How Does Android Backup and Restore Work? [2022 Updated]

By Nathan E. Malpass, Last updated: June 15, 2022

“My friends keep telling me to back up my Android phone, but I don’t understand what the fuss is about. Why is it important and how does Android backup and restore work anyway?


Part 1. What Is Android Backup and RestorePart 2. How to Back Up and Restore Data with FoneDog Android ToolkitPart 3. How to Backup Existing and Deleted DataPart 4. Video Guide: How Does Android Backup and Restore Work on Your AndroidPart 5. Conclusion

Part 1. What Is Android Backup and Restore

Backups are simply put copies of your device’s data. Built-in programs and third-party apps and computer software can create them. These programs normally access a device’s internal memory, SD card, and SIM card to back up data. They have their own limitations though. One example is the supported file type. An app like SMS Backup+ can only back up messages and does not cover media files. On the other hand, a software like FoneDog Toolkit can do both.

Automatic backups can be made according to a set schedule or frequency. You can do manual backups too. Files can be saved on the device, SD card, email, cloud, and the computer. Some backup program allows you to upload to different destinations. Others only do local backups, where the backup file is saved in the device.

Once a backup is performed, you can restore it anytime. Restoring backups involves extracting data from the backup to save them back to your device. This process is manually initiated. It is usually done after a complete or partial data loss. Note that backing up and restoring must both be done using the same program.

Although backups can give you peace of mind, what is important is to choose a reliable mode to backup and restore data. That is to ensure that your files stay intact and secure.

Android Data Recovery

In this article, we’ll show you 2 safe ways to do it. The first way is to create a backup of your existing files. The second way is to export all of your files, both existing and deleted, to your PC.

Part 2. How to Back Up and Restore Data with FoneDog Android Toolkit

If taking the leap of faith when it comes to your data isn’t for you, FoneDog Android Toolkit is the way to go. With its Android Data Backup and Restore tool, you can back up a wide range of data and restore them without the risk of losing your valuable files. You can back up contacts, messages, call logs, images, videos, audio, and documents.

Download FoneDog Android Toolkit now to start backing up. Refer to our guide to know how Android backup and retrieve works. Be reminded that you cannot disconnect your phone from the computer while the software is performing its backup and restore function.

Step 1: Launch FoneDog Android Toolkit.

Run the software after successfully installing it. Select Android Data Backup and Restore from the available options.

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Step 2: Enable USB Debugging.

Connect your Android device to the computer. If you see a message on your device asking you to allow USB debugging, tap OK. If you don’t, follow the on-screen instructions to manually enable USB debugging.

To Allow Usb Debugging

Step 3: Start the Data Backup.

Click Device Data Backup. You will be directed to a window with a list of file types. The software will ask you to select which data you wish to back up. Tick the box of those items. You can also tick Encrypted Backup to secure your backup. Hit Start to proceed.

The backup process may take several minutes depending on file size. The software will notify you once the backup is finished. Simply click OK.

If you’re looking to restore your backup file, proceed to Step 4 of this guide.

Select Data To Backup

Step 4: Select Backup File to Restore.

With the software still running, head to Android Data Backup and Restore and click Device Data Restore.

You will be provided with a list of existing backup files. The latest one will be shown first. Choose one and press Start.

Select Backup Files To Restore

Step 5: Recover and Backup for Android.

Select the file types that you want to restore. Do so by ticking the box of the applicable items. When you’re done, press Recover and then OK to proceed.

It may take a while to restore your backup, but remember that your files are worth the wait.

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Part 3. How to Backup Existing and Deleted Data

If you have several files that you lost to a bad system crash or SD card corruption, don’t worry. You can still recover them and create a backup of those files. By using FoneDog Android Toolkit, you can retrieve deleted data without trouble. You can then export them to your computer. That way, you have a copy that you can always turn to if you need those files.

Step 1: Download FoneDog Android Toolkit and Launch It.

Download the software and wait for complete installation. From the presented tools, select Android Data Recovery.Connect your smartphone or tablet to your PC with a USB cable.

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Step 2: Authorize USB Debugging.

To allow the software to scan your device for files, you must enable USB debugging. If you see a prompt on your device asking you to allow USB debugging, tap OK. If not, refer to below instructions.

Android 4.2 or higher

  1. Head to Settings > About Phone.
  2. Tap Build Number until a prompt appears.
  3. Go back to Settings > Developer options > USB debugging

Android 3.0 to 4.1

Go to Settings > Developer options > USB debugging

Android 2.3 or lower

Go to Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging

After doing the above steps, tap OK on your device and click OK on the software.

To Allow Usb Debugging

Step 3: Select File Types for Scanning.

The software will direct you to a window showing all supported file types. By default, all types are selected. However, you may untick some so the software will scan only those that you need. When you’re satisfied, hit Next.

Choose File Type

Step 4. Recover and Export Files.

The interface will show all detected files. On the left, you will see different file categories. Click on them one by one. Review each type’s contents and select the files that you want to export.

When you’re finished choosing your files, hit Recover. Wait for the software to export your files. Once done, you can view them. You can also manually transfer the files to your device.

Recover Documents To Pc

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Part 4. Video Guide: How Does Android Backup and Restore Work on Your Android

Part 5. Conclusion

Now that you know how Android backup and restore work, you can start protecting your files. You can rely on FoneDog Android Toolkit to finish the job. With backups in place, data loss will no longer be a major concern to you. You can also use your backup or exported files to easily transfer data to a new phone.

The software is compatible with thousands of Android devices. Plus, you can enjoy its features for 30 days at no cost. You simply have no excuse to not back up your data!

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Nathan E. Malpass

iPhone/Android Devices’ Maintenance Expert

Staying home, listening to music, writing tech articles

Many people asked me to repair their mobile phones so I have a lot of experience in mobile phone repair, and I know a lot about Android or Apple phones.

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