Backup nearly everything on your Android phone with Super Backup

Backups are a critical aspect of today's business world. If you are fed up with losing your data, installed apps, SMS, Contacts, Call logs, Calenders and Bookmarks when ever you lose or changed your mobile phone, there is good news for you.

Thankfully, with the Android platform, you get an automatic backup of contacts and apps (if you associate the device with your Gmail account). But what about SMS, call logs, bookmarks, non-Google calendars, and more? When you need to back those items up, it's time to look beyond the built-in Android backup. For that, you should turn to an app like Super Backup.

Features

Here are some features you can expect to see with Super Backup:

  • Backup apps to SD card
  • Backup contacts, SMS, call logs, bookmarks, and calendars to SD card
  • Restore contacts, SMS, call logs, bookmarks, and calendars from SD card
  • Can select SMS conversations to backup
  • Delete the backup data on SD card
  • Schedule automatic backups
  • Auto upload scheduled backup files to your Gmail
  • Show last backup count and time
  • User can change backup folder path in Settings

Any mobile business user would be remiss to turn their backs on a free app with that feature list. But first, let's see how Super Backup is used before you decide to jump right in and start backing up.

Installation

The installation of Super Backup is super easy (you knew that was coming). Just follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android phone
  2. Search for "super backup" (no quotes)
  3. Locate the entry for Super Backup : SMS & Contacts
  4. Tap Install
  5. Tap Accept

Once the installation is complete, you'll find the launcher for Super Backup in your app drawer and/or your home screen. Tap it to launch the application.

Usage

One of the first steps you must take is to set up the location of your backup. Hopefully, you have an SD card in your phone to back up to. In order to set this option, tap on the wrench (icon with three vertical dots) icon on the main page (Figure A). Tap Settings. Tap the backup path entry, select External Storage Card, and then tap OK. Super Backup will now be set to backup to your external memory (this is much safer than backing up to the internal memory, should the phone die).

Figure A

backups settings

The next step is to begin backing up the various components. Each section allows you to run different tasks. For example:

Also read: How to backup contacts using Gmail Account?

  • Apps Backup allows you to pick which apps to backup (Figure B)
  • SMS Backup allows you to backup/restore conversations, view the backups, send the backups to email, delete backups, and delete all messages
  • Contacts Backup allows you to backup, restore, view, send to email, and delete backups/all contacts
  • Call Logs Backup allows you to backup, restore, view, send to email, and delete backups/all call logs
  • Calendars Backup allows you to backup, restore, send to email, delete backups/all calendars
  • Bookmarks Backup allows you to backup, restore, view backups, send to email, delete backups/all bookmarks

Figure B

backups for apps

Backing up apps with Super Backup.

The backup process is quite simple. You select what you want to backup and then tap the backup button associated with that item. In the case of apps, of course, you'll have to select which apps to backup. After you tap the backup button, you'll be prompted to give the backup file a name. By default, the name will look like:

item_date.vcf

where item is either apps, SMS, call logs, etc and date is a string of characters representing the date.

After you've given the backup a name (or are okay with the default), tap OK to begin the backup process. Depending on how large your backup is, this can take some time. When the backup completes, you'll be asked if you want to send the backup via email. You can either do that now or skip it (and do it later or not at all).

One of the really nice features of Super Backup is the ability to set up regularly scheduled backups for SMS, contacts, and call logs. Here's how:

  1. From the main window, tap the wrench icon
  2. Tap Schedule Settings
  3. Tap the item you want to set the schedule for
  4. Select the frequency of the scheduled backup (Figure C)

Figure C

backups easy

Select how often you want the scheduled backup to run.

That's it. The scheduled backup will automatically run. You can also set up a maximum number of backup files to keep, plus auto-upload the backups to your Gmail account. When you select to auto-upload to Gmail, you'll be prompted to allow Super Backup access to your Gmail account.

If you're looking for an easy way to back up various aspects of your Android phone, look no further than Super Backup. Between the built-in tool and this free app, you can rest assured that your smartphone data will be backed up.

What backup tool(s) do you use on your mobile device? Share you experience in the discussion thread below.

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How to stop unwanted or unsolicited messages on your MTN line

How to Block Unwanted and Unsolicited Messages With MTN Do Not Disturb Services: How To Activate Or Deactivate MTN DND.

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Block unwanted and unsolicited messages is made easy! Effective from July 1, 2016, Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC mandated all telecom operators to activate an sms filtering gateway known as DO NOT DISTURB. The DO NOT DISTURB (DND) facility was designed to help all telecom subscribers stop unwanted and solicited messages from hitting their lines and as well give them freedom of deciding what messages to receive from their various network providers.

If you are still being regularly disturbed with several unsolicited spam text messages and calls, there is a way out.

READ ALSO: How to stop unwanted SMS on Glo, Etisalat, Airtel?

MTN DND, also known as MTN Do Not Disturb allows MTN customers to opt out of receiving promotional and marketing text messages from third party services like Bulk SMS, OTPs, VAS promos, etc. However, this does NOT include promotional messages directly from MTN self.

The MTN DND service features two blocking modes:

Full Blocking Mode

Allows subscribers to Opt Out totally from receiving promotional messages via SMS and IVR.

Partial Blocking Mode

Allows subscribers to filter service categories for promotional messages they wish to receive. Any category not selected is blocked.

How to Stop Unwanted Messages or Activate MTN DND

Text STOP to 2442 to stop your MTN line from receiving all third party promotional SMS and IVR messages.

How to Deactivate MTN Do Not Disturb

Text ALLOW to 2442 to opt out of MTN DND and start receiving all third party promotional SMS and IVR messages.

MTN DND Keywords Commands
The following SMS keywords can be used to set your MTN Do Not Disturb preferences :

“OUT” to receive all SMS and IVR messages
“SMS 1” for receiving SMS relating to Banking? Insurance/ Financial products to 2442
“SMS 2” for receiving SMS relating to real Estate to 2442
“SMS 3” for receiving SMS relating to Education to 2442
“SMS 4” for receiving SMS relating to Health to 2442
“SMS 5” for receiving SMS relating to Consumer goods and Automobiles to 2442”
“SMS 6” for receiving SMS relating to Communication/ Broadcasting Entertainment/IT to 2442
“SMS 7” for receiving SMS relating to Tourism and leisure to 2442
“SMS 8” for receiving SMS relating to Sports to 2442
“SMS 9” for receiving SMS relating to Religion to 2442
“STOP” to enable full blocking mode on your MTN line

“HELP” to list all applicable keywords commands and guide

You can send any of the above SMS keywords to 2442 on your MTN line, in order to see MTN DND in action.

The Do Not Disturb feature would ordinarily have been a very good feature to help subscribers block irrelevant and unsolicited SMS messages mostly emanating from the telecom companies and other third party marketing providers. However, the telecoms operators have smartly exempted themselves from this Do-Not-Disturb (DND) bulk SMS and call filtering.

 

 

 

 

 

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How to recover virus deleted files on Hard Drive, Flash drive, Memory Card, etc.

Have you ever been attacked by one or more unknown virus? If you have such an experience, you would know that virus attacks will result in unexpected data loss on a hard drive, a memory card or an USB drive. For users who have no idea about how to recover virus infected files, it is really a disaster! But it doesn’t matter! In this page we will introduce you simple possible steps for virus infected file recovery: recover virus infected files using CMD.

Solution 1. Use CMD to recover files from virus infected storage media

When you get your data lost or inaccessible due to virus attacks, you can try CMD  to restore virus infected files. Being free and easy, it is definitely your first choice. Now let’s look how it works. (I’m using Windows 7 for this demonstration) (more…)

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