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    Backing Up and Restoring Content

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    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:
    • Call logs
    • Text messages
    • Calendar
    • Settings
    • 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 Type-C 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 mode on your device.
    3. Click 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 Type-C 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 mode on your device.
    3. Click Restore on the Xperia Companion main screen.
    4. Select a backup file from the backup records, then click 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 or a local data backup. You can do so 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, to an SD card, or to an external USB storage device that you have connected to your device using a USB host adapter:

    • Contacts
    • Conversations
    • Call log
    • Calendar
    • Email accounts
    • ‎Wi-Fi accounts
    • 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, be sure the storage device is connected to your device using a USB host adapter. If you are backing up to an SD card, ensure the SD card is mounted properly in your device. If you are backing up content to an online account, ensure you have signed in to your account.
    2. Find and tap Settings > System.
    3. Tap Xperia™ Backup & restore > Automatic backup.
    4. To enable the automatic backup function, tap the slider.
    5. Select where to save the backup files.
    6. If desired, select a backup frequency, when to back up, and the specific data to back up. Otherwise, the backup is completed according to the default settings.
    7. To save your settings, tap Back icon.

    To back up content manually

    1. If you are backing up to an SD card, make sure 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. Find and tap Settings > System > Xperia™ Backup & restore.
    3. Tap More.
    4. Tap Manual backup, then select a backup destination and the data that you want to back up.
    5. Tap BACK UP.
    6. After the data is backed up, tap Finish.

    To edit a backup file

    1. Find and tap Settings > System.
    2. Under Xperia™ Backup & restore, tap More.
    3. Tap Edit backup file, then select a backup source and the data types that you want to delete.
    4. Tap Delete data.
    5. Tap OK to confirm.
    6. After the data is deleted, 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 that the SD card is properly inserted into your device. If you are restoring content from Xperia Backup & Restore service, make sure you have signed in to your Google account.
    2. Find and tap Settings > System > Xperia™ Backup & restore.
    3. Tap Restore data, then select a restore source and the data that you want to restore.
    4. Tap Restore data.
    5. After the content is restored, tap Finish.

    Remember that any changes that you make to your data and settings after you create a backup—such as any new apps you install—get deleted during any subsequent restore procedure.

    Backing Up Data With the Google Backup & Restore Application

    Using the Google Backup & restore application, you can back up data to a Google server. You can also turn on the automatic restore function to restore application data and settings when you reinstall an application.

    With this application you can back up the following types of data:

    • Applications
    • Bookmarks
    • ‎Wi-Fi networks
    • Other settings

    To back up data to a Google account

    1. Find and tap Settings > System > Backup.
    2. Under Back up to Google Drive, tap Account and choose an account to back up your files to.

    To enable or disable automatic restore when you reinstall an application

    1. Find and tap Settings > System > Backup.
    2. Tap the Back up to Google Drive slider to enable or disable the automatic restore.

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