Backups or backup of our smartphones are very important, especially when we are going to need them unexpectedly and we don't have any made ... That's why it is a healthy habit that we always have a copy saved from everything we store on our phone.
Taking into account that nowadays it is very easy to have such copies and leave them both safely and easily accessible at any time, it is silly not to have any made. We can use multiple channels offered by both Google and third-party applications. Something that will avoid us headaches or having to regret loss of data or files that we consider important.
We will always need them if we are going to change mobile, or we want to carry out a hard Reset because the terminal is slow, ultimately for whatever reason let's see how to make a backup of everything we host on the mobile and we will talk about an application that helps us in the task.
To make backup copies the best option we have at our disposal is to do it directly with our phone, from Settings we can access the option to make the buckup with the help of Google. You just have to search for the Google option and it will directly take you to the screen to perform the backup.
The safest thing is that within Settings, you have a search engine above. Put "backup" or similar, and you will get the option.
If you have a Samsung brand smartphone, you also have the option of making backup copies in your cloud, and storing them in your account, something that also makes things easier for data recovery, if you tend to be faithful to the brand.
Going back to Google, we will use the Drive application, Fast and easy. It will allow you to save all application data, call history, contacts, device settings, etc. in your own cloud, using the account you set up. Y Regarding your photos and videos, as shown in the photo, we will use Google Photos.
The process to follow is very simple, as we said before, go to Settings, search for the Google option and select "Make backup". Then press where it says "Create a backup now", and let your smartphone work. Once it is finished we will have all our data in Google Drive, and Google Photos.
If you want to recover all those settings and all the data and photos on a new smartphone, or on your recently reset phone You just have to enter the Google account that you used in the data saving process, while you go through the initial configuration task.
On screen you The message that you have found a backup will appear, obviously it will be the one that we just made, and all that remains is to accept and restore, In just a few minutes we will have the mobile ready and ready, if you had many applications installed the process will take longer.
Save Photos and Videos
In this section we are going to take into account a couple of issues. First, if you carry out the previous steps, it will save all the photos and videos without doing any screening. Y we may not be interested in storing many of the files received for WhatsApp, or other applications in which we usually receive and store many funny but unnecessary photos and videos.
Therefore, we are going to see how to configure Google Photos to have a cleaner and well-kept copy of them.
This service that Google offers us is one of the best from my point of view. In addition to being free, the quality with which they are saved is very good, if you want to make a copy with the original quality of the files in this case it is limited to a certain number of Gigas, but If you select a good quality, the storage service is unlimited.
Normally this application usually comes pre-installed on many terminals, otherwise I'll leave it here and feel free to download it and start using it as a great cloud.
Do not delay and install the app on your smartphone now, and if you already have it, we will open it and configure it. Just you must log in with the Google account you useYou can do it with several different ones, but make sure you know what you keep in each one, or to include all the accounts on your phone again.
Well, we log in with the chosen Google account, and you will see the option to storage in original size using your Google Drive space (which is limited) or select the other unlimited storage option using Google Photos. This will compress the files, which is barely perceptible from all your photos and videos, something that is worth it if you are not very demanding.
When you have chosen one, Google Photos will show you the files and upload them to the cloud, the process will take a time that will obviously depend on the number of files you have on your smartphone. The best of all is that From now on, the default configuration of this application will save the photos you take with your camera by default.
Although You can configure it so that in addition to those images it stores those that go to other destination folders, Since this way we can save photos or videos that are sent to us by WhatsApp, Telegram or another different application. It is a simple process that we are going to see below.
Just open the app and click on the "hamburger" or what is the same, the three horizontal lines that appear at the top hand from the screen. Then select or click on "Device folders", as I indicate in the image.
Next, the folders that hold photos on your device will be displayed, you just have to select the ones you want to be automatically uploaded to Google Photos, and that's it. Every time a photo or video is added to those folders, you will have an instant copy in your cloud.
Backup to computer
I still know people who do not trust uploading anything to the cloud, much less photographs. If that is your case, there is no problem, we can always make a backup on a hard drive, or on another physical medium.
For this case we only need a USB cable and a computer, all we have to do is connect the phone to the computer. And using the file explorer, with a simple copy and paste you select the folders and files in the device memory that you want to save, and you pass them to the local folder that we have created on our computer.
The steps to follow are simple, just we must lower the notification curtain and click on the message "Loading this device by USB" and select the option "Transfer files". So we can make the backup, accessing the phone memory and selecting the folders we want to save.
Normally the routes that we must follow are the following:
- Internal storage> DCIM> Camera. Here you will find photos and videos that you have taken with the camera.
- Internal storage> Pictures> Screenshot for your mobile screenshots.
- Internal storage> WhatsApp> WhatsApp Images / WhatsApp Video for those files sent and received by WhatsApp.
Select the ones you want and copy and paste all the files or folders that you do not want to lose in a folder on your hard drive from your computer and then we can only wait for the process to finish.
This application allows us to manage our smartphone with our computer without having to connect it through the USB cable, which helps us avoid relying on annoying cables, we will only use the Wi-fi connection.
AirDroid gives us the option to access and connect your Android phone or tablet with your computer, whether with Windows, Linux, Mac or from a web page, wirelessly, and free of charge.
You can send your music, videos, photos, gifs, apk, any file you have on your smartphone to your computer, and best of all, you can do it remotely without needing to be root. Options such as securely sharing the screen, or recording the phone screen, among other options, are also available with this app.
You just have to create an account and access the AirDroid website through the browser, then log in with the account we have created and a desktop interface will appear. Through this interface we can do what we have commented previously and, also the possibility of operating with the files saved on our smartphone. All this from the shortcut called "Files". Now transfer whatever you want and make your copy on your computer's hard drive.
From now on you will not be able to say that you have lost all your data because you do not know how to make a backup copy. By the way, if you don't want to lose your contacts, always save them in the Google account that you use regularly.so you don't have to worry about phone numbers any longer. Every time you enter the account in your terminal, you will have the contacts available.