Five Ways to Backup Your SD Card Without Losing Data
It’s no revelation to say that our mobile devices have become extensions of ourselves. So much of what we know, and need to know every day, we trust to our phone or tablet. But as essential as they are, these are fragile objects, prone to countless mishaps of all kinds, both in the physical world and deep inside its hidden world of virtual 1s and 0s.
The point is, when it comes to protecting our data, we can never be too careful. That’s why backing up the SD card on your device is always a good idea.
How to Backup SD Card Data
Of course, there are any number of reasons you may need to back up your SD card. You might be reformatting or upgrading your device and need a safe place for your files while you do. Or you may simply want to keep a copy of your SD card in a secure place. Or you may simply not be able to function if you lost your data for even a day.
Of course now you want to know how to back up SD card data.
Well, whatever your reason, there are several ways to back up SD card data. You can choose any number of apps that have been designed for the purpose. If you’re in a hurry, or just need to copy over certain types of files, there are more DIY methods. Let’s take a look.
App Backup & Restore™
Downloaded over 10 million times, App Backup & Restore is a great tool to back up the apps on your Android™ device, and back up the files on your SD card to Google Drive™. Offering easy access to the files on your Android SD card, this all-in-one tool is a simple way to back up your apps, data, contacts, photos, music, calendars and more. It couldn’t be easier.
Step 1. Connect your Android device to the PC. The app will detect your device and display it in the primary window.
Step 2. In the primary window, click Backup & Restore. A window will appear on your Android phone asking whether to allow USB Debugging. Tap Ok.
Step 3. To back up your Android data, click "Backup." If this is not the first time you’ve used the app, you can also click "View backup history" to see the files you’ve previously backed up.
Step 4. All files are automatically selected for back up. If there are any you do not wish to back up, you can deselect them. To back up, simply click "Backup" and the app will automatically backup your SD card data onto your PC.
The choice of over 5 million Android™ owners, MyBackup Pro is fully compatible with Android 1.6 and higher offering simple and easy back up with advanced features and settings. It allows you to back up and restore your Android devices using a local device, SD card, or On The Go (OTG) USB card. With MyBackup Pro, you can choose where your files are backed up – secure cloud-based online servers, your own Dropbox® account or Google Cloud Platform™ account. You can even back up directly to your PC over the internet or schedule multiple backups to multiple locations.
The app allows you to back up SD card data including text messages, attachments, apps, photos, music, videos, contacts, call log, calendar, and much more. Once backed up, you can migrate the data directly between two devices or restore it to an existing or new Android device.
Helium™ App Sync and Backup
Helium is an app sync and backup tool that works with any Android™ device, allowing users to safely and easily back up apps and data to an SD card or a Windows® PC.
While the free version is ideal to back up SD card data and apps, Helium also offers a premium version including a number of useful features. This version allows you to schedule regular back up times. That way, you can rest easy knowing your data is always being backed up. It allows you to sync data between Android devices, even if they’re on different networks. Finally, it gives you the option of backing up your data to the Cloud on Dropbox, Box, or Google Drive.
Android File Transfer™ app
Android File Transfer is another incredibly useful app that gives you the ability to access and back up SD card data.
Step 1. Once you’ve downloaded and installed Android File Transfer on your Mac®, simply open it. Then use the USB cable from your Android phone or tablet to connect it to the Mac.
Step 2. Once connected, the app will automatically detect your Android phone or tablet. Simply double click the app and follow the instructions to copy all the files and folders you want onto your Mac.
Backing Up Using Only a USB Cable
If you want a quick and easy way to back SD card data, we’ve got a simple DIY approach for you. And all it takes is a USB cable. That lets you mount your Android device as an external hard drive. While this method is incredibly easy and doesn’t cost anything, there is a downside. You can’t back up everything. You can only back up music, videos, photos, documents, and contacts. You cannot back up your apps or app data, and you can only use this method on a Windows PC. But if you need to do it, here’s how:
Step 1. Connect your Android™ device to your Windows PC with your Android USB cable.
Step 2. Find the Android external hard drive on the PC. Open it to find the SD card folder.
Step 3. Find the folders that contain your photos, music, videos, and documents.
Step 4. Copy the folders and drag them onto your PC desktop.
And there you have it. Four incredibly useful apps you can use to protect and back up SD card data, as well as one very quick method using your Windows PC alone. But whatever method you use, remember to back up your data regularly. You already know how important your data is. Now keep your SD card safe and backed up too.