How to Back Up and Restore Android Data

By Elsie Wesley, Tuesday, September 19, 2017

To avoid data loss, it is critical to back up your Android phone regularly. And backing up Android to PC is the safest because no matter what happen to your phone, whether the phone is water-damaged, bricked, crashed, factory reset or totally dead, you can still have backups on PC to restore your precious data (photos, contacts, etc.) 

Other than moving files to PC with drag and drop, FonePaw Android Data Backup and Restore, an advanced backup software, is a better choice for you to backup Android phone to computer before factory reset, misdeletion, flashing a custom ROM or rooting your phone. 

  • Backup Android phone with two modes: selectively backup only the data that matters to you; one-click backup to make a full backup of your Android;

  • Provide backup encryption to protect private backup data;

  • Capable of backing up photos, videos, audios, contacts, messages, call logs, documents on your Android phone/tablet;

  • View backup on PC and restore backup to Android in one click;

  • Support devices running on Android 2.3 and later, including Android 7 and Android 8.

Download its free trial version on your PC to have a try. You can backup Samsung, HTC, Pixel, Nexus, LG, Sony, Motorola, Huawei and more with the program

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How to Backup Android to PC

Backup the Selected Android Data 

If you want to backup the specific kinds of Android data, for example, to backup only photos, contacts, you can choose to backup only the data that you need. 

Step 1. Run Android Data Backup and Restore on your computer. Then go into certain feature on the left sidebar and choose Device Data Backup

Backup and Restore Options

Step 2. Plug your Android phone into computer with USB cable. If USB debugging is disabled on your phone, the program will tell you how to turn on USB debugging so that your device can be detected. 

Allow USB Debugging

Step 3. The program will display all types of data that you can back up with. Tick the data that you want to backup and click Start

Select Data Type

Extra Step: If you want to encrypt the backup, toggle on Encrypted Backup before clicking Start. You'll be asked to create a password. The password is needed to restore the backup. 

Step 4. A backup of your Android phone will be created. Click OK to see all backups that you have made. 

Backup Completed

Note: your Android backups are saved on C disk of your computer by default. You can choose Settings > Preference to change the backup location. 


Make a Full Backup in One Click

If you need to make a full backup of your Android phone, you can use One-click backup feature on Android Data Backup and Restore. 

Step 1. Connect Android phone to computer via USB connection. 

Step 2. Choose One-click Backup on Android Data Backup and Restore. 

Backing up Android

Step 3. The program will immediately backup all your Android data, including photos, contacts, messages, videos, audios and more. It could take a while if there are large amounts of data on your Android phone.

How to Restore Android Data from PC

Now that you have backups on computer, if you mistakenly delete some of your data or lose the data because the phone is damaged/broken, you can restore your Android backups to the original phone or other Android phone with Android Data Backup & Restore

Step 1. Run the program and with a USB cable, connect Android phone to your computer. 

Step 2. Choose Device Data Restore or One-click Restore. All available backups on the computer will be displayed. If you couldn't find the backup that you need, click Select to manually add backup files from other folders.

Android Backups on PC

Step 3. Choose a backup and click Start. If it is a encrypted backup, you'll need to enter its password. Choose the data you need and click Restore to get data back to your Android phone. 

View Backup on PC

Note: When restoring SMS messages to Android, a notification will pop up on your phone asking you to change messaging app. Tap Yes on device to continue. You can still use your default messaging app after the restore.

Restoring Messages

If there is any problem in using Android Data Backup and Restore, please leave your comment or contact support@fonepaw.com to get technical assistance.

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Video Guide to Backup and Restore Android

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