Smartphone backup made easy

13 March 2018 by Michael Nuncic

In most cases when we upgrade or receive new smartphones we often forget to transfer the data from the "old" device to the new one. Completing a backup of the data and a subsequent restore on the new device always helps.

Of course, a backup should not only be used to set up a newly received or purchased smartphone but it should also be used as personal and business data are now stored on these devices today, so backups should be created often. Unfortunately, backups are rarely made and creating a backup is not that easy if you have a smartphone with an Android operating system.

iPhone backup

For iPhone users, the task is a lot easier. To backup your iPhone you need to connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi or internet network and then tap on "iCloud". (You will find the iCloud in iOS 10.2 or older in the settings). Afterwards, tap "iCloud backup" or "Backup", then "Create backup now".

Android backup

With Android smartphones there is not such an elegant way, here more effort is necessary. If you do not have your own Google Account on your phone and you do not have a Gmail account, you will now need to make one directly on Google. Once your account has been made look in the settings on your smartphone (gear icon) the item "Backup & Reset" here you can save a lot of data including Wi-Fi passwords, contacts, calendar data and emails sent or received via Gmail. You activate "Back up my data" and "Automatic Restore". Under "Backup Account" you can see the account used for the backup - or you select the desired account from several entries. Back in Settings, open "Accounts" and select "Google." Click on your Google account and then click on the data to be backed up, in Android this process is called "synchronize".

To back up photos and videos, open the Google Photos app (preinstalled on all Android phones). At the top left, you will find the three dashes that lead to the settings. Sign in to your Google Account. Then go back to the app's home screen, click on "Settings", then "Back up & sync" and "Back Up".

But what about backing up content from other programs?

Here is an example of how you create a backup of your WhatsApp communication. You can back up your WhatsApp chats in the app via the three dots in the top right > Settings> Chats> Chat Backup. After saving, connect the smartphone via a USB cable to your PC. On your small smartphone screen, a selection menu appears at best, in which you select "Transfer data".

But since each manufacturer “cooks his own soup” and presents the Android operating system its own "wallpaper", it may be that you have to select the possibility of data transfer in a separate menu. Find out where to find this function in the manual of your smartphone or on the website of its manufacturer.

If the file structure of the smartphone is displayed on your PC, copy the "WhatsApp" folder to your hard disk. To copy your WhatsApp correspondence to a new smartphone, you must install the app there without opening it. Then copy the contents of the backed-up WhatsApp folder to the WhatsApp folder on your new device and start the app.

What else you need to know

Here is another tip: Often enough it happens that after a crash of the smartphone, the touchscreen is broken and can no longer be operated with a finger. As a remedy, you can connect a normal optical mouse to the phone, if the device is capable of USB-OTG (On-the-Go), which should be the case from Android 3.1 onwards. With the help of a cable "Micro-USB plug to USB socket" or "Mini-USB plug to USB socket" depending on the type of connection with your smartphone, you can almost do all the actions you previously were able to by finger now with the mouse. That the mouse pointer is possibly really tiny, is not much of a problem but at least you have control over your smartphone again.

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