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Data backups are a must no matter who you are. You never know when you’re going to accidentally delete an important interview, document, spreadsheet, etc. And if you think such things will never happen to you, think again: they’re called “accidents” precisely because you don’t expect them!

And that’s not to mention the threat of ransomware making your data irretrievable. When you’re faced with the decision of forking over hundreds of dollars to some hacker just to get your data back, backups can prove priceless.

Of course, it’s not always so dramatic. A simple toilet bowl mishap could fry your phone and wipe out all of your contacts. It isn’t hard to make a Facebook update asking everyone to send you their numbers — but it’s so much easier if you just have a backup somewhere.

That’s why you need at least one of these backup apps.

Note: Some of these apps may require your device to be rooted. If you don’t know what that means or if you need guidance, check out our article on how to root your Android phone What Is Rooting? What Are Custom ROMs? Learn Android Lingo What Is Rooting? What Are Custom ROMs? Learn Android Lingo Ever had a question about your Android device, but the answer had a bunch of words in it that you didn't understand? Let us break down the confusing Android lingo for you. Read More .

1. CM Backup

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4.7 rating from 663,000+ users.

Cheetah Mobile really has a foothold in the Android landscape. You might already be familiar with it for well-regarded apps like CM Security Antivirus and CM Browser, along with some not-so-well-regarded apps like Clean Master and CM Speed Booster. Long story short, a lot of controversy surrounds this developer.

The two main concerns over Cheetah Mobile involve the fact that they are Chinese (which may introduce privacy and security concerns) and the fact that they tend to buy out and monetize once-free apps. I think a lot of the backlash against the company is unwarranted, but you should be aware that such backlash does exist. If it worries you, skip to the next app.

You’ll need to create an account to use this app. By signing up, you get 5 GB of free cloud storage that you can dedicate to the backups you make — and according to the app, that’s enough room for 3,600+ HD photos, 400 million text messages, or 1 billion contacts. Storage is encrypted and hosted by Amazon S3.

CM Backup can backup and restore the following:

  • Contacts
  • SMS, MMS, and Hangouts
  • Call logs
  • Calendar
  • Bookmarks
  • Dictionary
  • Photos

Important features include history of backups, photo and file compression before uploading to the cloud, automatic scheduled backups, a browser interface that you can use to view your backups at any time, and all of this is available without needing root access.

DownloadCM Backup (Free)

2. Titanium Backup

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4.6 rating from 355,000+ users.

Titanium Backup reigned long and hard as king of the backup apps for many years — at least until CM Backup arrived and took over. Still, this app provides a lot of benefits that you can make use of, including several features that you won’t find in the other apps on this list.

Standout features include the ability to back up and freeze apps (and backups can run without closing apps), multiple backups per app, sync with Dropbox/Box/Google Drive, backup encryption, and more — all in addition to the basic features of backing up SMS, MMS, call logs, and bookmarks.

But Titanium Backup does have three major drawbacks:

  1. It’s ugly, looking like an app from years and years ago.
  2. It requires root access to do anything.
  3. Most of the nifty features are in the premium version.

You could get over the first issue pretty easily. If it gets the job done, who cares if it doesn’t have Material Design Exploring Android L: What Exactly Is Material Design? Exploring Android L: What Exactly Is Material Design? You may have heard about Android L and Material Design, but what exactly is this new design philosophy and how will it affect Android and other Google products? Read More ? The second one could be an issue depending on your device. And the third one is only an issue if you need those features. For simple backups, free is fine.

DownloadTitanium Backup (Free, $5.99)

3. G Cloud Backup

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4.6 rating from 212,000+ users.

Like CM Backup, G Cloud Backup comes with its own cloud storage aspect that requires you to create an account before you can start using the app. You’ll start with less space (1 GB), but can earn more through actions and referrals (up to 10 GB).

The very first thing you’ll have to do after signing up is choose which apps, files, and settings to protect. Options include:

  • Contacts
  • Call logs
  • SMS and MMS
  • Photos, Videos, Music
  • Documents
  • Calendar
  • System Settings
  • Browser Data

All backup uploads are done over a secured and encrypted connection, and will only occur when you’re on Wi-Fi. So there’s no need to worry about wasted data (though you can enable that if you want). And it only uploads when your charger is connected, so there’s no need to worry about it draining your battery.

There’s no root required for any of its features. it supports automatic backups and viewing of backups on the web. It’s 100% free but has banner ads.

DownloadG Cloud Backup (Free)

4. Super Backup

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4.4 rating from 118,000+ users.

Even though the full name of the app is Super Backup: SMS & Contacts, it actually does a bit more than that, putting it on a slightly lower tier than the apps listed above. Here’s what you can back up:

  • Apps (requires root)
  • Contacts
  • SMS
  • Call logs
  • Bookmarks (prior to Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
  • Calendar

Backups can be stored locally, to an external SD card, or synced to Google Drive or Gmail. Scheduled backups are also supported, but you should know that task killer apps will interfere, so make sure to add this app to your whitelist (then again, you shouldn’t be using task killers anyway).

The app is completely free to use but does contain banner ads. You can remove them by upgrading to Super Backup Pro. No extra features are locked behind the upgrade.

DownloadSuper Backup (Free, $1.99)

5. Easy Backup & Restore

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4.2 rating from 40,000+ users.

Easy Backup & Restore is exactly as it sounds. In just a few taps, you can have a full backup waiting to be restored at a moment’s notice. And on top of that, it has one of the easiest-to-navigate interfaces I’ve seen among backup apps.

Here’s what it can back up:

  • Apps (requires root)
  • Contacts
  • Call logs
  • SMS and MMS
  • Bookmarks
  • Calendar
  • Dictionary

The nice thing about this app is that it has the widest variety of cloud backup options: Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Gmail. Or you can just back up to your SD card.

Automatic scheduled backups are possible, and you can view a backup’s contents without having to restore the entire backup first. That’s about it — and I don’t mean that as a knock against the app. It only does so much, but it does it well. What more can you ask for?

DownloadEasy Backup & Restore (Free)

What’s Your Worst Data Loss Story?

There isn’t much you can do to prevent accidental deletions and the like (except to double-check and triple-check every single thing you do for the rest of your life), so what’s the most effective thing you can do to guard against data loss? Fend off malware.

A lot of users are skeptical about the need for security apps Does Your Smartphone Need Security & Antivirus Software? Does Your Smartphone Need Security & Antivirus Software? Does your Android phone need an antivirus? What about your iPad? Your BlackBerry or Windows Phone? The answer is actually a bit complicated. Let's take a look at your options. Read More , but don’t get sucked into that mindset. Even security pros use them! They act as an additional line of defense for when you do make those mistakes, so don’t neglect them. Don’t know where to start? Check out our favorite mobile security apps 10 Best Security & Privacy Apps for Smartphones & Tablets 10 Best Security & Privacy Apps for Smartphones & Tablets Security threats to smartphones and tablets are endless. Beyond the internal security options of your device, you should be using a few apps to protect your smartphone - here are some we recommend. Read More .

Do you have any stories of when data backups came to the rescue? Or any stories of when you needed a backup but didn’t have one? What’s your favorite backup app? Share with us in a comment below!

Originally written by Joel Lee on April 12th, 2013.

  1. Mark Tristan R. Ocampo
    November 30, 2016 at 6:48 am

    Before anything, all my contacts/address book entries and calendar schedules and photos/videos are taken care of Google (I'm an Android user).

    I've been using G Cloud for sometime now. It looks good. Although I'm still thankful that I never had a reason to restore... yet.

    I have discovered CM Backup lately (many good reviews) and I use it as a side-to-side back-up app for G Cloud. Also, more capacity. When I clean installed my Mother's Samsung Galaxy Note 2, this is what I used to back-up and restore the basics. It was all good.

    Now, I have the courage to play around with other phones and switch hardware because of these apps. Until now, I'm always Samsung Galaxy. Wonder what's next...

    ??

  2. Dante Pastro
    October 31, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Garbage! I want to copy all my files on my Galaxy s5 sd card onto my PC, period. Why is there not a simple, straight forward, without verbosity at all. No such luck. All help sites are garbage!!!!

    • Jon
      November 5, 2016 at 4:22 am

      Try SyncMe Wireless although depending on your Android version it may not copy SD card.

  3. kyhibleyh
    December 2, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I 'm here sharing with you guys my android backup tools. Android Mobile Manager, a good tool to backup your SMS and contacts easily. Download it from Here. Install it on your phone. Open the program, preview the files and click on BACKUP button, it will store your android files to computer.

  4. Jenny Wer
    July 20, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Without rooting your Android, just need connect your phone with pc and run the MobiKin Android Backup Assistant, you can creat a full backup of your android with clicks.

  5. Vinayak
    October 1, 2013 at 9:01 am

    So I have a quick question. Does this backup restore saved data for my apps? Such as my saved games, sign in name, etc... I have to replace my phone under warrenty and i would preferr not to lose my saves and stuff.

  6. Brandon R
    August 8, 2013 at 3:30 am

    What about Wondershare Mobile Go

  7. Tony Marinelli
    August 6, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I have (& use) both Super Backup and Easy Backup. They both seem to backup quite well. Problem is - I did a fresh backup, then deleted, (on purpose) a few apps and contacts. Neither app restored them. I need an app that I can fully trust the restore process as well, otherwise - what good is it?
    Have you tested the restore function adequately on any of the backup apps - paid or free? Need primarily apps & contacts as I will be buying a new tablet soon.
    Thanks do much,
    Tony Marinelli

  8. Mark
    June 17, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Great article, however, I think you've forgotton to mention a very important backup app: G Cloud. I've had it since day one and it's only getting better. I even got the rooted key to backup my Apps. Definitely recommend it.

  9. DrArpit
    June 10, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Amazing set of backup applications but I would always prefer truBackup, when it comes to android back-ups. truBackup is highly user friendly and can save any kind of data which includes photos, videos, apps, messages etc into a Dropbox Account. Consider adding this app to this amazing list : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfl.tbp

    • p vaijaykumar
      February 18, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      hello friend ongosync app is better than all android data backup app

  10. zynd
    May 31, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Is there any cloud backup apps?

    • p vaijaykumar
      February 18, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      hi!yea friend is there ongosync app for to cloud your android mobile data and backup in required time with in seconds.

  11. JukeBan
    May 12, 2013 at 5:53 am

    I use Vibosoft Data Backup Freeware, it is free, it not only can create a copy for your Data, it also offers flexible option to restore your Backup data fast, and anybody can be a backup administrator. Restore files and folders, volumes to any required point-in-time. With the help of powerful backup tool, you can easily restore the backup image file to the original location with accurate folder structure or to a completely new position. So, I want to share it to everyone.

    Resource: http://www.vibosoft.com/free-data-backup-windows.html

    • DeMiNe0
      May 12, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      We're talking about android backup apps... Not windows.

  12. Renita
    May 9, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I've found trubackup to be excellent, it lets me backup all types of data from my phone and tab (sms, media, contacts, apps etc) to dropbox. Really like the clean interface too. Check it out at http://trubackup.3frameslab.com/

  13. Mark
    May 9, 2013 at 7:54 am

    I found this app truBackup recently:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfl.tbp,

    through which I am able to store the data of my android mobile and android tablet to the same dropbox account. I am sure you will like this app too. The Interface is very simple and the app just works like a dream.

    • Stanley Goertzen
      June 27, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      truBackup adds this note at the very end of it's description: IMPORTANT NOTICE: truBackup cannot backup app data or app settings, but it only backup the apk files.
      But throughout the description they use the term data, I think very loosely. So I'd like to know. Let's say you have Angry Bird and you've reached a very high level. After you restore does it still show the level???

    • p vaijaykumar
      February 18, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      i am using ongosync app for android data backup and sync all mobile data automatic mode.i suggested to all who are suffering from loosing android mobile data.'ongosync'app is suitable.

  14. Nick114
    May 7, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Carbon is a great one, also a good option i guess should be added to this list is G Cloud backup which is a free app.

    • Jon
      November 5, 2016 at 4:34 am

      Carbon is now called "Helium - App Sync and Backup". It does not require root, backs up app data (most but not all), and you can restore to a different phone.

  15. robotoi
    April 28, 2013 at 7:59 am

    try

    AppsToMosaic

    very simple and original!

  16. fraven
    April 13, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Does Super Backup keep app settings when an app backup is done?

    • Reza S
      April 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      It seems this is the problem of super backup, be careful when you are getting back up with this app. Titanium back pro is so far more reliable and customizable.

      • fraven
        April 16, 2013 at 5:39 am

        I found Super Backup quite good in saving SMS and contacts, really easier than Titanium, but I think that a backup app which doesn't keep app settings is quite useless, don't you?

        • Reza S
          April 16, 2013 at 5:56 am

          You are right, You could also try MyBackup Pro it would backup everything fast but sometimes restoring SMS would take a long time depending on the size and numbers of yours.

    • p vijaykumar
      February 17, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      i am using ongosync app.it is better than other apps for data backup(sms,call logs,mms etc,)

  17. Nevzat A
    April 13, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Titanium, nandroid backups, full copy (internal and external sd) to pc, sms backup and restore (app), all browser bookmarks export, then import. That all I do when I need full refresh.

    • Joel Lee
      April 15, 2013 at 4:18 am

      Thanks for sharing your full routine. Sounds pretty comprehensive!

      • Nevzat A
        April 15, 2013 at 5:53 am

        I've lost my valuable sms and bookmarks and some other files (especially some apps which store their settings on a folder on sd card) in the past, so I do my backups carefully, even excessively :)

        As a side note, "nandroid backup" and "copy sd cards to pc" should be the last steps on this backup routine so that they contain the exported bookmark files and sms backup file.

        One can also export contacts, wifi settings, bluetooth etc as xml from Titanium. If normal restore fails, xml files come to the rescue.

    • p vaijaykumar
      February 18, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      i am useing ongosync app for data back up and sync automaticaly.

  18. ReadandShare
    April 12, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Google Store keeps track of my apps. The ones I used allow for very little customization -- so in a twisted sense -- this is a good thing since restoring takes very little time.

    As for data in my phone or tablet -- I find it easy enough to sync with the Cloud when Wifi is available -- or copying them to ext. microSD card if otherwise.

    • ReadandShare
      April 12, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      I should mention that I am more of a data consumer than producer when using my phone and tablet. I am sure those who produce lots of data will appreciate a more automated / comprehensive backup scheme as suggested in this article.

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