Written by Marcel

How do I make a backup of my Android smartphone?

You want to transfer all your data to your brand new smartphone. To do that, you need a backup of your current device. What do you have to do exactly and what do you have to pay attention to? In this article, I explain it perfectly.

Why do I want to make a backup?

Transfer your smartphone data

Have you purchased a new device? If so, of course you want to take all your messages, photos and apps from your current smartphone with you. This requires a backup that you then restore on your new device. Most smartphones automatically make a backup in the background, in case something happens. But to make sure you take everything to your new device, you need a full backup.

Make a backup with your Google account

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Making a backup on a Google account is the easiest method. All your data, such as WiFi passwords, log files, apps, and settings are stored in a folder and stored on your Google Drive. The most convenient thing is that all Android smartphones have this option. After activating this method, your device automatically backs up your device data. If you want to know how to activate this, follow the steps below:

Step-by-step plan

  1. Open 'Settings'. Can not you find this? Then use the search function in your application overview.
  2. Click on 'Back up'. Once in the settings, you scroll down. Almost at the end, you'll find the option 'Back up'. Note: this name can vary per smartphone brand. For example: backup and restore or Backup and reset.
  3. Click on 'Back up my data'. Do you see 'Back up my data' several times? First look carefully under which heading it falls. Some smartphone manufacturers have built in a brand-specific backup feature. Find the heading where 'Google' is listed.
  4. Click 'on'. From this point on, your data will automatically get a spot in your Google Drive. You can't see this happening on your screen. It saves your data in the background.
  5. Choose your desired Google account. Go back to the previous screen (back up). Under the option 'Back up my data' you will find the option 'Back up account'. Here, you indicate on which account you want the backup. Click on this option and choose your desired Google account. Note: this name can vary per smartphone brand. For example: make a backup of account or backup account.
  6. Ready! Your Android smartphone will now automatically back up your data.

Back up your photos and videos

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Backing up photos and videos can be done in two ways. One option is to transfer it to your PC. You can do this with the help of a USB cable. The second method is my personal favorite: making a backup on Google Photos. Which method do you choose?

Back up your photos and video via PC

  1. Connect your smartphone to your PC. Use the USB cable that is in the box of your device.
  2. Click on 'Transfer media files via USB'. Your smartphone will recognize the connection. You can see this in the notification bar of your Android device. Swipe the notification bar down, tap the message 'Transfer media files via USB' and select 'Transfer media files'.
  3. Open the explorer on your PC. Your PC also recognizes the connection. Your smartphone can now be found in the explorer. Navigate to the folder of your device. Note: when you connect your smartphone to your PC for the first time, your PC first installs the necessary software. He does this automatically.
  4. Open the 'DCIM' folder. In this folder, you'll find all your photos and videos that are on your device. Drag or copy these files to a desired folder on your PC. Note: the transfer process may take a while.
  5. Ready! The photos and videos you've selected now have a place on your PC. You can now delete the files from your smartphone.

Back up your photos and videos to Google photos

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  1. Download the app. Open 'Play Store' and download the app 'Google Photos'. Open the app once the installation is complete. Note: Do you already have Google Photos on your device? Open the app and proceed to step 4.

  2. Click 'Allow access'. After opening the app, a notification will appear. Google Photos needs access to your photos and videos. Click 'allow'.

  3. Set up your Google account. Log in with the Google account where you want to store the photos and videos. Then click on 'ready'. Note: it may take some time before all your media files are loaded.

  4. Click on the icon with 3 dashes. You can find these in the left or top right corner of the screen. A menu will appear. Now click on 'settings'.

  5. Click on 'settings'. After clicking on the icon with 3 dashes, a menu will appear. Now click on 'settings'.

  6. Click on 'Google Drive'. Scroll down a bit in the menu. Slide the 'Google Drive' button to the right. A folder will now be created on your Google Drive account for all your photos and videos.

  7. Ready! Hooray! All media files on your phone are now stored on your Google Drive account. Keep in mind that this can take a while, depending on the number of files.

Back up your WhatsApp messages

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If you change your telephone, of course you want to include all of your WhatsApp messages. Backing up your chats doesn't happen with the backup function of your smartphone, but in WhatsApp itself. Follow the steps below to back up your WhatsApp messages:

Step-by-step plan

  1. Open 'WhatsApp'. You use it every day. The icon is therefore easy to find.
  2. Click on 'settings'. Click on the 3 dots in the upper right corner. A window appears. Then click on 'settings'.
  3. Click on 'Chats'. A new screen appears. Click on 'Chats'.
  4. Click on 'Chat backup'. A screen appears again. Click on 'Chat backup'.
  5. Set up Google Drive. First check the Google Drive settings before you start making a backup. Scroll down and indicate how often you want to back up your WhatsApp messages. Choose the account on which the backup should be placed. Then choose that you only want to back up if you are connected to WiFi. Finally, you choose whether videos are also backed up.
  6. Click on 'Back up'. WhatsApp will now back up your messages. A loading bar will appear that will tell you exactly how far along he is making the backup. Note: this may take some time, depending on the number of chats.
  7. Ready! Hooray! All your WhatsApp messages are now stored on your Google Drive account. If you are going to use WhatsApp on your new smartphone: use the Google account from step 5.
Marcel
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Marcel
Phone Expert.

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