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How to Backup Your Apps and Data on Android

Keeping your Android phone or tablet’s data backed up is vital and we’ll show you how to backup your apps and data on Android devices.

Whether you use an iPhone or Android device, backing up your device is essential. Your device should be set to back up your apps and data on Android automatically, but it’s important to double-check and manually backup from time to time.

You have a lot of apps and data on your Android device, and you want to ensure it’s backed up. You want to verify that Google’s backup service should be turned on by default.

Also, when you back up your phone or tablet, it doesn’t count against the storage limit in your Google Drive account. So, in this guide, we’ll show you how to back up your Android device manually.

Note: In this guide, we use a Samsung Galaxy phone and an older OnePlus running Android 11, but the steps may vary depending on your device’s manufacturer. But the idea is essentially the same—go to Settings > System > Backup and choose Google Drive. Samsung devices are laid out differently.

Ensure Automatic Backup is Enabled

Regardless of the manufacturer and version of Android, you want to ensure that automatic backup is turned on. First, we’ll look at how to do it on the OnePlus.

  1. Swipe down from the top of your screen and tap Settings (gear icon).android settings button
  2. Swipe down the menu and select System.android settings system
  3. Scroll down the menu and look for Backup. You should see if automatic backup is enabled – tap Backup to continue if it’s not on.settings backup
  4. Toggle on the Backup by Google One switch to enable automatic backup.Backup by Google One

That’s it. Your phone will automatically back up your apps and data over Wi-Fi when the device is charging and idle for two hours. So, if you plug your phone in to charge at night, your device will back up to Google Drive. Since it backs up over Wi-Fi, you don’t need to worry about overage fees for those on a limited data plan.

Check Automatic Backup on Samsung Phones

As mentioned, Samsung is a bit different, and it allows backing up to Google and its proprietary cloud service. Here’s how to make sure it’s turned on.

  1. Open Settings on your phone or tablet.
  2. Swipe down the menu and tap Accounts and backup.accounts and backup samsung galaxy
  3. Find the Google Drive section and tap the Back up data option from the menu.backup data google drive samsung
  4. Toggle on the Backup by Google One switch if it’s not enabled.Backup to Google One Samsung

Like other phones, it will automatically back up your apps and data over Wi-Fi when the phone is idle and charging for two hours. If you charge your phone at night, it will automatically backup to Google over your Wi-Fi while you sleep.

Manually Back Up Apps and Data on Android

Now that you know your phone or tablet will back up your data to Google, sometimes you might want to do it manually. Here’s how.

  1. Open Settings on your phone or tablet.
  2. Swipe down the screen and select System from the menu.system option android settings
  3. Tap the Backup option from the menu.backup option android settings
  4. Find the Backup by Google One section and tap the Back up now button to start the backup process.backup now to Google
  5. A progress bar will appear while the backup process is executed.backup process progress bar
  6. Once the backup is done, a notification will appear briefly on your device, letting you know.

That’s all there is to it. The manual backup is complete, and apps, data, messages, call settings, photos, and settings are stored on Google Drive. You can check which items were backed up under the Backup Details section under the Back up now button. Tap an item to set it to backup or not by toggling the switch on or off.

Google backup details

Manually Back Up on Samsung Galaxy

As mentioned, Samsung has its own way of doing things. But you can manually backup your data to Google or Samsung Cloud using the following steps.

  1. Open Settings on your phone or tablet.
  2. Swipe down the screen and select Accounts and backup from the menu.accounts and backup samsung galaxy android
  3. Under the Google Drive section, tap the Back up data option.backup data samsung android
  4. Tap the Back up now button under the Backup by Google One section.back up now to google
  5. You will see a progress bar during the backup process.backup process progress bar

A notification will appear when the backup process is complete. You can check the data backed up to Google in the Backup details section. Here, you can fine-tune your backups. Tap an item and toggle the switch on or off based on your preference.

google drive backup details

Backup to Samsung Cloud

As noted, Samsung has its own experience and infrastructure, including its own cloud backup solution. Luckily, using Samsung Cloud is straightforward.

  1. Open Settings on your Android device.
  2. Tap the Account and backup option from the menu.samsung galaxy accounts and backup
  3. Tap Back up data under the Samsung Cloud section of the menu.backup data to samsung cloud
  4. Scroll through the list of items and toggle the switch on or off next to what you want included in the backup.choose what to backup to samsung cloud
  5. Once you select the items you want to back up, tap the Back up now button at the bottom of the screen.backup data now to samsung galaxy
  6. It’s important to note that you can turn off the Auto back up while roaming switch. That will save you on data usage while you are out and about.samsung cloud backup while roaming switch
  7. Once you start the backup, the list of apps and data being saved will show a progress bar and a checkmark next to the item when the backup is completed.backup in progress samsung cloud
  8. Tap the Done button at the bottom of the screen when the backup process is complete.done button samsung cloud backup

Backing Up your Apps and Data on Android

If something happens to your phone or you need to reset it, you can use the backup to restore your data. Luckily, backing up your apps and data on Android is straightforward. Setting your phone to back up your data automatically allows you to set and forget it. If you want to manually backup your data for insurance, you can do that with a couple of taps.

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Paul Fullilove

    July 20, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    What backup to you recommend for people who don’t want to root their phone?

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