To keep your phone's data safe, you should back up your phone every few weeks to the Google Cloud – Android's online file storage. You can back up your contacts, calendar data, app data, Chrome data, documents and content from the Drive to Google's servers from the Settings app. You can then back up your photos and videos using the 'Google Photos' app.
Method 1 of 2: Back up basic data
Step 1. Press 'Settings' and open your settings
The Settings app looks like a gear.
Step #2. Scroll until you find the 'Backup and Reset' option and press it
You can enable Google Cloud backup from this menu.
Step 3. Enter your PIN when prompted
This should be the same PIN/password you use to unlock the phone.
Step 4. Turn on 'Back up my data' and 'Automatic restore'
This will make the relevant switches turn green, indicating that data backup and automatic restore are now enabled.
Step 5. Press the 'Back up account' option
Step 6. Tap on your Google account name
This should be the primary Google account you use for your phone.
Step 7. Go back to the main Settings menu
Step 8. Scroll until you find the 'Accounts' option and press it
You will need to select the specific account you wish to back up your phone to.
Step 9. Press the 'Google' option in Accounts and then select your Gmail account
Step 10. Enable the preferences of everything you want to back up
The affected switches will turn green, indicating that they are ready for backup. If you are unsure about where all your data is, then you should back up all of these options.
- Your default options are:
- App data
Step 11. Get out of the Settings app
This will complete the backup procedure.
Method 2 of 2: Back up photos and videos
Step #1. Open the 'Google Photos' app
This app is installed by default on all Android phones.
Step 2. Find the icon with three horizontal lines on the top left corner of the screen and press it
Step 3. Sign in to your Google account with your Google email and password
These must be the same as the ones you use for the Google account on your phone.
Step #4. Go back to the main screen of the Google Photos app
Step 5. Tap on 'Settings' option and then tap on 'Backup & Sync'
Step 6. Enable the 'Backup' option
It should be at the top of the screen; the toggle is next to the word "On" just below the "Backup" heading.
Step 7. Press 'Back up everything' to back up your photos and videos to the Google Photos cloud
You can also turn on 'Roaming' to back up your photos while your mobile data is turned on (not with Wi-Fi).
Step 8. Check if the backup was successful by viewing the contents of Google Photos
All photos on your phone should now be backed up!