My smartphone is my life. It has everything on there. It’s from that Galaxy S that I check my schedule, send my text messages, update my Twitter, and fling fowl at some thieving swine. I can’t imagine the horror of losing my phone and, more importantly, the data that it contains. That’s why it is so important to have a proper backup system in place.
Granted, most of the data that I have on my Android smartphone is automatically backed up to the Google servers, but there’s all kinds of other data that isn’t. And you can never have too many backup contingency plans. One of the more powerful backup apps for Android is called, appropriately enough, MyBackup Pro and it is being offered as the “easiest backup for Android.”
Easy Way to Backup Your Phone
A backup solution, no matter how robust, isn’t going to be very useful if its utter complexity deters you from actually using it. Thankfully, that’s not the case with this app.
After installing and loading it, you’re shown that very simple home screen. There are just five options there and they’re all very self-explanatory. You have the option of backing up your data locally to your phone’s SD memory or backing it up to the servers of Rerware, the developers of MyBackup Pro. That’s included in the price of the app.
Both options have their pros and cons, of course, so it’s up to you which one you want to use. In either case, the backup process couldn’t be easier.
Data and Applications & Media
The packets of backup data are roughly cut up into two batches. First, you can backup the phone “Data.” In this batch, you can toggle the backing up of such data as your call log, text messages (SMS), system settings, dictionary, and music playlist.
The other batch is called “Applications & Media.” This is where you can save app-specific data, like your progress save data from Angry Birds or the account data you have saved on eBuddy. You can back up all the app-specific data or you can cherry-pick which apps to back up. It is also in this batch that you can backup your photos.
The amount of time it takes to create the backup file will depend on how much data you want to back up, of course, but I found the process to be pretty speedy overall.
Restoration and Scheduling Too
Of course, a backup solution makes no sense if you can’t restore that data. Restoring your data is much the same kind of process as the backing up your data, except, of course, you choose “Restore” from the main menu. It will ask which data file you’d like to use and then you can let the software do its thing.
You might forget to do your backups on a periodic basis, so that’s why it’s good to also see a “Schedule” option in there. As with the manual backup, you can cherry-pick what you want to backup and where you want the save file to go. It really couldn’t be easier.
If you’re not sure if you want to spend the $4.99 on the “Pro” version of this app, there is a free version that gives you a 30-day trial. In either case, you don’t need to root your Android phone to get it to work. I’d say it’s five bucks well spent.