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Bulletproof Backups: Baking Up Your Android Smart Device

With more of our lives lived on and through the personal data devices that we use there is an immediate need to guarantee the data stored there is recoverable.


With more of our lives lived on and through the personal data devices that we use there is an immediate need to guarantee the data stored there is recoverable. Gone are the days when most people were able to recite the phone numbers of their closest friends.

Gone are the days when new numbers were written down first and then later transcribed into a book or notepad until that number was memorized. Gone are the days when a camera had film and pictures had negatives as a backup to the photos being lost. Now everything we do from gathering and keeping contact information to taking and storing pictures happens on a single, small device that is as easily misplaced as it is stolen or destroyed.

How Do I Protect My Android Device?

Backup up an Android device requires the use of two separate applications: the built-in backup and restore and the MyBackup application. Unfortunately, the basic backup service that comes installed with Android devices only saves application data and basic phone configurations. That’s where MyBackup comes in. MyBackup allows for the backing up of texts, home screen configurations, and call logs.

The Android Backup And Restore

This is the simplest way to secure your Android data from loss. To configure this backup, start by accessing "user settings" and then "privacy" on your Android device. Here you will be able to configure the specifics of how the backup and restoration proceed. Just select the check boxes associated with the backup and restore options most important to your device.

While your Google account manages all of your Android applications, the account does not store application data. Be sure to configure the backup and restore to back up your application data so that on restoration or the purchase of a new device, all of you application will be restored automatically. Lastly, this application can be configured to save your device’s current settings and network passwords.

MyBackup Application

While the Android backup and restore options cover most of the important data stored on an Android device, the included application does not cover some of the most important information on your device. That’s where MyBackup comes in as it can be configured to backup text message logs, home screens, and call information. Be sure to keep in mind, the MyBackup free application only covers a single device. The Pro version will allow for more.

To download and use the MyBackup application, follow these few steps:

  1. Access the Google Play store. Download and install your choice of MyBackup or MyBackup Pro. The applications will ask you to configure a password and email address for the creation of an account.
  2. In the application, tap the "backup" button.
  3. Now tap the "Applications & Media."
  4. Select "Local" for internal storage or SD card storage or "Online" (recommended).
  5. On the following screen, tap the checkboxes next to data that should be backed up.
  6. Select a name for your backup or continue with the Android generated one.
  7. On the following screen, MyBackup will generate a PIN number that will be needed to restore this backup. Write it down or store the PIN somewhere safe.
  8. This process should be repeated for applications, photos, and data (such as call logs and text messaging) as each will require their own backup in MyBackup.
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