Many of us have a lot of important personal data saved on our smartphones, and it’s in our best interest to have said data backed up in the event of losing the device or upgrading to a new one. Two options spring to mind: the first is to transcribe everything manually; a major problem here is how to manually secure system and app settings. The second – and more viable – is to fall back on applications such as MyBackup Pro by Rerware. Find out more in today’s review.
|Reviewed version||Latest version|
Features & Use
Test device: Samsung Galaxy Note
Android version: 2.3.6
Installing the 1,59 MB file takes but a moment. Once that’s taken care of the first step is to enter a password and email address followed by the code you received upon purchasing the app.
Here’s an overview of the app’s main features:
Save you photos, galleries, contacts, call registry, app installation data, bookmarks, SMS, MMS, calendar, system settings (even homescreens and the onscreen positions of your shortcuts), alarms, dictionaries, music and playlists and more. You can either do manual backups or set up a weekly automated backup.
Backup to the SD card or online. You are allotted free online 100 MBs; should you want more space you will need to pay either US$1/month or US$10/year for 250 MB or US$2/month or US$20/year for 1 GB.
Should you have chosen to backup up manually, be sure to name the backup before hitting OK.
Recovering data is just as easy: select the data type and a location.
MyBackup Pro is easy to use and highly effective. It allows even non-root users to backup and restore data in a heartbeat. The only drawback is that very little online storage is available unless you’re willing to invest more. This is especially annoying considering how much the app already costs and the fact that there are numerous cloud services the provide free storage space.
I used MyBackup Pro to transfer a ton of data from a Nexus to a Note and found the procedure to be easy breezy.
Screen & Controls
MyBackup Pro is set up in a very logical way making it easy to use. Hit the menu button in order to access a few sub-features.
- Online storage
- Email PIN
- Integrate MyBackup Pro
- Review app
Use the first option to set up the app according to your preferences: pick a location for restored data, select which settings are to be restored (Google contacts, contacts, call lists, bookmarks, SMS, MMS, alarms, dictionaries, calendars…).
There are a few extra settings for root users:
- Use Busy-Box
- Use PM binary files
- Restore market link
Speed & Stability
It’s smooth sailing with MyBackup Pro. I had the app installed on a Nexus for many months and never had any trouble. Since I’ve been using it on the Note I did notice that the app had trouble connecting with the server every now and then, but it was able to perform its full scope of functionality.
MyBackup Pro is available for EUR4,59. Anyhting beyond the aforementioned 100 MBs of online storage will cost you extra. I find the price to be rather steep, though the app does provide users with a lot of useful features.
MyBackup Pro is our app of the week and thus available for only EUR1,99 so get it while its hot!
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