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How do you back up a Sony Xperia Z1 Compact?

How do you back up a Sony Xperia Z1 Compact i.e. what's the equivalent of an iTunes back up?

Most Useful Answer spruceyb  Jul. 1, 2014 at 22:32

ADB Backup (google it, it's very simple if you know how to use basic command line)

Basically you need adb tools from the SDK, minimal set is available here
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2317790

Enable Debugging on your phone, go into Settings > About Phone
find Build Number and tap it 7 times. It will say you have enabled Developer Mode

Then enable Debug Bridge in Developer settings.

Open a command line in the folder contains "adb.exe" (Shift + Right Click to open CMD)
then type
'adb devices' where it will list a device something like '00234ab52efa45'
then type
'adb backup'
Unlock your phone screen and choose a password if you want to encrypt your back up. Then let it do it's thing.

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 1, 2014 at 18:43

there is no equivalent of an iTunes backup for Android without root.
But if I remember correctly, Sony's PC suite backed up 'my' Z1 quite thoroughly.

spruceyb  Jul. 1, 2014 at 22:32

ADB Backup (google it, it's very simple if you know how to use basic command line)

Basically you need adb tools from the SDK, minimal set is available here
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2317790

Enable Debugging on your phone, go into Settings > About Phone
find Build Number and tap it 7 times. It will say you have enabled Developer Mode

Then enable Debug Bridge in Developer settings.

Open a command line in the folder contains "adb.exe" (Shift + Right Click to open CMD)
then type
'adb devices' where it will list a device something like '00234ab52efa45'
then type
'adb backup'
Unlock your phone screen and choose a password if you want to encrypt your back up. Then let it do it's thing.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 1, 2014 at 22:52

sprucey,
Thanks. What does that backup contain?

spruceyb  Jul. 2, 2014 at 19:33

sprucey,
Thanks. What does that backup contain?


It's a backup of the system and app data.

If you use the following
adb backup -apk -shared -all

you get same as mentioned above plus Binaries (APK files) and the contents of the internal storage.

There' might be a few things it can't back up though without root but (some private data folders) but it'll get pretty much everything.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 2, 2014 at 19:45

Thanks. :)

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