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    Backing up and restoring content

    Xperia™ Z3 Compact support overview

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

    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 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:

    With the Google Backup & restore application, you can back up data to a Google server.

    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. Unlock the screen of your device and connect it to the computer using a USB cable.
    2. Open the Xperia™ Companion software on your computer if it is not automatically launched. After a few moments, the computer detects your device. Make sure to select Transfer files (MTP) mode on your device.
    3. Click on Backup on the Xperia™ Companion main screen.
    4. Follow the on-screen instructions to back up data from your device.

    If you do not have Xperia™ Companion installed, you are requested to install it when you connect your device to the computer.

    To restore your data using a computer

    1. Unlock the screen of your device and connect it to the computer using a USB cable.
    2. Open the Xperia™ Companion software on your computer if it is not automatically launched. After a few moments, the computer detects your device. Make sure to select Transfer files (MTP) mode on your device.
    3. Click on Restore on the Xperia™ Companion main screen.
    4. Select a backup file from the backup records, then click on Next and follow the on-screen instructions to restore data to your device.

    If you do not have Xperia™ Companion installed, you are requested to install it when you connect your device to the computer.

    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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