Advancements in technology have enabled us to pack virtually anything into our smartphones and rely on them the way we used to rely on our PCs. Yet there is a major difference between the two and it refers to security of the data we store on it. Unlike desktop PCs, mobile devices stand more chances of being broken, lost or stolen and this is why you must make sure your valuable data is always safely backed up.
Fortunately, Android developers have made quite a few efficient services to help you out with managing your backups. If you’re afraid of losing your favorite photos, messages or system settings, here are the best five online apps that you can use to prevent accidental data loss or erasure from your Android phone.
1. G Cloud Backup
This is one of the favorite free cloud backup services among Android users that enables them to protect all types of data. With G Cloud Backup, you can back up the most important messages, contacts, calendar appointments, music or other data, and easily restore it to another device in case you lose your phone. The free account lets you secure 1GB of files and applications but you can expand this space through their referral program. You can schedule automatic backups and edit or delete files taken into backup, which is pretty much what every Android user wants.
2. MyBackup Pro
Another functional and easy-to-use online service that lets you set up automatic backups for anything on your Android phone. You can choose to backup your data on either their servers or another SD card to make sure your contacts, call logs, messages, attachments or system settings will be at your hands in case you decide to switch your phone. The app costs $3.99 and it works seamlessly on your phone. Probably the best thing about this app is that it’s very easy to install and set up, while the intuitive interface makes it a no-brainer to use.
3. Titanium Backup
Titanium backup offers you an opportunity to backup your files to Dropbox, Google Drive or Box, and its basic version is free on Google Play. The pro version is $5.90 and comes with several advanced features that definitely make it worth buying. Pro version lets you encrypt your backup, convert user apps to system apps or create unlimited automatic real-time backups. One of its major perks is that it can restore the market links or even data about WiFi access points.
4. Sprite Backup
This is practically a cheaper version of MyBackup Pro with some distinctive features. It lets you set up a Full Backup which includes almost any piece of data from your SD card – SMS, MMS, apps, alarms, system settings, contacts, music, photos, etc. You can choose to backup your data to cloud storage services Box and Dropbox or to an SD card for a local backup. If you think this would work for you, you can get the app from Google Play for $4.95 or first try it free for 10 days.
5. App Backup and Restore
App Backup and Restore is another free service that will give you full control over your Android data. It is a simple and not particularly feature-rich application but it does the job very well. It can backup or archive specific data from your phone or enable you to quickly uninstall or restore the data you (don’t) need. In addition, it allows you to send an APK file to yourself by email, so you can monitor your side-loaded applications. Free, simple and safe, App Backup and Restore is definitely one of the nice ways protect your Android data.