Don’t Lose Your Data: 5 Top Backup Solutions For Android

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Android App Backup Intro   Dont Lose Your Data: 5 Top Backup Solutions For AndroidI’ve always considered myself to be an intensely organized and meticulous person and for the longest time I didn’t feel that backups were worth the effort. I mean, sure, people will accidentally delete their Word files or misplace their spreadsheets, but not me, right? Well, all it takes is one big accident to completely change your stance on backups. That’s what happened to me.

Our lives are incredibly fickle, more so than you might realize. Your college thesis? It could be corrupted or wiped clean with a single keystroke. Your coding project that you’ve been working on for the past year? A power outage can render it gone. And your phone? A toilet bowl mishap could spell the end for your contacts list, SMS messages, and other data.

If you’re running on Android, that last problem can be avoided extremely easily by using a backup tool to take an Android backup. There’s very little effort involved; one installation is all it takes. Here are some of the best FREE Android backup apps available on Android today.

Note: Some of these apps may require your device to be rooted. If you don’t know what that means or if you need some guidance, check out Ryan’s article on how to root your Android phone.

Carbon

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Carbon is an Android backup tool that does NOT require your device to be rooted. This is great for those of you who don’t want to go through the (small) hassle of rooting, or maybe you just don’t want to fiddle around with your phone too much in that way. Nonetheless, if you haven’t rooted, then Carbon is probably your best bet when it comes to backing up your data.

While Carbon can back up your apps – and it’s pretty darn good at it, by the way – it can also back up your SMS messages, phone call logs, and your texting dictionary. If you need a deeper, more comprehensive backup solution, you may need to look elsewhere (and root your device, too), but if this is all you need then Carbon will do you just fine.

In order to use Carbon without a rooted phone, you’ll need to run Carbon Desktop and follow the installation instructions here. The free version of Carbon is ad-supported and only allows backing up to the SD card and PC. The premium version costs $4.99 USD and allows automatic backup schedules, Android-to-Android sync, and cloud backups.

Overall: B

Easy App Toolbox

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Easy App Toolbox is just as the name suggests: a box full of miscellaneous tools that help to make your life easier. One of those tools is the backup feature, which is easy to use and versatile depending on your own needs. It’s actually quite comparable to Carbon above, but packs in more features (like cloud access) without requiring a premium fee.

In terms of actual backing up, Easy App Toolbox can backup and restore your apps to various locations: Dropbox, Box.net, Google Drive, your SD card, or your PC. The entire backup process is fluid and intuitive. Unfortunately, Easy App Toolbox does NOT back up SMS or contacts or anything other than apps.

Easy App Toolbox does NOT require your device to be rooted. In addition, the app comes with an easy uninstaller that lets you batch uninstall apps. One cool feature that I can see coming in handy is the ability to send one of your installed apps to a friend through email or cloud so they can install it immediately.

Overall: B+

There have been reports that Easy App Toolbox may have difficulty interfacing with Google Drive sometimes, but it can be fixed by clearing the app’s data and logging into Drive again.

Titanium Backup

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For the longest time, Titanium was seen as the be-all-end-all backup solution for Android devices. I guess that’s to be expected since there weren’t many competitors back then. Nowadays, with so many viable alternatives, it has fallen off of my personal radar due to its antiquated interface and overly basic free version.

But if you want a free backup solution that doesn’t do much but has persevered throughout the years, Titanium is the one you want. It requires a rooted device and it can backup/restore your apps and app data in a jiffy. As far as the free version goes, that’s about it.

If you spend $6.58 USD to upgrade to the premium version, though, you’ll get dozens of awesome new features: multiple backups, app freezer, scheduled backups, cloud backups, encryption, and more. Honestly, if you’re looking for a free backup app I would look elsewhere, but if you’re willing to shell out some cash then Titanium may be worth it. Check out Erez’s post for a complete review and how-to for Titanium Backup.

Overall: B-

[NO LONGER WORKS] GO Backup

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My first impression of GO Backup is: cutesy. I’ve seen my fair share of Asian culture and that’s the immediate feeling I get from GO Backup. Color me surprised when I found out that the dev team behind all of the GO Android apps is indeed Chinese. I don’t often have good experiences with Asian apps, but this one is fantastic.

The free version of GO Backup has a number of great features: backups and restores for SMS, MMS, contacts, call logs, and apps. App backups can be done with both APKs and app data or just the APK. Also, GO Backup allows scheduled backups for free users, which is something that’s often hidden behind premium versions.

Upgrading to GO Backup Pro will cost you $4.99 USD and open up a lot of advanced aspects, like unlimited storage (200MB in free), cloud backup, backups and restores for system settings (ringtones, wallpapers, launcher layout, etc.), and app freezer. Upgrading can be done straight in the app.

Overall: B+

Super Backup

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On the Google Play page, the devs claim that Super Backup is the fastest data backup tool for Android. That’s interesting since I’ve never considered the act of backing up to be a very time-intensive task, but I guess it’s preferable to a slow backup. Either way, the app looks nice and packs a lot of punch for something that’s free.

What can you backup? Apps, contacts, SMS, call logs, bookmarks, calendars. Where can you backup? To the SD card, the PC, or Gmail. Some of these features require rooting, so make sure you do that beforehand. I’m impressed that Super Backup also allows scheduled backups for free.

The free version is supported by ads which weren’t very intrusive to my eyes, so that’s good. I really like that Super Backup doesn’t lock certain features until you pay for it. Everything is free and buying the premium version only gets rid of the ads. Nice! You can buy the premium version for $1.99 USD.

Overall: A-

Conclusion

All of these Android backup apps are great at what they do. I docked points for various reasons, sometimes due to unpolished aesthetics, other times due to missing features or an unimpressive free version. None of them are perfect by any means, but they’re all worth a try. Here’s my ordering:

  1. Super Backup
  2. GO Backup
  3. Easy App Toolbox
  4. Carbon
  5. Titanium Backup

If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to share them with us in the comments!

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ReadandShare

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

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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Nevzat A

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

Thanks for sharing your full routine. Sounds pretty comprehensive!

Nevzat A

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.

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fraven

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

Reza S

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

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

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.

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robotoi

try

AppsToMosaic

very simple and original!

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Nick114

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.

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Mark

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

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???

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Renita

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/

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JukeBan

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

We’re talking about android backup apps… Not windows.

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zynd

Is there any cloud backup apps?

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DrArpit

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

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Mark

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.

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Tony Marinelli

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

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Brandon R

What about Wondershare Mobile Go

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Vinayak

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.

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