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Friday, February 3, 2012

How to back up apps on your Android phone

A quick tutorial on how you can back up all the apps from your Android phone to a safe location on the cloud, your memory card or your PC – for both rooted and non-rooted handsets

Since the Google Android platform does not come with a desktop client, backing up important data can become a little difficult. Thankfully, there are enough apps to help you get the job done, be it on a cloud server or on your phone or computer’s memory. Here’s how you can back up your apps easily.
While non-rooted Android phone owners can back up the apps installed on their phone, they can only do so partially. However, rooted Android handset owners can do a complete backup of their installed apps.

For Non-Rooted Handsets

The My Backup Pro app allows users to easily back up their installed apps, but without the app data. This means that when you restore the backup, the app will appear as a new installation without any of your previous settings saved.
Step 1 – Download My Backup Pro from the Android Market. The free version requires root access, so users need to buy the paid version of the app.
Step 2 – The first time you start it, the app requires users to fill in their email ID, name, and a password for the online cloud storage account. Fill in all the details, and then press Ok.

Step 3 – Now, select the ‘Backup’ option.
Step 4 – From the list that comes up select the ‘Data’ option.
Step 5 – Now, specify where you want to save the backed up data – on the cloud or on your phone’s mass storage – and then select Ok.
Step 6 – The app will then backup all your apps on your specified location.  You’re done!
Step 7 – To restore apps from My Backup Pro, simply use the ‘Restore’ option and follow the steps to restore the backed up data from where you just saved it.

For Rooted Handsets

If you have rooted your Android phone, then you can use the more powerful Titanium Backup to back up all your apps and its related data. There is a free version as well as a paid version of Titanium Backup available for download in the Android Market.
Step 1 – Before anything, make sure that you enable ‘USB Debugging’ option on your phone (Settings-> Applications-> Development).
Step 2 – Download the free or the paid version of Titanium Backup from the Android Market.
Step 3 – Start Titanium Backup and grant root access to the app by selecting ‘Yes’, when the Superuser box prompts up.
Step 4 – Select the ‘Backup/Restore’ tab on the top. Titanium Backup will then show you a list of all the system apps, and the apps you have installed. You can then either back up each app manually by selecting them, and then selecting the ‘Backup!’ option or all of them at once.
Step 5 – To back up all your installed apps at once, press the menu button and then select the ‘Batch’ option.
Step 6 – Now, select the first option under the Backup category – ‘Backup all user apps’ – by pressing Run.
Step 7 – Titanium Backup will now show you the list of all the apps you have installed. Select which apps you want to backup, and when done, simply tap the ‘Run The Batch Operation’ option. The app will then backup all your apps on your phone’s memory card.
Step 8 – To restore your backed up apps with Titanium Backup, simply navigate to the Backup/Restore tab, select the ‘Batch’ option by pressing the menu button, and then select the ‘Restore missing apps with data’ option from under the Restore category.
IMPORTANT: It is highly recommended that users do not backup their system apps or settings from Titanium backup. It might lead to incompatibilities and may affect your phone’s stability.

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