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While the cloud is handling more of our precious data than ever these days (at least for most of us), there are still things you keep on your individual devices that you probably want to make sure get saved somewhere. On Android, your local data like media files and contacts saved to your phone may require a little more active intervention to preserve before you do a factory reset. Here are some of the ways you can back up this data and ensure it makes it to your next phone.
With the release of version 6.2, Titanium Backup should now play along nicely with Android 5.0. This means rooted users who have already jumped to Lollipop can continue to use the tool to back up, restore, or freeze whichever apps they wish.
When you install the app, it's not going to look pretty. There's no Material Design to drool over, nor are there any fancy animations to catch your eye. Even the icon looks a little out of date these days. But this is Titanium Backup, and that's just part of its charm.
The developer has also quashed some other bugs, so give the changelog a glance as you go to try out the app.
Helium scratches a real itch for the platform. If you purchase a new device or wipe an old one, Google can re-install your previous apps, but it usually won't pull down your settings or game saves. That stuff's gone.
Helium works great for rooted users, but non-rooted folks have had to turn to a Windows or Mac tool to get similar functionality.
In this tutorial, I will guide you through the easiest and most reliable way to fully and 100% back up and restore your Android phone.
By fully back up, I don't mean backing up just your address book or your emails, or your dog. I mean EVERYTHING that resides on your phone with the exception of the SD card - what we will create is essentially a full image of your phone's current state that you can restore to at any time as if nothing happened. This image will be written to your SD card which you are then free to copy around and back up on your computer.