There is no universal way for backing up and restoring Android phones that works for everyone. To keep things simple but effective, many users may choose a cloud-based system with automatic backups. Others, on the other hand, may want to store them offline and manually create backups for safekeeping. There is no right or wrong way to approach things here; depending on what you’re searching for, both options may have trade-offs. In this post, we’ll go over some of the most common techniques for backing up and restoring your Android phone.

Google One Backup

Google One is here to help you keep your life easy if you’re seeking for a fantastic, all-around backup solution for Android. Because Google is the official Android maintainer, it makes reasonable to utilize a first-party mechanism that can be accessed by almost any Android phone. To say the least, backing up your device with Google One allows you to save your images, messages, and a list of loaded apps. After your smartphone has been charging and idle for 2 hours over Wi-Fi, you’ll get automatic cloud backups.

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Access Google One using the app

If you have a Pixel phone, Google One comes pre-installed as part of the operating system for quick access. Go to System Backup in the Settings app after opening it. All Google accounts come with 15 GB of free cloud storage for things like photographs, movies, and device backups. Increased storage capacity is available for a few bucks per month if needed. You may install Google One on your Pixel or any other Android phone by following these steps:

  1. Download the Google One app if needed, then open it to continue.
  2. Press the Set up device backup button to begin the process.
  3. Tap Turn on to enable Google One backups for your device.
  4. Hit Continue to grant the proper Google Photos permission as needed for your photos and videos.
    • You can always press Cancel if you don’t plan on using Google Photos to save your photos and videos.
  5. Tap the Back up now button to begin backing up your device data to Google One.
  6. Once the backup has been completed, you can view more info under the Backup details section.

Google Photos

Although Google One includes this feature during the setup process, it does not imply that you intend to use it. If you just want to back up your photographs and videos, you could always utilize Google Photos as a stand-alone alternative. You can use the Google Photos cloud storage capability by following these steps:

  1. Download the Google Photos app if needed, then open it to continue.
  2. Press the Turn on Backup button to enable the cloud storage feature.
  3. Pick Original quality or Storage saver depending on your needs, then press Confirm.
  4. Swipe through the intro page as needed, then press Done to get to the main screen.
    • You can also tap Skip to quickly move past the intro and onto the main app.
  5. If you have any photos or videos waiting to be backed up, they should have started uploading now.
  6. Tap your profile icon in the upper right to view the status of your uploads.
    • You’ll be good to go once it shows the Backup complete message.
  7. After that, all the content that just backed up should appear on the main screen for you to view.

Cloud Backup from Samsung

Users who have invested in the Samsung ecosystem can use Samsung Cloud, a dedicated service for their phone. This allows you to back up and restore your Samsung device in the event that it is lost, broken, or reset. System settings, Wi-Fi networks, and the layout of your home screen are just a few of the things you may back up and store in the cloud. The Samsung Cloud Backup app for Android is quick and simple to use, and it works across all of your devices.

Swift Backup

When it comes to backing up your Android device, this is one of the most useful third-party apps available right now. With only a few short touches, Swift Backup allows you to perform batch activities. You may choose which apps you wish to store, hit a button, and it will handle the rest. It has a slight learning curve because it works with the Shizuku service, which grants you higher-level system rights. The good news is that many of its better features can be accessed without root access.

Swift Backup

You’ll also be able to back up your messages, phone call logs, and device wallpapers in one go. And once the app is set up to your liking, you can create an automatic schedule to keep everything constantly backed up. We’ve personally tested Swift Backup and highly recommend it for offline and cloud-based solutions. If you want to learn more about Swift Backup, we have a guide here that gives you an in-depth view of how to use it.

NANDroid backup with custom recovery

When it comes to backing up and restoring Android devices, sophisticated users have a handy trick under their sleeves. You can take full system image backups of your smartphone using a custom recovery environment like TWRP. A NANDroid backup in this situation allows you to practically clone your system and restore it exactly as you left it, including all app data. It doesn’t require root access, but it does require an unlocked bootloader, a device that supports TWRP, and some knowledge.

NANDroid backup

If you can get beyond the learning curve and qualifications, NANDroid backups can make your life easier. Once you’ve done that, all you have to do now is manually save your downloaded media files, images, and videos. Many Pixel, OnePlus, and Exynos variant Samsung phones should be on the list of Android devices that gain TWRP support. Because of the committed developer community, the Pixel 5, OnePlus 9 Pro, and Galaxy S22 Exynos edition all have access to TWRP.

Backing everything up

There are a slew of different proprietary backup alternatives available from Android device manufacturers, as well as a slew of third-party apps on the Play Store. In the above list, we’ve merely highlighted a handful of the more common and effective approaches. Which one you choose is entirely dependent on your personal preferences and requirements for your individual device. And now that you’ve had a good starting point, you should be able to identify the one that works best for you.