According to singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, you don't know what you have until it's gone.
Take, for example, your smartphone. With countless selfies, memes, whatsapp meetings, emails, contacts and more, you probably won't be able to tell anyone exactly what exactly you have there, but if your phone inexplicably disappears tomorrow, you'll be crushed. .
For most of us, our phones are an important archive. Selfies from the first date. Video of little Timmy's first steps. Speed dial to local pizza Dominos. All the precious digital objects that we will mourn for if we are lost.
Fortunately, you have the ability to protect all your vital information with just a few clicks, so if the worst happens and your phone is lost, stolen, or teleported to another dimension, your important information, memories, and high scores Candy Crush will be safe.
This particular guide will show you how to backup your Android phone so you can recover anything that was lost or transfer everything to a new phone so business can continue as usual. If you're an Apple fan with cards, then head over to our iPhone backup guide instead. It's not that you're not welcome here, but you probably won't like it.
As for our Android readers - check out our best Android phone guide first, then grab a coffee and buckle up. Although everything listed below is not complicated, it is not as easy as a one-stop iCloud backup solution for iPhone. Chances are there are a few things on Android that need to be backed up using various methods and/or apps, but frankly you can't handle it. We believe in you.
Google's own services cover all your backup needs, so grab your favorite backup hardware and get to work.
How to Backup Photos from Android Phone to Google Photos
Apart from our contacts, the photos stored on our phones are probably the most valuable asset we own. Thankfully, backing them up is a breeze thanks to the power of Google Photos. If you haven't installed it yet, you can download it from Play Store .
Once that's done, follow these steps and you'll sleep easy knowing your snaps are automatically backed up to the cloud every single day.
- Open the Google Photos app.
- Click your profile picture in the top right corner to open the menu, then select Photo Settings.
- Select "Backup and Sync".
- Enable if not already done
- Click on "Upload Size" and make sure it's set to what you want. We would choose high quality as you can upload an unlimited number of photos with this quality setting. If you want to upload photos in original quality, you will soon run out of space and have to pay for additional storage, but this is something you can do. Most people won't have a problem choosing high quality as the photos are still more than clear enough.
- Make sure "Mobile Data Usage" is turned off so that your photos are only backed up when you're connected to Wi-Fi, otherwise you'll flush your data.
- The last option on the page is Device Folder Backup, which lets you manually select folders on your phone other than your camera that you want to back up. WhatsApp images are a typical example of other folders that people often back up.
How to Backup Android Phone Contacts to Google
Your contacts are precious. Luckily, backing them up is incredibly easy. This method ensures that they are regularly added to your Google account, including any new ones you add in the future.
- Go to settings on your phone
- Select "Accounts" (or "Users and Accounts").
- Select your Gmail or Google account
- Make sure your contacts are included in the list so that it syncs automatically
- Other items on the list include Docs, Gmail, Calendar, and more. Make sure all of them are enabled too if you want them backed up too
How to Backup WhatsApp Conversations and Media to Google Drive
WhatsApp has become the default messaging app for millions of Android users, and losing all your conversations would be a big blow, especially if they also include sentimental photos (or especially raw memes).
Luckily, there is a reliable and easy way to automatically back up all your WhatsApp content every night, so you can rest easy knowing nothing will be lost.
- Open whatsapp
- Tap on the three dots in the top right corner and select "Settings".
- Click Chats.
- Click "Chat Backup".
- Set Google Drive Backup to Daily.
- Make sure "Backup over" is set to "Wi-Fi only" so you don't burn your data.
- If you also want your videos to be backed up in addition to chat conversations, groups, and photos, you can select "Enable Video" at the bottom.
How to back up all other settings and apps on Google
Another handy feature built into Android is the ability to back up device data such as Wi-Fi passwords, call history, and app data (such as settings and files stored in apps).
This is especially handy when you're setting up a new phone, as you can restore your new phone from this backup, essentially turning it into your old phone with all the apps you installed previously.
- Open your phone's settings
- Scroll down and select System and Updates.
- Click on Google Backup.
- Make sure the "Back up to Google" toggle is on, if it's not already on.