Getting your files backed up is probably one of the most important things for any device owner across any platform. You never know when things will go wrong and you don’t want to lose any of your stuff when such events occur. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to backup your files and apps on Android. For this list, we’ll take a look at the best Android backup apps.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
First on our list is a fairly basic backup application called App Backup and Restore. It has the basic backup features including app backups, batch backups, and the capacity to backup to restore multiple versions of the same app in case you ever want to roll back to a prior version. It also contains an uninstall manager, the ability to send APKs to other devices via Bluetooth, email, and WiFi, and more. It’s a simple solution although there have been reports of some device compatibility issues here and there.
Backup Your Mobile is another basic solution for those who don’t need a lot of features. It can backup a lot of things including apps, system settings, SMS, MMS, call logs, and other various bric-a-brac. The UI is fairly simple and using it to backup stuff should only take a few minutes of poking around. Some have reported that transferring data to a new device and restoring is a little complicated and bugs have been reported sporadically so your mileage may vary. It is free so there’s no harm in trying it out.
Cloud storage has long been a bastion on keeping your data safe from a failing device. Google Drive (or the newly formed Google Photos), Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive, and others can be set to automatically backup your camera photos and videos which is a great way to keep that stuff safe. You can also use it to backup documents, various files, and pretty much whatever you want. In fact, many of these other backup apps have cloud storage support so it probably can’t hurt to have one of these accounts ready. As an added bonus, you can also backup your entire music collection on Google Play Music for free which can come in handy. If it helps, many apps such as Nova Launcher, most texting apps, and others allow you to back up your data which can then be setn tot he cloud and downloaded on new devices.
Cheetah Mobile’s CM Backup is a fairly popular and highly rated backup solution in the Play Store. It doesn’t backup applications, but it will backup contacts, messages, call logs, bookmarks, calendar info, alarms, and user dictionaries. Unlike most, CM Backup is a cloud solution so you’ll be backing up to their cloud and restoring from there. This makes it easy for cross-device restoring. It also includes a website that you can view and manage your backups. It’s also directly affiliated with CM Security so if you use that, it can’t hurt to try this one too. It’s worth noting that you’ll get 5GB of space for free.
As the name implies, Easy Backup and Restore aims to be simple. It backups applications and the usual assortment of other stuff including MMS, calendar, and user dictionaries. You also have the option of backing up directly to your device, to Dropbox, Google Drive, , and OneDrive if you use cloud storage. You will need root access for some features, such as app data and batch restoring applications, but otherwise it’s a fairly simple application and it’s totally free to use.
[Price: Free / $4.99]
Helium was one of the first truly useful “no root required” backup apps although root users can use this as well. Using this app, you can backup and restore your apps to your computer or your device depending on your preferences. If you fork out the $4.99 for the premium version, you can also sync apps between Android devices and backup to and restore from cloud storage (Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive) with more features coming soon. It’s a solid app from a trusted developer and it’s been around for a while.
List My Apps is a different kind of backup app. Instead of backing things up, it creates a list of your apps for easy reference. This is great for people who don’t want to use cloud storage, don’t have a lot of internal storage for backups, and for those who don’t use a lot of apps. It creates lists in XML, plain text, BBCode, Markdown, market URLs, and you can even create your own using a template. It’s simple, it works, and it’s effective if you need a quick list of stuff you have on your device.
[Price: Free / $4.99]
Back in the good old days, MyBackup was the best alternative to Titanium Backup for root users and it’s remained not only relevant, but pretty decent ever since. It can backup apps, photos, music, videos, and the usual assortment of stuff like call logs, SMS, and system settings. On the free version, you can backup to your device or external SD card. With the pro version, you can backup and restore to any Android device sharing your account, backup and restore to cloud storage, back and restore to your computer, and more. Of course, as in the old days, root users have some extra features including freezing bloatware and system apps and more. It’s a complex and powerful backup app.
[Price: Free / $1.99]
Super Backup is another simple solution with little room for error. The interface is functional and easy to use. It includes buttons that backup each thing individually, including apps, contacts, SMS, calendars, bookmarks, and a few others. Users can define where the backups go for easy locating later and you can also schedule automatic backups along with backing up to cloud storage. There have been a few bugs reported here and there, but it’s a simple solution and free to boot.
[Price: Free / $5.99]
Titanium Backup is considered an essential tool for root users thanks to its long time stability, laundry list of features, and timely updates. Unlike many other backup apps, Titanium Backup is pretty much exclusively for root users without many features for non-rooted devices. You can freeze and uninstall bloatware, backup applications (along with app data), backup to cloud storage, and plenty of other features. The Pro version comes with far more features, including 1-click batch restore, syncing to cloud storage, and a whole lot more. Really, there are a bunch of features. If you’re rooted, click the button and check it out.