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How To Back Up Android Devices

How To Back Up Android Devices

As technological trends continue to evolve, so too do the ways in which we process, view and store important data. The evolution of the smartphone has had a particularly significant impact, as contemporary Android devices have the capacity to perform a widening range of everyday and real-time tasks.

This rapid evolution can pose an issue for users, however, who often find it difficult to keep pace and utilize their devices effectively. When you consider this alongside the fact that worldwide mobile phone sales totaled 435 million units in the second quarter of 2013 alone, it is clear that a growing number of individuals are being challenged in terms of their technological literacy and awareness.

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One of the main issues facing Android users is data management, as there are numerous methods that can be used to back up Android devices and protect sensitive data. Not all of these are effective, however, while there is also a danger that you will place this information at risk if you do not follow the steps correctly. The key to backing up data is to pay attention to detail.

Back Up Android Devices Using a Personal Computer or SD Card

While Android devices come with a predetermined amount of internal memory, you also have the option of purchasing an additional SD Card with up to 32GB of space. Using this, or the SD Card that comes with your personal computer, represents an ideal way of safely backing up data in a secure manner. Consider the following method of keeping your pictures, numbers and contact details safe, following these specific steps:

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  • Connect your Android Device to a personal computer using a USB cable.

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    • On your Android device, select the pull down main menu and select ‘USB connection’.

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      • Scroll across to the next page and select USB Mass Storage before hitting ‘OK’.

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        • Your computer will now show a ‘Removable Disk’ icon on the desktop.
        • Open this and copy all of your Android files to a new file location on your computer.

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          • Give this file a suitable date and title before committing this to memory.

          Alternative Back-up Methods: The Mobile Application

          Arguably, the key to successfully backing up your Android data lies with creating multiple files. While you have already backed up your information to a personal computer, for example, it is wise to create an additional storage file that can be readily accessed. More specifically, you should consider backing up your data to a real-time application that automatically updates regularly, which enables you to easily save your recent texts, images and core user settings. Although this is not as reliable as saving your data to a personal computer, it is secure enough when considered as a secondary option.

          As you can synchronize your app to an Android device and automatically update your backup data, this method essentially eliminates the time-consuming elements of managing your contacts, information and correspondence. The key is to select a viable app from the existing selection, bearing in mind that some are not free and may require you to enter credit card information and personal details. Here are some of the most affordable and effective apps that you should consider:

          • Helium Premium: With a one-off cost of $4.99, Helium Premium offers value for money for both root and non-root Android users. It is essentially a cloud-based synchronization and storage service, which allows for scheduled backups and offers users access to Google Drive and Dropbox.
          • MyBackup Pro: Another app that works with both root and non-root devices, MyBackup Pro is ideal for users with a great deal of personal and professional data on their Android devices. This can also be downloaded for $4.99 and delivers excellent value for money.
          • G Cloud Backup: For those of you with less pressing back up needs, G Cloud Backup provides a free-to-download resource with 1GB of storage space. It also has the capacity to back up multiple Android devices simultaneously, while also keeping this data within a single and easily accessible file. If necessary, additional storage space can be purchased separately.

          The Bottom Line

          By creating two independent backups of your Android data, it is possible to protect the integrity of your personal information without consuming too much of your time. This can also be done in an easy-to-manage and affordable manner, especially when you utilize complimentary SD storage cards and cost-effective mobile applications.

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          Last Updated on February 15, 2019

          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

          Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

          Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

          So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

          Joe’s Goals

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            Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

            Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

            Daytum

              Daytum

              is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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              Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

              Excel or Numbers

                If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                Evernote

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                  I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                  Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                  Access or Bento

                    If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                    Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                    You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                    Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                    All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                    Conclusion

                    I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                    What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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