When it comes down to it, backing up our smartphones is more than just sensible, it’s probably essential. Especially with the risks of loss, breakage or theft, and even upgrading a phone goes so much smoother if you can take your familiar running data with you. And the backup built into Android sucks. So how nice to report on a superb new app which we’ve been using recently to make this process totally painless.
Easy Backup & Restore is a simple and yet excellent little tool for backing up your SMS messages, call logs, calendar, bookmarks, and contacts with the press of a button. And really all you really need to know is it works. What’s more it’s fast, reliable (in other words the Restore function also works quickly and easily) and totally does what it says on the tin. But there’s more.
The app lets you not only backup to your local phone or SD card, but also to remote services such as Dropbox and Google Drive. And again, it’s a cinch to set up and use. We set our backups to box.com just by entering in the login details and letting the app connect once. From then on, all backups move up to Box.com in their own folder. No fuss at all. And we could repeat that across all the remote service options if we wanted. Brilliant.
But there’s even more.
You can set up super customizable scheduled backups of any of the data, to any of the services (or local), including the ability to specify how many of the backups to store over time (e.g. 7 days worth only etc), and even if you want the data encrypted with AES-256 encryption. You also get to specify things like skipping duplicate contacts, and the restore function lets you decide whether to restore contacts to the Google account, or just to the local phone.
And did we mention it actually works? We’ve had to use it in anger a couple of times in the past few weeks, and it’s performed flawlessly to transfer the backups from one handset to another. The whole process in fact takes no longer than a minute or two (obviously depending on how much data you have to handle).
The net result is you can restore your current running data (the vital stuff like recent texts, calls and contacts, not the grandiose stuff like music and photos, which you’ve probably got on microSD card anyway) and make your phone transition so smooth it’s almost invisible. And the app is free (with unobtrusive ads).
If you’ve been looking for a incredibly easy and fast backup and restore app for your Android phone, this is the one you need. Really! Highly recommended.