14/08/2013

How to fully backup non-rooted Android devices

When you get an Android phone for the first time, you may be surprised at all of the programs and games available in the Android play store. You need to learn ways to back up your data, as well as your contact information. Even the best Android phones will have an occasional glitch or you may lose your phone and want the opportunity to restore the data. You should look for an app that will allow you easily sync your phone with another device so that you do not lose everything. These apps will also make it easy for you when you are ready to upgrade to another phone.

We are covering the best ways to backup your Android device. Depending on the Android version you are running, the methods differ a bit. If you are unsure about whether you should root your phone, rooting allows you to take a true full backup of your device (which can be restored even when your phone is stuck in a bootloop) along with many other perks. In case you do decide to root your phone, use Titanium Backup to backup your apps and Clockworkmod Recovery to take a complete nandroid backup.
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For Android devices running on Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) or above:

Helium:

This app is designed to allow to easily sync your phone. Many of the programs have you root your phone, which has it drawbacks, but Helium does not make you do that. You have the option of backing up to the Cloud or to an SD card. It also allows you to sync all of your Android devices to each other. This works even if the devices are on different networks. With Helium installed, you can schedule automatic backups and take the worry out of syncing your phone. This program is one of the best available and should be the first one you look at when you want to back up your Android phone on a regular basis.

Holo Backup:

Formerly known as Simple ADB Backup, Holo Backup is another option that you can use if you do not want to root your phone. This is a free program that allows you to connect to your computer to complete the back up. You will need to use the app and make sure that your settings are set to simple debugging mode. This will allow you to connect to your computer with a USB cable. Then you simply launch the app, and you can easily back up your phone. This method does require you to remember to sync your phone on a regular basis on your own, but it is free and does give you a solid way to back up your phone. Also, this tool needs you to have installed proper drivers on your computer. If this tool doesn't get to work, try getting adb to work first.

My Backup Pro

My Backup Pro is an app that allows you to create a backup of your Android phone without rooting the phone. It has a thirty-day free trial, and it costs just $4.99 to buy. This app allows you to complete a cloud backup to the servers at My Backup Pro or to your SD card. They also allow you to easily schedule the backups that you need. This app has good reviews at the GooglePlay store. It is worth checking out if you need a reliable backup tool.

For Android devices running on Gingerbread (Android 2.3) or below:

Due to Android limitations, below Gingerbread, apps can'e be backed up along with their data unless you are rooted. Still, you can use App Backup & Restore to backup apk files of your applications. Apart from applications, there are stuff like your SMS, contacts and call logs that might be dear to you. To back these up, you can use the free Super Backup app.
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Conclusion:
After you have backed up your phone, remember that you can get your phone cheap at Amazon through coupon codes. You can also score a good deal on a second phone by shopping online. These options also let you move away from the contract plans. No matter what type of Android phone you have, you do want a reliable way to back up your phone. These methods work for the best Android phones available.
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