There are a number of reasons you may need to backup data on your Android phone. This low-risk highly beneficial scenario which is especially recommended during rooting of an Android device, phone customization or performing a factory reset. In such situations, having a quick and reliable way to back up the files or data on your phone can come in handy. Samsung Galaxy S5 offers a number of methods to do this, which include the following:
1. Its built-in cloud backup
Galaxy S5 is built with a backup feature that lets you save specific files and data for backup to the cloud and then use the same feature to restore the files.
To do this, head to your phone's Settings, then navigate to User and Backup, tap the option then select Cloud which directs you to the cloud main menu. On the cloud menu opt for Backup to open a full list of what the feature can actually backup.
2. Helium App
From the creators of the ClockworkMod Recovery tool, Helium is another program that allows you to backup without root permissions. You will however need to install the same application for your PC to be able to fully access the benefits of Helium. You will need a USB cable for the connection between your Galaxy S5 and a computer.
To apply this method, you will need to install the Helium application on your Galaxy S5 and the other application for your computer. You can either install the free version or purchase the premium version which features additional benefits.
For rooted devices, you won't need to download the desktop version of the application.
Once you have both applications running in your Android phone and PC, you can then begin the backup process. You'll receive a welcome message that also displays the link to the Helium application on your PC.
Once you accept the welcome, you will be prompted to connect your Android device to a PC using a USB cable.
You will be prompted to run the Helium application on your desktop once you are connected. If your USB is set up to MTP mode, you will need to switch it to PTP when necessary. However, in the case that your are connected but your Galaxy S5 is not detected, you may need to install drivers for Helium to work smoothly.
3. G Cloud Backup
G Cloud is another application for backing up particular data for devices without root, with full backup for rooted devices. The app comes in two versions, a free version that saves up to 10 GB of your backed up data and a $2 per month subscription version which offers you a lot more storage.
First, open a G Cloud Backup account to be able to use it, either via your Google+, Email or Facebook.
4. Super Backup
This another great option for backing up data on your Galaxy S5.
Download the Super Backup app from the Google Play Store, have a microSD card in place if needed and then you can begin backing up the files you want.
Super Backup capabilities are however limited if your device isn't rooted.
5. Nandroid Backups
Nandroid Backups is the only app on the list that doesn't work without root permissions. If you are attempting to backup your data for the purposes of rooting your device then this is definitely not an option.
Nandroid backups applies custom recovery tools such as the ClockworkMod, to make an exact copy of your Android phone and its full data.
To create a Nandroid backup, you will need to enter your phone into bootloader mode, then recovery mode and after which perform a backup.
How often do you backup the data on your Android device? What are some of the methods you use? Let us know in the comments.