Android Device Backup – Tips and Tricks
If it gets lost or you can’t turn it on anymore, would you be able to recover everything? Almost certainly not. That’s why it is important to make a full backup of your Android device, to be able to use a USB connection to ensure the backup of its music, its WhatsApp messages and all its SMS, but above all to know how to use these backups to restore data on a new Android phone or, perhaps, on an iPhone.
Our data: today there are, tomorrow who knows …
Although no one likes to think that they can lose their phone, it is a fact that data saved on Android devices constantly runs the risk of being lost forever. This unless you learn to protect them by making a simple backup. On the other hand, it is precisely the data that makes the phone we use every day precious and this is evident especially when we have to replace it: if we consider the lost time, the lack of productivity and the possible loss of photos, videos and important messages, it is clear that the real cost of replacing it is not the price of the device itself. Obviously, data backup is not able to protect us from the loss of the phone, but it substantially helps to reduce the costs associated with the loss of your data.
How simple it is to lose data!
Most people use Android phones not only to communicate, but also to entertain and document more or less important moments. The result of all these possibilities of use is that with smartphones today you can do so many things that you end up forgetting how easy it is to lose all your data. Here are some of the most common ways:
Thefts and forgetfulness
Over the past two years, kill-switch and online tracking features have helped to reduce smartphone theft a lot, but millions of people continue to be robbed today. These are fundamental technologies to make phone data inaccessible to third parties, but which are unable to do anything to recover it, if the devices on which they are saved are stolen.
Theft aside, losing your smartphone or just forgetting it somewhere is extremely easy. Although it has never happened directly, surely everyone knows someone who happened to it. In this case, if you are lucky, the phone is found and returned, but otherwise your data is lost forever … unless a backup has been made.
Malware, Ransomware and Virus
Until recently, the case of virus-infected Android devices was rare. Today, however, Android phones and tablets are attacked exactly like computers and even ransomware has now become a problem. These are attacks that compromise Android devices, making them lose their data forever. Again, if you have developed a good backup strategy, you are able to recover them, otherwise viruses and ransomware can irremediably block access to them.
Unintentional cancellations for ‘big fingers’
Have you ever suffered from “big fingers” and accidentally deleted a very important file or message from your Android phone? Most likely yes: involuntary deletions are quite common on smartphones and is one of the main causes of data and message loss. By creating and storing a backup of them on a PC or in the cloud, it will always be possible to recover these files, whether they have been deleted by mistake or on purpose.
Backup to Google and potential problems
There is a saying among IT professionals: any kind of backup is better than nothing! Sure it’s true, but relying on accurate backups makes it much easier to restore lost data. Today on the market there are many apps that allow you to backup Android devices, but all these backup applications on the Google Play Store have the same problem: they save the backup data on a Gmail or Google Drive account.
Unauthorized access to Google data
While storing Android backups on Google isn’t a bad idea, it’s important to know that this option can put all of our files at risk if someone steals or takes over our phone. Using our smartphone, anyone can delete all the backup data saved on our Google account. So even if you resort to this backup solution , it is still advisable to store another copy of our data in a safer environment in order to guarantee their redundancy and greater peace of mind.
Acronis: the ultimate backup solution
As already mentioned, many backup apps are available on the market for Android phones and tablets, but none of them can offer the same precision, reliability, ease of use and protection as Acronis Mobile Backup App .
Acronis Mobile is a free app that allows you to back up all critical data of Android phones in just a few steps and which also ensures their recovery with the same ease. Be careful, though: its ease of use doesn’t mean it lacks powerful features. Just take a look at everything that can be done using Acronis Mobile:
Back up your Android contacts
Of all the data saved on Android phones, the contacts in the address book are perhaps the most important. To ensure that you always have access to email addresses and phone numbers, it is essential to back them up and store them in a particularly secure external location. With Acronis Mobile you can backup your Android’s address book, saving it in a few minutes on a PC or in the cloud.
Back up your Android videos
In recent years, the quality of Android videos has definitely improved and users can now shoot high definition footage with great ease. Precisely for this simplicity, many now use the video function to record important moments that they want to remember. Again it is important to ensure maximum protection by using reliable backups. As with photos, Acronis Mobile allows you to back up Android videos to your PC or cloud, ensuring minimal effort for the user.
No Android calendar reminders will be lost!
If used correctly, the Android Calendar is a very useful tool for remembering commitments and appointments. Losing access to this function of your device can also have very serious repercussions, causing drops in productivity and numerous missed appointments. Acronis Mobile ensures continuous access to notes entered in the calendar, regardless of what happens to your Android phone or tablet.
Back up Android text messages
In addition to email, SMS can also be a great way to exchange important communications. Whether it’s the messages of a loved one or information sent by the bank, we all have text messages that we want to keep.
Backing up your SMS in the cloud or on a PC allows you to store these messages indefinitely and can also help reduce clutter in Android mail. In particular, Acronis Mobile guarantees the backup of SMS quickly and easily, leaving you free to choose whether to save them all or select only the most important ones.
Acronis Mobile – How to save Android backups to PC
Lots of Android backup apps force you to save data on Google. Instead, Acronis Mobile allows you to choose where to store them. With Acronis Mobile it is possible, in fact, not only to store data on a protected cloud server, but also on a local PC. This second option is ideal especially for those who create and save many files on the phone (or are particularly concerned that their Google account is being hacked).
No space limit for backups
Most Google accounts have limited storage space of 15 GB – a capacity that ends soon if you back up many photos and videos. With the local PC option of Acronis Mobile you can have all the storage space you need: you just need to have free space on the hard disk of the target computer.
Here’s how easy it is to create an Android backup on your PC with Acronis Mobile and Acronis True Image:
Create an Android backup on PC in 10 steps
Step 1: Go to the Google Play Store, download and install the Acronis True Image for Android Devices app.
Acronis Mobile Backup App
Step 2: Open the Acronis True Image app on your Android phone and select ‘Backup to PC’.
Step 3: Select ‘Request download link’. Turn on the computer on which you want to save the Android backup and open the email with the download link for Acronis True Image. Follow the instructions in the email and on the Acronis website to download and install Acronis True Image on the target computer.
Backup from Android to PC
Step 4: Start Acronis True Image on the target computer. Click ‘Register’ and follow the instructions provided to create an Acronis Cloud account. Then log in with the new username and password.
Acronis – My Account
Step 5: Go back to the target PC. In the Acronis True Image application window, switch to the Dashboard tab and then click ‘Backup mobile device’. The message ‘Scan QR code’ will be displayed in the Acronis True Image window.
Mobile device backup
How to connect the Acronis Mobile Backup App to your PC
Step 6: Go back to the Android phone and select ‘I already have it’. Make sure your PC and Android phone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network and the same router. Then select ‘Scan QR code’. “
Scan QR code
Step 7 – Point the Android camera on the computer monitor and acquire the QR code on the phone. Note: you only need to use the QR code once to pair your phone with your computer. After pairing, the Android phone will automatically connect to the target PC every time it is connected to the home Wi-Fi network.
QR code Acronis
Step 8: Once the ‘Data for backup’ screen appears on your Android phone, select the types of data you want to back up. You can choose to backup Contacts, Photos, Videos, Calendars or Messages. After selecting the type of data to be backed up, select ‘Back up now’. Note: you can select all options or choose categories of data individually.
data to back up
Step 9 – Wait a few seconds for Acronis True Image to recover data from Android and store the backup on the target PC. Once the backup and transfer has finished, a green check mark will appear on the Android device.
The process of full Android backup
Step 10: As needed, repeat the backup process for other categories of Android phone data.
Acronis Mobile – How to save Android backups to the cloud
Lots of backup apps for Android store data on Gmail and Google Drive: two convenient options that, however, due to security problems and limited storage space, are not always the best choice. For this reason, it is advisable to store the backup data also on other destinations.
In particular, with Acronis Mobile and Acronis True Image, copies of Android backups can also be stored on Acronis Cloud. In this case, the backup data is stored on the latest generation of servers and protected by military-grade encryption capable of ensuring that no one besides you can access your files. Backing up an Android device to Acronis Cloud requires a few simple steps:
Create an Android backup on Acronis Cloud in 5 steps
Step 1: Go to the Google Play Store and install the Acronis True Image Mobile App for Android app .
Step 2: Launch the Acronis Mobile application on the phone, then select ‘Cloud backup’.
Back up your Android to the Cloud
Step 3: Select ‘Register’ and follow the instructions to create a new Acronis Cloud account.
Android Devices Backup
Step 4: Log in to your Acronis Cloud account with email and password. Select the categories of data you want to back up, then click ‘Back up now’. You can select a single data option, back up multiple categories of data, or choose to back up all data.
Step 5: Wait for the Acronis Mobile application to back up the files to Acronis Cloud. Depending on the speed of the Internet connection and the amount of data being backed up, the process may take several minutes. After the backup operation is complete, Acronis Mobile will show a green check mark.
Backup of Android devices easier and faster
Mobile backup – done
How to prepare backup data using USB
What is needed:
Your Android phone or tabletThe USB data / charging cable of your Android deviceA Windows or Mac computer with a free USB portAn Acronis Cloud account
To move files to a computer, using the USB connection, just follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Go to the Acronis True Image Home web page and download the desktop backup application (if you haven’t already done so). Open the application on your PC and follow the instructions to create a new Acronis Cloud account.
How to register your Acronis account
Step 2: Unlock your Android smartphone or tablet.
Step 3: Connect the USB cable to the Android phone and to a free USB port on the computer.
Step 4: Select “USB to …” on the Android display and then “Transfer files” (may also be referred to as “MTP” or “File transfers” depending on the Android device used). Select “Once only”,
Step 5: When the file transfer window appears on your computer, select and drag the files and folders you want to back up.
Step 6: Disconnect the USB cable after completing the drag and drop of files and folders on your computer.
Note: the process may vary slightly depending on the device and version of Android used. The one described refers to Android 4.4 and later, including Android 7 Nougat.
Back up Android music files using Acronis True Image
Building a music collection can take a long time, so it’s a good idea to protect your songs with a backup. By taking advantage of Android’s USB connection, you can quickly transfer copies of your music files to your PC, then add an extra layer of protection, using Acronis True Image to store them in the cloud.
Create an Android music backup on Acronis Cloud in 5 steps
Step 1: Follow the steps outlined in the ‘How to prepare backup data using USB’ section to copy the music files you want to backup to your PC.
Step 2: Launch Acronis True Image on the computer. Select ‘Backup’ from the main menu on the left side of the screen. Backung up music on Android
Step 3: Move the mouse cursor over ‘ Entire PC ‘, then click ‘Change source’ as soon as the message appears.
Full Android backup
Step 4: Select “Files and Folders”. After opening the ‘Backup source’ window, locate and select the folder where the music has been saved. Click the box next to the ‘Name’ on the right side of the ‘Backup source’ window to select all the music files in the folder, then click ‘OK’.
Back up files and folders
Android Pictures, music and videos
Backup of mp3 music on Android
Android Backup to Acronis Cloud
Step 5: Click on ‘Back up now’, then select ‘OK’. Wait for the application to connect to Acronis Cloud and back up the selected music files. As soon as Acronis True Image has completed uploading the backup files to the Acronis Cloud servers, a green check mark will be displayed in the main backup window.
Backup button now
Connecting to Acronis Cloud
Backup in background mode
Full Android backup – DONE
Secure backup of WhatsApp messages for Android
If you are looking for a safe way to backup your WhatsApp messages, Acronis True Image can be of great help. Although True Image does not directly support WhatsApp data backup, you can use Acronis software to protect message backups on Acronis Cloud.
To move messages to the cloud, you must first use WhatsApp to create and archive your messages on a Google Drive account. Next, you need to log into this account and download the WhatsApp backup data file to your PC.
After downloading this file, you can follow the steps already indicated for backing up WhatsApp data to Acronis Cloud with Acronis True Image. If you fear that someone will be able to view your WhatsApp messages saved on your Google account, simply delete the file from Google Drive.
Note: if you need to restore WhatsApp data to your phone, you need to download the data from Acronis Cloud. Then, follow the steps previously listed in the ‘How to prepare backup data using USB’ section to restore messages on your Android phone or a new one.
Expert tip: WhatsApp can be used to store backup data even on an SD card. If you choose this option, you simply have to transfer the data to a PC using the USB connection (instead of backing up to Google Drive) and then use Acronis True Image to backup the messages to Acronis Cloud.
How to restore Android data
The first way to check the validity of a backup application is to check if it allows you to create and store accurate copies of the data. The second is to make sure it is easy to use to recover or restore files. Acronis True Image passes both tests with flying colors: in just a few clicks, you can create backup copies and recover files and data.
Access and Recovery – Acronis True Image
With Acronis True Image, among other things, you can restore backups not only to the same source device or to a new Android phone, but also to an iPhone. In addition, the application also allows you to move the backup data of an iPhone to an Android device. How do I backup an iPhone ? With Acronis True Image it’s as simple as with Android!