One of the first things an Android device (phones and tablets) owner thinks to his/herself is “what can I customize on this thing”?!! The upside is that much of it can be customized right out of the box. The downside is that if you really want to “heavy duty, go at it”, you have to root the Android device first. Along with that rooting idea comes a lot in the way of risks. Going back to the upside tells us that rooting can be pretty easy, even for those without a computer. And with that easy does it approach to the various methods of rooting comes the standard warning: “BACK IT UP FIRST”.

There’s where the problem is; how to back it up first? There are methods to manually back up just about every aspect of your Android device. However, there are Android device owners that are either technically impaired and/or unwilling to use the manual methods. On the upside, there’s a pretty big list of choices for apps that can backup an Android device for you (online and local storage options included). Each one offers a variety of features that are either paid for or free. They also have the restore capabilities too so don’t worry about that!!

The Backup Methods

Here I will show you various programs/apps that can backup your Android device to either an online source and/or to a SD card and the PC. These come in no particular order.

My Backup Pro

My Backup Pro

My Backup Pro is an app that can be freely downloaded and used. For the extra features, you need to buy it. But pretty much everything is already there. My Backup Pro can work on both rooted and non-rooted Android devices. Basically, you can pretty much mirror your Android device to a SD card and/or to an online spot (a Dropbox account). This works on Android 2.2 and higher.

Pros:

  • Easy to use.
  • Large variety of backup options.
  • Backup before you root can be applied easily.
  • Free and In-app purchases are included too if you want more.
  • Can restore/migrate to different Android devices on the same account.

Cons:

  • Has a claim of “supports the most Android devices”. All things considered, that claim might suffer a brutal workout.
  • Need an already rooted device to use more features.
  • Various complaints about a corrupted backup.

Ultimate Backup

Ultimate Backup

Ultimate Backup has a long list of features because it’s not just a backup app. It’s a very complete device manager with backup and restoration features. This one happens to be recommended a lot but that “mix up” of what it is was left out on various occasions. You can backup and restore to cloud and/or the internal storage of the Android device (local storage). Ultimate Backup works with both rooted and non-rooted devices. The Premium version adds more features but it still works just fine as a free app. Ultimate Backup needs Android 2.2 and higher to work.

Pros:

  • Very long list of features for your rooted and non-rooted Android devices.
  • Free and quite capable of many things.
  • Not just a backup and restoration system.
  • Turns out to be pretty useful for those who did root (before and after). More features are there for rooted users.

Cons:

  • Could prove overwhelming when all you wanted was the backup and restore capability.
  • Lots of mixed emotions about this app (good and bad) on the Play Store.
  • Needs a rooted device to work with app data.
  • Has problems with some Android devices and problems with SD card backups.

Easy Backup and Restore

Easy Backup and Restore

Easy Backup and Restore is one that has been on and remains on the free list. As the name implies, it’s pretty easy to use this app. Easy Backup and Recovery works with both rooted and non-rooted Android devices. All the files are placed in a .zip file and can be checked either on an Android device or a computer. This app has the capabilities to backup and restore to cloud and local storages including a SD card. This app requires Android 2.3 and up.

Pros:

  • Completely free.
  • Can be a quick mirror image of your device.
  • Pretty easy to use.
  • Local and online backups.

Cons:

  • Lots of mixed emotions on the Play Store.
  • IF it fails it does a great job.
  • Ads driven.
  • Needs root to work with app data.

Helium Backup (formerly known as Carbon)

Helium Backup

This is ClockworkMod’s Helium Backup which is another one that works for both rooted and non-rooted Android devices. Helium can backup and restore to/from cloud, the SD card, and your computer. It just depends on which version you get (free or premium). Helium works on Android 4.0 and above devices and has a desktop program to work with it for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Pros:

  • Free version works fine.
  • Full range of things to back up and restore.
  • Full range of places to backup to.

Cons:

  • Needs a rooted device for more things to work with.
  • Not always easy to get the drivers for the desktop program.
  • Again with the mixed emotions on the Play Store for this app.

Apowersoft Phone Manager

Apowersoft Phone Manager

The Apowersoft Phone Manager is a desktop application that does as the name implies and includes backups and restoration. This one works on Android 3.0 and higher (the app in the Play Store). The nifty part is that this one can root your Android devices too. The Apowersoft Phone Manager backs up and restores to and from your PC. The app from the Play Store works with the internal storage and the SD card on your Android device.

Pros:

  • The app is free.
  • Offers various connection methods.
  • Desktop version has many extra features.
  • Works with rooted and non-rooted devices.

Cons:

  • Desktop version has a price tag on it.
  • The app compatibility doesn’t seem to be so great.
  • More mixed emotions in the Play Store.
  • Sometimes the connections don’t work.

The first and foremost thing to consider in all this is that most would want a total mirror image of their Android device but that doesn’t always happen. These apps are capable of doing it as long as the Android device and version are compatible. Other than that, most overlook the part about you having to have a rooted device to be able to backup and restore app data. Pretty backwards towards the warning of “back it up first”!! The apps themselves, among the rest of your Android device contents, can be backed up with these apps. But without already having a rooted device, the app data won’t be there in either direction.

Basically, when you don’t have a rooted device, you can back up the apps and everything else. That’s fine. At least you might not have to download those apps again. Rather, just restore them from a SD card or from your computer. This would save you some data usage if that’s a concern for you. But for those that backed up with cloud, you still have to download them again along with everything else but you can do that from just about anywhere you like. Go use someone else’s connection and try to salvage any data caps you might be stuck with!!

If you have any questions, comments, and/or suggestions, please feel free to comment them below. Thanks for reading!!