 20, 2014 9:00 pm

      Rightly said. Super backup is a good app.

      Take a look at “Super Backup : SMS & Contacts” – play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.idea.backup.smscontacts

  • Vibhav May 20, 2014 11:31 am

    A better alternative to (2) and (3) would be uploading photos to Microsoft OneDrive and using note-taking app OneNote. The added advantage here is that these services are integrated in Windows as well, so you can easily get the stuff on your PC.

    • Asif Iqbal May 20, 2014 11:37 am

      Yes, Microsoft OneDrive is also an option. Depends on where you have most of the storage. I have over 125 GB of Google Drive, over 80 GB on Dropbox and over 50 GB on Box. But I have only 25 GB on OneDrive.

      Even Dropbox and Evernote are there on Windows platforms.