Backing up is one of the necessary evils in today’s modern digital lifestyle, but one which is often put off. A few years ago we wouldn’t have thought about having to back up our phones, as they just contained a few texts and some phone numbers, but now they have photos, videos, apps, emails and events. How would you feel if you lost your phone today? How many irreplaceable items would you lose? There are few ways of backing up everything on your phone, some which require root, and some which don’t. This guide will take you through the various methods to make sure that all your important mobile data is kept up to date and safe, and that it can also be restored easily after you have updated your ROM.
If you haven’t made a copy of your precious photos and videos you have taken on your device, then now is the time to do it. Backing up will only take a few minutes, but could save you a lot of time if he worst happens. Getting into the habit of backing up every month or so is a great idea and means that the process will take less time on each occasion.
For those of you that enjoy hacking and tweaking your Android device, making regular backups is always a great idea, as it means you can play around without having to worry about losing anything important. A backup enables you to restore your phone fully.
1. Mount SD card
The easiest way to make a backup of most of the important data on your phone is to simply copy everything from the SD card, or internal memory. The easiest and most effective way of doing this is simply a case of plugging your device into a computer and mounting as a disk drive.
2. Copy SD contents
Create a folder on your computer named Android Backup. Once the SD card has mounted on your computer, open and drag all the contents into the new folder. This will save everything you need, including downloads. BUt what if we need to save more?
3. Back up contacts
One of the most frustating things about losing your phone is the loss of contacts and the hassle of retrieving them. In Settings>Accounts and Sync>Google, make sure Contacts is ticked. You can then access your contacts from here: www.google.com/contacts Here you can export all contacts.
4. Use Titanium Backup
An easy solution for backing up all your apps and app data is to use Titanium Backup. This free app is available on the Market, but requires root access. Once open, simply click the Menu button and Batch. Then run Backup all user apps + system data.
5. Run batch backup
Next, press the Run the batch operation button. Titanium is great as it will back up the state of all apps, even ones that are in the system or currently running. The process can take a few minutes if you have lots of apps installed, but it;s well worth the wait.
6. Copy Titanium Backup
Next remount the SD card on your computer and copy the folder named Titanium Backup to your Android Backup folder that you created earlier. To back up, open Titanium Backup and press the Menu button then Batch and Restore Missing Apps + All system data.
7. Performing a Nandroid backup
The most complete and easiest way of backing up your phone is to perform a Nandroid backup. You will need to have a custom recovery app installed on your phone such as ClockWordMod. Boot into recovery (usually by holding the volume down button while turning the phone on).
8. Make the backup
A Nandroid backup is a total image of your device’s current state, as everything on your Android handset is saved in one extremely useful go. The downside of a Nandroid is that you can’t restore to a different type of device. Go to Backup and Restore>Backup.
9. Copy backup to PC
The recovery image file is stored on ClockWorkMod backup. Then the file name is the date and time that you initially made the actual recovery. Mount your SD card and then copy this file to the all-important Android Backup folder that we made back in step 2.
10. Restoring a Nandroid
To recover the image, simply boot into the recovery again, then go to Backup and Restore>Backup and choose the image date that you want to recover. It may be a good idea to rename the backups like ‘MIUI-12Nov-Stable’ so it’s easier to remember what’s contained in each.
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