How to Back Up Stuff on a Samsung Galaxy Tab - dummies

How to Back Up Stuff on a Samsung Galaxy Tab

By Dan Gookin

A backup is a safety copy of information. For your Galaxy Tab, the backup copy includes contact information, music, photos, video, and apps you’ve installed, plus any settings you’ve made to customize your Tab. Copying that information to another source is one way to keep the information safe in case anything happens to your Galaxy Tab.

Yes, a backup is a good thing. Lamentably, there’s no universal method of backing up the stuff on your Galaxy Tab.

Your Google account information is backed up automatically. That information includes your Contacts list, Gmail inbox, and Calendar app appointments. Because that information automatically syncs with the Internet, a backup is always present.

To confirm that your Google account information is being backed up, heed these steps:

  1. At the Home screen, touch the Apps Menu icon button.

  2. Choose Settings.

  3. Choose Accounts and Sync.

  4. Touch the green Sync button by your Google account name.


  5. Ensure that check marks appear by every item in the list.

    The list includes Books, Calendar, Contacts, Gmail, Google+, and Picasa web Albums.

  6. Touch the Back icon button.

  7. Optionally, ensure that your other accounts are being synchronized as well.

    When you have more than one Google account synchronized with your Galaxy Tab, repeat Steps 1 through 6 for each account.

  8. Touch the Back icon button to return to the main Settings screen.

  9. Choose Privacy.

  10. Ensure that a check mark appears by the item Back Up My Data.

    You should see a check mark there. If not, touch the square to add one.

Beyond your Google account, which is automatically backed up, the rest of the information can be manually backed up. You can choose to either synchronize information on the Galaxy Tab with your computer using an app such as doubleTwist, or you can manually copy files from the Tab’s internal storage to the computer as a form of backup.

A backup of the data stored on the Galaxy Tab would include all data, including photos, videos, and music. Specifically, the folders you should copy are DCIM, Download, and Music. Additional folders to copy include folders named after apps you’ve downloaded, such as Aldiko, Kindle, Kobo, layar, and other folders named after the apps that created them.