Are you thinking of retiring your old smartphone, but would you like to make a backup copy of the data stored in its memory first? Do you want to reset your smartphone to try to restore its correct functioning but, before proceeding, would you like to secure the files that are important to you? Then know that this is the guide that’s right for you!
In the following bars of this tutorial, in fact, I will explain to you in detail how to save your phone data , both in the cloud and on your computer, so that you can access and restore them whenever you need them. Don’t worry if you are not very familiar with technology, since the procedures I am going to illustrate are easy to apply and really suitable for everyone!
So, without waiting any longer, make yourself comfortable and carefully read everything I have to explain to you on the subject: I’m sure that, in a few minutes, you will have learned all the basics on the matter and will be able to choose the backup system that more suits your case. That said, there is nothing left for me to do but wish you good reading and good luck!
How to save phone data: Android
If you agree, we can immediately take action. In this chapter I will explain in detail how to save the data on a smartphone (or tablet) animated by the Android operating system both on the Google cloud space and on the computer.
How to save phone data to Google
As a first step, I recommend that you secure your phone data (or, at least, a part of it) on Google’s cloud servers : following this operation, information such as contacts, calendar, settings will be stored in the cloud. and the preferences of the Chrome browser, Gmail data, Keep notes and much more, and can be restored on other smartphones and tablets combined with the same Gmail account (or even on the same device, after any formatting), or downloaded via the Google Takeout service.
To do this, open the Android Settings , by tapping on the gear symbol located on the Home screen or in the app drawer, touch the Account / Accounts & synchronization item and make sure that the lever corresponding to the item Synchronize data automatically is set to ON , otherwise you do it.
Now, touch the Gmail address configured on the device, marked by the Google icon (or on the Google item ), tap on the Account synchronization item , if necessary, and move the levers corresponding to the apps for which to save data to ON , or put the check mark next to the relevant items: Calendar, Contacts, People details, Gmail and so on.
To synchronize the data immediately, touch the button (⋮) located at the top right or the button (…) Other located at the bottom and choose the Synchronize now item , resident in the displayed menu.
If you use the Google Photos application to manage the images stored on your device, you can quickly save a copy in the cloud, on the Google Drive space associated with your account: to do this, open the aforementioned app, touch your resident avatar at the top and select the item Activate backup , from the menu that is proposed to you.
Finally, choose whether to archive the photos in original quality or in high quality and tap the Confirm button to start sending the photos to the cloud; Please note that high quality photos uploaded prior to June 1, 2021 will not erode the space available in Google Drive. More info here.
If you have not yet associated a Google account with your Android device (or want to associate a new one), find out how to do it in my tutorial dedicated to the topic.
How to save phone data on PC
The simplest method to transfer data from an Android smartphone to the PC is to connect the two devices together, via USB cable , and use the file manager integrated in Windows or the specific one for macOS, to copy the files by copy and paste. exactly as you would with a USB stick.
To be able to succeed in the enterprise, connect the smartphone to the computer via USB cable , open the Android notification area and tap on the message regarding the USB options , the one on which the wording Device charging via USB is present , or Android system . When you reach the next screen, to ensure that the phone is recognized like an external memory, put the check mark next to the item File transfer , or MTP .
Once this is done, go to your computer and, if you use Windows , start the File Explorer (by clicking on the yellow folder located in the taskbar), then select the item This PC resident on the left sidebar and double-click on the name of the phone.
Now, to access the internal shared memory of the device, open the homonymous folder with a double click; if, on the other hand, the files of your interest reside on the microSD, go instead to the SD Card , External Memory or SD Card folder . To transfer files and folders from your smartphone to your computer, use the classic copy and paste.
On Mac , however, it is not possible to use the Finder but you must download a free program, called Android File Transfer , capable of allowing access to the memory of Android devices. To download it, connected to this website , click on the Download Now button and, once you have the .dmg file , open it.
Once this is done, drag the Android File Transfer icon into the MacOS Applications folder , open the latter and start the program (responding affirmatively to the warning that is shown): if everything went smoothly, you should see, on the screen of the software, all the folders contained in the memory of the Android phone. To copy one or more files, simply drag and drop it to your Mac desktop, or to any other folder on your computer you prefer.
Furthermore, you will be pleased to know that some smartphone (and tablet) manufacturers offer some specific management programs , which allow you to backup device data in a few clicks and automate this operation.
Software of this type can usually be downloaded for free from the official websites of the manufacturers and are equipped with very simple interfaces, therefore they do not require particular computer skills to be used: below you will list the best known and used ones.
- Huawei HiSuite / Huawei Share : these are the management programs made available by Huawei. The first program can be installed on any computer with Windows or macOS; the second software, with slightly more advanced features (eg. clipboard and screen sharing), is only compatible with Huawei phones equipped with an NFC chip, and with some laptops from the manufacturer. More info here.
- Samsung Smart Switch : this is the official Samsung program, compatible with Windows, macOS, and most of the Korean big’s Android smartphones and tablets. More info here.
- Sony Xperia Companion : is the official management software dedicated to Xperia devices and compatible with Windows PC and Mac.
- LG PC Suite : Available exclusively for Windows, LG’s management program can be obtained from the manufacturer’s website, after specifying the smartphone model in your possession.
- Lenovo Smart Assistant Tool : is the program dedicated to the maintenance, management and diagnostics of Motorola- branded phonesand Android devices manufactured by Lenovo . It is compatible with Windows only.
For more information on how to make an Android backup, I refer you to reading the in-depth study I made on the subject. If, on the other hand, you need specific guidance on how to save Samsung phone data and how to save Huawei phone data , check out the completely device-centric tutorials from the aforementioned manufacturers.
How to save phone data before formatting
To save the phone data before formatting it, you can follow the steps I indicated in the previous steps of this guide: once the reset has taken place, all you have to do is set up the same Google account used previously and consent to restore data from the cloud .
If, on the other hand, you have used a manufacturer-specific management program, after connecting the smartphone to the computer via USB, locate the section dedicated to recovery and select the backup file you previously created.
If the solutions I mentioned earlier were not enough for you, you can choose to make a Nandroid backup (i.e. a complete copy of the status of the apps and the operating system) using a custom recovery or, again, use backup apps. , such as Titanium Backup , also available for Android devices not equipped with Play Store: I have explained everything to you in my guide dedicated to backup on Android.
How to save phone data on the SIM
Do you need to save the contacts of your phone book on the SIM of the device, so as to have them available even if you insert the SIM in a smartphone not connected to the Internet (or not synchronized with the same Google account)? No problem.
To succeed in the enterprise, you must download the Copy to SIM Card app , available for free on the Play Store and on alternative markets for Android, which allows you to transfer contacts to the SIM card memory quickly and quickly. To get it, open the reference store of your device (eg the Play Store), search for the words “copy to sim card” and, once you have identified the app, first tap on its name and then on the Install button , in order to download it.
When the download is complete, start the application by tapping the Open button or the icon that, in the meantime, has been added to the application drawer and tap the Allow button twice in a row, so that the app can access the contacts and access the phone calls (authorization required to copy the data on the SIM).
Now, tap on the Phone contacts tab , select the numbers to copy by placing the check mark next to the appropriate items (or check the box next to Select all , to copy all the available items) and, when you are done, tap first on the button (⋮) and then on the Copy selected to SIM item , to proceed. More info here.
If a Gmail account is also configured on your “iPhone by”, you can synchronize the related information on the “Big G” cloud, in a rather similar way: go to the Settings menu > Mail> Accounts> [your Gmail address] and enable the relative switches to the data to be synchronized: Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Notes and so on.
How to save phone data: iPhone
The procedure to be taken to save iPhone data follows the same dynamics as previously seen for Android devices, with some obvious differences: also in this case, it is possible to make backup copies and store them on the cloud or on the computer. Find everything explained below.
How to save phone data to iCloud
Saving iPhone data to iCloud can be extremely useful: this operation, in fact, allows you to store online most of the data related to iPhone settings, documents generated by compatible applications, photos and videos, and restore them (and sync them) on all devices associated with the same Apple ID.
To do this, take the phone, open the iOS Settings by tapping on the gear symbol located on the Home screen or in the App Library, and tap on your name , visible at the top.
When you reach the next screen, tap on the iCloud and iCloud Backup items and move the lever called iCloud Backup from OFF to ON . Now, return to the previous screen and move the data levers of the apps you intend to include in the backup from OFF to ON .
If you are interested in activating the storage of photos and videos on the cloud, aware that this operation erodes, even incisively, the available cloud space, tap on the Photo item and move the lever corresponding to the iCloud Photos item from OFF to ON . More info here.
Now, to immediately make a backup copy of the data, go back to the Settings menu > [your name]> iCloud> iCloud Backup and tap on the word Back up now ; to view the amount of space occupied by the backup files, return to the previous screen and tap, this time, on the item iCloud space . To learn more, I refer you to reading my guide on how to backup to iCloud, in which I explained everything to you, in great detail.
If the iCloud space at your disposal is not enough, you can increase it by purchasing one of the paid plans, with prices starting at € 0.99 / month for an additional 50 GB : if you are interested in learning more, take a look at the my guide on how to buy space on iCloud.
If you have not yet activated iCloud on iPhone and you do not know how to proceed in this regard, take a look at the guide I have dedicated to the topic.
How to save phone data on PC
If you prefer to avoid the use of the cloud and you need to save iPhone data on your computer, you must necessarily contact iTunes , if your computer is equipped with Windows, or the macOS Finder , which integrates everything necessary to carry out the data saving.
If you don’t already have it, you can download iTunes for Windows 10 directly from the Microsoft Store ; if, on the other hand, you use a previous edition of the operating system, you can download the program directly from the official Apple website . For the detailed procedure, I refer you to reading my guide on how to download iTunes.
In any case, once the iTunes installation is completed (if necessary), take the iPhone and connect it to the computer using the USB Lightning cable you received; now, open iTunes on Windows or the Finder on macOS 10.15 Catalina and later and, if this is the first time you connect the two devices, authorize the communication between them by pressing the Continue button , which appears on the computer screen, and Authorize , displayed on the iPhone display instead. Then enter the unlock code on your phone.
Now, click on the iPhone icon that appears at the top of the iTunes window and then on the Summary tab (left), or on the word iPhone visible in the Mac Finder sidebar and then on the General tab (top), locate the Backup section and put the check mark next to the entries This computer and Local backup encryption (the latter is necessary to save data relating to the Health and HomeKit apps). To finish and save a copy of your phone data, click the Back Up Now button and wait for the progress bar to reach 100%. More info here.
How to save phone data before formatting
If you are going to format your phone, you can secure your important data by taking advantage of the procedures I told you about in the previous sections of this chapter.
To restore data to a factory-restored phone, all you have to do is log in to the same Apple ID you used previously and, when prompted, choose whether to restore data from an iCloud backup or from a backup stored on your computer . For more information, I refer you to reading my guide on how to restore the iPhone.
How to save phone data on the SIM
In the current state of things, it is not possible to save contacts from the iPhone memory to the SIM inserted in it, as Apple has been eliminating this possibility for some time already.
However, if you are interested in exporting the iPhone address book to be able to restore it to other devices or to different SIM cards, you would do well to carefully read the tutorial I dedicated to this very topic: I’m sure you will find what you need!