Ever wondered how to back up your information on your phone? Tired of going to your local phone store and bothering the technician about backing up your text messages? If so then this multi-part article will interest you. It’s going to cover how to back up nearly all information on your android phone.
Backing up your contacts
To backup your contacts on android you can do it via one of three ways. First way is automated for you by your gmail account. It uploads a record of your contacts into your gmail account, you can find this record in the upper left hand side of gmail. The second way is to store a .vcf file directly onto your memory (miniSD) card by going into contacts and hitting the menu button (usually represented by an icon that has four squares, with the top left being white.)
From the menu selection you want to select the “import/export” icon. This will take you to a screen that will give you the option to export contacts directly to the miniSD. The last option is usually provided by your service carrier. It works in a similar function to gmail and will keep a record of your contacts stored remotely on a server that the carrier owns.
Backing up your pictures
The pictures stored on your memory card can be backed up online by using support built into your phone with the following online photo services: photobucket, picasa, flickr. By signing your account onto your phone you give it continuous access to them, thus allowing for a faster uploading process. The easiest way to upload directly to the aforementioned services is by clicking share option within your picture gallery (this can be done by pressing the menu key, which will bring up the aforementioned share option.) You can also download applications on the marketplace that will backup your pictures for you as well. The most known application is Lookout.
Lookout is a security application that backups up contacts, pictures, text messages (I believe), as well providing an anti-virus scanner and a gps system that tracks your phone. Lookout isn’t recommend on phones that don’t have a 1 GHz processor and at least 250 MB of RAM. Reason being is that Lookout has a lot of background processes going on that will eat away at your RAM (random access memory, temporary memory that allows the phone’s CPU (the processor) to access applications and execute them) which causes your phone to perform sluggish.
In part two we will look at ways to backup your text messages (in a less memory intensive manner) and applications.