If you have an Android smartphone or tablet device, then you may definitely want to backup your contacts, call logs, text messages (SMS), photos, videos, music, documents, calendar, system settings and browser data from time to time.
Backing up each of them may require separate applications and tedious manual selection. Then how about backing up all of them automatically by using a single application? Let’s check out in this post how to do so?
Getting Started with G Cloud
1. Install G Cloud Backup on your device and run the application. You are required to create an account with the service by using your active email address and password.
2. Once you have created an account, you will be presented with a screen which asks you what type of data you want to backup to the cloud?:
Once you have done selecting, tap on the Done Button and your first backup will start immediately over Wi-Fi.
Note: When you signup with the service, your free account comes with 1 GB of storage space. If your backup data is more than 1 GB, then either you can exclude media files and documents OR you may want to upgrade your account.
Scheduling Automatic Backup
In order to schedule the backup process, go to application’s settings and select Backup Schedule:
Here you can set your preferred auto backup time, choose how often do you want to run the backup (in days)? and select whether you want to backup only when your device is plugged in to an external power source?
Once everything is set, tap on the OK Button and the application will automatically backup your data to the cloud as per your schedule.
Deleting Backup Data
Need may arise when you want to delete specific type of personal data from your account. In order to do so, go to application’s settings and select Delete files from Backup:
The next screen will ask you what type of data you wish to permanently delete? Select Data Type and tap on Delete Button.
Restoring your data
If your mobile device gets stolen/lost OR you upgrade it, then you may loose almost everything present in the old device! But, if you have installed G Cloud on that device and the service has a recent backup of your data, then you can restore it onto your new device in a matter of few minutes.
In order to do so, install G Cloud on your new device and sign in with the same account credentials that you were using with your previous device and select Restore Tab:
Now select all the entries that you want to restore and tap on the Restore Button. The application will now download data from the cloud and instantly restores everything!
Find my Android
A new feature of this application allows you to trace and locate your lost Android device. When you first launch the application, it will ask you whether you want to use its Find my Android feature:
Enable Find my Android and go to this page (login required), and you will see the location/address detail (which is pretty accurate) of your device on Google maps:
If you click on Ring this Device button, then your device will instantly start ringing with following This is a lost phone message:
- The service transfers your data over a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and stores it in an encrypted format using 256 bit-AES.
- Your data is securely stored on Amazon AWS, which is a highly reliable and widely used cloud storage service.
- The free version of the application don’t require any rooted android device or advanced configurations. But, if you have a rooted device and you also want to backup in-built application and game data, then you need to purchase its key.
- The application is also capable of backing up all your data that is present on an external SD Card (memory card).
- Find my Android feature will only work if your device is connected to a Edge, Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G network.
- You can also access and view status of your data on G Cloud’s official website.