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Back up and restore your Android

HOW TO KEEP YOUR ANDROID SMARTPHONE’S PASSWORDS AND PHOTOS BACKED UP IN CASE THE WORST HAPPENS.

- [ DAN GARDINER ]

MAKING SURE YOU know how to regularly back up your Android phones or tablets in case disaster strikes is an essential skill to have. Android is tailor-made for syncing with cloud services, so wherever possible, use online services to back up important data such as emails, contacts and calendars.

On Android, the Google Sync feature ( www.google.com/sync/index.html) will also back up contacts, email, calendar and bookmarks if you’re using the default (or Google-made) apps associated with each of these. If your Android device is full of precious photos and home videos, then it’s important to know how to make sure your phone or tablet is backed up correctly, so if anything happens to the device, you at least still have all your irreplacea­ble photos and videos.

Android can also back up a lot of critical app data — a feature that’s improved over time — but it’s not quite as thorough as what you’ll see on iOS. In many cases, this means that, when you need to restore Android from a backup, your apps and the data they contain will be restored as well.

Because of this, it’s best to take a twopronged approach to backing up. The first simple step is to enable Android’s built-in backup feature, if you haven’t already. To check, head into ‘Settings > Backup & reset’ [1] and make sure both ‘Back up my data’ and ‘Automatic restore’ [2] are checked.

This will keep an automatic backup of your Android data and settings online that are tied to a Gmail account. If you need to reset your Android device, or you buy a new one, then you can sign in with this Gmail account and your data and settings will be downloaded and restored. Google accounts all come with 15GB of free cloud storage on Google Drive, which should be enough for your app data.

HOW TO BACK UP PHOTOS ON ANDROID

You probably take a lot of photos with your Android phone or tablet, so you’ll want to make sure you take regular backups of the photos you store on there. Android has an automatic backup feature for the photos you take, so to make sure that’s enabled, open up the Photos app, then tap on the icon of three horizontal lines. On the menu that opens, tap on Settings, then select ‘Backup & sync’.

Now, make sure that the toggle next to where it says ‘Back up & sync’ is enabled [3]. From this menu, you can also choose the quality that the photos are saved as when backed up, and whether or not to run the automatic backup using your mobile data.

Remember, if you choose this, you may go over your mobile data limit. Leaving the setting to only backup on Wi-Fi means that once you connect to router that itself is connected to the internet, your photos will automatica­lly be backed up. Any Android device that you log into in the future will then have access to those photos, and you can even view them online by signing into your account at photos.google.com.

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