All the Android Backup apps I have checked out (MyBackup, Lookout) require an internet connection.

I don't want my data to ever be stored in the cloud. These apps may have legitimate reasons to require Internet, but I don't trust that my data is not being sent to the cloud.

Is there any backup app that can store my data on the SD card without requiring Internet access?

Update: My phone is not rooted. Hence Titanium Backup is not useful.

  • 'that can store my data on the SD card' Are you trying to store your phone data onto the SD card.. Or are you trying to Backup your data that is located on the SD card. – user606723 Aug 2 '11 at 18:45
  • The former, that is, backup phone data onto SD card. – HRJ Aug 2 '11 at 19:43
  • The absolute best way to do this is through clockworkmod recovery. However, in order to install clockworkmod, you will need to temp root your phone.. or some similar exploit. You can install the recovery and leave your phone unrooted.. but I don't know why you would want to. – user606723 Aug 2 '11 at 19:54

Titanium Backup does not require internet access, you can firewall it off if you like or just turn off your connection while you use it. The internet permission is used for downloading Busybox if you don't have an appropriate version, but again there is no reason or need to trust it to do what it says, you don't have to let it access the internet. It does not back up to the cloud and saves the backups on the SD card.

Also, keep in mind that full backup apps require root. A root application does not need to request permissions in order to use those functions; the root user can do anything, that's the point. You should take the fact that they do request the permissions as a good sign. They're letting you know exactly what the app does.

Edit: Without root, you can use LifeSaver 2 for SMS. There are some options here for backing up contacts.

  • Oops, forgot to mention: I am not rooted. Titanium backup failed saying it won't work if not rooted. – HRJ Aug 2 '11 at 16:01
  • Yes, I agree it's a good sign and I appreciate the effort. I mostly want to backup contacts and SMS only. Would have been great if Titanium let me backup whatever it can without root. – HRJ Aug 2 '11 at 16:07
  • @HRJ Edited my answer. – Matthew Read Aug 2 '11 at 16:12
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    LifeSaver2 worked like a charm. Thanks for the rec. – HRJ Aug 8 '11 at 13:29

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