The Complete Android Data Backup Guide

I love the open source nature of Android because of which I have been able to switch to different ROMs once every month. Each time a new ROM comes up for my device, I test it on my device and I’m sure most of you would do that. But sometimes, you may feel lazy to backup all apps, their data, SMS, contacts, bookmarks and much more before you install a different ROM. You will need to backup all data on your phone before you proceed with any hacking activity on your Android device.  With this guide, we will help you backup almost everything on your Android phone in the most convenient way with minimum number of apps to be used.

Super Backup Backs Up Almost Everything

I cam across this app known as Super Backup and I found that this is the only free app that lets you backup almost everything you need. It backs up your contacts, SMS, bookmarks, Calendars, Call logs and also Apps. If your device is rooted, apps along with their data will be backed up. On non-rooted phones only the APK file of the app is backed up which can be restored after a data wipe. All these backups are made to your device’s SD card.

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Backup to Gmail App Backup

View Backups Super Backup

Features

  • Backup apps to SD card
  • Backup & restore app’s data(need root)
  • Batch restore apps from SD card (need root)
  • Backup contacts & SMS & Call logs & Bookmarks & Calendars to SD card
  • Restore contacts & SMS & Call logs & Bookmarks & Calendars from SD card
  • Delete the backup data on SD card
  • Schedule automatic backups
  • Auto upload scheduled backup files to your Gmail
  • Show last backup count & time
  • User can change backup folder path in Settings

You can use this app for backing up everything except other apps and their data. To backup apps and data on your Android device with/without root access, we recommend Koush’s Carbon App.

Download Super Backup

There are some other apps that help you backup apps along with their data:

With this, you will be knowing how to backup data on your phone, however there is something more you should be knowing.

Nandroid Backups  – Backup Your Entire ROM

Nandroid backups let you backup the entire ROM. In case the new ROM you are installing does not function well on your phone due to some reasons, you can always restore  your previous ROM if you have a nandroid backup on your SD card. A full nandroid backup backs up all partitions of your ROM including the cache partition, dalvik cache, system apps and data.

A simple way to make a nandroid backup is to boot into recovery mode and go to backup>Create backup. Make sure you have enough space on your SD card before your proceed. If you wish to restore only the apps on a new ROM, you can go to Restore>Advanced>Restore data. This will restore all data of the previous ROM on the new ROM.

What if you don’t have recovery installed? You can still make nandroid backup, thanks the online nandroid backup script which lets you create nandroid backups without rebooting your device. While the script might seem to be difficult to use for most of you, there is an app that has bee made using this script – Orange Backup. Orange Backup creates either full nandroid backups or user-selected partitions backup based on user preference and also uploads the zipped file of the backup to Dropbox or Google Drive or any other FTP.

That said, you can now backup almost everything on your device with the help of this guide. Should we add something to this guide? Let us know.