How to Backup & Restore Android?

Why you need to back up Android phone?

Android backup and restore is of utmost importance. Many mobile phone users would save a lot of personal files on the phone, such as photos, videos, contacts, phone numbers, text messages, etc. You should back up Android mobile from time to time, so in case of any unexpected data loss you can always restore Android data from backups you made. There are many different scenarios Android users may lose data or files on their phone, such as accidental deletion, SD card formatting, mobile factory reset, phone rooting, phone loss, phone damaged, and so on. We have several articles explained how users can retrieve lost data without backups. For example, this guide includes the damaged phone data recovery basics and you can refer to these guidelines to recover data from broken phones. If you have red any of these posts, we will know the complexity of data retrieval when no backup of your data has been created before.

Android OS is the most popular mobile phone operating system. Own an Android phone or tablet and don’t know how to back up Android data? There are so many files on our phone we want to keep or backup, like contacts, SMS text messages, photos, videos, music, call logs, calendar, notes, mobile apps, etc. In this guide, we will provide you the easy solution to back up data from Android phone to computer and also restore Android phone from backups saved on computer.

The Android backup and restore instructions below can be applied to a wide range of smartphones and tablets are now running on Android system, like Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG, Motorola, Lenovo, Huawei, Xiaomi, just to name a few. We are not able to list all supported phone models here. Some popular models supported include Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, Galaxy Note, Note 2, Note 3, HTC Wildfire, HTC Desire, HTC One M8, HTC One M9, Nokia E6, Nokia N8, Nokia N97, iPhone 6, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPad mini, iPad air, Moto X, Sony Xperia Z2, Sony Xperia Z3, Huawei Ascend, LG G2, LG G3, Nexus, Lenovo and so on.


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Easy to use Android backup software

iPhone has its specially designed file transfer and management tool, the iTunes. If you are an iPhone user, iTunes helps keep your mobile content synced to a computer. You can also use iCloud to back up iPhone. There are many backup apps or tools for Android, it is so hard to find a good one. Some works for certain Android phones but not another. Some can only back up certain file types on Android phone but not those you want. What is the best Android backup software? Here we introduce you this mobile phone data transfer software. It is easy to use, even for those who come to it for the first time. You can back up Android, iPhone and other smartphones. You can back up Android files and content to computer or restore Android backup from computer to Android mobile in one-click. It is cross platform, compatible with Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Nokia, etc. This Android backup is so powerful to copy over your contacts, text messages, call logs, photos & videos, music & songs, apps from Android to computer or the other way round. The developer behind the Android backup tool keep all Android users in mind when they design this data transfer and management tool. It works with all kinds of Android phones and tablets, HTC, Sony, LG, Motorola, Lenovo, ZTE, Dell, Huawei, Acer, Asus, Google, Xiaomi and many more. It is compatible with almost all Android versions, from the old Android 2.0 to recent Android 4.4 KitKat, Lollipop 5.0.

Now download the Android backup program for Windows or Mac. It is the easiest way to back up Android phone and restore Android backups to phone or tablet. Using this tool, you will feel it has never been easier like this to back up Android files to PC/Mac or from computer to Android devices.

How to Back up Android phone to computer?

Firstly we will outline the easy steps you can follow to backup Android phones and data from the device to a PC or Mac. We will offer extra useful tips for Android backup and a Android backup video demo at the lower section of this article. You can also find instructions to restore the backup to Android phone at the bottom section of this article.

Step 1. Run Android backup software

Start the smart phone data management and backup tool, you will see it offers four modes in its home interface. You can use it to copy files from one smart phone to another, back up your phone data to computer, restore your phone from backups. Choose “Back Up Your Phone” from the home screen, and proceed to back up Android phone to computer.

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Step 2. Connect & back up Android phone or tablet to computer

Use the USB data cord to connect up your Android device with your PC or Mac, the mobile phone backup and restore software will automatically detect your device connected. You should see a screen like this:

backup android phone data to computer

Now it’s time to backup your files from Android device to PC or Mac. As we have mentioned above this is a one-click Android backup solution for all Android phones and tablets. On the middle column of the Android backup program, you can find different files types that can be exported from Android to computer, these include contacts, text messages, calendar, call logs, photos, videos, music, apps. Click the check box to select and enable backup of certain file types from your Android mobile, click it again to deselect and disable the backup of certain data types. For example, you can only back up contacts and messages backup from Android to computer while disable other files types. Once you are ready, click the Start Copy button to copy all your selected files from mobile phone to your PC or Mac. The Android data backup is extremely fast. Once the Mobile Transfer has finished copying your data from phone to computer, you will get a pop-up dialogue from which you can click to open the backup folder on your computer.

To help smartphone users better understand how this mobile phone transfer software can help extract data from phone to computer for backup, we have created several phone backup tutorials for different phone brands. For instance, you can refer to following tutorial to back up Samsung phone to computer and this guide to back up Lenovo phone to computer.

Useful Android Backup Tips

You may not want to back up Android apps from mobile phone to computer, as most Android apps can be downloaded from Google Play store anytime you like. If the apps were downloaded anywhere else or if you want to keep a back up of this particular version, you can back up Android apps to computer.

Android Mobile Backup & Restore — Video Demo

Migrate data from old to new phones

When you want to switch phone, you can use this mobile transfer to copy data from the old phone to new phone. For example following guide shows you how to transfer data between Samsung and Lenovo phones. If you have a Xiaomi or Redmi phone but want to upgrade to Samsung Galaxy phone, see this tutorial to transfer data from Xiaomi & Redmi to Samsung mobile.

How to restore Android phones?

This Android backup and restore tool is a round way transfer program which can help you with both data transfer-in or transfer-out. Now we will briefly discuss how you can use this Android backup and restore application to restore the saved mobile data back from computer to your mobile device. Your files on Android mobiles can be saved to computer, then if you delete or lost them on the phone, or just bought a new phone and want to restore Android backup or data from the old phone to the new one, you can import them from computer to your new Android gadget.

Go back to the home page of this Mobile Transfer software, on the upper right section you can find the “Restore from Backups” mode. Click on this mode, you will see all supported restore modes. For example, you can restore Mobile Transfer backups to your phone, restore iTunes backup to your phone, restore iCloud backup to mobile phone, restore Samsung Kies backups to mobile phone, restore BlackBerry backups to mobile phone, etc. Since we have backed up the Android phone using Mobile Transfer, thus you should select to restore from Mobile Transfer backup files. See below screenshot.

restore android phone data from backup

From here, the Android data restore is quite straightforward. You can select and restore any data from backup to mobile phone. You will be able to restore contacts, text messages, calendar, call logs, apps, photos, videos, music from Android backups or other mobile backups to your phone.

Data restore cross platform & between different phones

Note that the restore of mobile phone data can still work across different smart phones or mobile OS. For instance, you will be able to restore iTunes backup or iPhone backup to Android phones, restore iCloud backup to Android mobile, restore Android backup to iPhone, restore Samsung backup to iPhone or others, restore BlackBerry backup to Samsung, restore HTC backup to LG, and many more.