CrashPlan is an amazing service that I've been using for a number of years to back up not only my desktops and laptops, but also all the Linux servers. I can't recommend it enough due to the fact that it's cross-platform (Java), can be headless (client/server architecture), has no storage limitations, can use various configurable destinations (cross-backup across my devices), multiple schedules and backup sets, practically unlimited file versioning, etc, etc - it is literally the best offering on the market that I've tried so far.

I can talk about CrashPlan forever, but this post is not about that. This post is about two Android apps that Code 42, the maker of CrashPlan, just dropped in the Android Market - CrashPlan and CrashPlan PRO.

The two apps right now seem to differ only in the type of CrashPlan account you are currently subscribed to - CrashPlan for CrashPlan+ users and CrashPlan PRO for PRO users (see the difference between account types here).

Before you get too excited - no, the mobile app can't back up your device's data, which is unfortunate, as I would almost certainly and almost literally kill for this feature (currently, the only offering that comes close to what I want is SugarSync, but it's not ideal).

What the CrashPlan app does allow you to do is access files from your online backups of any of your other computers in a secure way. The full feature set has 4 bullets, but really, that's about all it does:

  • Browse folders and files in your archive
  • Download and view as many files as you want
  • Securely access your files with your account password
  • Learn of file updates at-a-glance and get the latest version with just a click

Still, not too bad, considering all my files are already backed up using CrashPlan.

Now how about that backup feature, Code 42?

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Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
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  • GiMan

    Thats so true. CrashPlan is indeed an amazing service.

  • Stocklone

    I was so excited because I thought it was going to be a way to backup your entire phone. Oh man how sweet that would have been.

  • Sprinter

    Unfortunately this app is NOT a free solution, only a 30-day trail which reviewer failed to mention.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      This is not really a review - more of an announcement. As for CrashPlan plans, I believe they have free ones too but they don't come with CrashPlan online backup (just local destinations or your other computers), so it's understandable that this app would be useless if you don't have an online backup.

  • http://blog.firstdove.com Christian

    @Sprinter: The 30-day trial you mentioned refers to the CrashPlan+ (online cloud backup) service, and not the app itself.
    The app itself is provided for free (as far as I can tell) as a way for CrashPlan+ subscribers to access their backups via their mobile device. The review is for the app and not the service and as such did not touch on the service plans and pricing.
    Users interested in the app would have visited either the provided CrashPlan site or Market app links, and it's quite clear from both the site as well as its Android Market app description that CrashPlan+ itself is a paid service. (as indicated by the offer of a 30-day trial).

  • dan

    Ok, this blows away everything else I've looked at. This is going to be my christmas present to myself so I can stop working so hard trying to keep the family backed up.

    +1, "me too", and "want!" for the idea of adding the ability to back up my phone.

  • Paul

    No still no thumbnail viewing on the android app. :-(