In today’s world, data is money. You lose your data, and your money is gone. Private and personal information and work details should be well stored and backed up for security purposes. When using Android, what are the options you can utilize to back up data? Let’s find out.
Android Back up Service
Today, Google has made backing up data an easy undertaking. The platform automatically backs up data to the cloud. As such, you can always retrieve your last saved information. But this must always be initiated by activating the Android backup service mode. How do you do this? Read on.
- Go to settings. This is where most Android activities are controlled. The Settings button acts as a control center for most Android Apps. You can do almost everything from this place, including freeing up space, moving apps, data, and so on. Activating the backup service option also starts from here. When you do this, a long list of options will appear.
- Click the System option. This appears at the bottom, last on the list. When you do this, another checklist will pop up.
- Click the Backup option. It appears fourth on the list after; Languages & Input, Date & Time, and Schedule power on & off. Second, from the bottom of the list is another ‘Backup and Restore option. That is the button you click when you want to manually backup data. It is the same button to click when you want to restore data manually. To do this, you must have your SD card mounted, without which the process cannot happen.
- Back to the Backup option; on clicking ‘Backup’, you’ll access backup options. The top of the options is the ‘Backup to Google Drive’ choice. To the right of the vote is an on/off button. Move the button to the right, meaning you’ve enabled automatic data and app backup to Google Drive.
Below the Backup to Google option is the Account option. This allows you to activate the email to which you want backing up to happen. For instance, if your email is [email protected], you can click the “Add Account” option and select that email. In this case, your email is your account.
Once auto-backing upstarts, all you need to do is log in to your email and go to your drive. There, you’ll access all the backed-up data without struggle. You can then use the restore option to get back the data or apps active on your phone.
- You can choose to back up the data manually by clicking the “Back up now” button just below your phone’s name. This lets you decide which additional information you want to back up or you do not want to. Below that is the “other data” option.
Benefits of Data Backup
- Your data stays safe in case of hard drive failure.
Today, data has so much value. You risk losing millions for losing information. For instance, imagine having your Android device as your only storage, then the hard drive crashes. Well, I do not know what your reaction will be like, but confusion will engulf you.
To avoid such incidents, you can back up your data. When your hard drive crashes, the only loss you’ll incur is the cost of the HDD and not information.
- Easy recovery
A lot might happen between data collection and submission to the user. If anything wrong happens, like power failure or whatever that can lead to data loss, backup makes it easy to recover the lost information. This is especially true in cases of automatic backup.
Benefits of Backing up Android Apps
Backing up apps is similar to backing up data. Even the retrieval process is quite similar. But why should someone back up apps when they could download the same from Play Store or any other app store? What is the significance? Well, there are benefits too to backing up data.
Think about those apps you have to buy to get them. Backing up such apps will save you from having to spend money again on purchases. Some apps are not readily available in most app stores. Finding such too could be hectic. Backing up apps will save you from the struggle of having to get such rare apps.
Think of another scenario. For instance, you’re playing a game. The app stores your progress. In case of any hard drive failure and loss of your app, it simply means you lose your progress. No one wants that. Imagine losing your FIFA career to app loss; all the effort and sacrifice have gone. You can avoid such failures by simply backing up your apps as you do your data.
It may be tiring and inconvenient to back up your data manually. That is why you’re encouraged to activate the automatic option. The beauty about automatic backups is the process goes no even when you’ve forgotten to do your manual backup. In the end, your data, expensive apps, and any in-app progress are stored safely in the clouds.
Backing up data does not cost you anything. This is true, especially if you do not have terabytes of information to store. The only challenge comes when your data is too big beyond the cloud limit. This means you’ll have to find hosting platforms and purchase space.
Data backup offers security to your information. With automatic backing up of data, you are sure your information will be securely stored even without your intervention. In a world where information is money, you cannot afford not to back up your data. It can work against you considerable time in case of power failure, storage failure, or any other challenges that may cause loss of the unsecured data. The fact that backing up data is free should encourage you always to ensure your data is backed up in the cloud.