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How to back up your Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet

Whether you’re replacing or sending your phone in for repair or want to avoid losing your data if your device gets lost or broken, backups are a quick and easy way to protect your apps, personal information, settings, and other content stored on your device.


Samsung’s Galaxy lineup is one of the best when it comes to Android devices, so naturally, Samsung One UI 4 provides a seamless way to backup and restore your data. You can also choose to use Samsung cloud, a physical backup, or Google Drive, which gives you the option to choose the most comfortable method to use to securely backup and restore your phone.

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Using Samsung Apps

One simple way to back up your phone is to use your Samsung account, which you may have created or used when you first set up your phone. Since this is the manufacturer’s backup solution, it stores many of your settings, including your wallpapers, alerts, call logs, calendars, messages, and apps. However, this option will not load your files, such as your photos, videos, and documents, so save them independently or use the Smart Switch method, which is shown below.

Samsung Cloud

Backing up your data to Samsung cloud ensures that you can easily restore it to another Galaxy device within a few minutes, without having to manually retrieve or reset your personal settings.

To back up your data, follow these steps:

  1. open your phone Settings.
  2. Faucet Accounts and Backup.
  3. In the Samsung Cloud section, click Data backup.
  4. Click next to each item you want to back up.

  5. Faucet Make a backup now to start the process.
  6. Wait for your phone to back up.

  7. Once done, press he did at the bottom of the screen.

find my mobile

In addition to starting the backup process from your phone, Samsung provides the ability to back up from another device using a web browser. This method is suitable if you have lost your device, provided that it is still running with an active data connection, as well as enabling Find My Mobile before starting the process.

  1. Using a web browser, go to find my mobile.
  2. Sign in with your Samsung account.
  3. Give it a few seconds to locate your phone.
  4. If you have multiple devices linked to your Samsung account, choose the one you want to backup from the menu on the left side of the screen.
  5. Under the status of your device, tap to support icon.

  6. Select the data you want to protect and select a file to support button.

  7. The backup process takes a few minutes to complete. Once done, the Backup button will read Closeso you can get rid of the window.

smart switch

Another simple way to back up your data is to use Smart Switch, which allows you to transfer your phone’s content to another Galaxy device or external storage device. This is the most complete option, as it saves all your settings and data, including photos and files stored on your phone.

The first method below is commonly used when switching to a new phone but it’s also a great way to keep your data safe on a backup phone you might have at home. The process works wirelessly or with a cable, so you’re covered no matter which method you prefer to use.

  1. Download and install Smart Switch app from Play Store on both phones.
  2. Faucet Send data on the phone you want to backup. Faucet data reception on the target device.

  3. Select the transfer method you would like to use, such as cable or wireless.
  4. Wait while your phones find each other. You may have to allow the connection to continue the process.
  5. on target phone, select the data you want to import and tap next one to start the process.

  6. You may have to confirm a few steps on both phones and enter Google credentials on the target phone.

Alternatively, you can save your data to an external device, such as a USB flash drive or MicroSD card. The steps are straightforward and only take a few minutes:

  1. Enter or call external drive.
  2. open your phone Settings.
  3. Faucet Accounts and Backup.
  4. In the smart switch section, click Transfer external storage.
  5. Choose The device you want to back up your data to.

  6. Choose the data you want to backup and tap next one to start the process.

  7. To restore data from an external storage, repeat steps 1-4 and select the backup you wish to restore Restore from external storage.

Restore the backup

If you have saved your data to the cloud, you will need to know how to restore and restore it on your Samsung phone. The process is fairly simple if your data is stored on Samsung Cloud, which is the case with the first two methods above.

  1. open your phone Settings.
  2. Faucet Accounts and Backup.
  3. In the Samsung Cloud section, click data recovery.
  4. Choose The backup you want to restore.
  5. Sure What data would you like to return to your device.

  6. Faucet Restores to start the process.

Using Google Drive

If you prefer to save your data on Google servers, this option is worth considering. It is the option you should use if you are planning to use a different brand of your next phone, as you can recover data on any Android device.

  1. open your phone Settings.
  2. Faucet Accounts and Backup.
  3. In the Google Drive section, click Data backup.
  4. If this is the first time you are using Google Drive as a backup method, tap his job.
  5. Faucet Make a backup now to start the process.

You can only restore a Google Drive backup during the Android device setup process, so you will have to reset it to get your data back.

Keep your data safe

Whichever method you use, back up your data, so you’ll be ready in case your device is broken, lost, or swapped. The preferred method is to create a backup on an external SD card using Smart Switch so that the data is stored in the same place. Alternatively, other methods of keeping your data in the cloud are reliable, but they won’t guarantee your files are backed up, so you’ll have to use another solution like Google Photos to keep them safe. And we have plenty of tips and tricks to help you use Google Photos.

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