How To Make A Backup On Xiaomi
The advertised way. Apparently, the developers themselves contributed a lot to this process. After reading several reviews on the topic of creating backups using applications, I realized that everyone is rewriting each other. One application is noted. Titanium Backup and nothing more.
As if all others don’t exist. Meanwhile, looking at the Play Market, you can find all sorts: Super Backup, G Cloud Backup or just Backup.
What is the difference? They all work, I can assure you. The setting is similar to the very first one on the list. Titanium Backup. You can transfer contacts, apps, SMS and more. Cloud storage space is offered for 2-3 GB. Not too much. Of the minuses, it should be noted that too many applications should not be backed up, due to the heavy load on the OS.
Plus, many applications have PRO versions, always paid. For the mentioned Titanium, it is proposed to pay 430 rubles. over, it is desirable to have root rights.
Sometimes it is ridiculous to read reviews, which give an “iron” argument to add logic to the use of applications. If, for some reason, you cannot make a backup using the methods described above, we suggest this one.
Why won’t it work? MIUI or Google, please!
At the end, I will add that applications can create a backup copy of the phone’s settings and programs, the choice is yours.
All working ways to make a backup on Xiaomi
The need to make a backup on a Xiaomi phone appears at the moment when you need to restore something. Let’s say you lost the required file, lost the settings or worse, the firmware glitched, and the smartphone lost most of its performance. So that it is not, as the saying goes, what we have. we do not store, if we lose. we cry, let’s worry about creating a backup copy in advance.
An option that works on its own. Once in the already familiar Restore and Reset option, we go down and find. Google Reservation. You will need to enable it. Further actions will take place automatically. Your contacts, SMS and other data will be transferred to the company’s cloud storage, which can be checked by logging into your account, for example, from a computer. For those who do not want to wait, it is possible to start the procedure immediately. To manually edit the backup creation time, you need to go:
- in the settings;
- accounts / sync;
- choose Google;
- start synchronizing those elements that are important to you;
- the process will start at the same moment.
Phone settings are now stored not only with you, but also on the network. You can do a factory reset (if necessary) without worrying about clearing the smartphone memory.
Via MIUI functions
The easiest and most affordable way. Surprisingly, some difficulties and questions arise here too. The fact is that Xiaomi changes software too often, sometimes acting too radically. This leads to the fact that many current reviews and instructions written on a particular topic, without having time to be published, immediately become outdated.
In the new actual assemblies, the MIUI proprietary shell has undergone some changes, we will proceed from the new realities. For review, MIUI Global 220.127.116.11 Stable firmware is taken. This is the most popular version at the moment.
We use OS tools. We go sequentially to
- Advanced settings;
- recovery and reset;
- local backup.
Enter the pattern (or another password you created earlier) and get into the Reservation option. At the bottom of the screen, you will be prompted to: create a backup, click.
The last thing to do before starting the operation is to specify the system settings to be saved and select applications. The created copy can be either complete or selective. After making the necessary corrections, click start.
A backup created in the described way, even in the most extensive version, will not contain some system information. This is not a tracing paper from your OS, for example, your IMEI and NVRAM will not be listed in it. Simply put, the backup you created will not completely restore the system in the form in which it was at the time of its creation. There are other tools for this, they will be discussed below.
But you can restore browser data, Wi-Fi settings, mail, security and other parameters stored in the created folder at the address: internal storage / backups at any minute.
We go there and instead of backing up, select restore by pointing to the file with the backup date. Be sure to make a choice, otherwise the phone will not understand what you want from it and the recovery will not start.
Not a bad way. To implement it, you need to download the Mi PC Suite program from the official website, preferably the latest current version. By doing this, you will save yourself in the future from unnecessary trouble in recognizing the device in the body of the utility.
After installing it on your computer, you will be able to make a backup on Xiaomi without any hassle. All the necessary drivers will be installed along with the program, when the device is connected, it will be immediately detected, we look for the magic word backup and create it.
Unlike the previous versions, the program creates a full backup of the firmware, with its help you can restore the performance of a blunt device. Simple movements of individual OS elements are also available, you can limit yourself to saving contacts and SMS, for example.
Reservation through recovery
By far one of the best methods. Suitable for all cases of possible damage, loss, accidental deletion of system and other files. Reserves the OS itself and is used to store a snapshot of the system in case it crashes.
Of the minuses: stock recovery is not endowed with such functions; custom versions such as TWRP and CWM will be installed. But it’s worth it. I advise TWRP as the most developed and tested. Get tons of useful features, the main ones being backup and restore.
To create a backup on Xiaomi using recovery:
- we go into TWRP, for this we hold down the volume plus and minus, together with the power button on the turned off phone;
- when the mi logo appears, release the power key, wait for the boot in the recovery menu;
- it is recommended to do the cleaning, press Wipe, then point to Cache, Dalvik Cache (check the boxes) and draw the blue arrow from left to right (swipe);
- then select backup and restore, go to backup;
- by default the sections for backup are selected: system, data. You can add at your discretion from the list.
- Select the location to save the backup, internal or external memory;
- Swipe right, the process has begun.
To return to the created backup, go to restore and select the saved version of the system.
Suitable for cases of complete death of the phone, when it is impossible to even turn on the smartphone. If you still have a working entrance to the recovery, then, if you have a backup copy, consider yourself lucky. You can easily restore what you have lost. For storage, I advise you to use a memory card as an independent external storage medium.
Backup using Mi Cloud
Another possible way to backup your Xiaomi phone. To implement it, go to:
- in the settings;
- accounts / MI account;
- Mi Cloud;
- We turn on synchronization and backup, there is much more free space in the Chinese cloud, 13 GB;
- it is necessary to indicate all objects for duplication, the list is below;
- We start the reservation, the desktop, settings and applications will be saved;
There is also the option to restore from MI Cloud. Important note: the data of installed applications will not be saved in the cloud. This means that, for example, the WhatsApp messenger will return to you without received media files. A reasonable solution, since the size of these files can be quite large.
As you can see, it is quite simply important to restore what was lost so that you have this opportunity. Make a backup using any of the proposed methods, and you will get rid of the need to constantly monitor the status of your phone.
How to make a backup copy of Xiaomi (Redmi) and transfer it to a computer
Despite the fact that all modern Xiaomi (Redmi) smartphones actively use Mi Cloud and Google Cloud to create backups, many users want to store and use local backups on their computer. This is convenient, because everything is under control and you do not need the Internet to restore the settings, applications and parameters of the Xiaomi phone after a factory reset or when buying a new smartphone.
However, it is not as easy to do as with the cloud. By the way, the site has an article on how to make a full backup to Mi and Google clouds.
There are 2 ways to make a local backup on Xiaomi with transfer to a computer: manual and using the Mi PC Suite application, I will describe both of them.
How to restore Xiaomi from a backup transferred from a computer
Suppose your phone is clean, in this case, connect it to your PC via USB, in the explorer, find the folder: MIUI. backup. AllBackup and copy the folder here from the computer that contains the previous local backup.
Now on the phone, open the settings, find the item “About phone”. Further “Redundancy and reset”. Click on the Local Backup menu. In the list, you should see the restore point that you just moved to the phone memory. Click on it. It remains only to click the “Start recovery” button and wait for the end of the operation.
How to make a Xiaomi backup and transfer it to a computer for storage and use
Enter the Xiaomi settings, find the “About phone” item. I’m showing screenshots of MIUI 11, pretty soon the phones will start receiving an update from MIUI 12 and, perhaps, the location of these menus will change, but the essence will remain the same and with the help of the built-in MIUI search you can find the necessary commands. Now find the line “Backup and reset”. We are interested in the Local Backup menu. A copy creation wizard window will appear, click on the “Create a backup copy” button. Next, the system will offer you options for saving, select what you want to keep for the future. The process has begun, wait for it to complete. Now you see a restore point in the list, where the date of its creation is indicated. This means that a local copy of the settings on Xiaomi has been created, now you need to transfer it to your computer. To do this, connect your smartphone to your computer via a USB cable and select the file transfer mode.
Open File Explorer, enter Xiaomi file system. Next, I will demonstrate the path where the local backup lies using the example of the phone explorer, but on the computer the path will not change.
At the root of the Xiaomi drive, find the “MIUI” folder. Inside there is a “backup” folder. Then there is one more folder “AllBackup”. You see a folder in the name of which the date of the copy creation is entered, transfer the entire folder to your computer. After you reset the phone, or connect a new one to the computer, copy the one stored on the PC to the same folder. Then enter the menu on Xiaomi, described above, and select this restore point to activate it and wait for the end of the operation.
Backup to computer using Mi PC Suite
In the past, Xiaomi has created and maintained a program to work with the Mi PC Suite phone, but it has not been updated for the last few years. The current version hasn’t received any updates since 2015.
I installed it on my computer, but neither my current smartphone Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, nor the previous Xiaomi Mi 5 could work with it in a pair. The application wrote about an error connecting to smartphones.
Therefore, I cannot recommend this method in 2020. Perhaps, if you are using an old phone released before 2015, it will work with this program, but all current phones do not support this function, and therefore it remains to use the first method described in the article for transferring a backup from Xiaomi to a computer.
Why is it needed
Backing up is a process unfamiliar to many people. Maybe there is no need to create a backup? For some, it really does not play any role, but later such users experience a lot of problems, losing files.
You always need to make a backup copy, since only with the help of it you can protect yourself from losing files. Perhaps someone does not understand how people are deprived of important information from the phone, so several scenarios should be highlighted:
- A person accidentally deletes a file, but at some point wants to return it.
- Viruses penetrate into the smartphone that deform information, after which it cannot be opened.
- The user reinstalls the operating system or performs a factory reset, but he does not want to lose applications and photos.
In order not to lose important information in this process, it must be backed up. Helps to do this backup.
The answer to this question will be given later.
The most common problem
The backup process is not always smooth. Errors sometimes occur. The most common case is that copying fails. If a similar problem occurs, then, with a high degree of probability, there is not enough space on the internal drive or cloud storage to create a backup.
The problem can be solved only after freeing up memory or choosing another method to create a backup.
Making a copy using standard means
It is not always necessary to download additional applications to make a full backup of data. Standard Android operating system tools and MIUI shells allow you to perform the operation without the help of third-party software. over, there is more than one way that can help a person.
What is backup
The name “backup” is often found on the Internet, but not everyone knows what it means.
Backup is a backup of information on a smartphone, which includes:
- Multimedia files.
- Call log and so on.
You can also create a backup using third-party software. And it doesn’t require a computer or any other device other than a Xiaomi smartphone. Next, consider the proven programs that you should contact.
How to create a backup on Xiaomi
Owners of Xiaomi smartphones are interested in the answers to many questions that the instructions for the gadget cannot give. For example, many people have no idea how to make a backup on Xiaomi, and what it is for. In this article, we will try to understand the topic and offer the easiest ways to create a backup.
The application is downloaded through Google Play, after which you can start creating a backup copy of the information.
- Open the program.
- Select files to copy.
- Specify the location where the backup will be saved.
- Confirm backup creation.
When the backup file appears in the device’s memory, it is recommended to upload it to the cloud storage so as not to lose.
Saving via MIUI
MIUI is a proprietary shell that is used on Xiaomi smartphones. The developers have provided for a function that allows you to create a backup at a certain moment.
To do it, the user will need a Mi-account. Every person who holds Xiaomi in their hands should have it. Creation occurs immediately after the first launch of the phone.
After the Xiaomi backup succeeds, the backup will be stored in the Mi Cloud. This is a cloud service from Xiaomi, where anyone can hide their files. The backup copy does not have to be placed there. These can be photos and videos that are not available through the physical memory of the smartphone.
Having dealt with the introductory part, we proceed to creating a backup:
- Open the phone settings.
- Choose “Mi Account”.
- Click on “Back up device”.
- Move the slider to the active position opposite the item “Mi cloud backup”.
To perform this operation, the smartphone must be connected to the Internet. Since the backup will be uploaded to the cloud storage. If the user wants to create a local copy in order to transfer it to a computer or store it in memory
Xiaomi, you need to do the following:
- Open device settings.
- Go to “Recovery and reset”.
- Select “Local Backup”.
- Specify the types of files to save and confirm the creation of the backup.
Also, the owner of the smartphone can set up automatic backup creation. To do this, in the “Restore and Reset” section, click on “Auto Backup”. This item sets the time when the smartphone will backup, and the type of files.
How to backup Xiaomi via computer
If for some reason it was not possible to create a backup copy using standard methods, it makes sense to consider alternative options. For example, using a computer.
The easiest way is to just transfer all files via USB cable. But in this case, the user will still lose contacts and account data. To prevent this from happening, you will need to use third-party software.
It is recommended to seek help from Mi PC Suite or Xender. But we will consider creating a copy through the first program, since it is official. The user will need:
- Download the utility to your computer using the Xiaomi website.
- Connect phone to PC via USB.
- Open the program.
- Click on “Backup” and then. “Backup now”.
- Wait for the end of the backup.
When all conditions are met, you can download the backup file to your computer. Here it will have to be stored until required. For example, in the case of a factory reset on the phone.
Through third party applications
In addition to the above methods, a backup can be done using third-party applications from the Play Market. Below we will consider some of them.
The application requires root rights to function.
This utility is very popular among smartphone users and has wide functionality, which includes both backing up applications and freezing or deleting them.
To make a backup using Titanium backup, download from Google Play, run and grant the necessary rights. After that, in the settings, specify the path to the folder with the backup. Then click on the sheet icon with a checkmark in the upper right corner and put a checkmark in front of those applications that you want to save. Wait for the save. Everything, backup is ready.
To restore applications in the program, select restore copy.
Titanium Backup has two versions, paid and free, in free limited functionality.
Using Google services
Backing up through Google services is the easiest option. Almost every smartphone has a Google account associated with it, which enables backup.
How to do it:
- Open “Settings”. “Restore and reset”.
- Opposite the line “Back up data” check the box.
- Now synchronization will take place automatically and all data will be restored as soon as you log into your account again.
On later versions of MIUI, you need to log into your Google account in the “Synchronization” section in the settings.
On a computer using Mi Pc Suite
The third backup method requires connection and allows you to create a full-fledged backup without root rights and third-party programs.
Mi Pc Suite is a manager program for the Windows system that allows you to manage the data of your smartphone or tablet based on MIUI.
- Connect the device to your computer using a USB cable.
- Download and install the program from xiaomi.ua.
- Run it, select “Backups”, in the same place click “Backup up now”.
- The backup process starts.
- At the end of the process, the program will notify you in a pop-up dialog box.
- After that, you can disconnect your phone from the computer.
G Cloud Backup
This application copies data to the cloud and recovers it from there. The feature of the program is the automatic activation of copying when you put the phone on charge and connect to wi-fi. this will help save battery and traffic. Copying can be enabled manually if desired.
In the free version of G Cloud, 1 GB of free space is available in the cloud, which is enough for backing up messages and photos. Cloud expansion costs from 2 and up, depending on volume.
To use the application you will need to create an account.
Xiaomi smartphone backup. create and restore
Another fairly popular program for copying data. She knows how to create backups of contacts, applications, calendars, calls, and then save them to your SD card or Google drive. App supports scheduled copy function.
You will need root rights to copy data.
The application interface is intuitive and needs no introduction. The program can transfer data from one smartphone to another. for this you need to install it on both phones. Useful when you purchase a new device and need to quickly transfer data without unnecessary troubles.
Making a copy in MIUI
Sooner or later, any user is faced with the need to recover data. The reason can be both a flashing of the smartphone and its loss. Few people know that you can create a backup copy in a smartphone, as a result, the necessary data simply disappears. Therefore, it is recommended to make a backup in advance in order to use it if necessary.
Let’s take a look at how to back up files using the standard MIUI system tools:
- Open the “Settings” menu.
- Select “Restore and reset”. “Local backup“.
- Check the boxes next to the items you want to save.
- Click “Create Backup”.
- Now you need to wait a little while the smartphone copies all the selected files.
- Backup completed.
In addition to the local method of saving data, there is also a cloud method using the Mi Cloud service. It is activated in the settings in the same way:
- Go to “Settings”, section “Accounts”. “Mi Account”.
- Click “Backup device”.
- Select “Mi cloud backup”.
Now all the files you have selected will also be saved to the cloud storage.
Where are the backups stored
The storage location of copies on a Xiaomi smartphone depends on the copy method:
- when backing up through the standard MIUI functions, the files are saved to the Miui / backup / AllBackup directory;
- if you made a copy through Google services, it will be saved on the server and restored automatically when you log into your account;
- in Mi PC Suite, the backup is stored in the mi_assistant_backup folder on your system drive. The folder location can be changed through the settings in the program;
- in third-party applications, you can select a location in the settings of the program itself.
Where to save
As we agreed, we will save files on an external hard drive (HDD or SSD) connected to the USB port (let it be the H: \ drive, as it was indicated in the system when connected). In paid versions, you can specify an unlimited number of locations where folder backups will be stored (local, network drives, FTP servers) and thus increase storage reliability.
Below, specify a template for naming backups, which can contain date and time variables so that archives are named according to the current date and time.
Where to store backup copies of files? Choosing a storage location
You need to decide whether to archive the source files in the standard ZIP format or just copy it “as is”. Even if you consider that photos or audio files are very poorly compressed, it is still recommended to enable the compression option in ZIP for the following reasons:
- Conveniently, the backup of all data is stored in one ZIP archive
- In paid versions, it is possible to specify a password for the archive and select an encryption method, thereby hide your working documents from prying eyes
- The types of poorly compressed formats (JPG, MP3, AVI, MOV, etc.) can be specified below, which lists the formats to which compression will not be applied. this will speed up the task
ZIP compression options and encryption
Types of backups
As it turned out, not everyone understands how to back up files and what it is. In essence, creating a backup is creating a duplicate of some data. information in order to restore files in case of their loss. In computer terminology, copies of files are distinguished, as well as disks (images).
A disk backup (system or Windows image) is a duplicate of the entire disk volume, that is, the logical partition on which Windows is installed. Most often, this can be the contents of each sector of the information carrier, packed into a single container file. It requires a significant amount of disk space to store it, comparable to the size of the data on the disk itself. Of course, if you have large storage volumes, then this is not a problem. However, storing multiple duplicates can be costly. In addition, creating a backup of an entire volume can take significantly longer than copying individual directories. The advantage can be attributed to the quick recovery of the entire system and installed programs, and the disadvantages. the inability to restore only selected directories.
A folder backup is a duplicate of a folder on disk created at a specific point in time. As a rule, the PC user is not interested in the safety of the Windows operating system, since it can be reinstalled without any problems. Much more important for a person are working documents, 1C accounting databases, personal photo and video materials, e-mail correspondence, settings for various programs, etc. In this case, much less disk space is required than when copying the entire volume.
Each of the backup methods has its own advantages and disadvantages. Most often, the creation of backup folders is used selectively, since it is an inexpensive, simple and fast way to protect the most important data from loss. Therefore, in this article, we will consider how to make a backup. namely, creating a backup of folders, and not the entire disk as a whole.
Method 1 Copy files manually (from one folder to another)
performed without using any programs or tools.
Pros: You don’t need to install anything. Just open two Windows windows (with the source and destination directory), select the necessary files and folders and drag them with the mouse from window to window.
- Frequent distraction from current affairs is required to copy work folders
- You can forget to back up important data in time (human factor)
- Difficult if the source data needs to be copied from several different folders
- Inconvenient to manage backups
The built-in scheduler allows you to flexibly specify 1 or several (even 100) schedules for starting a task, for example, every day at 12:00, and on Fridays at 18:00. In addition, we can specify the start of the task when the external drive is connected, so that the backup starts immediately when the drive is connected to the USB port. If you wish, you can skip specifying the schedule in order to independently start the task by clicking the button in the program.
Examples of schedule options:
- Every day at 08:00
- Every second day, every hour from 08:00 to 12:00
- Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri at 15:00, on Sat, Sun at 11:00
- On the 1st day of the month and the 15th at 17:00
4 Easy Ways to Back Up Files to PC or Laptop
There are 4 main ways to create backups. Let’s look at them, evaluate the pros and cons of these methods, including creating a disk image.
If the size of the original data is not too large, you can select the Full type to copy all the original data each time, then click Next. If the amount of data is more than 10 gigabytes and you need to back up not everything, but only new and changed files, and do it quickly, then it is recommended to specify the Incremental type.
At this stage, you need to select the folders and files that you want to copy. In this case, you can specify both local computer directories and network directories on an FTP server or an external device. For copying from Linux to Windows, usually FTP or SSH protocol is used. For each selected folder, you can specify masks, for example all (.) Or all except “
.pps “. This example specifies a local folder with working documents and photos.
Selecting folders to copy
Method 2 Copying using bat files
Files with the bat extension are executable in the Windows operating system, have a text format and can execute a sequence of commands, including copying from one folder to another. This method can be called semi-automatic, because bat is usually run manually and is quite inferior to automatic backup programs.
Pros: No software needed. It is enough to create bat files yourself and configure the Task Scheduler in the Windows Control Panel to launch bat at a specific time.
Cons: It takes some knowledge and time to create a bat, which are far inferior to specialized backup programs in terms of convenience, functionality and flexibility.
The Easiest Way to Back Up Android on Computer
Since you got an Android phone, information has been accumulating in its memory: photos from vacations, contacts and useful acquaintances, geotags in places visited, application settings, and so on. Most likely, the device has been entrusted with saved passwords or account numbers. There may even be something on which the business reputation or responsibility for work depends.
Owners of smartphones and tablets are offered cloud services, synchronization of user data and settings via the Internet, remote media storage (photo and video). But how many people use it? And won’t it be too late to restore an Android phone if the mobile gadget is broken, lost, or stolen??
It’s best to take care of your Android backup on your computer in advance so that you can restore your phone quickly and easily when you need it. And if you do not understand complex tools at all, do not want to install third-party applications, then make a simple copy of the data.
How to Save Android Phone Data on Windows Computer?
- Connect your phone to your computer via USB.
- Turn on the screen and unlock the device.
- If your smartphone is connected in “charge only” mode, then swipe down from the top of the display and tap on “USB Charge” to open more options.
- Select “File Transfer” from the menu that appears.
- On your computer, find your connected Android device in File Explorer.
- Click on the phone-shaped icon and go to its internal memory.
- Copy files and folders to your computer.
- If you want to keep only videos and photos, then you can find them in the “DCIM” folder.
- When finished, right click on the device name and click “Safely Remove” before disconnecting the smartphone and USB cable.
How to Backup Android Phone Data on Mac?
- Install Android File Transfer from Google to back up your Android device.
- Connect your phone with a cable to the USB port on your Mac.
- Unlock it and swipe down on the screen.
- Tap on the USB Charging notification to open additional settings.
- Click “File Transfer”.
- Your Mac will automatically respond with Android File Transfer. If not, then find this application in the list of programs and run.
- Open the Android phone memory in the application and download the necessary files and folders to your computer.
- Remove the device like a USB flash drive and disconnect the USB cable.
How to backup Android with contacts and settings on any computer?
- Install Helium Desktop on a Windows, Mac or Linux computer.
- This step for Windows may require installing Android drivers and rebooting.
- Install Helium App on Android Phone.
- Open Helium Desktop on your computer.
- Open Helium on Android and follow the onscreen instructions.
- Now you can save not only data available to the file system, but also settings, applications, images and various user information.
This is the simplest approach to keeping the data of a single Android device safe and safe in the event of an emergency. But how to keep several phones from failing if you entrusted them to your employees? And what if the office or enterprise contains an armada of tablets and other Android gadgets?
In this case, shift the maintenance of mobile equipment onto the shoulders of an IT outsourcing company, where they will offer proven backup solutions and save your business from emergencies.