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AndroidTablet_July04_CIf you have an Android tablet, it’s probably safe to say you use it on a regular basis, maybe even for business. As tablets become more powerful and cheaper, more businesses will integrate them into daily operations, some may even go so far as to do away with the desktop. This is already starting to happen, and as with any device, you should be backing it up.

Here’s three different methods you can use to backup your Android tablet.

Method 1: built-in backup
If your tablet is running Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), you can backup tablet settings and application data to Google’s servers by opening Settings, scrolling down toPersonal and selecting Backup & reset. If you can’t find Personal, open Settings and scroll down to Privacy. In both windows, select Backup my data. Your data will be stored on Google’s servers and if you select Automatic Restore, your tablet will automatically restore data when you instruct it to do so e.g., during a factory reset.

Method 2: use a third party app
For many, the built-in backup is enough, but, there are some users who want a more robust option, or would prefer to backup their data onto a hard drive. To do so, you can use a third party app like MyBackup Pro, which allows you to backup both applications and data. The data is stored on your tablets SD card, or on a server. When you need to restore your device, reinstall the application and press Restore. This option is also referred to as local backup.

Method 3: cloud backup
If you’re not too picky about your applications, but are more worried about documents you could back them up using a cloud service like Google Drive or Dropbox. These services sync with your tablet and will store important documents in the cloud, giving you access regardless of the device you’re using. To use these apps, first install them and then go to Settings followed by Accounts and sync. Tap the program name to be given upload options.

It’s recommended to, at the very least, use method 1. For maximum effectiveness, use a combination of all three. If you’re unsure of which method you should be using for the Android tablets in your company, please contact us, we can help.

Published on 5th July 2012 by Jeanne DeWitt.

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