Nero BackItUp Review: Complete Backup Solution with Mobile Support

Update Feb. 2016: Nero BackItUp is being discontinued. Current users have until May 5, 2016 to get their data off their servers, when it will be deleted. I recommend users check out G Cloud Backup or IDrive as an alternative (both support mobile backup).

Nero BackItUp is software that can backup your PC, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.  It can store your backups either in the cloud, on local media, or both.  It’s also free to use, with up to 5GB of cloud storage included.

Nero BackItUp home screen

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  • Free 5GB online backup space
  • Easily backup files on your hard drive
  • Backup mobile devices
  • Add unlimited online backup for only $70/year


  • File and folder backup only; no disk imaging
  • Free plan only does manual backups

The Bottom Line

With the ability to backup just about any device, Nero BackItUp is powerful, easy to use backup software.

Free Plan – Manual Backups with 5GB Online Storage

The BackItUp free plan will interest you if you don’t mind doing manual backups, don’t need encryption, and don’t need more than 5GB of cloud storage space.  The free plan also can’t backup to optical media or network drives.

Go Pro – Get Automatic Backups and More Space

The Pro plans includes a few extras that the free plan doesn’t have.  These are:

  • Backup to network drives and optical media (DVDs, Blu-rays, etc.)
  • More online storage space (up to “Unlimited” for $70/year)
  • Automatic backups
  • Encrypted backups
  • Compression

The unlimited plan is $70/year, which is about $6/month.  This makes Nero BackItUp about the same price as CrashPlan or Backblaze (neither of which backup your mobile devices).  For unlimited storage space, that’s a pretty good deal.

Using Nero BackItUp

Nero BackItUp is fairly easy to use.  The software will guide you through the process of creating a backup.  The steps to do this are:

  1. Select what to backup
  2. Select a backup target (where you want to store your backups)
  3. Setup scheduling and other options
Choose a backup target

Choosing a backup target (destination) in Nero BackItUp.

Other options include compression and encryption.  Backup jobs can be run from the home screen.  You can also restore files, setup mobile backup, and edit your existing jobs.

If you want to backup your data to a local target and the cloud, this can be done by creating 2 separate jobs.  In my tests, I backed up my PC’s data to an external hard drive and the free 5GB of online storage space.  I was also able to backup my Android device to the cloud, using the same account.

To restore files, you click the restore button on the home screen.  You’ll then select what you want to restore, and where you want to restore the files to.  If files already exist, you’re given the option to replace them.  You can also restore to a new path, and avoid file conflicts entirely.

Overall, I had no trouble backing up or restoring my data.  Nero BackItUp is top notch backup software with excellent mobile support.

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Product Name Nero BackItUp
License Freeware
Price $0 – 70/year
Operating Systems Window
Backup Types
Files and Folders yes
Full Disk Image no
Incremental yes
Differential no
Backup Destinations
Hard Drive yes
Removable Media yes
Network Shares yes
Blu-ray yes
CD/DVD yes
FTP no
Online Storage yes
Compression yes
Encryption yes
Email Notifications no
Error Handling yes
File Versioning yes
Priority Setting no
Scheduling yes
Speed Limiting no
Synchronization no

Geoff Akerlund

Geoff Akerlund

Geoff Akerlund is the founder and editor-in-chief of He enjoys attending music festivals, whitewater kayaking on the American River, and board game nights in his free time.

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