How to Backup Your Android Device for Free

We always take care of our expensive smartphones and tablets, but there is still a possibility that they could be lost, stolen or dead.

And then, we lose everything stored in the device if it isn’t backed up.

There are many paid third -party applications out there that promise to automatically backup your smartphone or tablet’s data.

But here we have made a simple guide for you to show how you can backup your contacts, text messages, photos, apps, music, videos and more for free.

Back up App, Google Data:

You can protect some of your important data through a couple of settings within Android.

Go to Settings à General à Backup & reset and enable ‘Back up my data’ option if it is already not.

This will safeguard your app data, Wi-Fi passwords and other settings.

Next go to Settings à Accounts & Sync, à Google and select your Gmail account. This will show you a list of what Google’s servers are synching and what not.

This list will include all the services linked with Google apps preinstalled on your device such as Calendar, Contacts, Chrome etc.

Enable anything you want to be synched to Google’s server. It will help you access that app’s data from any other device by signing into your Google account.

Back up Photos and Videos:

To back up photos and videos of your Android smartphone or tablet, the easiest solution is Google Photos. This preinstalled app automatically backs up media files stored on your device to Google Drive.

You get 15GB for free by Google Drive and thereafter, 100GB storage is available for $1.99 per month and 1TB for $9.99 per month.

Photos doesn’t limit the number of files you can upload with standard-resolution (2048px), but if you will upload full/default size files, it will swiftly eat down your free Drive storage limit.

To enable the Auto-Backup option in Photos:

Launch the app and tap on the menu button at the top right of the screen and enable auto back-up.

This will safeguard the photos and videos you capture with your device. The videos will only upload when you have a Wi-Fi connection.

To back up photos and video you receive through Bluetooth, WhatsApp and other such apps or download via internet, tap the 3-line menu icon on the top left, select On Device and tap on the cloud icon below the categories you want to be backed up.

Back up Text messages on Android

There are many third-party apps which promise to back-up your text messages. We’ll recommend you to download Backup + app, which also backs up multimedia messages and call logs to your Gmail Account besides SMS.

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