If you are an Android user, either phone or tablet, you must be already know that every Android applications that you downloaded from market will regularly get an update or the latest version issued by the application developer or maker.
Newer versions of application usually have some extra features that you can’t find on the old version or the new version simply has better performance. But in fact, that condition is not always true, the newer version sometimes have worse performance compared to the old versions. If that condition happens and you don’t backup your Android applications, there is nothing much you can do. You can only hope that the application developer will fix it very soon.
However, did you know that there is an easy solution for this problem? The solution is to backup android applications. By backing up application, when you install a new version of Android application and you don’t like it, you can restore the old application. The backup data will be stored on the SD card, so if you buy a new Android phones, you don’t have to re-download the same apps from the Android market.
Today, there are quite a lot of backup applications you can find and download for free from the market. In this article, we will inform you how to backup android applications using “App Backup & Restore” and using “Titanium Backup”.
Backup Android Applications Using App Backup & Restore
To use this app is quite simple; you just have to follow these steps:
- Download the “App Backup & Restore” application from the Android Market
- When you start the application for the first time, it will create a list of installed applications on your Android phone or tablet.
- After that you just simply give a check mark on the applications you want to backup and then click “Backup Selected Apps”
- You can find the backed up applications on the “Archived” tab
If you want to restore the backed up application, you may follow these steps:
- Make sure that your Android phone can install non-market applications. To do so, you may go to Settings > Applications > give check mark on the “Unknown Sources”.
- Go to the application “App Backup & Restore”, then click “Archived” tab
- Give check mark on the applications you want to restore or reinstall
- then click “Restore Selected Apps”
You can find the backup data on your SD card inside the folder App_Backup_Restore. The file format is .apk (Android package). When you change your phone, you can use the backup data that stored on this folder to install the application on your new Android phone. Below is an image of some Android .apk file that stored on App_Backup_Restore folder:
If you want to install Android application using .apk file, you don’t have to use App Backup & Restore application. Here’s what you can do: browse the .apk file using file manager > click it > the system will perform installation process automatically. It’s as simple as that.
Backup Application Using Titanium Backup for Android
This application is so popular among Android user. To use this application, you must root your Android phone first. The advantage of Titanium Backup for Android is you are not just being able to backup Android applications, but you also are able to backup application data. So, for example, if you backup your favourite game, you will backup the game application and also the game data, such as the settings (game volume setting, sensor calibration, button layout, etc.)
To use Titanium Backup for Android is easy, here’s how to do it:
- Start the application
- Click Backup / Restore Tab
- Click the application you want to backup or restore
When you click the application, there is a pop up with several options as image below:
Here is the explanation of each option:
For backing up Android app
2. Run App:
Run or activate selected application
If Restore button clicked, you will have three options which are: Data Only: Restore application data only, the Android application remain unchanged; App Only: Reinstall application (the application version will be according to the backed up data); App+Data: Restore Application include with application data.
Freeze Android application will disable application without uninstalling it. Freeze makes the application inaccessible and it won’t use any of phone resources such as processor, RAM, internet connection, etc. The Android system will think that the application is don’t exist. If you want to use the application again, you can “defrost” the application and the application will running again normally. Freeze feature only available on Titanium Backup donate version, you can’t use this in free version (if you click the button, it will show pop up that suggest you to upgrade). Just for note, you should be careful if you want to freeze application, especially if you want to freeze default application. If it is not necessary, it’s better if you not freeze application.
6. Wipe Data:
Delete application data such as settings, accounts, database, etc.
Delete the backed up data stored on Titanium Backup.
If you want to do batch back up, you can press MENU button > Batch. Titanium Backup for Android free version can only have one backup history of any installed application. So, every time you make a new backup, it will erase the old backup data.