How to backup your Android smartphone with a Gmail Account

How to use Gmail Account to backup your Android resources.

By Emmacho on Thursday 06/07/2017 - 02:24pm

Android phones are real time solutions to backing up contacts. Looking for a way to backup your Android phone? Need a way to get your information from one Android smartphone to another? Your Gmail account is one of the best options available. This article shows how to check to make sure that your phone is backed up to your Gmail account.

Knowing your Gmail

Knowing what your Gmail is and the account information associated with that Gmail is ALWAYS a good idea. If your phone malfunctions, gets lost, or heaven forbid it gets stolen then when you get your replacement (as long as its Android), you can log into your Gmail on that phone and your Gmail account will pull back a lot of your phones information automatically. It can be a real life saver in many situations and most certainly a time saver when getting another Android phone.

To check what your Gmail account is

  • Go to your Settings. (Home key, Menu key, then Settings)

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  • Tap Accounts. It might say “Accounts and sync” or it might just say “Accounts”

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  • Tap Gmail. Your Gmail should be shown on the Accounts page. It might be listed under Google. It should end with @gmail.com

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Make Note of it or Write it down. If it doesn’t look familiar or if you don’t think you will be able to remember the Gmail account then I suggest you write it down and keep it for your records. You might need it later.

Backing up your information to your Gmail

Chances are high that your information is already synced to your Gmail account because the default setting is to automatically sync information to your Gmail. You DO want to check your information though.

To check and make sure your phone is synced:

  • Go into your phones Accounts (or Accounts and Sync) page under the phones Settings (as shown above).
  • Click your Gmail and open it up. Note: if you have multiple Gmail accounts on your phone then you want to look for your Primary Gmail Account. It’s going to be the first Gmail account that was added to the phone. If you aren’t sure which one is your primary Gmail account then try and click on it and tap remove account. Your phone WILL NOT allow you to simply remove your Primary Gmail account from an Android smartphone.
  • Make sure it shows the days date. Under your Gmail it should show what your Gmail is programmed to sync and will say something like Sync Contacts, Sync Google, Sync Calendar, etc. Make sure that under the options/information that you want synced it shows the days date. If it doesn’t then click the “Sync now” option. If you don’t see a “Sync now” option then click on the option you want to sync such as “sync contacts” it should put a little spinning arrow next to that selection to let you know that it’s syncing. If it just deselects the option then click it again and it should force a manual sync.

Note: You can do this manual sync for the other options showing on that page as well.

Note: Turn your Wi-Fi ON if it’s available, it will make the sync go faster.

Note: Sometimes the spinning arrows stop instead of disappearing, if you wait a minute or two and it doesn’t go away, or doesn’t show the days date, then check your Wi-Fi again and try another manual sync.

Once it shows the day’s date your information will be saved to that Gmail.

Sync is currently experiencing problems

If you get an error saying “Sync is currently experiencing problems it will be back shortly” or something to that effect then your Gmail is unfortunately not syncing correctly. Make sure that your phone can access the internet (I recommend Wi-Fi), and try a manual sync again (as mentioned above). If you can’t get it to sync then proceed down the page.

Checking or Resetting your Gmail

Many people set up their Gmail accounts and never worry about it again, or when they buy their phone the nice store representative helped them setup the Gmail and the user of the phone has no idea what their Gmail account is.

If this is the pickle that you might be in then you are not alone, and there is a solution. You can simply reset your Gmail accounts password.

Go to a computer and go to mail.google.com and try to log into your Gmail account. If you can log into your account on a computer then you will have no problem logging into the account on your phone. If you can’t remember your password then click on the Can't access your account? Link below where you attempted to sign in. Gmail can send a password reset link to you through the alternate email account you used when first setting up your Gmail account. Go to that other email address click the reset link, change your password and then log into your Gmail account.

Note: if you change your Gmail password then it might take a few login attempts to get back into the Gmail account through your cell phone. If you try 3+ times to log into your Gmail on your phone after resetting the password then wait a minute and try again, it could take a few minutes for the password change to take effect. If it still doesn’t work then close out of the Gmail setup and start from the beginning.

IMPORTANT TIPS ABOUT YOUR GMAIL ACCOUNT

Here are some things you might want to consider about your Gmail account on your Android smartphone.

  • If you have a backup of your contacts to a SIM card or Memory card, don’t have any important information saved to your calendar and have never paid to download an application from the Play Store then you might want to consider resetting your phone and creating a new Gmail account that you can more easily remember.
  • You can’t change your primary Gmail account without resetting your phone, your Gmail is that important.
  • If you reset your phone then you will have to log into a Gmail account again in order to get full functionality on your device.
  • You need a Gmail to access the Google Marketplace, now known as the Play Store, and won’t be able to download applications from that Play Store without one.
  • If you buy an application on the Play Store your Gmail is your online signature and if you need to re-download that app again, as long as you download it with the same Gmail account you used originally, you won’t be charged again for downloading it.  So if you download a game for .99 cents and decide you don’t want that game anymore so you un-install it and then decide later that you want that game again. As long as you re-download it and have not changed your Gmail then you will not have to pay .99 cents again.
  • If you have a Gmail account already then when you setup your Gmail make sure to choose the “use an existing account option” and not the “create a Gmail account” not only will it not error out but your information from your already existing account will pull back and you have less text fields to fill out. The username is your email address and the password is your Gmail’s password.
  • You can setup your Gmail account under your Accounts (or Accounts and Sync) page on your Android phone. Simply go to that page and click on Add account, select Google, sign in, allow sync, and your good to go.

In conclusion knowing your Gmail and allowing it to save your information is always a good bet. Now you know not only how to check to see that your Gmail is synced to your Android phone but also how to sync it if necessary.

Enjoy your backups and enjoy your phone. If you have any addition Google backup methods, tips, tricks, or suggestions don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Thanks for reading and have a fantastic day.

 

 

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Stop Unsolicited Messages From Telcos

Are you tired of receiving Unsolicited Messages From MTN, Airtel, Glo And Etisalat, do you wish to know how to stop these messages from dropping on your line?

Then sit tight, as this article will guide you on how to stop unwanted messages from Airtel, Etisalat, Glo and Mtn.

In accordance with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)  policy, which mandated all network providers in Nigeria to provide a USSD code that subscribers can use to opt out of any category of unwanted text messages, mtn, etisalat and Glo have released the various codes, know as the Do not Disturb, to make this possible.

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The Do Not Disturb feature is of two types, there is a partial mode and there is a full mode.

The full mode stops all promotional messages and calls, while the partial mode allow you to block only certain categories of the unsolicited calls and messages.

The following are the various methods that can be used to opt out of receiving unwanted text messages on your mobile phone for MTN, Airtel, Glo and Etisalat networks which already started from July 1, 2016.

This post will focus on how to stop unwanted or unsolicited sms for Airtel, Glo, and Etisalat.

Read also: How to block unwanted SMS or VAS Promo on MTN on our previous post.

How To Block or Stop Unwanted Text Messages From Airtel, Glo And Etisalat

AIRTEL

The Do-Not-Disturb service allows Airtel customers to opt out of receiving promotional messages for 3rd Party services (Bulk SMS, VAS promos, etc.)

The process of opting out from receiving promotional text messages on an Airtel line is quite easy and straight-forward. Follow the following procedures:

The service will feature the following:

  • Fully Blocked mode allowing customers to Opt Out totally from receiving promotional messages via SMS
  • Partially Blocked mode allowing customers to filter service categories for promotional messages they wish to receive. Any category not selected is blocked.

How much does DND cost?

The service is free to customers.

How to activate DND

A customer will be able to perform the following DND activities via SMS

  • View Status
  • Activate full blocking
  • Activate partial blocking
  • Opt out of DND

Simply SMS “HELP” to the short code 2442 to find out more

The following SMS keywords can be used to set your DND preference.

SMS 1:  for Banking / Insurance/ Financial SMS
SMS 2:  for Real Estate SMS
SMS 3:  for Education SMS
SMS 4:  for Health SMS
SMS 5:  for Consumer goods & Automobiles SMS
SMS 6:  for Communication/Broadcasting/Entertainment/IT SMS
SMS 7:  for Tourism & Leisure SMS
SMS 8:  for Sport SMS
SMS 9:  for Religion SMS
SMS STOP:  To block all SMS
SMS OUT:  To receive all SMS

How to Deactivate DND

To opt out of the service, you will need to SMS the word “OUT” to the short code 2442. Once this is done you will now receive all promotional messages. To opt-out is free.

GLO

Glo subscribers interested in using the service to text ‘help’ to a short code ‘2442’ to receive a list of fields from which they want to receive or block unsolicited messages. The statement said that subscribers interested in receiving information on Banking, Insurance and Financial products can send 1 to 2442, while subscribers are required to send 2 to 2442 to receive information on Real Estate.

Those interested in having information related to Education only need to send 3 to the short code, 2442. Similarly, subscribers interested in receiving information on health issues are advised to send 4 to 2442, while 5 should be sent to the same code for details on consumer goods and 6 for information on communications, broadcasting, entertainment and information technology.

Also for those wishing to get updates on tourism and leisure will have to send 7 to the short code, while clients desirous of reading about sports need to send 8 to the same short code 2442. Similarly, any customer interested in religious matters should send 9 to the code.

ETISALAT

The Etisalat do not disturb (DND) service will allow our customers opt-out
of receiving unsolicited marketing
messages and calls.

Full Blacklist: This allows customers opt out of all third party marketing messages
Partial Blacklist: This allows customers opt out of specific third party service categories e.g. sports, religion, Entertainment etc.

  • To fully blacklist your number from all third party marketing messages, SMS STOP to 2442.
  • For partial blacklisting from some service categories, to 2442. The SMS codes and their respective service categories are:

The following SMS keywords can be used to set your DND preference.

  • banking, insurance &financial products - SMS 1 to 2442
  • real estate - SMS 2 to 2442
  • education - SMS 3 to 2442
  • health - SMS 4 to 2442
  • consumer goods & automobiles - SMS 5 to 2442
  • communication/broadcasting/entertainment/IT - SMS 6 to 2442
  • tourism & leisure - SMS 7 to 2442
  • sports - SMS 8 to 2442
  • religion - SMS 9 to 2442

Or sms “LIST” to 2442 to view the partial blacklist keywords.

You can now be free from those annoying SMS and VAS Promos from various network providers.

 

 

 

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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

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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

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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)

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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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