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Mobile data backup 101

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Mobile data backup 101

Last update: January 25, 2024


Getting ready to change cell phones? Is your current phone showing signs of aging and may soon die on you? Here are various ways you can transfer data from one phone to another or save it in a secure location—and enjoy peace of mind, no matter what happens to your device. 


What is a data backup?

Backing up a cell phone means transferring data (photos, contacts, call history, settings, etc.) from your device to a different location for storage.


Different backup methods allow you to save different types of data. The purpose is to have an extra layer of security that allows you to recover the content on your phone and transfer it to a new device. It's important to choose the best method for your specific needs.


1. Cloud backup

In addition to providing a convenient backup solution, the cloud lets you sync your content across multiple devices. Simply create an account on the platform of your choice, based on your mobile device:  

Then, depending on the platform, determine what you want to save to the cloud and how often. 


Pro tip: Find out how much free storage you get. It may be worthwhile to purchase a subscription for more storage capacity.


2. Backing up data directly on a computer

A traditional backup technique is using a USB cable to save your phone’s data to a computer.


Here’s how you do it:


  1. Connect your phone to your computer using the USB cable that came with your mobile device. This will give you access to your phone’s storage and allow you to transfer photos, videos and even songs directly from your cell phone onto your computer. The procedure is very similar to using a USB key.


  1. Once the USB cable is connected, your computer should recognize your phone as a new hardware device. Now you should be able to access the files on your cell phone.


  1. To complete the backup, simply save copies of your photos and videos onto your computer.


Pro tip: This technique allows you to transfer photos, videos and music only. You won’t be able to transfer other information, such as your contact list.


3. Backing up data using transfer/backup software

If you want more options for phone-to-computer backup, your best choice is a software solution. The new phone you purchased is the same brand as your previous device? The software allows you to transfer more content such as contacts, photos, apps and sometimes even more. It’s important to note, however, that transferable content varies from software to software.


Most cell phone manufacturers have a program that you can install on your computer. The steps to follow can vary from one company to another, but the basic principle is the same. 


  1. Download and install the transfer software. 
  2. Once the software is installed, connect your phone to your computer.
  3. Follow the instructions to back up your data or transfer content to a new phone.


Essentially, using software is a better solution if you want to save more than just photos and videos. It also guarantees a faster transition when you switch phones of the same brand.


Pro tip: Consider backing up your phone data every time you add new content that’s important to you. After all, data saved on your computer six months ago will not contain any new contacts or photos added since then. Make it a habit to back up your data regularly!


We’ve seen some of the different ways you can transfer data from your phone to your computer. Have questions about this topic? Feel free to ask in the Community Forum! 


Those the second method allows for safe keeping of app data as well?  I know apps like whatapp have their on backups and games that support google play services too. But what about those apps that do not?

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I would suggest to look for an option in the app that can give you the ability save externally on a memory card for exemple. That way, you might be able to bring that save on your new device. But I can not garantee that all apps have that option.


this is why I root My devices

then I can use super powerful apps like Titanium Backup to backup & restore any/all apps and all of their data between devices and/or roms .. and the schedule feature allows it to happen automatically, in the background, however I specify (ie every thu and mon at 330am  Smiley Happy