How do I secure a smartphone

Data backup for smartphones

Dennis Steimels

If you lose your smartphone, it is stolen or just breaks, then all data is gone - unless you make a regular backup! Here are the best tips for cell phone data backup.

It would be a shame if the last vacation pictures, the many chats or all contacts were gone just because the smartphone was stolen or you lost it. A backup protects your data in precisely these cases. But also if you change your cell phone, for example. There are numerous methods of backing up data. This includes PC programs with a backup option, cloud solutions and local backup files.

➤ If you lose your smartphone: locate and block your mobile phone

PC programs for data backup

The respective mobile phone manufacturers often offer their own PC programs for their devices, with which users can usually create backups quickly and conveniently. But there are also third-party solutions.

EnlargeVia iTunes, you can use an encrypted backup to save all data saved on the iPhone, including the passwords.

Apple iOS: If you connect your iPhone to the PC, you can create a backup using iTunes. All content is saved on the PC or in iCloud and can be restored to the same or a new iPhone if necessary. Make sure that you create an encrypted backup on the PC. This is the only way to secure login data including passwords. PC and iPhone synchronize the data whenever they are connected to each other.

➤ Whatsapp backup on Android and iPhone

Android backup: Since every manufacturer provides its own management program with different functions, there is no uniform solution. With Samsung, creating a backup is uncomplicated.

EnlargeSamsung Smart Switch backs up your data with no problem and even restores backups from an iPhone to the Android.

Samsung with Android:Samsung uses its own Kies program and its successor Samsung Smart Switch for this purpose. The latter has a particularly simple structure and is therefore easy to use. Connect your Samsung mobile phone to the PC, start Smart Switch and then confirm the data transfer to the PC on the mobile phone. Now click on "Backup". That was it. Your data will be transferred to the PC and can be restored if necessary.

By the way, you can also use Smart Switch to transfer backup data from devices from other manufacturers to your smartphone. This includes iOS data, for example.

➤ Transfer contacts and data from iPhone to Android

HTC with Android: The HTC Sync Manager software for HTC devices, on the other hand, is a classic synchronization tool that is used to synchronize contacts with Outlook, Internet settings with your own browsers, as well as music and photos. With the Sync Manager it is also possible to transfer backup files from the iPhone to your own HTC phone. Files include contacts, SMS, videos, photos, and music, as well as bookmarks and backgrounds.

Alternative for Android: A manufacturer-independent alternative is the free PC application My Phone Explorer and the associated Android app MyPhoneExplorer Client. How to create a corresponding Android backup, whether locally, on the PC or in the cloud, is explained in detail in this article.

Cloud backup

A good alternative to storing the backup locally on the computer is the cloud solution.

Apple iOS: With Apple's own cloud service "iCloud" you can easily save your data online. Activate iCloud when configuring your new iPhone or later during operation under "Settings - User (Apple ID) - iCloud". If you are logged in with your Apple ID, you can set which data should be synchronized with the iCloud here. To automatically upload photos to iCloud, you must turn on the iCloud Photo Library option. The data that is backed up then includes photos, contacts, calendar entries, emails and wallet content. Remember that when you synchronize with iTunes, data will no longer be automatically exchanged with the PC. As soon as you use a new iPhone, you can import the backup from the iCloud.

Android: Google itself offers a service for backups on the Google servers at. The backup copy contains apps including the associated data, WiFi passwords, other settings and your contacts. Under "Backup and restore" in the settings of your Android device, activate "Data backup" and select your Google account under "Backup account". Tap on the "Google Account" option, then you will see what data will be backed up.

Photos are not included. To synchronize your photo albums, open the "Photos" app from Google and activate the backup there. Only then will the images be available in the cloud and on all devices on which you are logged in with your Google account.

If you activate a new Android device with the same account details, the backup will be restored.

Create a backup with the app

Backing up your smartphone data using an app is not feasible with every operating system. This is usually only possible with Android - and even then only under certain conditions.

Without root: There are numerous apps in the Google Play Store for backups directly on the Android smartphone. The basic version of the free “MyBackup” is clear and easy to use. The app backs up applications, media and personal data (paid version) and stores them on the SD card or internal memory.

With root: One of the best and most popular backup apps for rooted smartphones is Titanium Backup. You decide which data of the system should be backed up. All apps including data, user applications and settings are saved. The options for this can be found under "Backup / Restore". You can also set times when the app creates automatic backups - for example at night. The backup file after a backup is stored in the internal memory, on the external SD card or in a cloud.