Even if you have the automatic backup setup on your Android device, it’s always a good idea to have a backup of a backup. You know, just in case something happens. All it takes is someone hacking your Google account for all of your supposedly safe data to go the way of the dinosaur.
Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, consider choosing one of these backup apps to make sure that all of your important data is doubly secure.
Carbon/Helium Editor's Pick
If you think the word root means a part of a plant, the carbon backup app might be the perfect solution for your backup needs. Unlike the long-lived Titanium Backup, Carbon does not require you to root your device. You do have to connect the app to your desktop however to even get the app started if your device isn’t rooted.
Carbon allows you to backup your apps, SMS, phone call logs and even your texting dictionary. The free version allows you to backup to your SD card and PC, but if you spend $4.99 you can do a lot more stuff like backup schedules, perform Android-to-Android syncs and backup to the cloud.
Price: Free / $4.99 (Premium Version)
Where most apps backup to an SD card or internal storage, CM Backup is a cloud-based offering. You’ll get 5GB of free, encrypted storage space for your phone’s important data. Unless you shoot video often, you’ll probably find no need to upgrade. The app backs up contacts, message, call logs, photos, bookmarks, calendar entries, alarms and personal dictionaries making it easy to restore important details with a few taps.
Advanced features include secure SSL data transfer, lossless photo compression, scheduled backups and access to your backed up files from the web.
G Cloud Backup
There’s not really a better deal than G Cloud Backup. The app is free to download an you get 1GB free and you can ramp up your space to 8GB by inviting friends to try G Cloud Backup or performing simple tasks like mentioning the app on your Facebook page.
The app allows you to backup your apps, calendars, contacts, music and other data to Amazon’s AWS cloud. Worried about security? The cloud is secured with a 256-bit AES encryption. All you need to do to use the app is set up an account associated with your email, no rooting required.
If you want something that’s completely no frills, why not try out Super Backup. It’s simple to use and you can choose the data you want to backup easily from their menu. For the free version, you can backup apps, contacts, SMS, calendars, bookmarks and call logs. You’ll have to deal with advertisements, but you can pay $1.99 if you don’t want to.
A fun feature of Super backup is that you can schedule your the different data in various intervals - daily to monthly - and send these backup files to gmail. If you want to backup and restore your apps, you will need to root your Android device.
Price: Free / $1.99 (Ad-Free version)
This app is probably the grandfather of backup apps and for good reason. While the newer versions are certainly prettier and even easier to use, there’s something to be said about going with ol’ faithful. This app is for the more experience Android users as it requires a rooted device.
The free version is fairly basic and allows you to backup/restore your apps incredibly quickly. The PRO version offers multiple backups, app freezer, scheduled backups, cloud backups, encryption, move all apps to SD and more. It might certainly cost more than other backup apps out there, but out of all the apps listed, it gives you the most features and flexibility.
Price: Free / $6.58 (PRO version)
Think about this, every 3.5 seconds someone’s smartphone is stolen. Since most thieves will wipe the device data clean, even if you recover it, you will never recover all the data you had.
With all the options out there for backup apps, there’s really no reason not to have all of your data backed up in a secure location.