How to back up the apps on your Android

If, for whatever reason, you want to keep the data contained (apps, photos, conversations …) in your Android, then restore them on another device, then we recommend using the Google Backup feature.

In this tutorial, we explain step by step how to keep your data. And restore them.

Note that the name of the options may differ from one device to another, here we used a Sony Xperia.

To find these features on your device, you can search or visit the manufacturer’s website.

Back up apps and data from an Android

The easiest way to save data and apps from your Android tablet or smartphone is to use the native Backup feature. 
Google specifies that as long as you use Google Drive as a backup application, then the following will be retained:

  • contacts 
  • Google Calendar: Settings and Events
  • Wi-Fi networks and passwords
  • Wallpapers
  • Gmail settings
  • applications
  • Display settings (brightness and standby)
  • Language and input settings
  • Date and hour
  • Settings and data for apps not created by Google (varies by the app)

To start the process, make sure you’re signed in to your Google Account. Then go to Settings→ System → Backup. Finally, the Save to Google Drive option is displayed, turn it on.

We also recommend that you enable the Auto Backup feature (Settings → System → Backup and Restore).

The process will take a few minutes, depending on the amount of data to be saved.

Restore the backup of an Android

Restoring a backup is mostly automatic because when you link a new Android to your Google Account, you are asked to choose the backup to restore.

To do this manually, go to Settings → System → Backup & Recovery → Restore Data, and confirm.

Note that for some apps, it is not possible to restore all of their settings and data.