Backing up our electronics is an extremely important process. When it comes to our phones we have so much data stored on them: contacts, pictures, videos, apps, our personal information, banking information and so on. Should something happen to our phones, we must ensure that we will still have access to all of that valuable information. In order to do that, we must back up our phones to a computer. In this post, we’ll go over how to backup Android phones to a PC.
Cause of data loss
Here are some common causes of data loss in mobile devices:
- Upgrading the operating system
- Dropping an Android phone into the water or on the ground
- A smashed or broken phone screen
- A stolen phone
- A factory reset
- A phone that has been attacked by a virus
In order to avoid data loss when these problems occur, make sure your phone is backed up. This article will go over how to backup Android phones to a PC. Here’s how to do so:
Mobikin Assistant for Android
This is one of the most popular backup methods. MobikIN Assistant for Android will back up and restore nearly all types of data including contacts, call logs, text messages, photos, videos, music, apps and documents, from your Android phone to your PC. In addition to backing up all Android files to a PC with one click, MobiKin Assistant for Android can also transfer one or more selected files from an Android to a computer. It’s one of the simplest ways to backup Android phones to a pc.
How to use MobiKin Assistant to backup Android phones to a pc
- Download and install the program on your computer.
- Open MobiKin Assistant for Android on your computer.
- Connect your Android phone to the PC using a USB cable.
- Tap on <“Super Toolkit”> “Back Up”. Then choose the types of data and click “Back Up.”
Use Droid Transfer to backup data
Droid Transfer allows you to view all of your Android’s content via your PC. Then you are able to choose which types of data you want to back up to the computer and how you want to back them up— wirelessly or via USB. Any messages, photos, videos and other files that have been backed up with Droid Transfer will be accessible on your PC for you to view, print or copy.
How to use Droid Transfer to backup Android phones to a PC
For this example, we will show you how to back up photos using Droid Transfer:
- Download Droid Transfer and open the program.
- Click “Photos” to view your phone’s photos via your PC.
- Click “Export Photos” in Droid Transfer.
- Choose a folder on your computer that you wish to back up the photos to.
- The folder will then be scanned for existing photos and will show you the photos on your phone that have not already been backed up.
- Click “Export” to export all of the photos to your chosen folder.
Use manufacturer’s backup service
If you use this method, you must remember that you won’t be able to use the files in the back up, it’s simply a method for backing up and restoring your data. If you need full access to your backed up files, you should use one of the other methods in this article. This is one of the recommended ways to backup Android phones to a PC.
How to back up an Android with the phone’s back up service
- Open Settings on your Droid
- Tap Backup and Reset
- Choose a type of back up: automatic or manual
- For automatic, tap “Automatic Backup” then toggle Backup ON
- For manual, tap “More” then “Manual backup” then tap “Back Up”
Using Google Drive to backup data
Google Drive also supports multiple types of data. Once Google Drive has been downloaded onto your phone, you can turn on an automatic upload feature that will back up your photos, music, videos and other documents. Google Drive will organize your files and make them searchable. This allows you to find files by name and content. When you are signed in with your Google account, you can see your backup data anytime, anywhere. This is one of the simplest ways to backup Android phones to a PC.
How to use Google Drive
- Download and install Google Drive on your Android phone
- Sign in with your Google account and upload your files. To do this, tap on “Plus,” you can also click “Settings” and enable “Auto Back Up.” If you do that, your Android data will automatically be backed up.
- Log in to Google Drive on your PC. From here you can download the files you want onto the computer.
Backup Android files manually with a USB cable
With this method, you don’t have to worry about downloading any apps or software, all you need is a PC, Android and USB cable. You can work with more file type using this option, including DOC, vCard, XML and so on. This may be one of the most convenient ways to backup Android phones to a PC.
How to back up files manually using a USB cable
- Unlock the Android phone, connect is to the PC with a USB cable.
- When prompted, choose “File Transfer” on the phone.
- Once finished, enter the “This PC” option on the PC and you will see your phone as a drive there. Go to the files you want to back up and drop and drop them to transfer them from the Android to your computer.
Transfer files with File Explorer
If you are looking for a way to quickly back up a few files for free, you can do so directly from Windows. It’s important to note that this method will only work to access and copy music, photos and videos from the Android device. If you need to back up messages, contacts and other data, we recommend using Droid Transfer (instructions above). This is the quickest way to backup Android phones to a PC.
How to copy Android files to your PC with File Explorer
- Connect your Android to your PC via USB cable.
- Open File Explorer on your PC.
- If a screen pops up on your phone, choose “Transfer Files.” If there is no pop-up and your phone does not appear in File Explorer, swipe down on the Android and tap “Charging with USB.” Now, an option should appear that says “Transfer Files.”
- Select your Android in the File Explorer.
- Now you can copy and paste or drag-and-drop your files from the Android to the PC.
Final thoughts on how to backup Android phones to a PC.
Now that you know several options to back up your Android phone onto your PC, you can choose the one that appeals the most to you. If for any reason, you don’t like that technique or you find it too complicated, just come back to this article and try another method until you find the Android data back up method that works best for you. Explore other articles, tips and tricks with TechDescribed.com.