Helium - App Sync and Backup

Helium - App Sync and Backup

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

Pros
  • Cloud/SD card backup
  • Sync data across Android devices
  • No need for rooting your device
Cons
  • Requires use of Desktop program
  • Many permissions
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Expert's Review
7.5
Great

"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.

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
https://github.com/koush/support-wiki/wiki/Helium-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

b>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):
Chrome browser user? Try the Chrome app: http://bit.ly/1zOvH2F
Not a Chrome user, or want the desktop installer? http://www.clockworkmod.com/carbon

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

Fix startup crash


Comments and ratings for Helium - App Sync and Backup
  • (67)

    by Rangley Delphin on 15/12/2014

    If you want to save your app *data* this is the app for you. Imagine spending hours on a game then to just lose all these progress. That's where this app comes in.

  • (67)

    by Sarah Campbell on 15/12/2014

    This didn't work for transferring app data from my Droid RAZR Maxx to my Moto X. The Motorola drivers on the PC site didn't recognize my phones.

  • (67)

    by Diab D. on 15/12/2014

    Still crashes on startup. Tried reinstalling the app and restarting the phone several times. Also, don't know why I need a PC connection if I want to just back up to SD card.

  • (67)

    by Rafael Lima Correia on 15/12/2014

    Works like charm

  • (67)

    by Miguel Lopez on 15/12/2014

    Backs up my data perfectly! Especially my messages. Would definitely recommend.

  • (67)

    by Rajesh Binji on 15/12/2014

    Worked like a charm, backs up and restores application data perfectly - thanks keep up the good work..

  • (67)

    by Cesar Morales on 15/12/2014

    It does not do what they state. Waste of time.