How to Backup an Android Phone or Tablet

Authored by: Tech Pro Team

Your Android phone or tablet contains a wealth of valuable data, from contacts and photos to apps and settings. To protect your information from unexpected events like device loss, damage, or data corruption, it's crucial to regularly back up your Android device. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the various methods and tools to back up your Android phone or tablet.

Backing Up Your Android Phone or Tablet

Using Google Backup

Google offers built-in backup options that are both convenient and effective.

Google Drive Backup

Connect to Wi-Fi: Ensure your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network to avoid excessive data usage.

Open Settings: Go to the Settings app on your Android device.

Tap System: Scroll down and select "System."

Choose Backup: Tap on "Backup."

Turn on Backup: Enable "Backup to Google Drive."

Choose Account: Select your Google account for backup.

Select Content: Choose the content you want to back up, such as apps, call history, device settings, and photos/videos.

Back Up Now: Tap "Back up now" to initiate the backup process. Depending on the amount of data, this may take some time.

Google Photos Backup

Google Photos is an excellent tool for backing up your photos and videos.

Install Google Photos: If you haven't already, install the Google Photos app from the Play Store.

Open Google Photos: Launch the app and sign in with your Google account.

Settings: Tap your profile picture, then go to "Settings."

Backup & Sync: Enable "Backup & sync." This will automatically back up your photos and videos to your Google Photos account.

Samsung Smart Switch

If you have a Samsung device, you can use Samsung Smart Switch to back up your data, including apps, settings, and more.

Install Smart Switch: Download and install the Samsung Smart Switch app from the Google Play Store if it's not already on your device.

Open Smart Switch: Launch the app.

Connect Your Device: Connect your Samsung device to a computer using a USB cable.

Backup: In Smart Switch, select "Backup." Follow the on-screen instructions to back up your data.

Third-Party Backup Apps

Several third-party apps, such as Helium and Titanium Backup, offer advanced backup options, including app data and settings.

Install a Backup App: Choose a backup app from the Play Store and install it on your device.

Follow App Instructions: Open the app and follow the instructions provided to back up your data. Each app may have its own backup process.

Backing Up Contacts

Ensure your contacts are always safe and accessible.

Google Contacts: Your contacts are often synced with your Google account by default. You can access them at

Export to SD Card: You can export contacts to your device's SD card or as a VCF file.

Use a Contacts Backup App: There are numerous apps available that specifically back up and restore contacts.

SMS and Call Logs

Backing up text messages and call logs is vital for retaining important conversations and records.

SMS Backup & Restore: Download an app like "SMS Backup & Restore" from the Play Store. Follow the app's instructions to back up your text messages and call logs.

App Data and Settings

If you want to back up specific apps, including their data and settings, follow these steps:

Open Settings: Go to Settings > Apps & notifications.

Select App: Choose the app you want to back up.

Storage: Tap on "Storage."

Backup Data: If available, select "Backup data."

Additional Considerations

Frequent Backups: Make a habit of regularly backing up your Android device to ensure your data is always up to date.

Secure Backups: If you're concerned about the security of your backups, enable two-factor authentication on your Google account.

Cloud Storage: Consider using cloud storage services like Google Drive for storing important documents and files.

By following these steps and utilizing the tools available, you can ensure that your Android phone or tablet is regularly backed up, safeguarding your data against unforeseen circumstances. Remember that having up-to-date backups is crucial for a stress-free digital experience.

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1. Introduction

Just about everyone brings their smartphone or tablet with them wherever they go. Unfortunately, this means that those devices are almost always in danger of getting lost, damaged, or stolen. Making sure those devices are backed up means that you're protected no matter what happens. In order to back up everything on your Android device, you'll need to make use of two different tools: Google Drive & Google Photos.

This guide will take you through the use of Google Drive to back up your device's settings, apps, and contacts.

Tools You'll Need:

  • An Android phone or tablet
  • A working internet connection
  • Your Google account


Supplies You'll Need:

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  • Any other consumable supplies
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Before You Begin:

  • Your Android device must be logged into your Google Account.

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What about photos and videos?

While Google Drive can save your device's data, apps, and contacts, it will not backup photos or videos. Backing up these items requires that you install and make use of Google Photos.

Google Photos must be used for photo & video backup

2. Backup Using Google Drive (Android)

  1. Open Settings on your phone or tablet.
Android Settings.
  1. Tap System.
System selection
  1. Tap Advanced.
Advanced setting
  1. If your menu does not match what we're showing here, go ahead and search your settings for Backup. 
Search in settings
  2. Tap Backup.
Backup setting
  1. Set the toggle for Back up to Google Drive to the ON position.
Google Drive backup toggled to on
  1. If you want to backup immediately, tap Back Up Now.
Back Up Now button

The amount of time it takes to back up your data is entirely dependent upon how many settings you have changed, the number of contacts your device has stored, and the amount of installed apps. This method of back up will not save your photos and videos. You can continue using your Android device while the backup is running.