Helium - App Sync and Backup

Helium - App Sync and Backup

1,000,000 - 5,000,000 downloads

  • Cloud/SD card backup
  • Sync data across Android devices
  • No need for rooting your device
  • Requires use of Desktop program
  • Many permissions
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Expert's Review

"Backup to the future"

Reviewed by / Jul 02, 2014

Sync and backup your unrooted Android to the cloud or your SD card

Concerned about what might happen to all your apps and data should your Android ever bite the dust? Helium is your syncing and backup solution. No need for rooting, either - Helium works on any Android device.

Run Helium on your desktop and connect your Android to your computer to give the app the leeway it needs to work its magic. You'll be able to select whether you want to backup to the cloud or to your SD card. You can also sync your data with any of your other Android devices, regardless of whether they're on the same network. Schedule regular backups, and rest easy that your data is safe and sound.

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Developer's original description available here
Helium is the missing app sync and backup solution for Android.
Helium does NOT require root. All Android users can use Helium to backup and sync Android applications.

Helium lets you backup your apps and data to your SD card or cloud storage. With Helium, you can sync app data from your other Android devices-- even if they are not on the same network. Set up backup schedules with Helium, and never lose data again.

*Heads up: Helium will not work with the Android L Preview. adb backup is broken, and will be fixed before release. On the bright side, it seems there is active work happening on that feature, and more features being added (widget state backup and restore).*

Helium Setup
1. Install Helium on Android
a) Root user? You're done!
2. Install and run Helium Desktop (link below)
3. Connect Android to computer.
a) You may need to set your USB Connection Mode to "PTP". (Nexus 7, Nexus 10, etc)
4. Helium on Android should now be enabled.

Support Wiki

Helium (Free) features:

Backup and restore to SD card
Backup and restore from PC

Helium (Premium) features:

No ads
Automatic Backup schedules
Android to Android sync
Cloud backup and restore
* Dropbox
* Box
* Google Drive

Note: Helium is NOT available to Motorola devices. This is because Motorola phones have a bug that break Android's backup mechanism. Until this is fixed by Motorola, Helium will not work on those Androids. You can download Helium manually here:
If you find that Helium *does* work on your Motorola Android, please notify me.

Note: Some Sony devices have issues with Helium. This includes the Xperia S and Xperia Z. Sony has *disabled* backup on these devices completely.

Helium Desktop Installer (non-rooted users):

Why do you need so many Permissions?
Contacts - Backup call log and sms
SMS - Backup call log and sms
Accounts - Backup and restore from Drive
Phone State - Uniquely identify phone for Android to Android sync
Read Logs - Debugging and bug reports
Wifi - Make sure scheduled backups only happen on wifi

Recently changed in this version

Fixed some issues with Google Drive updating backups.
Fix backup dates not refreshing after a backup.

Comments and ratings for Helium - App Sync and Backup
  • (69)

    by Daniel Rice on 29/07/2014

    Just happened again. Another restore to nowhere... Wish you could drop the attitude and just fix your application; your good name is not enough to trade for the money I spent for this app.

  • (69)

    by Jason Iovino on 28/07/2014

    Works great

  • (69)

    by Eric Lutts on 28/07/2014

    I rooted a few weeks ago and was researching a few backup utilities that had consistent positive remarks in the Play Store, as well as other sites around the web. I've got a Nexus 4 with Droid 4.4.4, Cyanogenmod 3.4.0 kernel, and I'm running Liquid Smooth for Mako. I had no issues syncing to my DropBox, Google Drive, or OneDrive...but upon trying to restore my GApps folder after the newest LS upda

  • (69)

    by C S Sharda on 28/07/2014


  • (69)

    by Steven Ackerman on 28/07/2014

    Can't believe this app. It's great!

  • (69)

    by Terence Tan on 28/07/2014

    Backs up app data like it says. Google should have implemented this in Android from the beginning. 5 stars if no need to connect to PC to enable external SD card backup!

  • (69)

    by Nabe GoGoGo on 28/07/2014

    Ver GL07S