How To Backup Apps, Contacts, Media & Pictures on Galaxy S4


Backing up your data in an Android phone is easier than you think. However, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has a bit complicated interface and being a new owner, a short tutorial on how to backup your data including your apps, contacts, media files and pictures would surely help.
In this post, we will guide you through backing up every bit of data in your phone. We divided it into section so it would be easier for you to find a procedure to backup a specific type of data.

Note that all of these procedures would require you to have an internet connection so syncing is possible.

How To Backup Installed Apps On Galaxy S4

Prior to doing this procedure, or any other proceeding procedures in this post, you must be logged in to a Google Account, although you can create one easily.
  1. From the Home screen, tap Apps.
  2. Touch Settings app, then the Accounts tab.
  3. Find Backup and Reset and tap on it.
  4. Tap on Backup my data to check the box.
  5. Tap Backup Account to check the box.

How To Backup Contacts On Galaxy S4

There are two ways to backup your contacts; via Samsung or Google Account (online) and/or make a copy to the SD card (offline).

Online Backup
  1. From the Home screen, touch Contacts.
  2. Press the Menu key to bring up options.
  3. Tap Merge contacts.
  4. Now, choose between a Google Account or a Samsung Account. [How to set up Samsung Account on Samsung Galaxy S4]
To be able to proceed, you need to be logged in to your Google or Samsung account.

Offline Backup

Make sure your SD card is mounted before doing this procedure.
  1. Tap Contacts from the Home screen.
  2. Press the Menu key, choose Contacts to display, then touch All Contacts.
  3. Press the Menu key once again and tap on Import / Export option.
  4. Tap Export to SD Card. A window will pop up that displays the name of the file containing the contact list.
  5. Tap OK.

How To Backup Media Files and Pictures

There are three ways we will recommend to backup media files: using the Galaxy S4 itself, using a Windows computer and using a Mac computer.

Backup Media Files Using Galaxy S4 
  1. Tap Apps from the Home screen.
  2. Select My Files, then tap on All Files.
  3. Touch Device Storage.
  4. Now locate the folder where media files are saved. Note that pictures taken by Camera app are usually saved in DCIM folder and other media files can be found in Downloads and Notifications folder.
  5. To the left of folder you want backed up, there is a check box. Tap on it to choose.
  6. Touch the Menu icon located to the top-right corner of the screen.
  7. Select Copy to duplicate files or Move to transfer without creating duplicates.
  8. Touch SD memory card.
  9. Navigate to the directory you want the files saved.
  10. Tap Paste here or Move here whatever is applicable.
Backup Media Files Using Windows Computer
  1. Using the original USB cable that came with the device, connect Galaxy S4 to the computer.
  2. Drag the Status bar down then tap Connected As A Media  Device, then choose Media Device to check the box.
  3. On the computer, navigate to the phone’s disk drive.
  4. Highlight desired folder, right-click on it and choose either Copy or Cut.
  5. Navigate to the computer’s directory where you want to save the files, right-click and choose Paste.
  6. Once copying is finished, safely remove or disconnect the device from the computer.
Backup Media Files Using A Mac Computer
  1. Make sure you have an internet connection. Point the browser to and click DOWNLOAD FOR MAC OS and install the application. That is if you haven’t installed it yet.
  2. Using the original USB cable that came with the device, connect Galaxy S4 to the computer.
  3. Drag the Status bar down then tap Connected As A Media  Device, then choose Media Device to check the box.
  4. On Mac, launch Samsung Kies.
  5. Inside Kies, click Backup / Restore tab.
  6. Click Backup tab.
  7. Next to ‘Music’ and ‘Photo,’ click the check box to select the check box.
  8. Click Backup.
  9. Remove the phone safely from the computer.
I hope this post helps.


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I like widgets and live wallpapers, why the hell would they have made them if you can't and may not use them. Buy a Nokia 3210 if you dont want all these features, I haven't bought my s4 to not use live wallpapers and widgets! Hey its a smartphone and it makes it a smartphone because of all these fun and great features.
The Best solution is to clear the internal memory now and then.
Hold the home-button for 2 seconds and kill all the running apps.
To Kill memory you goto the Ram Tab.
That's the way to do it!

Enjoy your smartphone with all of your favorite features enabled!
To disable all the fun is not the right solution!


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