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How to make a complete backup of an Android mobile

22 mayo, 2021

Either because you are going to reset the phone due to some performance problem, because you are going to change your mobile and you do not want to lose all your files, because you want to have all your data safe, etc. Reasons to love make a full backup of your Android mobile there are many, as well as ways to do it.

When we talk about backups or backups We always think about photos, videos and WhatsApp chats, but the truth is that there are several other things to take into account, see the contacts or the applications and their data. There are several ways to do it and it depends on whether you are a root user or not.. The first is faster and involves some other risk, while the second is slower, although much safer, so we are going to see both methods and so you can choose the one that best suits your circumstances.

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Full backup on Android step by step

We start with the normal and simplest method, which every user can access. Let’s see how to make a backup copy of the photos and videos, documents and files, WhatsApp chats, contacts and applications, all this using completely free applications and offline systems.

The fastest is to use Google Drive

Download Google Drive backup is the fastest process.

If you want to do a quick backup, the easiest thing is to use Google Drive. This allows application data, call history, contacts, device settings, photos and videos (using Google Photos) and SMS messages (not including MMS) to be saved in the cloud. For it:

  1. Go to Settings> Google> Backup.
  2. Click on “Create a backup now”.
  3. When it’s done, all your data will be in Google Drive.
  4. On your new phone or on the reset mobile, enter your Google account in the initial setup process.
  5. It will tell you that it has found a backup. That copy is the one you just made.
  6. Restore it and voila, everything will be in place.

Photos and videos

Google Photos quality Google Photos allows you to configure the quality of the upload. If you choose “High quality”, the images and videos will compress slightly but you will have unlimited storage.

If you prefer to go from section to section, let’s start with the photos and videos. The simplest method and that guarantees that when you change your mobile all your files in their place is using Google Photos. It’s a unlimited and completely free cloud storage service developed by the Big G and the application usually comes pre-installed on all smartphones. The steps are really simple:

  1. Install Google Photos or, if you already have it installed, open it.
  2. Log in with your Google account, that is, with your Gmail email.
  3. If you have never used the service you will have to choose an option: storage in original size using your Google Drive space or unlimited storage using Google Photos, which will slightly compress images and videos. Don’t worry, it doesn’t show at all.
  4. When you’ve chosen one, let the app detect all your files and upload them to the cloud. The process will take more or less depending on the number of photos and videos you have.
Folders Google Photos You can configure Google Photos to sync WhatsApp file folders (or whatever you want).

By default, Google Photos is configured to save photos and videos taken with the camera. If you want upload WhatsApp photos and videos too you will have to do the following:

  1. Open Google Photos.
  2. Display the side menu by sliding to the right or by clicking on the three lines in the upper left area.
  3. Select “Device Folders.”
  4. Mark the WhatsApp folders that you want to keep.
Google Photos

Google Photos

If you don’t want to use Google Photos and do you prefer another service, you have alternatives like Dropbox, OneDrive, MEGA or Box. They all work exactly the same and have an automatic upload option. The one that offers the most storage by default is MEGA with 50 GB, but choose the one you like the most.

Pc From your computer you can make a physical backup of all your files.

Don’t you want to upload your photos to the cloud? No problem, you can always use the computer, make a physical copy and pass it on again when you have reset or changed mobile.

  1. Connect the mobile to the computer using the USB cable.
  2. On your mobile, lower the notification bar, press the notification “Charging this device via USB.
  3. Select “Transfer files.”
  4. On your computer, access the memory of your mobile and follow the following routes:

    • Shared internal storage> DCIM> Camera for photos and videos taken with the camera.
    • Shared internal storage> Pictures> Screenshot for screenshots.
    • Shared internal storage> WhatsApp> WhatsApp Images / WhatsApp Video for files sent and received by WhatsApp.
  5. Copy and paste all the files you want to keep in a folder on your hard drive and wait for the process to complete.

Documents and files

Upload Files Google Drive In Google Drive you can save all the files you want as long as they do not exceed 15 GB in total. If so, you will have to buy more storage.

We move on to the documents and files, that is, PDFs, .docx, APKs that you have downloaded, etc.. As in the case of photos, you have two methods, so first we will see the online one and then the offline one. If you want to dump the files in the cloud you can use Dropbox, MEGA, Box or Google Drive. For the case we will use Google DriveSince it is Google’s cloud, it comes pre-installed on all mobiles and offers 15 GB of free storage.

  1. Open Google Drive and, if you haven’t done it before, sign in with your Google account.
  2. Create one or more folders for easier access to content later (optional).
  3. Press the “+” button that appears in the lower right area.
  4. Choose “Upload”.
  5. Click on the three dots in the upper right area and choose “Show internal storage”.
  6. Pull down the side menu and select the internal storage. It comes out under the “Downloads” option.
  7. Find the files in the folders where you saved them and upload them. If you didn’t move them, they may be in “Download”.
  8. If you have any document in WhatsApp, go to WhatsApp> WhatsApp Document and upload it too.
Pc 2 In the internal memory you will also find all your files and documents.

If you prefer do it offline, the procedure is the same as the one we saw in the previous section:

  1. Connect the mobile to the computer using the USB cable.
  2. On your mobile, lower the notification bar, press the notification “Charging this device via USB.
  3. Select “Transfer files.”
  4. On your computer, access the memory of your mobile.
  5. Find the folders where you saved the files.
  6. Copy them and paste them on the hard disk of the computer.

To restore the physical backup of your photos, videos, files and document, simply connect your mobile to your computer and move everything to its original folders. They will appear again on your mobile as if nothing had happened.


Export Google Contacts The first thing you should do is export the contacts in .vcf format.

One of the good things about Android is its excellent integration with Google services, and if there is one that stands out is Google Contacts. What advantage comes? That if you upload your contacts to the cloud they will be restored on the new mobile as soon as you enter your Google account. Even so, we will see online and offline options. We start with the first.

  1. Go to your contacts app.
  2. Open the settings and select “Export”. That will generate a .vcf file.
  3. Choose the folder where you want to save the file and give it a name.
  4. Download Google Contacts.
  5. Unfold the settings panel by sliding to the right.
  6. Access the settings.
  7. Select “Import” and then “.vcf file”.
  8. Now choose your Google account.
  9. Wait for the process to complete.

When finished, all your contacts will have been uploaded to your account and they will be recovered on whatever device you put it on. You can also consult and edit them from your computer by accessing the Google Contacts website.

Google Contacts

Google Contacts

Do you prefer to save them offline? You can also, and no, you don’t have to write them all down in a notebook with a pen. Follow these steps.

  1. Go to your contacts app.
  2. Open the settings and select “Export”. That will generate a .vcf file.
  3. Choose the folder where you want to save the file and give it a name. The easiest thing is to leave it in “Download” with the name that comes by default.
  4. Connect the mobile to the computer using the USB cable.
  5. Access the path Internal shared storage> Download (or the folder where you save the .vcf).
  6. Copy it and paste it on your computer’s hard drive.
Import Google Contacts That’s how easy it is to import your contacts to your new mobile.

To restore them on your new mobile or on the reset device, if you made an online backup, just enter your Google account in the initial setup process. If you did a backup physical, Do the following:

  1. Connect your mobile to the computer using the USB cable.
  2. Move the .vcf file that you generated earlier to the mobile. A simple path is Internal Shared Storage> Downloads.
  3. Open the contacts application on your mobile.
  4. Go to the settings and select “Import”.
  5. Navigate to the folder where you saved the .vcf file and select it. When the process is finished you will have recovered your contacts.


Restore Google Play Apps Google Play allows you to reinstall all applications easily.

You’re lucky, because you don’t have to do absolutely anything. The applications that you have downloaded in Google Play are saved in your Google account and you can download them in the initial setup process by entering your Google account. If for whatever reason you have skipped it and have configured it as a new mobile, do not worry because you can reinstall them as follows:

  1. Access Google Play.
  2. Open the side menu by swiping to the right.
  3. Go to “My apps and games”.
  4. At the top, a module will appear with the applications that you previously installed using your Google account.
  5. Click on it and select the applications you want to reinstall.
  6. If it doesn’t appear, go to “Collection”.
  7. In this section, each and every one of the applications that you have installed using your Google account appears, so look for the most recent ones or the ones you miss and reinstall them.
  8. Do you want to take advantage to get rid of the applications that you did not use? Easy, use the search engine and search only and exclusively for the necessary ones.

WhatsApp conversations


Although WhatsApp has a system to export chats by mail, that backup cannot be imported back into the application. To do a backup, yes or yes, you have to go through Google Drive.

  1. Go to WhatsApp> Settings> Chats.
  2. Select “Copy of …