I need a non-root app that easily backs up everything to the MicroSD card

Embee11

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I've tried perhaps a dozen different apps which claim to be able to backup EVERYTHING I've installed and all contacts, etc, but they only allow you to do this one app at a time! Or they tell you to authorize write access to your MicroSD card, but when I do, it keeps telling me to authorize write access to my MicroSD card (ad infinitum). There may be apps that will backup to various cloud services, but I do NOT want that -- I want to backup to the MicroSD card ONLY.

I'm running Android 9 on my LG Stylo 5. Can anyone recommend an app that will easily backup everything (except OS files and LG apps) to MicroSD?

Thanks!
 

blackhawk

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That's a tall order without root access.
I'll try Samsung's Swart Switch next reload but I don't expect miracles; if it saves my theme, icon pack and wallpaper I'll be pleased. Relying on an app to save critical data can end up doing the opposite... very easily. It's no replacement for a properly used data drive.

I use my SD card as a data drive so my critical data is already backed up; vid library, images, contacts, word docs, music library, etc.
I choose apps that allow a backup folder or file like Poweramp, ColorNote and Digitalclock. These are impossible or hard to recreate.
Most other app settings are throw aways.

The OS its settings and shortcuts are throw aways. I'm not sweating the little things.
I do however save copies of all my loaded apps and system apk updates with ApkExport on my data drive. When reloading little or internet is needed. No Playstore goofing around as I load the apks and updates directly from the data drive.
Since I'm using a data drive mostly the only things loaded on internal memory are the OS, apps, the download folder and the DMIC folder. The latter two are backup to the data drive periodically.

Another downside to a copy "everything" app is even if you do find one is inadvertently introducing bad settings even potentially malware to the new load. The whole reason for reload is a get a clean load, free of previous issues.

Malware is another reason to keep the critical data as seperate as possible from the OS, apps and their volatile data.
Backup hdd copies of the data drive should be staggered (at least one from earlier date*) and kept on separate hdds that are electronically isolated from each other in case of malware.
I keep at least 3 backup copies of the SD card data, 2 of which are on seperate hdds.

*in case of a virus or malicious script getting embedded. There was one time over a decade ago that I was down to my last hdd copy away from potentially losing all my data. That impressed me... I keep many copies now in separate locations.
 

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Take a look at this one.
 

badrsj

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That's a tall order without root access.
I'll try Samsung's Swart Switch next reload but I don't expect miracles; if it saves my theme, icon pack and wallpaper I'll be pleased. Relying on an app to save critical data can end up doing the opposite... very easily. It's no replacement for a properly used data drive.

I use my SD card as a data drive so my critical data is already backed up; vid library, images, contacts, word docs, music library, etc.
I choose apps that allow a backup folder or file like Poweramp, ColorNote and Digitalclock. These are impossible or hard to recreate.
Most other app settings are throw aways.

The OS its settings and shortcuts are throw aways. I'm not sweating the little things.
I do however save copies of all my loaded apps and system apk updates with ApkExport on my data drive. When reloading little or internet is needed. No Playstore goofing around as I load the apks and updates directly from the data drive.
Since I'm using a data drive mostly the only things loaded on internal memory are the OS, apps, the download folder and the DMIC folder. The latter two are backup to the data drive periodically.

Another downside to a copy "everything" app is even if you do find one is inadvertently introducing bad settings even potentially malware to the new load. The whole reason for reload is a get a clean load, free of previous issues.

Malware is another reason to keep the critical data as seperate as possible from the OS, apps and their volatile data.
Backup hdd copies of the data drive should be staggered (at least one from earlier date*) and kept on separate hdds that are electronically isolated from each other in case of malware.
I keep at least 3 backup copies of the SD card data, 2 of which are on seperate hdds.

*in case of a virus or malicious script getting embedded. There was one time over a decade ago that I was down to my last hdd copy away from potentially losing all my data. That impressed me... I keep many copies now in separate locations.
Smart switch messed up my ringtones for apps, now they all sound the same. Plus didn't transfer secure folder tho it was given passwords when it asked.

So my game plan is to let Google restore apps and move only the most needed data.
 
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blackhawk

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Smart switch messed up my ringtones for apps, now they all sound the same. Plus didn't transfer secure folder tho it was given passwords when it asked.

So my game plan is to let Google restore apps and move only the most needed data.
You get the problem. I have zero faith in Google; they earned that level of trust.
AT&T restores my messages and Google, gmail.
That's it for the cloud services I use.
Save ringtones as audio files in their (your) folder.
Guess that's another little reload chore. Meh.
 

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Wasting your time asking for "everything" without root

You will only get the apps, and no data

Ive never used google for backing up data:

1) People think all apps backup their data to google...and learn the hard way that each app developer has to enable it, per app
2) The sheer data involved when youre paying a lot for data

Root for me every time, then Migrate (free) or MyBackup Pro (paid)

If you dont want to lose app data, and have to reset everything back up, root and one of the above.

Also, later version of Android restrict access to external sdcard, so i hope you mean backup to internal sdcard...doesnt mean you cant then copy it to external manually (yes theres a magisk module that can enable external sdcard access, but you shouldnt use it as it will bite you in the behind at some point)

In short, you want the easiest way to backup and restore apps, appdata, then root is your friend. Everything else half assing it,