Helium is a very useful Android application that allows you to back up and restore data on your Android device. Unlike other popular backup options such as Titanium Backup, Helium does not require root access to function.
You can install the application by searching for Helium on the Google Play Store.
Click on the application and install.
Features and User Interface
Helium packs a variety of options for backing up data on your device.
Once you open the app, you get a welcome pop-up asking you to log into your Google Account so you can send backups to Google Drive if you wish to. After that it checks if you have root access on your device, then prompts you to give it root permissions. You do not need to be rooted to use the application so you can still use Helium even if your device is not rooted.
Helium’s user interface is very simple with two tabs: one which shows you all your apps to back up and the other for restoration and synchronization options.
On the backup’s tab, there are three divisions. The first shows you the system apps that can be backed up while the next shows the rest of the third-party applications.
There is also a section at the bottom for apps that cannot be backed up due to restrictions implemented by the app developer.
On the other tab, you can see options to choose any of the three supported cloud storages, which are Dropbox, Box and Google Drive, to upload your backed up data to.
You can also choose to back up your data to an external SD Card if that works better for you.
Back up your data
To back up your applications, simply select one or more apps from the Backups tab, then choose whether to back up only the application data or both the data and the apk.
If you choose the former, you will be prompted to download the app from the Google Play store when performing restoration of data. You can also save selected apps as a group in case you want to back up or restore data from those apps simultaneously.
Once done, punch the “Backup” button.
You will be prompted to confirm the backup destination or schedule the backup.
Note: you can only back up to the cloud or automate your backups if you purchase the premium version of the application. For the free version, you are restricted to backing up data on your internal or external storage.
Once you confirm the backup destination, the process will begin and you will be notified when your backup is completed.
Restoration of data
To restore your data, simply select the destination of your backup from the “Restore and Sync” tab which in my case was the External SD Card.
You will see all your backed up data as well as the date of backup. Simply select the ones you want to restore and press the restore button at the bottom left corner.
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