How To Backup/Save Your Android DATA on Ubuntu

Is it possible to back up an Android in Ubuntu?

Well, if you still had no answer, today we answer yes and we tell you how to backup your Android data in Ubuntu.

Backup Android DATA using ADB

With the adb tool, we can perform a full security backup of our Android phone in Ubuntu, and even any other Linux distribution.

This will include photos, videos, SMS, contacts, including applications and their data.

The process is straightforward, let's see.

Install ADB in Ubuntu

The first step is to install adb. We can do this in two ways:

  • Use the Android SDK or
  • Using the console. In this case, we execute the following:
sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb

Run ADB To Backup Android

After installing the tool, we proceed to run it. To take a backup of our Android device in Ubuntu, we must follow the following steps:

  • Connect the phone to the computer
  • We open a terminal and verify that the phone is connected with the command below:
adb devices
  • You should show the device in the list.
  • In case the device appears but something like “??????” is displayed, it means that we must change the USB connection mode.
  • Finally, to perform the backup of Android in Ubuntu, we execute :
adb backup

The result will be a file with the backup of our Android with the name ‘backup.ab‘ in the same directory where the backup is made.

Backup Android DATA using AirDroid

For users who are more focused on Cloud solutions or in the cloud, we have AirDroid.

This option works perfectly for Android devices version 4 or higher. It must be made clear that this is not a solution directly for Ubuntu.

However, works perfectly in Firefox, Chrome or other browsers does not present problems when using it in Ubuntu.

What is AirDroid?

AirDroid is a fast and free application that allows you to manage and wirelessly control your Android devices (phone and tablet) from a web browser. It is designed with the vision to close the gap between your Android device and the web browser, on desktop computers or tablets, on Windows, Mac / iOS or Linux.

What can you do with AirDroid?

You can use AirDroid to send/receive SMS (text messages, if the device supports it), install/uninstall applicationstransfer files between an Android device and a computer/tablet, and manage contacts, photos, music, videos, and ringtones, etc. , all in a web browser.

Additionally, AirDroid allows us to backup all the files in the system and, of course, all the essential documents, photos and other multimedia files.

The way to use it is effortless.

We must download the AirDroid application on our device. Start the app and then open our favorite web browser, enter the address and the dynamic access code to log in to AirDroid Web Desktop. And ready! We can start controlling our phone from the web.

Tell us in the comments what your favorite method is? Classic or Cloud?

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  1. adb doesn’t work at all. installed, run command, android phone connected, and shows on desktop as connected phone, but adb doesn’t see it at all?

    1. Try the following.
      After connecting the phone and the computer using a USB cable, swipe down on the phone screen once, and then select ‘Use USB to Transfer files’.
      Next, turn on USB debugging.
      In my android phone, that required me to first ‘become a Developer’, by going to Settings/System/About phone and then tapping on ‘Software’ six times. The phone then displayed that I was then a Developer.
      After you have ‘become a Developer thus (at least as far as the phone ‘thinks’), next go to Settings/Developer options, and there toggle ON the ‘switch’ for allowing USB debugging.
      Then, by running ‘adb devices’ in Terminal, the returned list of connected devices should include your phone.

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