- Christopher Park |
- February 7, 2013
There are many Android backup apps available in the Google Play Store. The problem with these apps is that they either take a snapshot of the device, saving all the apps and settings, or only save individual apks and not the user files. A great backup alternative is Carbon. This Android app will backup individual app files like game saves and user information from installed apps.
You can backup locally (on the device), copy to a PC, or upload to a cloud storage service like Google Play. Cloud storage requires Carbon Premium, but it's a worthwhile investment because you can automate backup schedules and Android to Android sync.
Backing up your Android device is important because you don't want to lose any important files and with Carbon, you can be sure you've saved the most important ones.
Here is how to use Carbon.
Download Carbon on your Android device and download the Carbon Desktop Installer to your PC, Mac, or Linux machine. If you're using Windows, it's a good idea to download Android drivers for your phone, just in case, especially if you've never connected your device to a computer.
Install Carbon Desktop Installer and follow its instructions. Once it's installed, Carbon on Android will ask you to connect the Android device to the computer to enable Carbon on Android.
The free version of Carbon doesn't allow Google Drive backups, but it's worth paying for the premium version to get this support.
Your first backup should be a full backup unless you have a lot of apps you don't use anymore. Once you've finished selecting the apps, add a name, and tap "Backup."
Carbon will ask where you want to save the backup. Even though there are options for Google Drive and other cloud storage accounts, they are not activated. Choose "USB Storage" which will save it to your device locally. After you select the location, wait for Carbon to complete. The default option for Carbon is to only save the internal app files and not the apk so be aware you won't have the actual apk for any apps.
It'll notify you when the backup is completed. If you want to save the Android Carbon folder on your desktop, connect the Android device to the computer and copy the file.
Restoring files is as easy as backing up. Select "Restore and Sync" and choose where the file is saved. Most likely it will be in "USB Storage" if you don't have the paid version of Carbon. If you are restoring after wiping your device, you're going to have to install all the apks for your apps again. Carbon doesn't save the apk by default.
Select the app files and "Restore." If you have a lot of apps, it may take a little time for Carbon to completely restore all the files. After you finish, your other apps should have all the user data.
Carbon is a great app for backups because it saves the most important files that other backup apps seem to ignore. I recommend the full version because of the cloud storage support, but you can get around that by copying the carbon folder off your Android device to a computer and then uploading that to the cloud.