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

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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15 Comments

19. Bthaaky

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 23, 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. samsung-messages-backup.com/

12. kriss

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

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

11. tacarat

Posts: 855; Member since: Apr 22, 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?

10. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 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.

8. buccob

Posts: 2982; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

7. clarkjeferson

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 22, 2013

Cool, this is helpful.

6. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 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 :)

5. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

4. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

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

2. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

yeah this article is really helpful esp to non geeks

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I thought backup and restore was part of android now?

3. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 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).

9. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 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.

15. Alexrover2

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

for App data look on techmaniax,com/android

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

not by default no, like the s4 doesn't. It is default on all windows phones however no need for an app...

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