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Don't let the name confuse you, this isn't another app from Google. Despite the tenuous naming link, G Cloud Backup is made by a developer known as Genie9, and sets out to backup all your personal particulars on your Android device. We're not just talking about files and folders, or simply being a cloud locker in which to dump things either. SMS messages, contacts, external SD cards, call logs, all in addition to such items as photos, videos and music. And, root access isn't required for anything, so this one's for everyone. The cloud part is Amazon's S3 cloud storage.

There's no shortage of options when it comes to backing up, or indeed cloud services, on Android. But the cliché still applies -- choice is a good thing. No doubt at first glance, some of the offered services Google already takes care of, but does G Cloud Backup have enough to make it worth a look? Stick around and we'll find out.

The app itself is so incredibly simple to use, with a very simple user interface. But, you'd be foolish to let that temper opinions. G Cloud Backup has a pretty extensive feature list. All user accounts are given a basic 1GB of storage free of charge, but the upper limit without paying sits at 8GB. As with other cloud based services, if you follow some steps such as tweeting about the service, liking on Facebook, you get an extra chunk for nothing. There are two paid tiers, 16GB and 32GB both of which operate a yearly subscription or a one off lifetime payment model. 

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The first tab you're presented with upon signing in is the dashboard. Pretty sparse on information, yet showing the key things you'd expect -- next scheduled backup, how much of your storage you've used, anything pending and how much has been backed up already. At the bottom are the options for getting extra free storage or upgrading to a paid option, but they take up so much space on this tab collectively, it's a little overpowering and distracts from the real bones of what's on the dashboard. But then, one of those buttons makes the developers some money, so it's easy enough to understand why it's there. Could be better designed though. 

The other two tabs are basically just lists with checkboxes. Simple, clean, effective. It's all about backing up to your own choices, you just select what you want from the list. In addition to regular backup things like photos and videos, there are options to back up such information as system settings, SMS messages and call logs. Contacts is useful to have, but does duplicate what Google already does for us. It doesn't seem to just pull the contacts from your phone either, we're talking your entire Google account collection of contacts. 

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The backup system is designed to be intelligent -- completing its work according to a set of pre-arranged parameters that you decide upon. The settings menu contains options to enable backup only at a certain time, every so many days, only when plugged in, only on WiFi, and even to stop when the battery on the device drops to a certain level. Everything is designed to run without fuss, without you knowing too much about it, and without destroying your cellular data allowance or battery life if you so wish. 

All in all it's a clever little service, with a nicely done application. Whether it's worth paying for at the price they're asking -- $32 a year or $80 lifetime for 32GB -- is a different matter entirely. For that kind of price, you really would be looking to use the service pretty exclusively as a backup for everything on your device, music and videos included. With competitor services offering equal amounts or more storage for free, it's a premium price to pay.

Which is a shame, because it's very well executed. As a service to backup those SMS messages, or call logs, system settings or  contacts, it's a great choice. The simple and seamless ability to transfer that type of information between devices is both useful and reassuring. But beyond these areas, it's hard to recommend as a total backup service simply down to the price per GB that is being asked. If you ignore the cost aspect though, G Cloud Backup is an impressive tool, and well worth a look.

 
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G Cloud Backup isn't made by Google, but does a pretty good job at backing up your Android device

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Very cool app! I have mine set every 2 days to auto back up at 3am only plugged in on wifi. Liked and tweeted it and got an extra gig of space.

This ^ - Why is app data not backed up on google servers yet? Seems like it would be such a simple use for Drive.

Better than nothing right? And I thought once it was linked to the desktop, you didn't have to do it again unless you lost connection. It just worked over the network or something when you got back to the house. That's good enough for me!

I just want something that will cover me when, for example, I'm out of town, away from my computer, and lose my phone. I want to be able to get a new phone (it won't be rooted yet) and restore everything I need from the cloud(s) (I could get by without music and pictures for a while).

Why does that seem to be so hard to do? Same issue with upgrading to a new phone. I know there are 10-30 step processes out there to cover it, but I just want one simple solution. Sort of like a Nandroid backup that I can restore from the cloud without root. Now that would be sweet. And I'd gladly pay 80 bucks for the lifetime service.

Hi @Phylyphish : Well, that is what G Cloud Backup is specifically designed for! No need to root or go to extreme measures to get what you desire, especially if you want to upgrade to a new phone or lose it in this hectic life that we lead. And a bonus; no need to pay 80 bucks now with the ability to get up to 8 GB for free ;)

For real! That's what I'm looking for! I was checking this app out and I don't even see apps. So it doesn't backup apps at all? If so that's worthless!

I don't see any mention of encryption. Are you sure you want to trust all your personal data to this?

Hello @Meyerweb this is Sara from the G Cloud team, and would like to clarify that all the data is indeed encrypted on your device using military grade encryption before being uploaded using a secure SSl connection where it will reside encrypted on the trusted and highly secure Amazon S3 Cloud. The G cloud team realize how imperative it is to take all the procedures necessary to insure everyone's personal data is highly protected and not tampered with. Best regards and stay protected!

Videos/Pictures [Google+ does that for me] (or dropbox)
Music [Google Music? check!] (or amazon cloud player)
Contacts [It's called GMail people and if you don't have all your contacts in GMail by this point.. you're doing it wrong..]
System Settings [I don't trust restoring system settings, it's just asking for issues when mixing old data with new..]

App Data: DataSync (free app from Google Play).

Do all these things are you have more backup than this app. App data is key, in my opinion. And you don't have to pay an annual fee.

Check out Asigra - http://www.asigra.com. It is available on Google Play and can backup all the content on the Android platform without needing you to have root access. And it backs up apps too!

However, Asigra does not offer a backup service - they offer a platform for enterprises and service providers to run a backup service that covers all enterprise data sources including Android devices.

I use this app on a daily basis. For what it's worth (FREE), it's actually pretty good. I replaced my Samsung Galaxy SII with the new Samsung Galaxy S4 a few months back. I installed this app and just downloaded all of my backed up pics, videos, texts and call logs (no need to download contacts since they're backed up by Google Gmail) onto my new phone. It did the job. Just make sure you're on your wifi for faster downloading (and not to use up any of your data plan). By the way, if you want to give it a try, download and install the app and use the following code to get an extra 200MB of free storage space: ZFY6ME. By default, you get 1GB of free space. With this code you'll start off with 1.2GB of free space.