G Cloud Backup is an app available on the Google Play Store which aims to provide a complete backup solution for non rooted devices. Let’s see how it fares on it’s goals.
When first opening the app you are prompted to make a new account if you don’t have one already. Registration is simple as it could be, your Gmail address is entered automatically, and the only thing required is to enter your chosen password. Be careful however, the app only requires you to enter your password once, so if you enter it wrong you are in a bit of trouble.
After that you can choose to select which type of data you want to backup. You got the following choices:
- Call Log
- System Settings
- Browser Data
The system will display how many items are in each category, and for photos and videos if you want to backup all or just the ones from the camera. The data tab flashes a lot for updates. It is not much but gets annoying after seeing it a few times. Perhaps a small loading bar would have been better.
Out of the box you get 1.2 GB of cloud storage and you can extend it up to 8 GB by sharing with your friends, writing a market review and so on. The upgrade now page let’s you choose the space you want to get(16 or 32 GB) and the type of payment. You have an yearly subscription for 32$/year or 79.95$ for lifetime. It’s clear that the second option is preferable.
From the restore tab you can choose which category to restore and from which date and from the first dashboard tab you can see the time for the next backup, the available space and the pending + backed up data.
The more button leads to the apps settings where you can choose options such as backup only on WiFi, enable/disable notifications, delete all data, schedule time and a couple of others. Those options are pretty good for a backup app so I’m satisfied overall. However the more button does feel a little small even on a 4.7″ device. I have small fingers so it’s not an issue to click but that might not be the case for people with thick ones.
I fully recommend this app if you want a complete non root backup solution. If you have root already there is another app called Titanium Backup which opens a lot more possibilities. However it doesn’t have it’s on cloud storage, relying on 3rd party such as gdrive or dropbox to backup data to the cloud.