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Helium - App Sync and Backup for Android

By ClockworkMod Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff May 18, 2013

Helium App Sync & Backup saves copies of your vital data for you if you don't want to do it, yourself. It includes an app backup in addition to backing up your sensitive files, but it's a major pain to set up. It takes most of the appeal of automatic backup away.

Helium App Sync & Backup is made mostly for rooters, but it will work with some unrooted phones, too. To be sure it works with yours, check developer options in your settings menu and see if you can turn on USB debugging. If you can't, this app is useless for you. Once you've done that, you'll still have to download a desktop app to work with Helium. If all of those strings attached don't turn you off, the app can provide decent backup. The backup scheduling works and cloud backup is really helpful. It'd be nice if the app supported more cloud options than Box, Google Drive, and Dropbox, though.

It's not that this is a bad app; it's just that it makes something you can do, yourself, harder than actually doing it, yourself. In the time it takes to download and set up Helium App Sync & Backup, you could have had everything on your SD card moved to your computer. If not, you could have easily downloaded one of the countless other backup apps on Android.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.1.4.6

Android N support

UI redesign

fixed Artem's button

General

Release November 9, 2018
Date Added November 9, 2018
Version 1.1.4.6

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 6,488
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

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