How to Backup Apps on an Android Phone – Did you know that there is an easy way to back up applications on an Android phone, if you are an Android user, including cellphones and tablets.

You must already know that applications downloaded through the Android market will regularly get the latest updates or versions provided by the maker or developer of the application concerned.

In most cases, newer versions of apps come with enhanced functionality and/or new features not included in previous iterations.

However, in reality, this is not necessarily how it works. The newest version sometimes performs worse than the previous one.

If you experience this and don't back up application, then you can't really do much and can only hope that the app makers get it done quickly.

However, did you know there is a solution to this problem? The secret is backing up Android apps, so that if we install a newer version of an Android app, and we don't like it, we can reinstall the old app.

To avoid having to re-download the same apps from the Android Market every time we upgrade our Android phone, Android app backup is a useful feature to have.

List of Application Backup Ways

There are many free (but credit based) backup apps available in the Android market today. In this post, we will provide recommendations on how to back up Android apps using the “Titanium Backup” app and the “App Backup & Restore” app.

Apart from this application, we also have an article on how to backup Android applications to apk and Android app backups to google drive.

How to Backup Applications Using Application Backup and Restore

To be able to use this application is quite easy, and here are the steps:

  1. Download the application from the Android Market
  2. When you enter the application for the first time, the application will automatically create a list of applications installed on your Android mobile
  3. After that, you only need to check the applications you want to backup, then click "Backup Selected Apps".
  4. Applications that have been successfully backed up will be stored in the "Archieved" Tab

Here are the steps to reinstall applications that have been backed up or stored:

  1. You need to make settings so that Android phones can install non-market applications. How to go to Settings (settings) > Applications (Applications) > make sure the words "Unknown Sources" (Unknown sources) is checked.
  2. Enter the “App Backup & Restore” application, then click the “Archieved” Tab
  3. Put a checkmark on the application you want to reinstall
  4. After that click “Restore Selected Apps”

“Raw” files or installation files of “archived” Android applications can also be found on the memory card in the App_Backup_Restore folder.

So, if you buy a new Android phone, you can use the files stored in that folder to install it on the new phone without having to re-download it from the Android market.

The following is an example image of a "raw" file or Android installation file (.apk format) that is stored or successfully backed up and located on a memory card:

If you want to install using the .apk file stored in the App_Backup_Restore folder, you don't have to use the “App Backup and Restore” application.

You just need to find the installation file of the application you want to install using the file manager, then just click on the file and the Android system will install it automatically.

How to Backup Android Applications Using Titanium Backup

Popular among Android users is this app. To be able to do backups using this application, you must first root.

The advantage of Titanium Backup is that this application does not only back up applications, but this application can back up data from applications.

When you use Titanium Backup to back up games, all settings you make (such as volume, button configuration, sensor calibration, and so on) will be preserved.

To take advantage of this application is also easy, here's how:

  1. Enter the Titanium Backup application
  2. Click the Backup/Restore tab
  3. Click the application that you want to backup or want to restore (install again / want to restore the data)

After you click, you will be given a choice as below

The following is an explanation of these options:


To back up applications and their data

2.Run App:

Launch or activate the selected application

3. Restore:

If Restore is clicked, three options will appear, namely Data Only: restore application data according to data that has been backed up; App Only: only reinstalls the application, excluding data; App+Data: Reinstalls the application including its data.


Makes the application not work or "frozen". Freeze won't uninstall the app, however, in a freeze state, the app can't be used and won't use up any of the phone's resources at all, including CPU and RAM.

If at any time you want to use the application again, you can defrost it or "thaw it".

The Freeze feature can only be used on the Titanium Backup donate version (paid). If you use the free version, you cannot use this feature.

As a note, you should be careful if you want to freeze, especially if you want to freeze default applications. If it's not really needed, it's best if the default application doesn't need to be frozen.

5. Uninstall:

Serves to remove or uninstall the application

6.Wipe Data:

Delete data from the app, such as preferences (app preferences), accounts (app accounts), databases (databases), and so on.


Delete backup data stored in Titanium Backup

If you want to back up applications all at once or not individually, you just need to press the MENU > Batch button.

The free version of Titanium Backup can only back up one version and data of each installed application.

So every time you do a backup, it will automatically delete the old backup data.


This is an article on how to easily and quickly backup applications on an Android phone that you can do yourself.

From the article you read above, there are two ways to back up applications, namely backing up applications using the backup and restore application and the next way to backup applications using Titanium backup.

Hopefully the above article can be useful and help you to backup applications on Android.

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