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Allow for full automatic backups to cloud storage at regular intervals

Thanks to Google's backup systems, if my phone someday decides to go for a swim or the like, I know I will be able to recover almost all my data up to the crash. This app is the one major exception. In order to fix this, the backup system needs three improvements:

1.) The option to automatically back up my full data, rather than just the OPML file.
2.) The option to use cloud storage as a backup location, rather than just the device.
3.) The option to set an automatic backup at a regular interval, rather than only when the subscriptions change.

Thanks for all the work you do on the app, Xavier!

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  • Ignacio commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Fully support the automatic backup to a cloud service (Drive, Dropbox, Onedrive). It saves a lot of issues in case the device is lost or broken.

    Thanks for the good app!!!

  • Jon2001 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I wouldn't want to backup the actual downloaded episode files, but everything else would be great. Maybe as part of this that when a backup file is restored PA looks for which podcasts had episodes downloaded and offer to re-download them again.

  • Murrayzz1 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I recently changed my SD card, and implemented the Android option to use it as internal storage rather than external, which I had been doing previously. The process of re-connecting Podcast Addict to its files was a complete nightmare, and it hasn't worked properly - PA is not accurately recognising whci podcasts have been downloaded and which haven't, and keeps trying to stream podcasts that it should have downloaded.

    A full backup option, including files, would have avoided this problem.

  • Mark commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I just had my phone reset and the manufacturer's backup failed to restore data from the SD card. Lost most of the information but everything that Google backup captured was successfully restored.

  • Patricia commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    My phones tend to die of me with no warning, so an automatic backup on a cloud would be great!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would love this. In addition to not backing up the actual podcasts when this happens, but I would like to choose how often. Once a day/week/month?

  • j b commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    please prioritize this. I lost all my episode ratings and episodes read when i accidentally did a factory reset! It would be great if ALL episodes that have been: listened too, subscriptions, favorites and ratings are moved to a cloud service. Who cares about downloaded episodes - you can always re-download ... this should keep the backup file pretty small.

  • Florent commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Oui, ce serait une évolution extra ; surtout la possibilité d'écouter un podcast virtuel avec des fichiers stockés sur le cloud.

  • Rafterian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I know you can share the backup file and automatically backup whenever subscriptions change, so we're SO CLOSE to this.

  • Tinker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    When I got a new phone this was the only important app that didn't sync across. I had tried to follow your instructions to use the backup file but the app couldn't find it and I gave up. This is a wonderful app and I love most things about it but this was annoying. I would like to know my podcasts and settings are backed up ready to restore easily. Thanks for this amazing app. - Tinker

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I just had to get a new phone and i lost all of the things i had already listened to along with favorited episodes. Please add thia

  • Dave The Happy Singer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    +1 I'm not fussed about re-downloading the media, but if my subs/listened/progress were backed up automatically that would be great.

  • Philippe DePass commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is very important for me. A full backup is not required. Subscriptions and episode status should suffice and should fit in Google cloud storage easily

  • Mike Stein commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Would suggest as well that when creating a new backup it would overwrite the previous file, to minimize storage space.

  • Julie Wills commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Google's backup only offers a small amount of space - nowhere near enough to store downloaded episodes.

    An intermediate backup (like Full Backup, but without the downloaded episodes) is all that would be possible - but that would certainly be more useful than just the OPML file, as it would include all the other settings (which episodes have been played, usual playback speed for each feed, etc.)

    And by adding that information to the backup, a periodic backup becomes more necessary because that information changes more often. Doing it at the same time as (at the end of) downloading episodes, seems a good choice, as the user has already decided that they have good enough data access to do the backup as well as downloading data.

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