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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. :)

sdyu  Mar. 3 at 07:33

The android data transfer was a long question, i think it's very convenient to use a mobile phone file transfer and backup app to help. Try Coolmuster Android Assistant, just few simple steps to transfer everything from your phone to computer.

rerenn  Mar. 13 at 09:35

If you need to transfer or backup data from your phone to pc, some professional data backup programs are good choices for you. And this android transfer app allows you to save a lot of time to transfer or backup text messages, contacts, photos, and other media files like videos, music files.

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