G Cloud Backup is a new backup solution for Android devices from developer Genie9. It aims to provide a simple, no-frills backup service to give Android users peace of mind, and does so for free — with optional purchases of additional storage space for those who need it.
Setting up G Cloud Backup is a simple matter of creating an account, which is assigned by default to the user’s GMail address if they have one. After creating a password, the device is scanned and the user is then given the opportunity to choose what items they would like to back up — contacts, call log, messages, browser data, system settings, documents, pictures, music and videos.
Restoring from a backup is a simple matter of installing the app on a new (or reset) device, logging in, selecting the content to restore and the specific backup to restore from. By default, G Cloud Backup performs a daily background backup at the same time each day assuming the device is connected to Wi-Fi, though these settings may be customized as the user sees fit. If the user accidentally backs up things they do not need to, content may be deleted from the online backup selectively to save space. Alternatively, if the user requires additional space, they may upgrade to 10GB for $0.99 per month or unlimited storage for $3.99 per month. The app is not ad-supported, so all monetization comes from these premium service options.
G Cloud Backup is a simple, no-frills app that does exactly what it sets out to do with the minimum of fuss. It is easy to set up and use, even for users new to technology and backup solutions — and the fact it is free will likely encourage users hesitant to spend money to at least give it a chance. It seems to have relatively low overhead in terms of memory and battery usage while acting, and once set up can be left to its own devices.
Commenters on Google Play have some sensible suggestions for additions to the app, however. While it is possible to restore apps simply by redownloading them from the relevant app stores, it would be considerably more convenient if G Cloud Backup backed them up too. It would also be more convenient for some if the app allowed for weekly or monthly backups rather than daily — or perhaps the facility to schedule backups for specific dates and times on the calendar.
These issues aside, G Cloud Backup is a solid, well put-together solution for those who want to protect their data. The fact that it is free to get started with and does not require the device in question to be rooted also makes it an attractive option. With the addition of just a little more customization, it could truly be called an essential purchase for the platform.