In my line of work, I experiment a lot with the gadgets I own. Sometimes I excel in conducting them and share the results with you. But there are times when I get stuck and have to start from scratch. Anyways, I somehow manage to get my device up and running after a few setbacks. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from these experiments, it’s always back up the device – and not just to the phone’s memory.
Pro Tip: Creating an Android backup on the SD card always has risks involved. It’s advisable to also store your files on a computer or in the cloud.
Today I am going to talk about a simple, free app called SyncDroid, available for both Windows and Android, that can back up your Android data to Windows or Dropbox in a snap.
First of all, let’s check out the Windows version of the app.
SyncDroid for Windows
SyncDroid for Windows is a plug-and-play tool. All you need to do is install the freeware on Windows and plug your Android into the computer with the USB debugging option enabled. The app auto-installs the necessary drivers for the device, if required. Once the phone is detected, you will be able to see a live preview of your phone’s screen along with the memory consumption of the device.
Now to back up the device, click on the Backup button, select which backup you wish to perform, and start the process. The app doesn’t give the option to choose the backup path and the files are saved to the Documents folder on your system drive.
When you need to restore, just plug in the device and select the backup you wish to retrieve. The app will automatically overwrite any existing duplicate data. For message backup, however, you will have to choose SyncDroid as your default message handler until the restore is performed. This is because of a limitation in the Android system.
The app also gives the option to connect via Wi-Fi if you have the SyncDroid app installed on your mobile device.
SyncDroid for Android
SyncDroid for Android is also freeware, just like the Windows app. However, the app gives an option to create the backup on Dropbox along with your SD card. You can restore directly from the Dropbox account when needed.
While creating the backup for the first time, the app will ask your permission to access your Dropbox account. Just log in to Dropbox from SyncDroid and grant full access. This is important to create folders and back up files on the cloud.
That was pretty much everything about the SyncDroid Windows and Android app. The only limitation right now is that the app doesn’t give any option to back up apps with Windows or with the Android app. Apart from that, the app does an excellent job in securing all the data on your device. So next time you are looking for a quick and easy backup solution for Android, don’t forget to give SyncDroid a shot.
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