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Four Ways to Backup and Restore Xiaomi Mi and Redmi Phone

By Carrie Murray, Thursday, March 14, 2019

There are always times when you need to backup or restore data of your Xiaomi phone. It may be because you took too many photos to be saved on your phone storage, so you have to transfer them to the computer. Or It may be because you are about to change a new phone. Anyway, if you want to know how to backup and restore Xiaomi Mi and Redmi phone data, this article is here for you. There are 4 ways to back up data on Xiaomi Mi 9/8/6, Redmi Note 7/6 and more. Read on and find the best solution.

Xiaomi Backup to PC

If you want to backup Xiaomi device to your computer, you need a powerful and easy-to-use backup tool in addition to a USB cable. Here are the two most recommended.

FonePaw Android Data Backup and Restore

FonePaw Android Data Backup & Restore is designed for Android data backup, transfer or restore. It can quickly back up almost all types of data on your Xiaomi phone, such as contacts, images, video, messages, etc. to a small-sized backup file, from which you can restore the data back to the phone later.

And it is safe because you're able to encrypt the backups. Download for a FREE trial.


Step 1: Connect Your Xiaomi/Redmi to PC

Install and launch FonePaw Android Data Backup & Restore on PC. Then connect your Xiaomi/Redmi device to PC via USB cable. Remember to set up the USB debugging on the phone.

Connect Xiaomi Device to PC

Tips: you can enable USB debugging by going to Settings > Developer options or going to About phone > Software Information and tapping the Build Number 7 times.

Step 2: Back Up Xiaomi Device

You can choose "Device Data Backup" on the home page, then all supported data will be displayed. Tick the box in front of the data that you want to back up from your Xiaomi device. Then click "Start" button to continue.

Select Data to Back up

Or just click "One-click Backup" to back up everything in the Xiaomi phone quickly.

Tips: If the data in your Xiaomi device is so important or private that you don't want anyone else to get access to it, FonePaw Android Data Backup & Restore allows you to set a password to protect it with 100% safety. Just click "Encrypted Backup" to add a password and keep it in your mind.

Encrypt Backup

Step 3: Xiaomi Backup Completed

When the backup is completed, the FonePaw tool will show you how many items in the Xiaomi device have been backed up and how large the backup file is.

Backup Completed

Step 4: Restore Data to Xiaomi Device

It's as easy to restore the data back to your Xiaomi phone. Just go back to the homepage, choose "Device Data Restore" or "One-click Restore", and the steps are similar. At last, click "Restore to Device" to get the data back to your Xiaomi. You also can choose to restore to PC. In addition, you can always preview the detailed information in the backup files before restoring the data.

View Data inside Backup

Mi PC Suite

Of course, Xiaomi has its own backup & restore tool featuring backing up third-party apps. Though it's a bit hard to get started, with this guide, the tool will also be as easy-to-use as the above one.

  • First, download Mi PC Suite and install it on your PC.

  • Launch it, and connect your Xiaomi/Redmi phone to PC. In the homepage, you can check all sorts of data in a clear way.

  • In the Backup interface, you can manage all previous backups and make a new backup. and it's as easy to restore the backups.

  • It can also be used to update your phone as well as manage apps.

Mi PC Suite

It happened that Mi PC Suite sometimes couldn't detect Redmi Note 5/4, Mi 9/8/7, etc. or has trouble in backing up the device. When that happens, try to reinstall Mi PC Suite or use another tool to back up Xiaomi phone to computer.

Xiaomi Backup to Cloud or Local Storage

Mi Cloud Backup

If you tend to save photos, call logs, contacts, messages, etc. to the cloud, Mi Cloud can be one of the best choices. It is officially launched by Xiaomi and free to use with limited space. You can go pro to enjoy extra storage. Anyway, it's easy to use.

Backup Xiaomi phone to Cloud Storage

Go to Settings> Mi Account, and sign in with your Mi Account. Tap Backup device > Mi Cloud backup in which you can manage the backups settings, such as the backup frequency.

Back up Xiaomi to Cloud

Mi Cloud backup includes app data, contacts, messages, photos, Wi-Fi settings, etc.

Restore Backup from Mi Cloud 

Again, go back to Settings> Mi Account. This time, select Restore from backup. Select the backup that you want and choose to Restore using this backup.

Backup Xiaomi Mi or Redmi Locally

An in-built backup feature is available in all Xiaomi Phones to help you restore or backup data quickly and safely. However, don't make backups on your Xiaomi phone storage when you need to factory reset the phone. Back up the Xiaomi device to computer or Cloud storage before resetting the phone

Backup Xiaomi to Local Storage

Open the Xiaomi phone, go to Settings> Additional settings> Backup & reset > Local backups > Backup. After you select which type of data to back up, tap Backup. when it' done, the files can be found in Phone storage > MIUI > Backup > All Backup folder.

Xiaomi Backup to Local Storage


Again, go back to Settings> Additional settings> Backup & reset > Local backups. Then select the backups that you want to restore. Tap Restore and it may take some time.

These are the 4 ways to backup or restore Xiaomi Mi and Redmi Phone. Does this passage help you? Rate the article to let us know.

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