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How to backup your app data, texts and call logs on Android without root

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How to backup your app data, texts and call logs on Android without root
Ever had to resort to resetting your Android device, wiping all your data in the process? Or perhaps simply had to migrate from your old, aging Android, to a new, sleeker one? Despite what the internet says, it's actually not a painful process – it's exceedingly easy to do it. The pain comes afterwards, when you realize that your first texts with a loved one are gone, your call logs are wiped and that new client with an important inquiry never made it into your contacts list. The pain comes when you fire up your favorite game and see that due to one reason or another, the developer didn’t deem it worth the coding time to attach all your hard-earned power-ups to your account, and your progress is gone.

The worst thing about backups is that you usually forget to backup at least one thing, and you never actually know what until it is too late. In this guide, we'll show you how to backup your app data, your texts, your call logs and even your keyboard's word predictions – some of the simplest, most essential stuff that can easily ruin your week, should they end up missing the boat.

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posted on 22 Dec 2013, 06:57

1. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

I thought backup and restore was part of android now?

posted on 22 Dec 2013, 07:24 2

3. hassoups (Posts: 473; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)

'app data' is not part of it. it includes only contacts, settings(like saved wi-fi networks and such), and the actual apps(they're downloaded automatically).

posted on 22 Dec 2013, 09:36 2

9. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)

I don't know about that. I just checked my Nexus 5 and there's an option to back up "app data". What I really would like is an option to back up text messages. I've always had to download an app to back up text messages to my Gmail account. I'm not sure why Google hasn't baked that into Android.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 13:57

15. Alexrover2 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

for App data look on


posted on 23 Dec 2013, 16:51

14. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

not by default no, like the s4 doesn't.

It is default on all windows phones however no need for an app...

posted on 22 Dec 2013, 07:14

2. nasznjoka (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

yeah this article is really helpful esp to non geeks

posted on 22 Dec 2013, 07:26

4. hassoups (Posts: 473; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)

G cloud does all this in one step, giving you 2 gb of cloud storage free too.

posted on 22 Dec 2013, 07:38 3

5. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

This article is really useful. Now I don't have to constantly download my apps whenever I install a new custom ROM

posted on 22 Dec 2013, 07:53

6. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

Wow, Really helpful ! Also helpful when switching to new phones ! you can backup apps and data from previous phone to new one ! Very useful ! Thanks PhoneArena :)

posted on 22 Dec 2013, 08:03

7. clarkjeferson (Posts: 67; Member since: 22 Dec 2013)

Cool, this is helpful.

posted on 22 Dec 2013, 09:22

8. buccob (Posts: 2732; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

PC Companion for Xperias does this and preserve everything including app data... I'm thankful for this because I have had to factory reset a couple of times now.

posted on 22 Dec 2013, 11:02 2

10. techguyone (Posts: 208; Member since: 18 May 2013)

Seemed like a lot of bother, you could just download My Backup Pro & use that, it'll save all your data & zip it and store locally or in the cloud, proves invaluable if you need to factory reset and you want all your call logs, sms, contacts, apps etc back with a minimum of fuss. Titanium backup too does similar functions.

posted on 22 Dec 2013, 12:36

11. tacarat (Posts: 805; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)

Nandroid» itunes» this. I wish there were better options than a three app stack for android. I use Kies for backups on a tablet, but haven't done a wipe and restore to compare results. Anyone try the smart switch program yet?

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 11:17

12. kriss (Posts: 9; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)

Unfortunately does not work for me :( XP pc and Samsung Note 2 simply will not communicate :/

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 15:02 1

13. Leo_MC (Posts: 2677; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

And you wonder why people prefer iPhones.
Not that - as shown in the article - Android phones are not able to backup data, it's the way they do it.

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 01:45 1

16. lisaab (Posts: 46; Member since: 04 Jul 2014)

Well, try Coolmuster Android Assistant, we can use it to move almost everything from android phone to computer, and we can also use it to manage apps, contacts on computer, have a try!

posted on 02 Nov 2016, 04:08

18. wchaa (Posts: 44; Member since: 19 Oct 2016)

thanks for your post

posted on 21 Sep 2016, 21:16

17. Iasshjy (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 18 Jan 2016)

How to backup text messages on PC one -click ? Download and install Samsung Phone Backup application on your computer. You can backup messages to the computer and saved as an XTML/CSV file. And read text messages on computer with ease.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 20:50

19. Bthaaky (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Feb 2016)

Samsung Backup can help you transfer contacts ,messages ,music ,videos and other data from Android and save them on computer quickly and conveniently. Samsung Backup is specially designed to backup android data to computer.

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