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.

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

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

Better keyguard handling

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

    by Steve Rose on 16/11/2014

    Using free version with Linux mint and android 4.4.4. Had to copy backup folder from SD card to internal storage (replace carbon) so only 4 stars. Adb is 32 bit so had to install 32 bit libs on my Linux box (lib32...). Need dev options enabled on phone. Then worked very well and very fast.

  • (67)

    by Holger Niemand on 16/11/2014

    Worked fine, with small glitches. Thanks a lot

  • (67)

    by Saif Madraswala on 16/11/2014

    Good one

  • (67)

    by Patrick Ip on 16/11/2014

    I purchased this app for the cloud backup and restore. It only works with Dropbox, which is the most expensive and provides the least amount of free space. They should refund users for the purchase until the cloud backup is working.

  • (67)

    by Maria Chyna on 16/11/2014

    A little tricky and had some issues but with a little googling I was able to get it working and get my app data transferred. Thanks for the app!

  • (67)

    by Gaurav Verma on 16/11/2014

    Helium is unable to acquire root on my rooted N5 LRX21O with Selinux enforcing. Needs rectification.

  • (67)

    by Djice J Xtenda on 16/11/2014

    So lovely, done my backups in minutes