Android Backup and Restore: 2 Efficient Way

Last Updated on June 16, 2020 by Ian McEwan

Cats are evil. I left my new Samsung S9+ on my precious banana-shaped couch last Friday before I went to bed. The next morning, I found both my precious data and couch piss-damaged. Yes, my new Samsung S9+ was soaking in cat piss overnight. I really wish I had made an Android backup and restore it to new phone, so I wouldn’t lose all my contacts, SMS, and photos. I just got a Samsung Galaxy Note8 today. Well, lesson learned. The first thing I am going to do now is to save data on my computer (I never trust Cloud service personally and the free space is not enough for me).

Can anyone help me with this Android backup problem so that I can restore data easily to a new phone when my cat decides to pee on my phone again?

Android Backup and Restore

Part 1: Android Backup and Restore to New Phone Manually: Use USB Connection (Limitary)


If you simply want to back up some pictures and videos, you can just use your phone as an external hard drive:

  1. Connect your phone to your computer via a USB cable.
  2. Select the data files you want to back up.
  3. Drag them to a folder on your computer.

The restore step is the other way around. You just need to drag files from computer to your new phone.

However, if you want to back up and restore other data from your Android phone, such as Contacts, Messages, Call logs, etc., it will be very time consuming or sometimes, very confusing. Because the file path of the Android system is rather complicated. A third party software would be more efficient and helpful to you.

Part 2: Android Backup and Restore to New Phone Automatically: Use Third-party Software (Recommended)

For data like SMS, contacts, call logs, etc. that you need to back up, a third-party software could be a good idea. DataKit Android Data Backup & Restore is a popular choice for users who are looking for a simple and safe method to backup and restore Android data. There are step-by-step instructions assisting you to go through the process.

Features of Android Data Backup & Restore(Read the full guide for Android Backup & Restore):

  • Easy to use
  • Safe to use
  • Cover almost all data types
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It provides a free trial for a 30-day option for you.

You may download Android Data Backup & Restore first and experience its convenient features by following the steps below (it will launch automatically once the installation is finished):

Tip 1: How to back up Android data?

  1. Select the feature you need.
  2. Choose Android Data Backup & Restore in the interface, and then go to Device Data Backup.

    Select Android Data Backup &Restore
  3. Connect your phone to computer via a USB cable.
  4. Make sure your Android phone is in USB debugging mode during the connection. If not, follow the instruction to reconnect your phone to the computer.

  5. Select the data you want to back up
  6. After your phone is detected, gently tap ‘Transfer files’ on your phone screen (It will pop up by itself). Now select the data type to back up and then click ‘start’.

    Click Device Data Backup

    Encrypted backups are not the default option, but for those of you who want to be able to save more comprehensive backups to your computer, don’t forget to tick the box next to ‘Encrypted Backup’.

  7. Tap ‘OK’. You are all set!
  8. Succeed to Backup Android

Tip 2: How to Restore Android backup to a new phone? (Very similar to the Backup process)

  1. Select the feature you need.
  2. Choose Android Data Backup & Restore in the interface, and then go to Device Data Restore or One-click Restore

  3. Connect your phone to computer via a USB cable.
  4. All available backup file will be displayed on the interface. Select the backup file you want and start restoring. Also, you should enter a password, if it is an encrypted backup file.
  5. Select Device Data Restore

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