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    Default Backing up Android / transferring files

    Hi guys!

    I'm new to this community and android, having been using iPhone the last many years. I just bought a LG Nexus 5, because I got tired of Apple, and I have some basic (probably stupid) questions.

    With the iPhone, I could easily transfer all my data and backup my phone via iTunes. I've tried searching the web for similar software for android, and I have not really been able to find an iTunes replacement. I noticed that HTC and Samsung have sync managers, but I haven't been able to find one for LG. Also, I would prefer if I could find something that doesn't require cloud storage, as I like to have my backups and files locally on my Mac.

    So my questions are basically:
    1: is there an iTunes replacement for android?
    2: does LG have a sync manager?

    Thanks a lot for the help in advance !
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    Default Re: Backing up android / transferring files

    You could use a program called Helium. Its available for free on the Google Play Store. It will allow you to backup your apps and associated data to your device/computer/cloud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monsow View Post
    Hi guys!

    I'm new to this community and android, having been using iPhone the last many years. I just bought a LG Nexus 5, because I got tired of Apple, and I have some basic (probably stupid) questions.

    With the iPhone, I could easily transfer all my data and backup my phone via iTunes. I've tried searching the web for similar software for android, and I have not really been able to find an iTunes replacement. I noticed that HTC and Samsung have sync managers, but I haven't been able to find one for LG. Also, I would prefer if I could find something that doesn't require cloud storage, as I like to have my backups and files locally on my Mac.

    So my questions are basically:
    1: is there an iTunes replacement for android?
    2: does LG have a sync manager?

    Thanks a lot for the help in advance !
    Welcome to the forums.
    1. Not to my knowledge.
    2. I don't think so.

    However, that doesn't mean you can't back up your data. Try this:
    That can back up some things. Let us know if you need to back up anything else.

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    Default Re: Backing up android / transferring files

    And you should back up everything to the cloud.

    Worst-case scenario. You're out at the beach, so you left your phone home. Some moron flips a cigarette out of his car window, it catches in the dried grass behind your shrubs and your house burns to the ground. The insurance company will put you up in a hotel, rebuild your house, buy you a new computer and new phone.

    Which does you no good because all your data was destroyed.

    Other scenario - all your data is backed up to the cloud - you waste 2 hours getting it all back.

    Which is better? Of course your house will never burn down. (That's why you waste all that money on fire insurance, right?)

    Data not backed up to 2 independent destinations is data you don't really need.
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    I see your point Rukbat, and I might choose to back up my data to the cloud as well, but I would like it to be on my computer in the first place

    Helium seems nice. I can see the paid version will backup to Google Drive, which is the cloud I like the best. I just have a few question about Helium;
    1: does it backup the entire phone?
    2: is it easy to restore from that backup if needed?
    3: can I choose to only backup some files (I don't want to waste space backing up music and pictures to Google Drive, I will back these up manually to my computer)

    I can see that Super Backup : SMS & Contacts requires root, which I don't want to do, so that is unfortunately not an option

    Thanks for the help guys, really appriciate it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by monsow View Post
    I see your point Rukbat, and I might choose to back up my data to the cloud as well, but I would like it to be on my computer in the first place

    Helium seems nice. I can see the paid version will backup to Google Drive, which is the cloud I like the best. I just have a few question about Helium;
    1: does it backup the entire phone?
    2: is it easy to restore from that backup if needed?
    3: can I choose to only backup some files (I don't want to waste space backing up music and pictures to Google Drive, I will back these up manually to my computer)

    I can see that Super Backup : SMS & Contacts requires root, which I don't want to do, so that is unfortunately not an option

    Thanks for the help guys, really appriciate it!
    Sorry. Been rooted for so long that I almost ignore that part. I have played around with Helium but ha email not had to use the restore process.

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    Default Re: Backing up android / transferring files

    Quote Originally Posted by monsow View Post
    1: does it backup the entire phone?
    No, neither does anything on iPhones, AFAIK (you can't back up iOS.)

    2: is it easy to restore from that backup if needed?
    Yes

    3: can I choose to only backup some files (I don't want to waste space backing up music and pictures to Google Drive, I will back these up manually to my computer)
    Yes. You also may not want to back up an app more than once.

    I have Helium, Super Backup (no root), SMS Backup+ and App Backup and Restore.

    Can't nandroid backup this phone yet, but I will as soon as someone figures it out. That backs up the entire phone.
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    Thanks for the clarification. Do you mind me asking why you have so many different backup apps?

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