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Android Ultimate Backup Guide For Rooted & Non-Rooted Devices

The best thing about Android is you can customize it the way you want by flashing various ROMs or MODs. However, there is always a risk of losing data while doing so. That's why creating a backup of your existing data is very important. The good thing about Android OS is, its comes with some basic backup feature inbuilt to safeguard your data. If you added your Gmail account on your smartphone and activated auto-sync or if you sync it manually before doing anything risky then it will sync your contact details along with app info to Google cloud server. You can then add the same Gmail id to a new ROM and restore contacts and apps. Please note, this method unable to restore app data but install apps that previously you have. Also the default sync method don’t able to backup your massages (SMS or MMS). That’s why you have to take some necessary action before playing with your device including flashing ROMs or MODs. If you flashing an official firmware over an old firmware then you don’t require to backup anything as stock firmware restore everything as it is, except root access.

Below, I have listed few tools and apps both for rooted and non-rooted devices that should help you to backup your data.

Backup Android Device data without Root

1. Nandroid Backup: You may able to install a custom recovery such as ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery or TWRP recovery without rooting your device (by flashing image file with fastboot command or flashing tar file via Odin or by flashing zip via stock recovery) then backup your device using available option on your custom recovery. This backup is called Nandroid backup, which basically create an image of your OS. You can later restore the backup (zip file) through the same custom recovery. The backup can also be explored using an app called Nandroid Browser.

2. Go Backup Pro: This backup app work with both rooted and unrooted Android device. Eventually rooted device will get more option due to system level access but you can still enjoy a lot of backup features including backing up contacts,messages, system settings, GO launcher settings and apps without root. The sync feature with Dropbox is an added bonus. [Play Store Link]

3. JS Backup: Another cool app to backup various necessary data of your Android system. It able to backup and restore contacts, MMS, call history, text messages, calendars, bookmarks, system settings, shortcuts, alarms, dictionaries, applications, images, music, playlists, and videos. Apart from storing data on SD Card, you can also sync your data in cloud services including Dropbox, SugarSync and GoogleDocs. As an added bonus, the app also allow you to track your backup history when you are connected to net. [Play Store Link]

4. Ultimate Backup Tool: This is a Windows software (a MAC and Linux version also available) that offer you to backup your phone data without root or unlocked bootloader. If your device is running on supported Android version (Android 4.0 ICS or higher) then you can use this little utility to backup your data. The app comes with following options: backup without system application, backup with data application, backup application, backup sd card, backup single app, backup sms, backup phone book, backup cloud sms/phonebook, restore Phone book and restore SMS. Unfortunately, this backup utility yet to support HTC One series and Sony devices released from 2011. Download Ultimate Backup Tool

Backup Android Device data with Root

1. EFS Pro: This small tool let you backup and restore EFS Folder that all Android devices manufactured by Samsung comes with. This sensitive system folder (EFS Folder) contains Phone-specific information such as the IMEI (encrypted in the nv_data.bin), wireless devices MAC addresses, product code (also in the nv_data.bin), and much more. If anything within this folder corrupted, your device will become just a plastic piece. This tool made for Windows OS. You can still backup EFS folder without this tool by just going to root of your device through a file browser (such as ES File Explorer) and copy that EFS folder to your external SD card. The latest version of custom recoveries also comes with EFS Folder backup option. [Download EFS Pro]

2. Nadroid Backup: A Nandroid Backup and restore also possible with rooted device. Also installing custom recovery is more easy with a rooted device. You may like to read: How To Install Custom Recoveries in Various Android devices

3. Titanium Backup: This app considered most powerful backup tool for Android. This Android app is capable to backup, restore, freeze (with Pro) your apps + data + Market links. This includes all protected apps & system apps, plus external data on your SD card. You can do 0-click batch & scheduled backups. Backups will operate without closing any apps (with Pro). You can move any app (or app data) to/from the SD card. You can browse any app's data and even query the Market to see detailed information about the app. However, if you jumping from CM10.2 or CM11 based ROM then most developer recommend not to use Titanium Backup to restore data. [Play Store Link]

4. App Extractor: AppExtractor is an app which allow you to restore individual applications, data, SMS, and MMS messages from your ROM Manager backups. AppExtractor is compatible with ClockworkMod Recovery 6 backups as well as backups created by previous versions of ClockworkMod Recovery. This app is really a must have app for those who flash custom ROMs often. [Play Store Link]

You can also check this YouTube video that discuss various useful tips and info on backing Android smartphone or tablet data: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyr3FstDKH0

I tried my best to list up require tools and app that could help you to backup your data before trying anything that not official recommended. If I miss any point then please use below comment form to suggest it.


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