There are lots of types of Android users based on how they use their device. However, we can identify two great categories: the techies and the regular user. The first ones are constantly worried about being updated on latest Android versions and being aware about breaking news related to Android. They know by heart what’s root, flashing, a ROM or what kernel means. The regular users use to update their devices when the official updates are launched. They care about games, photo editors apps, social networks and other popular apps that aren’t usually related to device management, tracking or monitoring.
However, what both type of users share is their need to backup their personal data and apps, either for flashing and installing new ROMS or just for keeping them in a safe place in case the phone gets lost or robbed. All of them need a must-have Android tool: backup/restore apps.
Thus, throughout this week we’re going to show you Android apps that should be taken into account when backupping. Let’s get started!
Although its first launching it was only for rooted devices, now both root and non-root are supported. There are extra features for root like backup/restore .apk, data as well as market links. Same for data/setting of apps.
What it basically does is backupping/restoring all your apps (just the image in case you aren’t root) and your data: SMS, contacts, call log, calendar, Home Screens, alarms… among others. You can save the backups files on your SDcard or upload it to the cloud (Rerware servers). You can check your backup files out from the web. It also allows you to manage your backups: schedule them, freeze/unfreeze apps and clear cache and data. It’s fast and reliable. One of the most used backupping apps on Android. There are only two catches: the layout is too sober and there’s a 30-days free trial, then you’ll need to upgrade to the Pro version ($4.99).
App Backup & Reinstall
This is the best choice for those who’re using older devices from Android 1.5. Unlike MyBackup, App Backup & Reinstall allows you to backup just apps, not data. It’s a pity because you will need to use two apps for backupping all your data, but that’s just a little flaw regarding the troubles that older devices have to face everyday. It allows you to unlimited backup/restore, classify app or game and keep backup files in your SDcard. It’s set in a good-looking layout and user-friendly interface. High recommendable for low-end Android devices.
The jewel in the crown. It’s a pity that it’s only available for root devices so far. We hope it will be extended to all users as soon as possible. Titanium Backup makes a colored list that shows user apps (white), system apps (red) and mixed (green). From there you can copy, freeze, uninstall, clear data, launch the app and, in case there’s already a backup file, restore or delete the copy. It supports multiversion apps backups. You can do it one-by-one or by batches that you can pre-set. What’s more, it allows you to schedule backups (the free version allows just two scheduled backups per week). The paid version ($4.99) doesn’t have scheduled backup restrictions. What’s more, it includes automatic app-reinstalling with Hypershell and sync with Dropbox (uploading your backups to the cloud). If you’re root, this is the ultimate backupping tool if you like to control every single detail. If you aren’t root or you prefer simplicity, give a go to our other two previous proposals.
Happy backupping apps discovery!