Written by Jesper

How do I make a backup of my Android smartphone?

A backup is a copy of all your data, photos, and files. It's important to make such a backup when you switch to a new smartphone or when you reset your device. In this article, we'll explain step by step how to make a backup of your Android smartphone.

Making a backup of your Android smartphone

Making a smartphone backup

Making a backup via Google is the easiest way. This method works on any Android smartphone. Plus, you probably already have a Google account to download apps from the Play Store, for example. You can make a backup via Google as follows:

Step 1: open Google Drive and go to Settings Step 2: make a backup Step 3: download Google photos and make a backup Step 4: open Google photos and turn on backup

Step 1: open Google Drive and go to Settings

  1. Open the Google Drive app. Don't have it on your smartphone yet? You can download it from the Google Play Store.

  2. Tap the 3 dashes in the top left corner

  3. Select Settings

Step 2: Make a backup

  1. Tap Backup and reset

  2. Check if you're logged in with your Google account under Account. Is this not the case? Then tap Account to log in to your account.

  3. Choose 'Backup now'

Your smartphone will now backup your apps, data, and contacts. You can see the backup progress in the blue bar at the top of the screen. Want to backup your photos and videos as well? Then go to step 3.

Step 3: download Google Photos and make a backup

  1. Download the app Google Photos from the Play Store. Already have this app on your device? Proceed to Step 4.

  2. Open the Google Photos app and click Allow.

  3. Check if your account is selected. Is this not the case? Then click on the current account. Then log in by tapping Add account.

  4. Tap Enable backup

  5. Choose in which quality you want to save your photos and choose Confirm

Google Photos now backs up to your Google account. Keep in mind that this can take several minutes.

Step 4: open Google photos and turn on backup

  1. Open Google Photos and tap your profile picture at the top right corner. Don't have a profile photo set up? You'll usually see the first letter of your name instead.

  2. Select Settings for Photos.

  3. Tap Backup and sync.

  4. Make sure that the bullet next to Backup and Sync is blue. You can do this by tapping on it.

Google Photos will now back up to your Google account. Keep in mind that this can take a few minutes. Also useful: the app includes all photos you take from now on in future backups.

Help from an expert in the store

Help from an expert in a Coolblue store

Still couldn't back up your Android smartphone after reading this article? No worries. Our experts are ready to help you in the Coolblue stores. While you enjoy a cup of coffee, they're happy to help you make a backup.

Jesper
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