Four Reasons You Must Back Up Your Apps on Your Android Device

By: Carlie McKeon | March 24, 2014 (Edited July 7, 2017)


More and more, individuals and companies are relying on networks and databases to protect and store their valuable personal and business information. In the past 20 years, however, attention has been paid mostly to wired intranet back ups. The fact is, people are carrying more information than they realize in their pockets. Smartphones and tablets have been a huge boon for businesses and people to keep info and data on hand for any situation where it is required. Multi-taskers are writing notes, taking photos, and creating whole business projects on their mobile devices. Find out why an Android backup plan is incredibly important, but also incredibly simple and affordable.

Business Protection and User Data

When thinking about a time before mobile devices were invented, the image of Don Draper (from Mad Men) scrawling ideas on a bar napkin comes to mind. These days, business professionals are turning to digital methods and using Android apps to create and store their ideas on the run. The peril is that now you need to be concerned about preserving that data when it is created away from the office. While you may believe that your info is safely stored in emails, you may be surprised to realize how much data remains in the App itself, and isn't backed up. For example, user data and in-app settings, such as web browser preferences, bookmarks, and reading lists, may not automatically be synchronized. SMS text history, call logs, and even your keyboard word predictions may be info stored only on your device.

Losses Due to a Factory Reset

If you are selling your device or passing it on to someone else, you may be considering performing a factory reset in order to purge sensitive and personal data. Resets are also a simple cure for devices that are encountering minor, data-related problems or are being prepared for an upgrade to the ROM of the device. Make sure you have backed up your device before you or an IT professional performs this action. It's sometimes easy to forget in the rush to fix your device, but info can vanish forever if you don't take precautions.

Protecting Photos and Texts

For personal information and for sentimental reasons, it's important to back up your photos and texts. There are a number of services and free apps that can help you store your personal data on a cloud server, so you'll never have to panic about losing treasured memories. Dropbox, for example, is a great tool for storing data. However, it's not an automated service, so you'll have to use it accordingly.

Disaster Strikes or Data Migration

The number one reason why backups are needed is so nothing is lost in the case of the device breaking or otherwise not being able to function. You should also know that when you get a new device and need to migrate data from the old one, issues can arise that could affect your data. This data could be as simple as your progress on your favorite game, or it could be as important as sensitive client data.

As the service evolves, there may be less need to perform a manual Android backup in the future. The intention of Google Play and Android is to create an automated network where information and data is simply stored on a cloud server and the user will be able to access that info from anywhere. However, until this service becomes fully available, trusted, and worthwhile, it's important that you continue to back up your data yourself. With the use of free services and affordable Android backup apps, this can easily be achieved.


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Written by Carlie McKeon

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