Want to backup your Android phone before restoring it to factory settings or rooting it? Get used to doing a regular Android backup in case that you may delete or lose data accidentally? Thankfully, there are many ways come for your help. In this article, I would like to show you 3 ways to to do a backup for Android effortlessly.

Method 1. Backup and Restore Android SD Card Manually

As you know, Android phone can be mounted as an external hard drive on Windows computer. The SD card of your Android phone is easily accessible. Based on this, you can easily backup and restore music, video, photos and document files on Android to computer via copy-paste. Now walk through the easy steps below:

Step 1. Use a USB cable to connect your Android to computer.

Step 2. Once computer detects and recognizes your Android phone, your Android phone will be mounted as an external hard drive.

Note: For Mac users, you need to install Android File Transfer on Mac and then connect your Android phone to Mac.

Step 3. Go to find your Android phone on the computer and open it.

Step 4. As you see, all folders and files saved on SD card are shown. Open these folders named Music, Photos, DCIM, Videos, etc. and copy your wanted files and backup them to computer.

Note: You can also backup everything on SD card to computer. However, some content, like apps, will be damaged when you restore.

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Method 2. Backup and Restore Android in 1 Click with a Tool

In this part, I recommend you a one-stop Android backup tool for you. It's Wondershare MobileTrans . Below are its introduction and easy steps to backup. If it's not your ideal backup tool, you can read best 5 Android backup software and best 5 Android backup apps.

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Wondershare MobileTrans

Best backup software for Android to backup Android without rooting!

Backup all apps, app data, contacts, SMS, photos, music, videos as well as call logs at a time.
Backup selected contacts, SMS, apps, music, videos, photos and documents to the computer.
Extract the backup file and restore to any supported Android phone.
Work well with Samsung, Sony, Google, HTC, Motorola, LG, HUAWEI, ZTE, etc.
Safely backup without any quality loss.
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Step 1. Connect Your Android to PC

First of all, take out an Android USB cable to connect your Android phone to computer. Launch the backup software for Android on computer, and you will see the primary window of the program as follows.

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Step 2. Do Android Full Backup in 1 Click or Selectively

In the primary window, click "Back Up Your Phone". This software allows you backup messages, calendars, video, music, photos, call logs, apps. Besides, it even lets you backup Android app data without root.

Just choose your wanted data and check the box in front of it and then click "Start Copy" to begin backing up. Make sure not to disconnect your Android phone in the backup process. One day, when your data get loss, you can restore these data to your Android phone.

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Step 3. Restore the Backup File to Your Phone

Besides all-in-one backup, this Android backup to PC software also lets you restore the backed up to your phone when you have a need. Not only to Android devices, but also allows you to restore it to your iOS devices. All you need to do is choosing "Restore from Backups" and then choose "MobileTrans". Then you can select the file type that you want to restore to your device to proceed.

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Method 3. Android Backup and Restoring with a Google Account

As the subtitle suggests, this part focuses on telling you how to backup Android phone to cloud. Then, even if your Android phone is stolen or broken, you can easily get the data back. To backup Android phone to cloud, first of all, you probably draw support from Google. Besides Google, there're some apps to make cloud backup for Android.

Many Android phones give you the power to directly backup contacts, calendars, WiFi password and more to your Google account. Whenever you want, you can get them back with ease.

Backup Android Calendar and Contacts

On your Android phone, tap Settings > Accounts and sync. Sign into your Google account. Tick Sync contacts. If you also want to backup Android calendars, you can tick Sync Calendars.

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Backup Android Settings

Go to Settings and then find Backup and reset. Then, tick Back up my data. By doing this, you're able to backup app data, WiFi password and other settings to Google server.

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mobilego appears good but even though the description says it does IT DOES NOT do apps and app data without a root
Thomas Jones
Please try some other software, like Root Genius, iRoot, Kingo,
sarah losh
I tried rooting my to retrieve deleted texted on my Samsung 4s and it got to a point when it said I needed to root my phone .i was using MobileGo. When I clicked on 1 click root it said it failed. I am not a computer geek so is there any help for me to retrieve my texts?
No, I trusted MobileGo :(
No, I trusted MobileGo :(
Thomas Jones
Sorry for that. Did you back up your calendars on your Samsung with other software? If yes, you can restore your Calendars with that software.
I reinstalled my Samsung and then restored my data with MobileGo. The restore whiped my calendar empty and my phone synced with Google Calendar and cleaned it out, because all entries was now gone.
Thomas Jones
Did you have synced calendar to your Gmail? If yes, you can get your calendars back from Gmail account.
After a recovery my calendar is EMPTY!!! :( Can't restore it and years of entries is gone!!! All calendars are open in S Calendar in Samsung Galaxy S4.
Thomas Jones
Adam, you can use this desktop MobileGo for Android to restore contacts, SMS, video, photos, music, apps, call logs, calendars and playlists info as long as you backed them up with MobileGo for Android before. As for calendars, you can sync them to your Google account. When you restore your S4, you can get them back from Google account. Besides, yes, of course, you need to install MobileGo app on your Galaxy S4.( it will be automatically installed when you run the desktop MobileGo for Android and your S4 is connected via USB cable.
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