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Backing up and restoring content

Generally, you should not save photos, videos and other personal content solely on the internal memory of your device. If something should happen with the hardware, or if your device is lost or stolen, the data stored on its internal memory is gone forever. It is recommended to use the Xperia™ Companion software to make backups which save your data safely to a computer, that is, an external device. This method is especially recommended if you are updating your device software to a newer Android version.

Using Backup & Restore, you can make a quick online backup of basic settings and data with your Google™ account.

It is very important that you remember the password that you set when you make a data backup. If you forget the password, it may not be possible to restore important data such as contacts and messages.

Backing up data to a computer

Use the Xperia™ Companion software to back up data from your device to a PC or an Apple® Mac® computer. You can back up the following types of data:
  • Contacts and call logs
  • Text messages
  • Calendar
  • Settings and bookmarks
  • Media files such as music and videos
  • Photos and images

To back up your data using a computer

  1. Make sure that the Xperia™ Companion software is installed on the PC or Apple® Mac® computer.
  2. Connect your device to the computer using a USB cable.
  3. Computer: Open the Xperia™ Companion software. After a few moments, the computer detects your device.
  4. Select Backup on the main screen.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to back up data from your device.

To restore your data using a computer

  1. Make sure that the Xperia™ Companion software is installed on the PC or on the Apple® Mac® computer.
  2. Connect your device to the computer using a USB cable.
  3. Computer: Open the Xperia™ Companion software.
  4. Click Restore .
  5. Select a backup file from the backup records, then tap Next and follow the on-screen instructions to restore data to your device.

Backing up data with the Xperia™ Backup & restore application

Using the Xperia™ Backup & restore application, you can make an online backup or a local backup of data. For example, you can back up data manually or turn on the automatic backup function to save data periodically.

The Xperia™ Backup & restore application is recommended for backing up data before you do a factory data reset. With this application you can back up the following types of data to an online account, an SD card or to an external USB storage device that you have connected to your device using a USB Host adapter:

  • Bookmarks
  • Contacts and call log
  • Conversations
  • Calendar data
  • Email accounts
  • ‎Wi-Fi®‎ networks
  • Device settings
  • Applications
  • Xperia™ Home layout

To set up the automatic backup function

  1. If you are backing up content to a USB storage device, make sure the storage device is connected to your device using a USB Host adapter. If you are backing up to an SD card, make sure that the SD card is properly inserted into your device. If you are backing up content to an online account, make sure you have signed in to your Google ™ account.
  2. From your Home screen, tap .
  3. Find and tap Settings > Backup & reset.
  4. Under Xperia™ Backup & Restore, tap Automatic backup.
  5. To enable the automatic backup function, tap the on-off switch.
  6. Select a backup frequency, where to save backup files, the time to back up and the types of data to back up.
  7. To save your settings, tap .

To back up content manually

  1. If you are backing up content to a USB storage device, make sure the storage device is connected to your device using a USB Host adapter. If you are backing up to an SD card, make sure the SD card is properly inserted in your device. If you are backing up content to an online account, make sure you have signed in to your Google ™ account.
  2. From your Home screen, tap .
  3. Find and tap Settings > Backup & reset.
  4. Under Xperia™ Backup & Restore, tap More.
  5. Tap Manual backup, then select a backup destination and the data types that you want to back up.
  6. Tap Back up.
  7. After the data is backed up, tap Finish.

To restore backed up content

  1. If you are restoring content from a USB storage device, make sure the storage device is connected to your device using the USB Host adapter. If you are restoring content from an SD card, make sure the SD card is properly inserted in your device. If you are restoring content from an online account, make sure you have signed in to your Google™ account.
  2. From your Home screen, tap .
  3. Find and tap Settings > Backup & reset.
  4. Under Xperia™ Backup & Restore, tap Restore data, then select a restore source and the data types that you want to restore.
  5. Tap Restore data.
  6. After the content is restored, tap Finish.

Remember that any changes that you make to your data and settings after you create a backup, including any applications you download, get deleted during a restore procedure.

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