With recent versions, Android has definitely gotten much better at backing up your data and restoring it when you switch to a new device, update your version of Android, or when you do a factory reset. Unfortunately, there are still some issues – while Google does offer a way for developers to store their app data in the cloud so that it is automatically restored when you come back, a lot of apps still don’t take full advantage of this feature, and there are also some apps that aren’t backed up at all for a variety of reasons. Today, we’ll show you a way to remedy that, by easily doing your own backups and restoring the app data yourself!
To take full advantage of today’s lesson, you’ll need a rooted device. You can still back up your apps without root, but to backup and restore the actual data, a rooted device is needed. With that out of the way, let’s get to it. To make our backups, we’ll be using an app called Backup+, which you can download for free by using this link. After installing the app and opening it for the first time, you’ll see this screen:
This is the main screen, where you can do your backups and access extra features. If you swipe to the left, you’ll access the restore screen, where you can see all the backups that you have made and restore a previous backup:
Anyway, once the app is running and you’re ready to back up your apps and data, tap the “User Apps” option to start the backup. Once you do, the app will load a list with all of the apps that you have installed in your device:
In here, you can individually choose which apps you want to back up by tapping on them, or selecting them all using the icon at the bottom. You can also define whether you want to backup just the app data, the app itself, or both at once by tapping the icon at the bottom right:
You then press the rounded button to initiate the process:
As you can see, the app will go through the items you selected one by one and back their data up:
Once the backup is finished, you should be able to see it by sliding to the restore screen:
To restore that backup, simply tap over it:
As you can see, you have the same familiar list interface from before. Select the apps that you want to restore, whether you want to restore both the app and the data, and then press the rounded button to start:
You may get a warning telling you that you need BusyBox in order to proceed. BusyBox is a popular tool that allows apps to use custom scripts, and a vast amount of ROMs and installations already come with it, but if you do get the warning, just tap the button, download the app, and then open it and tap the button to install:
Anyway, if everything is working properly, Backup+ should start immediately restoring all of your data, so that you can get your device back to its old self in no time:
That’s about it for today’s lesson. Backing up your data is something you should always do if you’re constantly updating your device or trying out new kernels or ROMs, since you never know when you might run into trouble, but even regular users should also do it once in a while, just in case. Using this app, the process is incredibly easy and you can safely store your backups on the cloud or in your computer for a later date. Any questions or doubts? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below!