In most of the cases, saving your personal information is very important and almost vital for some of us. But what happens when you accidentally lose these data? Well, more probably it will be impossible, or very hard and expensive, for you to get them back. Your Samsung Galaxy S might be in the same situation, so it is recommended to know how to do a proper backup. You will learn how to complete this simple operation during the step-by-step guide below. You have it all explained and detailed, so you should be done in a couple of minutes.
It is important to backup the Samsung Galaxy S data, apps, contacts, messages and so on, each time you decide to make changes or customize the phone, as your “saves” might be wiped out without your knowledge. Also, this will be the first step if you are looking forward in installing the ClockworkMod Recovery, root or flash a custom ROM (such as CyanogenMod) on the Galaxy S. All these operations will delete the data from the smartphone, therefore read this guide in order to learn how to make a full backup.
As you will see, in order to get it right you will need to get and use some free software from the Android Market, a PC, the phone’s SD card and the Android cloud. Some of the Galaxy S data can be backed up only using the app downloaded from the Market, while some of them can be saved on several and different locations (SD card, computer, cloud). The process will be easy to complete, being similar with the one we have explained for other handsets, like the HTC Incredible or HTC Wildfire.
The Android cloud it’s also an app provided by Google and available on the same Market, being designed and used in order to make the backup process easier. You will understand more when you will read the steps. Oh, not to forget, you can save your personal data and recent application on a MAC as well.
We can now finally begin with the proper guide; if you can’t make it through or if you encounter any kind of issues during the procedure, share it with us.
How to backup the Samsung Galaxy S
Contacts and Calendar
You can backup the Contacts and Calendar by using both the SD card and the Android cloud. Read and choose the one you find it better.
- For the SD card:
- Go to the People application.
- Press the Menu button.
- Tap on the Import/Export icon.
- Choose Export to SD card.
- After that you can transfer the files on your PC / MAC. To get it back, follow the same steps above and on the last part, choose Import from SD card.
- For the Android cloud you must sync with Google:
Go to: Menu->Settings-> Accounts & sync; choose “Add account”; enter a valid Gmail address and then choose what you want to backup. Google Docs, Contacts, Gmail and Calendar are available for you, so you can save whatever you want and need to. It is easy, safe and it works every time.
Your OS will make a copy of your data and when you will want it back you will have to sync once more.
SMS / MMS messages and call logs
In this case you will have to use one of the app I have mentioned you above. Download SMS Backup + by Jan Berkel from the Android Market; don’t worry it is free. The software will use a separate label in Gmail/Google Calendar and allowing later restoration. You need to have IMAP enabled in Gmail and the correct time zone set.
Saving Market Apps
In order to complete this you will have to get another app. It is called the Astro File Manager, also found on the Market, for free. Download it and then follow:
- Open Astro.
- Press Menu.
- Tap on Tools.
- Select the Application Manager / Backup.
- Select the apps you want to save and click Backup.
- In order to restore them, install Astro again and follow the same steps. Then, click “Backed Up Apps” and choose what you want back on your Samsung Galaxy S.
Again, for saving your data you can use the SD card, or the PC/MAC. Do as you wish, the process is the same.
Just copy/paste (drag and drop) the stuffs you want to backup from the phone on the computer/MAC/SD card. When you want the data restored do exactly the same thing, but starting from the end (PC/SD card/ MAC->handset).
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