Backing up your Android phone or tablet before you reset to factory default ensures that you can still restore your data afterward. On the other hand, failure to make a backup of your files could see you permanently losing them.
Some of the vital data you would lose when performing a factory reset on a tablet or smartphone are pictures, documents, apps, passwords, contacts, messages, and settings.
If those data are vital to you, then you do not want to lose them.
Follow the steps below to ultimately make a backup of the essential files on your Android phone or tablet, before you do a factory reset.
Backing up photos on a smartphone
To download or export pictures on your smartphone to a computer or other devices, you will have to use the Google Photos app.
NOTE: Google photos comes pre-installed on most Android phones by manufacturers. If it’s missing from your device, then you can download it here from the Google Playstore.
Once it is installed, follow the instructions below to backup your images.
- Launch the Google Photos app on your smartphone.
- To open the navigation menu, tap on the hamburger or triple bar button (≡) that is right beside the search box.
- On the app’s navigation menu, click the Settings option.
- At the top of the Settings page, tap on the Backup and sync option.
- On the following page, toggle on Backup and sync.
- Scroll down the screen to set up the sync settings.
- The backup account should be visible on that page.
- You can set the upload size to whatever quality you want.
- Allowing cellular data photos backup is also an option. However, I do not recommend turning that option on if you are on a limited internet plan.
Using System settings to do a backup
Performing a backup via the device settings page is also possible. Follow the steps below for each section.
Sync your user account
Syncing your account will automatically backup and refresh apps including:
- GPlay Music.
Follow the steps below to get started.
- Launch the Settings menu from your app drawer.
- Scroll down the screen, tap on Accounts once you see the option.
- You should see a list of accounts that are signed in on your smartphone. Click on the Google account you want to backup.
- On the following screen, tap on Account sync.
- Click on the More options button (⋮) on the top right of the screen and tap on Sync now.
To automatically sync contacts, messages, and other app data each time:
- Navigate back to the initial Accounts screen.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
- Toggle on the Automatically sync data option.
Note: When the data is backed up automatically, you don’t need to be worried about manually syncing each time. However, the internet and battery consumption rate of your smartphone will increase.
How to Backup your data to Google drive
It is easy to file or data backup on your Android phone to a Gdrive account. Follow the instructions below.
- Find the Google Drive app on your phone, tap on it to open.
- Click on the hamburger icon (≡) at the top left of the screen to launch the navigation menu.
- On the menu, scroll down the screen and tap on the Settings option.
- Select the Backup and reset option on the following screen.
- Toggle on Back up to Google Drive, then add a backup account when prompted.
Using the Super backup and restore app
The super backup manager backs up your contacts, apps, messages, call logs, and calendars. The backup folder is stored on your file manager where you can either chose to upload it to your computer or Google Drive account.
- Download and install the app here.
- Launch the app on your phone.
- On the home screen, select a data type to backup — for example, contacts, apps, calendars, or bookmarks.
- Once the following screen opens, tap the backup button. It usually takes a few minutes to complete.
- Select other files that you want to backup and follow the same steps.
Upload file manager folders to an external drive
The last action you should take is to copy all the folders on your internal storage to an external storage device; for instance, a computer.
- Connect your phone to your PC using a USB cable. The small end should go into the charging port of your phone, while the bigger end should go into the USB port on your computer.
- When prompted on your phone, use the USB connection to transfer files. By default, the USB connection would only enable the computer to charge your phone’s battery.
- Not mandatory, but if you want your computer to access every file on your smartphone, then you should turn on USB debugging. Learn how to go about that here.
- On your computer, create a new folder: phone backup.
- Open the file manager and navigate to active connections.
- Tap on your phone from the list to open.
- Copy and paste the phone internal storage folder to the backup folder you created earlier. It will take a while, depending on the size of the folder.
- Stop the USB connection once the upload is done by ejecting your phone from the computer.