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How to Backup and Restore Sony Xperia Data

To perform a backup is to make your data safer. How is it necessary? One can never predicate which day is the day when he loses his valuable files. There are always some guy getting their phone stolen or broken and it might be you who are in this situation. Anyway, it is better backing up your Sony Xperia Phone so that you can easily restore the lost data one day in the future. We offer two applications Sony PC Companion and Mobile Transfer to make things easier for you. They are both outstanding software that can be used for communication between Sony handsets and computers. So, if you have an Xperia phone, say a Z2, do not hesitate to try them.

This article consists of two parts:
 


Part One: Backup and Restore Sony Xperia Data with Sony PC Companion


Sony PC Companion is a tool and application package provided by the Sony Company. With it, you can update device software, backup the phone, transfer content from an iPhone to an Xperia phone, and so on.

Back up Your Sony Phone

Step 1.Install Sony PC Companion and Plug your Sony Device to PC
Click the hyperlink above and have the program downloaded. After installment, open it by double-clicking. And then, connect your handset to the computer via a USB cable.

Step 2.Download the "Backup & Restore" Module
Find "Backup & Restore" and click to have it downloaded. You can see a progress bar. Next, press "Start" at the bottom.

Do a Backup of Sony Xperia and Restore it

You can then see this interface. The phone is on the left while the computer is on the right. Tap "Backup" to proceed to the next step.

Backup and Restore Sony Phones

Step 3.Select Sony File Types and Do a Backup
Tick the items that you want to save. There are in total eight kinds. And if you want to store other things, please check "Manual selection" and press "Next".

Backup and Retrieve Sony Devices

In the phrase of "Preparation", you can choose where the files will be stored after the program retrieves system information. When backup is done, you will be informed with this window.

Recover and Backup Sony Xperia Phones

Recover Xperia Files

Step 1.Click the Button "Restore"
Enter "Backup & Restore". Select the former backup file in the box at the bottom and press "Restore".

Save Sony Data and Recover them

Also, you need to tick the kinds of file that you want to get back. Let's take "Text messages" for example. Click "Next".

Step 2.Waiting for the Process to End
The software will remind you the memory left after you retrieve the information. Press "Next" to continue.

Restore Sony Content from a Backup

Now, your handset is being restored. When it is finished, you need to disconnect the USB cable and restart the device to apply all data.

Recover Backed-up Sony Files

Part Two: Backup Sony Xperia Phones and Retrieve Lost Files with Mobile Transfer


Mobile Transfer is a multi-functional application which allows you to transfer data between two phones or tablets, save the content in the device and undelete them.

Perform a Backup

Step 1.Install Mobile Transfer
Click the button to download this software and set it up. When you have launched Mobile Transfer, connect the the device to PC. 

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See the window below? Click “Back Up Your Phone” and you will come to the next step.

Back up Xperia Phone

Step 2.Select Kinds of Data and Save them on PC
Your handset will be placed on the left side, meaning it is the "Source" from which the data come. Check the corresponding box to choose types. (The numbers are shown behind the names.) Then, press "Start Copy". And before you know it, the process will be over.

Store Data on a Sony Handset

Recover Deleted Content

Step 1.Choose to Restore from "MobileTrans" Backup
On the home screen, you can place the arrow on the section "Restore From Backups". There are six options. Click the first one "MobileTrans".

Step 2.Select Backup Files
Your backup history will be listed as the following. Tick the most updated one. (You can tell by the time under the name.) And if your file is not here, press "Add backup file" to show more. Next, check the to-be-recovered items and click "Start Copy". Wait until it is done.

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Comparison between Sony PC Companion and Mobile Transfer: The former offers more choices—bookmarks, settings, folders and so on, but sometimes it gets "freezing"; the later allows you to work on apps and is more efficient. You can try both and then decide which one you like.