Back Up Your Entire Android Phone To The Cloud

Android phones already keep their contacts, settings, and app choices synced and backed up, but what about your SMS and call records, your application data, and other Android essentials? There are ways, and the Tested blog runs down the best of them.

Actually, the best way to back up literally everything on your Android phone is to "root" it and install a third-party firmware, like CyanogenMod, that contains a full system backup and restore functionality, like Nandroid. Then again, to get your phone rooted, you'll need to wipe it entirely, so it's something of a Catch 22. How-to blog Tested suggests a few other means of backup up your Android data, beyond the stuff (contacts, settings, app choices) that are generally backed up, with some quirks, by Google.

Tested's choices include the Astro File Manager for backing up those apps that allow it, Sprite Mobile Backup for putting your SMS and call records onto services like Dropbox or an SD card, and tactics like the previously mentioned Calltrack calls-on-a-calendar tool to keep all the ephemeral data of your mobile life handy and accessible. Those sound like pretty good choices, too. We would also suggest creating an account at AppBrain to keep tighter track of your installed applications, as Tested notes that Google's background backup of your installed apps is finicky, and limited to Android 2.0 and above.

Have you found a great, comprehensive Android backup solution, in one or more Android or desktop apps? Tell us about them in the comments.

Complete Guide to Backing Up Your Android Phone [Tested]


Comments

    MyBackup Pro is great. Backs up all apps + their data so you don't have to set them up from scratch again.

    Doesn't do contacts or SMS from what I know, but then there's SMS Backup and Google contacts anyways.

      Titanium Backup..... does it all!

      it's worth the donation, doesn't backup to "the cloud"... the cloud is overrated anyway, sometimes a quick copy and paste of a backup is more convenient.

        Probably couldn't disagree with you more on this. I gather you're not using your phone for business or have to switch phones very? The power of backing your device up to the cloud (ugh! Hate that term) really becomes obvious when you switch devices (lost phone, new phone, destroyed phone, whatever), you put a couple of details into the new one and everything appears; email, SMS, apps, etc in more or less the same state it was on the old device. The convenience of this can never be underestimated (having been through it half a dozen times myself)

          Ah damn. Just realised this was 1.5yrs old. Please ignore me, I'll just be in my corner....

    I'm using MyBackup Root on my CyanogenMod rooted Evo with Android 2.2 baseband 2.15. I tried Titanium Backup also.

    I like that I can easily schedule backups of apps, data, and metadata with the MyBackup Root free version. Titanium Backup (free) only allows you to do bi-weekly backups on the free version while MyBackupRoot allows you to do daily backups.

    The option to backup online is only available in the paid/donated version of both apps. MyBackup Root only backs up up to their online servers, where you can log in to view your data online. You have to buy the Pro version to perform an online backup, but it only backs up to RerWare servers (https://www.rerware.com/). Titanium Backup has DropBox integration.

    I prefer to backup to my 32G SD card then sync online. That way, if I need my backup I can get to it either way. It's easy enough to setup the backup file to sync with either DropBox or SugarSync. So for me the online capability of either of these tools is secondary.

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