How to Backup Android Apps to The Cloud?

how to transfer application backups to the cloud

by Alex Gustman

Updated: July 21, 2021

It is taking a lot of time to manually reinstall all the applications when you buy a new phone. In this case, all the conversations, settings, and contacts will be gone, which is very inconvenient. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to avoid this by saving all the necessary information to the cloud beforehand. Let’s learn more about them.

Using Google

You can easily save all the app data as well as other information to Google cloud storage if you use a modern smartphone running Android 6 and up. For security reasons, data uploaded is encrypted and protected by your account password. Keep in mind that this method might not work on restoring information for some apps due to their internal restrictions. If (for some reason) you are moving to an older Android version, you will not be able to restore any data as well.

To save the information to the cloud, you need to:

1. Press the cog icon to find yourself in the Settings.

smartphone application menu

2. Enter the word backup into the search field and press magnifier.

search backup

3. Enable Saving to Google Drive slider.

save my data
activation of data saving

4. Press the Start now button if you wish to initiate the process immediately.

backup data to google disk
account selection

When everything is saved, you are ready to set up a new phone or any device after a factory reset. The process looks like this when you press the power button for the first time:

1. Follow on-screen instructions to set up your phone.

2. Connect to a home Wi-Fi network when the system prompts.

basic settings menu.
enable wifi module
wifi searches for available networks.

3. On the backup page, press the blue Start button in the left bottom display part.

search backup

4. Choose Restore backup from cloud storage and enter your Google account credentials.

backup data to google disk
account selection

5. Select any of the saved backups to initiate the process.

6. Place a tick next to App Data and press the Restore button.

activation of automatic backup recovery.

After the process is complete, you will be able to run old applications on your new phone. Menu items names can look differently depending on the device. Keep in mind that Xiaomi smartphones running MIUI use their cloud services and thus do not offer Google backup option.

Titanium Backup

One of the best third-party programs designed for saving and restoring information is an application released by Titanium Track. It can literally do anything you might need in order to customize your device, for example:

  • backup entire smartphone or all installed applications,
  • upload saved data to the most popular cloud storages,
  • stop, delete or freeze apps,
  • promote regular apps to the system ones and vice versa,
  • follow the backup schedule or do everything manually.

However, there are two major downsides: you will have to root the device, and some features are available only after you purchase the app. Here is how to save the apps data using this program:

1. Switch to a backup tab.

main menu titanium backup

2. Tap the app you wish to save.

application selection

3. Confirm your selection by pressing the respective button in the pop-up menu.

4. Wait for the process to complete.

the process of saving

Alternatively, you can manually save the data of all applications. To do that, follow these steps:

  • on the backup page, choose the paper sheet icon in the right top display part,
  • tap Backup all apps menu item,
  • put the ticks next to the apps you wish to save,
  • press the icon in the right top corner and wait.

You can restore the data by going to the sheet icon and choosing the Restore apps option. Alternatively, there is a way to create a .zip archive that you can install later using a custom recovery. Simply choose Recovery mode after pressing the sheet icon. On the Schedule tab, you can save the files to the drive manually.

Saving history in messengers and games

Some applications, such as messengers, offer to backup current conversations using their interface. This is quite handy when you buy a new smartphone – history restoring will take only a few minutes. Let’s have a look at how you do that in WhatsApp:

  • tap three dots in the right top corner,
  • choose Settings in the dropdown menu,
  • press Chats,
  • find and tap the Chats backup button.

Here you can opt to save message history to Google Drive and press the green button to proceed immediately. Popular messengers usually have a similar feature available – make sure to check the main settings.

The same applies to the games. Data can be saved automatically to the game servers or the Google Play account. In the last case, all you have to do is log in using your credentials to restore the progress.

There are several ways to back up and restore applications. Google option does not require rooting the device and is available starting from Android 6. Third-party apps typically ask for superuser rights, though. Some applications you install also offer backing up the data from within them.

Keep in mind that you will not be able to save particular apps through Google in some cases. Though third-party solutions are reliable and straightforward, to fully enjoy their benefits, you will have to pay to use all the features. Some brands offer their built-in backup and restore solutions. In this case, you might be unable to use the one offered by Google.

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