How do I back up my data on my Samsung Galaxy device?

Looking for a reliable way to back up the data on your Samsung Galaxy phone? Look no further than Samsung's Smart Switch application.

Simply download the application onto your computer, connect your phone, and before too long you'll have everything backed up in case you need to transfer your data to a new phone, or restore your phone to an older state.

How to install Samsung Smart Switch on your computer

We'll show you the process for installation on Windows, but it's a pretty standard installation process on Mac as well.

  1. Navigate to the Samsung Smart Switch support website.
  2. Click on the download link for Windows or Mac — whichever system you're using. For this how-to, we're using Windows
  3. Click to launch the downloaded .exe file (.dmg on Mac).

    Go to the Samsung Smart Switch website

  4. Click the two check boxes to verify that you accept the terms of the licence agreement.

  5. Click Next.

    Click the two check boxes to verify that you accept the terms of the licence agreement, then click next.

  6. Click Finish once the installation process is complete. Smart Switch will then launch by default.

    The installation process will run. Click Finish once it has completed. Smart Switch will then launch by default.

Now that we've installed Samsung Smart Switch, let's set it up to connect to your Samsung Galaxy phone.

How to setup Samsung Smart Switch for the first time

Once you've installed the Smart Switch application, you'll need to get it synced up with your phone.

  1. Launch the Samsung Smart Switch application after installation or from the desktop icon on your computer.
  2. Connect your phone to your computer via USB cable to get started. The program should instantly recognize when it's connected. You may be prompted to allow USB file transfers on your phone.

    Launch the Smart Switch application after installation. Next, connect your device to get started. The program should instantly recognize once it's connected, and you may be prompted to allow USB transfers on your phone.

  3. Switching over to your phone, unlock and swipe down from the top to pull down the notification shade.

  4. Tap the notification for other USB options.
  5. Tap the Transferring media files option.

    On your phone, swipe down from the top to pull down the notification shade. Tap the notification for other USB options, then tap the option to use USB for transferring media files.

Switching back over to the computer, your phone should now be connected in the Smart Switch application.

How to back up your phone data with Samsung Smart Switch

Once you've launched the Smart Switch application and have your phone connected, backing up your data is as easy as pie.

  1. Launch the Smart Switch app on your computer.
  2. Click Backup.
  3. You'll be required to allow access permissions on your phone.

    Click Backup. You then may be prompted to allow access permissions on your phone.

  4. Pick up your phone.
  5. Tap Allow.

    On your phone, tap Allow. Then switch back to your computer and your data will begin backing up to your PC.

  6. Once the backup is complete, you get a breakdown of all the data that was successfully backed up. Click OK to finish.

    Once the backup is complete, you'll get a breakdown of the backed up data. Click OK to finish.

How to restore your phone from a previous backup using Samsung Smart Switch

If it's time to upgrade to a new Samsung phone or something has gone wrong, requiring you to restore your data, it's super easy if you've got an existing Smart Switch backup.

  1. Launch Samsung Smart Switch on your computer and connect your phone via USB.
  2. Click Restore.

    Launch Samsung Smart Switch on your computer and connect your phone via USB. Click Restore.

  3. Click Select a different backup if you want to restore from an eariler backup, otherwise click Restore now.
  4. You will be prompted to allow access permissions on your phone.

    Smart Switch will load up the most recent backup by default. Click Select a different backup if you want to restore from an earlier backup, otherwise click Restore Now. You will then be prompted to allow access permissions on your phone.

  5. Switching focus to your phone, tap Allow to continue the restore process
  6. Once the restore process is complete, you'll get a breakdown of the data that's been restored. Click OK to finish the restore.

    Switch over to your phone and tap Allow to continue the restore process. Once the restore process is completed, you'll get a breakdown of the data that's been restored on the Smart Switch application. Click OK to finish the restore.