How to Backup Your Android Device to PC: 11 Steps - MakeSureHow
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this process will allow you to backup all of the data from your android phone placed into a backup file on your computer or PC.

Steps

  1. 1
    Install the latest version of the Android SDK Tools. If you already have Android Studio, open Android Studio and select “SDK Manager“. Check “Android SDK Platform-tools” and install the package.
  2. 2
    Launch SDK Manager, check the “Android SDK Platform-tools” option, then select “Install x packages…“.
  3. 3
    On your Android device, go to “Settings” > “About phone/tablet“.
  4. 4
    Tap “Build number” 7 times until it says “You are now a developer“.
  5. 5
    Under “Settings” > “Developer options“, set “USB debugging” to “On“.
  6. 6
    Connect your Android device to your computer using a USB cable.
  7. 7
    Open a command as an administrator or terminal prompt and navigate to where ADB is located. It is normally located under “C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Android\sdk\platform-tools\“
  8. 8
    You can type one of these commands depending the type of information you’d like to backup.
    • adb backup -all – System data, app data but not the apps themselves. By default saves device data to the platform-tools folder as backup.ab.
  9. 9
    adb backup -all -f C:\filenameichoose.ab – Same as above only you can set your own location for saving the backup file.
  10. 10
    Once you type a desired command and press Enter, the following screen should appear on your device.
  11. 11
    Provide a password for your backup. You will have to use this password if you have to perform a restore in the future. Tap Back up my data and the data should start transferring.

Tips

  • If a day shall come when you need to restore from the backup file, you can simply use the adb restore command. Example: adb restore C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Android\sdk\platform-tools\ , You will then be prompted on the device for your password.

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