Doing a Backup and Restore to a New Android Phone

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Thanksgiving has come and gone, and the same is true of Christmas and the New Year. That was a lot of gift-giving and somewhere along the line, you would have given, received or bought for yourself a new phone. The chances are that it is an Android Phone. The only thing remaining is to migrate your apps and data to the new phone. With Android 6 or later, that should be a breeze.

Backup Your Files to Google Drive

Google and Android have made it that much easier to get all your apps and data to a new phone. To transfer everything or almost everything, you need to be using your Google Account and use Google Drive. If you are not using this facility, it is very much recommended that you turn it on. Besides, synching your phone with your Drive account, it also keeps it updated. Furthermore, just in case you have any problems with a corrupted file or a corrupted SD card, you have all your files on Drive. The backup on Drive can also be used to migrate the data to a new Android Phone.

Setting the Automatic Backup

You need to do the following steps on your old (current) phone. Once you are done setting the Automatic Backup, your apps and data will be sent to the server automatically whenever you have a WiFi connection.

1. Setup the Auto-Synch Function on the Android Phone. This is a simple process where you open the phone’s “Settings,” click on “Backup & Reset,” check that you’re logged into the correct associated “Google Account.” If not, then login to your Google Account.

2. Go back to “Backup & Reset” and choose “Backup my data” turn it “On.”

3. You also need to have “Automatic Restore” turned “On.” This is needed to restore settings and data when you re-install an app, whether on the same machine or a new one.

If you’re on a data plan, you might want to think about where you want to update while you are connected via LTE or 3G. On the other hand, your files and pictures will upload to the server when you have a data connection. This means that you have a backup for even the latest pictures. On the other hand, this might lead to data charges while you are away from any WiFi signal. You should check your rates and plans before you decide to backup even without WiFi.

Setting the Automatic Restore

This assumes that you have a new phone. This is practically the same steps you make if you re-formatted your microSD card, or your phone got back from the repair shop with a factory refresh. A factory refresh means that you have your cell phone in the same state that you had it when you first bought it

1. Turn on your cellphone, choose the system language (or not, if you like the default), and log into your WiFi network.

2. Login to your Google account. Follow through the process of authenticating the account. You would need to access your Gmail account for this.

3. In the Google Services window, you will be asked if you want to enable the Google backup service on your device.

4. You’ll be asked if you’d want to add another Gmail account. It is recommended that you do that later.

5. You will be asked from which device you want to restore from. You will be given a list of Android devices and the last time that you used them. Choose the device you’ll want to use for the data migration.

6. If you want everything restored, choose “Restore all” and click on the Next arrow. Otherwise, you can also choose which among your apps you want to restore. You have to click on each individually to choose. Click on Restore to start the downloading the apps and data from the Google Drive servers.

If you have been using the Backup service and curious about the total file size saved on the server, open Google Drive. Choose the main menu along the top menu, click on Settings, and then click on Manage Backup. The display or screen will show you a list of the apps backed up on the server, as well as their file sizes.

Benefits of a Backup

Whether you are using an internal storage device or a separate and external drive, a backup is a necessity in today’s world. Backup facilities have been a part of the operating system since the first MS-DOS release. The earliest ones may not be as reliable and were hard to configure, however, they did work. In the same manner, the above Android backup methods are much simpler and easier to follow. Except for some differences between different devices and brands regarding navigation menus, it should be fairly easy to get to where you can turn on the automatic backup and the restore button.

No matter if the storage devices are more reliable than ten years ago, there is still no reassurance that you will not need a backup. Without a backup, you would have to rely on physically copying the contents of your contacts app.

There are other possible reasons why you would need a backup. For instance, if your phone had an accident, it was dropped or got wet in the rain, or it got run over by a car, your data would still be secure. Ideally, a backup should be a copy of your files stored in a remote site. Google Drive as a backup device conforms to the brief. A backup and restore procedure is a safety net for your Android phone, just in case you lose data.

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