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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 the Backup & Restore application, you can make a quick online backup of basic settings and data with your Google™ account. You can also use this application to back up data locally, for example, to the SD card in your device or to an external USB storage device.

    Note

    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. These backup applications let you back up the following types of data:
    • Contacts and call logs
    • Messages
    • Calendar
    • Settings
    • 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 Restore and follow the on-screen instructions to restore data to your device.

    Backing up data with the Backup & Restore application

    Note

    Depending on the version of the Backup & Restore application that’s installed on your device, you may not be able to back up and restore data between different Android versions, for example, when updating from Android version 4.3 to version 4.4. However, if you are running version 2.0 (or later) of the Backup & Restore application, you can restore your data between such updates. You can check the version of the Backup & Restore application under Settings > Apps > All > Backup & restore.

    Using the Backup & Restore application, you can back up data manually or turn on the automatic backup function to save data periodically.

    The 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 SD card in your device:

    • Bookmarks
    • Call logs
    • Contacts
    • Conversations
    • Calendar data

    To set up the automatic backup function

    1. If you are backing up to an SD card, make sure that the SD card is properly inserted into your device.
    2. From your Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal.
    3. Find and tap Backup & Restore.
    4. To enable the automatic backup function, drag the slider to the right.
    5. To select a backup frequency, tap Icn sony backup restore backup frequency, then select the desired backup frequency.
    6. To select where to save backup files, tap Icn sony key and back > Icn sony backup restore backup destination data.
    7. To select the types of data to back up, mark the relevant checkboxes.
    8. To save your settings, tap Icn sony key and back.

    To back up content manually

    1. If you are backing up to an SD card, make sure the SD card is properly inserted in your device.
    2. From your Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal.
    3. Find and tap Backup & Restore.
    4. Tap Manual backup, then select a backup destination and the data types that you want to back up.
    5. Tap Continue.
    6. After the data is backed up, tap Finish.

    To restore backed up content

    1. If you are restoring content from an SD card, make sure the SD card is properly inserted in your device.
    2. From your Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal.
    3. Find and tap Backup & Restore.
    4. Tap Restore data now, then select a restore source and the data types that you want to restore.
    5. Tap Continue.
    6. After the content is restored, tap Finish.

    Note

    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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