You should never try your luck when you have anything valuable on your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge.
Like any electronic gadgets, you may lose the access to the data on your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge suddenly, for example, the phone is stolen, the phone dies, the phone is messed up and you need to reset it.
You should backup Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, and make sure the backup actually works.
How to backup Galaxy S6 Photos?
Most Galaxy S6 or S6 edge owners are using the camera features very often, thanks to the great Galaxy S6 camera.
But did you backup Galaxy S6 photos?
Backup Galaxy S6 Photos to the cloud
Actually, it is deadly easy to backup Galaxy S6 Photos without installing any third-part apps. The pre-installed apps can do the job nicely, and automatically.
To backup Galaxy S6 Photos to the cloud automatically, you have two options:
- enabling auto backup feature in Photos app to backup all photos and even other pictures in Galaxy S6 to Google drive automatically.
- enabling camera upload in OneDrive App to automatically backup Galaxy S6 photos to Microsoft OneDrive automatically.
You can actually enable both of them so that you have two copies of backup.
Backup Galaxy S6 Photos to your PC
If you want to keep a copy of your photos on the PC, you can directly copy the photos in Galaxy S6 to the PC when you connect Galaxy S6 to the PC with a USB cable. Photos and videos taken with Galaxy S6 camera are in the folder of DCIM/Camera.
You can also use Samsung SmartSwitch on your PC to backup Galaxy S6, including photos. As detailed in this guide, in addition to transfer data between devices, the PC version of the SmartSwitch is also a backup software for Galaxy S6.
How to backup Galaxy S6 Phone logs?
If you need keep your phone logs (call logs) for whatever reasons, you can let Galaxy S6 backup them to the cloud automatically.
Backup Galaxy S6 phone logs to the cloud automatically
Galaxy S6 introduced a new feature of backup to Samsung servers.
To backup Galaxy S6 to Samsung servers, you of course need to add a Samsung account to Galaxy S6. Actually, you should add a Samsung account to Galaxy S6. For example, when you are locked out by the lock screen on Galaxy S6, you can use Samsung account to unlock the phone. This is currently the only method to unlock Galaxy S6 when your password or fingerprints are not accepted by Galaxy S6. Please read this guide on using Samsung account to unlock Galaxy S6.
After adding a Samsung account to Galaxy S6, you can go to Settings — Backup and reset as shown below.
In the Backup and reset page, you can find Samsung account and Google account as shown below.
Google account can only save WiFi Settings, App data, and Google related settings.
Tap Back up my data as shown below.
You are then redirected to the Backup my data page. Here you can enable auto backup Galaxy S6 6o Samsung servers as shown below.
Drag the switch for Auto back up to the right side to turn on this feature as shown below.
You can choose what to backup to Samsung servers:
- Accessibility settings. Almost all settings under Settings–Accessibility (vision, hearing, dexterity and interactions) in Galaxy S6 will be backed up to Samsung servers.
- Clock. Galaxy S6 backup will include alarms and world clock.
- Contacts. Galaxy S6 backup will include contacts under Samsung account. Contacts under Google account are not backed up.
- Email. Samsung will backup priority senders and spam address. It will NOT backup individual email account info.
- Messages. Galaxy S6 backup will include text messages, MMS messages and spam filters.
- Phone. Galaxy S6 backup will include Galaxy S6 phone logs and the rejection list.
So, you can check or uncheck each of the above mentioned items.
In addition to auto backup to Samsung servers, you can also manually start the backup by tapping the Back up now as shown above.
Once tapped, the Back up now button becomes Cancel backup when backup is in progress. It will change back to Back up now once the backup is done.
Backup Galaxy S6 phone logs to PC
You can use SmartSwitch to backup Galaxy S6 phone logs to PC.
Backup Galaxy S6 phone logs to your phone
If you want to keep a backup of the phone logs on the phone, or you want to use the phone logs in other apps or phones, you need use third-party apps to backup Galaxy S6 phone logs to your phone.
You may try Call Logs Backup & Restore. This free version should be sufficient for almost all Galaxy S6 owners.
How to backup Galaxy S6 messages (SMS and MMS)
Backup Galaxy S6 messages (SMS and MMS) to the cloud autoamtically
You can use the backup to Samsung servers feature to backup all messages (text and multimedia) to Samsung server as detailed above.
The backup includes all text messages (SMS), multimedia messages (MMS) and the spam filter you configured for Galaxy S6.
Backup Galaxy S6 messages (SMS and MMS) to PC
You can use Samsung SmartSwitch to backup Galaxy S6 messages (SMS and MMS) to PC.
Backup Galaxy S6 messages (SMS and MMS) to the phone
If you want to backup Galaxy S6 messages (SMS and MMS) to the phone, you need use third-party apps to do this.
You may try SMS Backup & Restore. Again, the free version is sufficient.
How to backup Galaxy S6 Contacts?
Backup Galaxy S6 Contacts to the cloud automatically
The contacts in Galaxy S6 can be a bit complicated.
By default, Google will sync contacts under Google accounts to Google server automatically. So, normally, it is not necessary to backup contacts.
But some Galaxy S6 owners may put some contacts under Samsung account or on device. For these contacts, you can back up them to Samsung server as detailed above.
Backup Galaxy S6 Contacts to PC
You can use SmartSwitch to backup Galaxy S6 Contacts to PC.
How to backup Galaxy S6 Email settings?
Please note, the backup to Samsung server feature does NOT backup email account info on your Galaxy S6. It only backs up the priority senders and spam filters.
To fully backup Galaxy S6 Email settings including email account info to PC, you can use SmartSwitch.
How to backup Galaxy S6 WiFi and Bluetooth settings?
Google will backup Galaxy S6 WiFi and Bluetooth settings to their server. You can enable/disable this feature in Settings—backup and reset as shown above under Google account.
If you need backup Galaxy S6 WiFi and Bluetooth settings to PC, you can use SmartSwitch on PC.
How to backup Galaxy S6 Alarms?
Backup Galaxy S6 Alarms to the cloud automatically
To backup Galaxy S6 alarms and world clock automatically to the cloud, you can use backup to Samsung server as mentioned above.
Backup Galaxy S6 Alarms to PC
SmartSwitch on your PC can backup alarms and clock settings to the PC.
How to backup Galaxy S6 Apps?
For apps you installed from Google Play store, Google will backup them unless you disable it in Settings—backup and reset —Backup my data under Google accounts.
For apps you installed from Galaxy Apps or other sources, or from APK files directly, Google will NOT back up them. You may use third-party backup tools, for example, Helium – App Sync and Backup is probably the best one without requiring rooting Galaxy S6. The free version is sufficient for most Galaxy S6 owners.
For some pre-installed apps in Galaxy S6, there is no way to back up them unless you root Galaxy S6.
How to backup Galaxy S6 Music files?
For music your purchased from Google Play Music, backup is useless. You can always download again.
For Amazon Prime Music, again, you cannot back up them. They are DRMed and they can only be played in current device. You can always re-download them when you need.
For music files that are DRM free, you can backup them to your PC with SmartSwitch.
How to manage my backups in Samsung server?
You can manage your backups, including Galaxy S6 backups, in Samsung server at: https://account.samsung.com
As shown below, it shows current storage. You can click Manage to manage backup for individual devices.
Can you backup Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge now?
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For other features of Galaxy S6, please check Galaxy S6 online manual page.
For detailed guides on how to use Samsung Galaxy S6, please check Galaxy S6 how-to guides page.
For detailed guides on how to use Galaxy S6 camera, please check Galaxy S6 camera guide page.