4 Tools to Back Up Your Android Device to Your PC

MakeUseOf | 6/21/2018 | Ryan Dube
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Imagine the feeling if you dropped your Android device and found it no longer works. What would you do if you lost everything on your phone? You can avoid this nightmare by making sure to back up your Android to your PC.

There are a number of ways you can do this, depending on what data on your phone you want to back up. Your options are backing up only photos, taking a “flash” backup of your Android phone, using a free third-party backup app, or turning your phone into a wireless FTP server.

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We’ll explore all four options. Browse through them and use the option that’s best for you.

Most people use their phone to take pictures often. In many cases, photos are really the only data on your phone you’d care about losing.

Way - Photo - Cloud - Google - Photos

If this sounds like you, there’s a simple way to ensure every photo you take gets backed up to the cloud: using Google Photos.

Thanks to the app’s automatic backup and sync, Google will upload every photo or video you take right to your Google Photos account. Setting this up and using Google Photos on your phone is easy:

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Open Google Photos on your phone or install it if you don’t have it yet.

Tap the menu icon in the upper-left corner and choose Settings.

Settings - Menu - Click - Back - Sync

In the settings menu, click on Back up & sync.

Enable the toggle next to Back up & sync.

Option - Photos - Videos - Cellular - Data

You’ll also see the option to enable Photos and Videos under Cellular data back up. If you enable this, photo and video backups will take place even when you’re not on Wi-Fi. If you’re on a limited cellular data plan, you’ll probably want to disable this option.

To make sure these photos automatically back up to your PC, you’ll need to install Google Drive on your computer and sign in with your...
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