Xiaomi has the built-in data backup feature to allow users easily backup personal data, app data on Xiaomi and Redmi phones to internal storage or external storage (SD cards). You can also back up data from Xiaomi Redmi to computer using a mobile phone data transfer software. The most important reason we think you should back up data from Xiaomi Redmi to PC is because when you lost the phone you will still be able to restore Xiaomi Redmi backup from computer to your new mobile phone. To create Xiaomi backups on computer, you can download the mobile phone data transfer which is the most user friendly and easy-to-use Android phone backup and restore software below.
This phone data backup software is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, &, 8, and 10. It has been helping many smartphone users to back up or restore valuable data. It works with major smart phones, such as iPhone, Samsung, Lenovo, HTC, LG, Nexus, Motorola, Xiaomi, ZTE, Huawei, etc.
How to backup data from Xiaomi Redmi phone to computer?
Step 1. Enable USB debugging on Xiaomi
The first step is to follow this guide to turn on USB debugging on Xiaomi & Redmi phones. This is a built-in feature for Android app developers. You need to activate it on the phone before we can proceed to back up data from Xiaomi to computer using the above mobile phone transfer software. You can turn off this feature any time you like.
Step 2. Connect Xiaomi Redmi phone to computer through USB
Use the USB data cable comes with your phone, the same one you use to charge your mobile phone, to connect up the phone with your PC. Data backup from Xiaomi to computer, or data restore from computer to Xiaomi via USB connection is very fast and reliable.
Step 3. Back up Xiaomi Redmi phone to computer
Now run the mobile phone toolkit software on your PC. You will see its main features in the home screen, such as phone to phone data transfer, phone backup, phone restore, phone erase, data recovery and so on.
Click the ‘Backup & Restore‘ to open the Android phone backup tool in a new windows from its main interface.
Click Backup button. Then select file types you like to backup, including contacts, text messages, calendar, call logs, apps, photos, videos, music.
By default all data types will be selected, so you can quickly back up all files and data from Xiaomi to computer. However if you do not want to backup all of them, you can click to disable backup of certain file types. For example, we find most people like to backup contacts, messages, photos, videos from Xiaomi to computer, but some users do not like to backup call logs, calendars, apps, music from Xiaomi to computer. Once you have enabled or disabled certain file types backup, click the Backup button again to copy data from Xiaomi to Windows computer.
Note that, the backup file of Xiaomi Redmi phone on your computer will be saved as a single bak file, if like, you can easily restore the backup file from computer to Xiaomi or Redmi phone, we will talk about the details below.
Xiaomi & Redmi backup alternatives
As we mentioned above, your backup file will be saved as a bak file which however is not compatible with any third party software on your computer. If you like to transfer data from mobile phone to computer and import them to software on your computer, such as the Outlook or Outlook Express on a Windows PC, you can refer to this guide to export contacts from Xiaomi to computer. This contacts backup solution can save your contacts as vCard VCF format on computer which you can easily transfer to other mobile phones, email clients, etc. It can also help you import contacts to Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail, Windows Address book, etc.
How to restore Xiaomi Redmi backup from computer to mobile?
Run this mobile phone toolkit software on your PC, switch to ‘Backup & Restore‘ mode from the home screen. Click ‘Restore‘ button, then all backups made using this mobile phone backup program will be listed, select the backup file you like to restore, click Next button at the bottom-right, select content you like to restore to Xiaomi or Redmi phone. Hit the Restore to Device button your selected files and data will be restored from your Windows PC to Xiaomi Redmi mobile phone.
Data transfer cross platforms and phones
The above data backup, restore and transfer tool can also transfer or restore data from Samsung, iPhone, HTC, LG, Motorola, Lenovo, Nexus or else to Xiaomi Redmi or verse vice. If you have multiple mobile phones, you can freely select and transfer any data between them directly without backing up the phone first. See following guide to transfer data from Xiaomi Redmi to Samsung phone.
Update May 2018: this article was originally published in Nov 2015 and has since been updated. in this update, we replaced the old mobile phone transfer software with the new Android phone backup and restore tool, deleted the old YouTube video.