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You should always backup your files. It’s one of the most important things a person needs to do with their electronics. You never know when things will go wrong and you don’t want to lose any of your stuff when such events occur. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to backup your files and apps on Android. For this list, we’ll take a look at the best Android backup apps.


App Backup Restore - Transfer

Price: Free / $4.99
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App Backup Restore is one of the simpler backup apps. It has a list of features, including the ability to backup and restore APKs, auto-backup, show a bunch of system stats, and more. You have the option of backing up to the cloud or to your SD card if you want to. It can also backup your contacts if you need it to. There are also some unnecessary features like a virus scanner. The only downside is that it cannot backup actual app data. It'll only store your APKs so that you can re-install them more quickly after a factory reset. Just something to keep in mind.
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App Backup Restore - Transfer

Backup Your Mobile

Price: Free
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Backup Your Mobile is another basic solution for backup apps for those who don’t need a lot of features. It can backup a lot of things including apps, system settings, SMS, MMS, call logs, and other various bric-a-brac. The UI is fairly simple and using it to backup stuff should only take a few minutes of poking around. It looks antiquated, but it's not like you'll use this app more than a few times. Some have reported the occasional bug. Thus, your mileage may vary. Thankfully, it's free so it won't cost you anything to try it.
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Backup Your Mobile

CM Backup

Price: Free
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Cheetah Mobile’s CM Backup is one of the more popular and highly rated backup apps. It doesn’t backup applications, but it will backup contacts, messages, call logs, bookmarks, calendar info, alarms, and user dictionaries. Unlike most, CM Backup is a cloud solution so you’ll be backing up to their cloud and restoring from there. This makes it easy for cross-device restoring. It also includes a website that you can view and manage your backups. We're not always the biggest fans of Cheetah Mobile, but this app actually works pretty well. You'll also get 5GB of free storage for backups when you sign up.
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CM Backup

Easy Backup & Restore

Price: Free
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As the name implies, Easy Backup and Restore aims to be simple. It backups applications and the usual assortment of other stuff. That includes MMS, calendar, and user dictionaries. You also have the option of backing up directly to your device or to cloud storage if you wish. You will need root access for some features, such as app data and batch restoring applications, but otherwise it’s a fairly simple application. It's also totally free to use. It's from the same developer that does Root Explorer, a file manager that we also really like.
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Helium

Price: Free / $4.99
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Helium was one of the first truly useful “no root required” backup apps. Using this app, you can backup and restore your apps to your computer or your device depending on your preferences. If you fork out the $4.99 for the premium version, you can also sync apps between Android devices and backup to and restore from cloud storage (Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive) with more features coming soon. It's probably the best of the backup apps bunch for non-root users. However, you will need a bit of technical know-how to make this work effectively. There is also root support for those that need it.
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List My Apps

Price: Free
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List My Apps is different from most backup apps. Instead of backing things up, it creates a list of your apps for easy reference. This is great for people who don’t want to use cloud storage, don’t have a lot of internal storage for backups, and for those who don’t use a lot of apps. It creates lists in XML, plain text, BBCode, Markdown, market URLs, and you can even create your own using a template. It’s simple, it works, and it’s effective if you need a quick list of stuff you have on your device. It's about as good as it gets if you're rocking it old school.
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MyBackup

Price: Free / $4.99
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Back in the good old days, MyBackup was the best alternative to Titanium Backup for root users. Thankfully, it's still fairly relevant. It can backup apps, photos, music, videos, and the usual assortment of stuff like call logs, SMS, and system settings. On the free version, you can backup to your device or external SD card. With the pro version, you have more options on where to backup and restore from. That includes cloud storage, other devices, and even your computer. Of course, as in the old days, root users have some extra features including freezing bloatware and system apps and more. It has its ups and downs. However, it's one of the better backup apps for root users.
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Super Backup Pro

Price: Free / $1.99
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Super Backup is another one of the simpler backup apps The interface is functional and easy to use. It includes buttons that backup each thing individually, including apps, contacts, SMS, calendars, and a few others. Users can define where the backups go for easy locating later and you can also schedule automatic backups along with backing up to cloud storage. There have been a few bugs reported here and there, but it’s a simple solution overall.
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Super Backup Pro

Titanium Backup

Price: Free / $5.99
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Titanium Backup is an essential tool for root users. It's been stable for ages, receives frequent updates, and has tons of features. Unlike many other backup apps, Titanium Backup is pretty much exclusively for root users without many features for non-rooted devices. You can freeze and uninstall bloatware, backup applications (along with app data), backup to cloud storage, and plenty more. The Pro version comes with far more features, including 1-click batch restore, syncing to cloud storage, and a whole lot more. This is the past and present king of backup apps for root users and everybody knows it.
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Ultimate Backup

Price: Free / $2.99
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Last on the list of apps is Ultimate Backup. It aims to be a competitor to Titanium Backup. It features the ability to freeze and unfreeze system bloatware, backup apps, sync apps to cloud storage, and more. Those who go pro will also get back actions (restore/backup), restoring apps from the cloud, and the removal of advertising. It’s a solid solution. However, it doesn't quite have the firepower that Titanium Backup does. It's a good solution for those who need something simple without a bunch of extra features. Please note, root users only for this one!
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Other ways to backup your stuff

There are other ways to backup various parts of your device. You won’t typically see the kind of depth that you’d see with one of the applications listed above, but with a little housekeeping, you can have a device that restores pretty much everything within an hour without the help of a backup applications. We’ll cover these briefly but our own Jonathan Feist covers them more in depth in his Android customization series.


Google Backup and OEM backup apps

Price: Free (usually)
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Android has the capacity to backup all of your stuff for you. You can access the options in the Settings menu of your device. It can backup a bunch of info, like the apps you have installed, some system settings, and more. OEMs such as HTC, Samsung, and LG usually have backup apps pre-installed on their devices as well. The OEM version can usually do a little more, including backing up phone contacts, passwords, bookmarks, SMS messages, and more. They're all usually free, come installed already, and usually work pretty well.
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Google Backup and OEM backup apps

Manual Backups

Price: Free
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You can access most of the files on your device. Using a file manager (or by hooking your phone up to a computer in MTP mode), you have immediate access to all of your music (in the Music folder), videos (in the Video folder), and even your photos (in the DCIM folder). It's quite easy to move all of these files to your PC for safe storage while you switch phones. You can also back then up to the cloud (share to the cloud storage app of your choice) and even backup and store your contacts using the Contacts app. It's tedious and requires a bit of technical know-how. However, you will always know where your files are.
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Manual Backups

Cloud Saving

Price: Free (usually)
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Tons of apps have cloud syncing features all on their own. Many browsers, including Google Chrome and Firefox let you sign into an account where you can sync your Internet history, bookmarks, logins, and other browser data. Apps like Pocket Casts let you sync your podcast subscription list. Some cloud storage apps like Dropbox, Google Photos, and Microsoft OneDrive can automatically backup your photos. Many, many games have cloud saving via Facebook or Google Play Games. You can even save your contacts to your Gmail account and they will automatically sync with any phone that logs into your Google account. Passowrd manager apps like LastPass are great for backing up your login data. Before going down the rabbit hole to back up everything, check out what may already be backing itself up on your device!
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If we missed any great methods or backup apps for Android, tell us about them in the comments!

Joe Hindy
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  • Roy Corbett

    This is best app…

  • Amshu Patel

    Uniq Mobile Finder is a great application for getting your lost or stolen mobile phone. I got my lost phone and I just loved it, it worked like a magic for me for getting back my phone when I lost it. I challenge this is going to be one of the best app in 2015. Must use app, Highly recommended!

  • DonGateley

    In trying to find a solution that would _sync_ my apps+data only with the cloud and not on the device (unsuccessfully) I found that several of these would not perform as they were supposed to on my rooted Galaxy S6. Mostly when trying to do anything with the cloud.

    I’d love to hear of a solution to my problem in case anyone knows of one.

  • Thanks for sharing this, to backup android phone text messages to computer, i found Coolmuster Android Assistant could also help, and it could transfer other kinds of files to computer.

    • Jay

      Have you tried Velkro?

  • Nnyan Tengwar

    I would like to find an app that backs up my app logins so I can avoid that mess.

    • JosephHindy

      You’ll want a password manager.

  • Wpreaak

    How to backup your Android phone data before restoring it to factory settings or rooting it? How to recover android data in case that you may delete or lose data accidentally? Here, I recommend Coolmuster Android Backup and Resoter tool for you.

  • I want to backup browser history. Is any way..?

    • xicer777

      yes by using Helium …no root is required :)

  • Saurav Kumar

    Hey after downloading some games like asphalt, NFS, it says to download extra files, how do i backup the app in order to not to lose that extra downloaded data???

    • JosephHindy

      I’m pretty sure both of those games have cloud saving. You use cloud saving, then re-download the files. The cloud save restores your progress afterward.

  • Fayek Helmi

    helium doesn’t work on my oneplus 2….. it gets stuck on “Enable PTP”. if i click on the button to switch to settings to change to PTP, it opens for a split second then closes. if i do it manually, it doesn’t register.

    • FabioGreatness

      I am having the same issue. I even purchased the premium version.. waste of money!

  • Pinky

    Thanks for sharing. I have used the first app backup restore for a few years. It works well and can send my photos to friz. I’ll try others,too. Thanks again.

  • Jay

    Velkro: Backup & Restore trumps a lot of those in terms of speed and reliability. They also have cool file conversion features for use in other types of devices and quick qr transfer. Unlike Helium and Titanium, exporting and importing from a cloud storage like Dropbox and Google Drive doesn’t cost money either. Surprised they were not mentioned Android Authority

    • Rogue

      Sure, an app with only like 100 downloads and 12 reviews. Nah. You work for them, don’t you ..

  • NanoPi

    thats odd, App Backup and Restore (mobi.infolife.appbackup) has a different icon now and App Backup – Easy and Fast! (com.colure.app.ibu) has a similar icon.

  • Doubbie Sevens

    AirMore also has a function to backup apps. Go to AirMore Web > find “Apps” > choose the apps or select all > click “Backup”. It is pretty easy!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4678a05687155426ff16cbd26ea8f319595e6ee549196473cacd1213680dd69b.jpg

  • Gotmilo

    Helium doesn’t work anymore

  • Oz

    In the future, perhaps tell us what we get with the paid version? Just saying both versions work well isn’t informative.

  • popinloopy

    No mention of using adb backup?

  • Aleksander Malinowski

    Do u know maybe Xoperos solutions? I started use their product. Actually i am satisfied , but tell me if u know more backup solutions (for small company) or maybe you have some experience with Xopero too?

  • samratbh03

    suggest me the tools or app using that can backup my contact

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