Back-up data on my Samsung device

Last Update Date : Sep 11. 2019
Samsung BackUp

With so many files on your phone or tablet, it is important to back up your data. That way, you won't have to worry if anything ever happens to your phone or tablet. 


 If you want to make sure that your data is secure, select one of the options to backup your device via PC / Mac, external USB / Samsung Account or Google Account that allows you to easily transfer contacts, photos, messages and other types of files.

Back up to a PC / MacClick to Expand

Before you start backing up your files, make sure your PC meets the minimum requirements to use Smart Switch. To find out if your PC or Mac supports Smart Switch, visit the Smart Switch page, and select Requirements under Overview.

1 Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable, and then tap Allow on your phone.
2 Navigate to and open Smart Switch on your computer, and then click Backup
3 Your computer will automatically start backing up your phone's data. A screen will appear informing you it's complete. Click OK .
Backup Completed

Backup data to external storage via Smart SwitchClick to Expand

From your contacts to messages, your photos and videos to your music, your calendar events to your apps. Even the device settings. They're all there on your new Galaxy phone for you to pick up right where you left off.


If you are planning on backing up your data to a USB, ensure you have a OTG adapter handy.

1 Launch the Smart Switch app on your Galaxy smartphone or Tablet.
Smart Switch app is pre-installed on most Samsung devices; it's normally used to transfer content between two phones, however if you do not have this downloaded to your device you can install it directly through the Google PlayStore.
2 Insert your SD card or OTG adapter connected with your selected USB Flash Drive.
3 Tap on the Memory Card icon on the top right of the screen.
Insert SD card or OTG adapter
4 Select Back up
Select BackUp
5 Select apps you would like backed up then tap the blue arrow key to begin the backup process.
Choose what to send
6 Tap Done once complete
BackUp Completed

Backup via Samsung CloudClick to Expand

Backup data from your previous device to Samsung Cloud and restore the data to your new device. You can also sync data saved in your device with Samsung Cloud and view data saved on the Samsung Cloud. 


You must register and sign in to your Samsung account to use Samsung Cloud. With Samsung Cloud you get to store up to 15 GB worth of your photos, apps and data for free.

Samsung Cloud
1 Launch the Settings app and then tap on Cloud and accounts or Samsung Cloud
2 The Samsung Cloud page will show you how much storage you have left, what is being stored and what devices are currently connected to the account.
3 Tap on More Options (the three dots) > Settings > Auto backup settings then select which data you want to backup.

Back up via Samsung AccountClick to Expand

Haven't created your Samsung Account yet check out our page How do I create a Samsung account? for step-by-step instructions.

1 Launch your Settings> Accounts & Backup
2 Select Backup and Restore
3 Under Samsung Account select >b>Back up data
Back Up Data
4 Tap on the content you would like to be backed up then select Back up
Select BackUp

Note: The images displayed will depend on your Galaxy device and Android OS Version. 

5 Once the back up is complete, tap Done

Back up via Google AccountClick to Expand
1 Launch your Settings> Accounts & Backup
2 Select Backup and Restore
3 Toggle on Back up my data then select Google Account
select google account
4 Tap on Back up now to back up your add data, call history, contacts, device settings and SMS text messages to your Google Drive Account
select backup now
5 Tap Done Once the back up is complete.

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