How to Backup and Restore Android Phone/Tablet on Computer? (4 Ways)

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Summary: Looking for the way to back up and restore data on Android phone? You have come to the right place! Here you are offered several methods to backup and restore Android device with detailed steps along with pictures.

We all know that iOS devices have their own official managing tool, iTunes, to backup, restore and manage iPad, iPhone and iPod data on PC or Mac computer. But Android devices haven't such kind of assistant. If an Android user need to backup and restore Android phone or Android tablet's files on computer, in case the original ones are deleted, lost or formatted from the Android device, he has to search from the Internet to look for a third-party managing tool to help you do that.

In this article, we would like to show you an easy yet professional way to make a backup and restoring process for your Android phone and Android tablet effortlessly and also some optional methods to backup and restore Android data.

Part 1. Selectively Backup and Restore Android Devices on PC/Mac with Android Assistant

To easily backup and restore Android data, all that you need is the Coolmuster Android Assistant, which makes it easy to backup Android contacts, text messages, photos, videos, music, apps, books and more files to computer, and restore them from the computer back to Android phone or Android tablet within 1 click.

Apart from the transferring ability, Coolmuster Android Assistant also allows you to add, delete, backup and edit Android contacts on computer, and send text messages from PC or Mac computer to any phone number instead of typing the messages on a mobile phone any more. And more features of it can be found if you have a look over the program. Android Assistant works well on almost all Android devices, including Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, Sony and so on.

You can go through the tutorial as below to see how to use the Android Assistant to backup & restore Android device. Before that, we need to free download the tool by clicking on the following buttons.

Step 1. Run the program and connect your Android to the computer

First of all, install and launch the Android Assistant on your computer. Then, you can use a USB cable to connect your Android phone or Android tablet to the computer. To have your Android phone successfully recognized, please enable the USB debugging on your Android phone as prompted if it is the first time you connect your Android phone to the computer.

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Once the connection is successful, you can see its primary interface like the following picture, with the Android device detected by the Android Assistant. Now you can see your phone's basic information and start to manage Android data now.

What to do if Android device fails to connect via USB? >>

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Step 2. Start Backup Android files to computer selectively

You can see all your Android device's files are scanned out and classified on the interface, including photos, videos, music, apps and more. Just choose the file types you want to backup on your computer and click the button of "Export".

For example, click "Contacts" > hit "All Contacts" > choose desired contacts > click "Export" button > choose output format > selected data is transferred successfully and stored on computer.

Note: For exporting contacts, CSV, HTML, VCF, Outlook, BAK, XML formats are supported.

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Step 3. Restore Android data from the backup files on your computer

If you have backup your Android data on computer, you can recover them back to your Android device whenever you want. You just need to choose the file types you want to recover and click on the "Restore" button to recover them.

For example, click "Contacts" > "All Contacts" > "Import" > choose the input format > browse and choose file from computer > confirm it > selected data is imported successfully and restored on Android phone.

Note: For importing contacts, vCard (*.vcf), Outlook (*.outlook) and backup file (*.bak, *.json, *.xml) are supported.

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See Also: Backup and Restore Android Text Messages

Part 2. One Click to Backup & Restore Android Device with Android Assistant

The mentioned Coolmuster Android Assistant also offers a quick and effective way to backup and restore Android data with the 1-Click Backup & Restore feature, which enables you to back up and restore Android data by category. Thus you don't need to select the Android data you need one by one if you want them all on a certain category.

Now, please download and install the program if you have not, then start the quick way to backup and restore Android phone.

After having your Android phone recognized (see Step 1 on Part 1), please switch to "Super Toolkit" on the top of the program where you can see the 1-Click Backup & Restore features, called "Backup" and "Restore".

Back up Android device with one click:

- Click "Backup" button on Super Toolkit;
- Choose your device;
- Choose the file types you want to back up;
- Click "Browse" to specify the output location;
- Click "Back Up" button to start backing up.

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Restore Android device with one click:

- Click "Restore" button on Super Toolkit;
- Select your device;
- Choose the backup file you want to restore;
- Check "Clear data before restoring" if needed;
- Click "Restore" button to start restore process.

Here, please be noted that the restore process will not delete the existing data on your Android phone if you have not chosen the "Clear data before restoring" button before the restore process. So you don't need to worry about it.

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Part 3. How to Backup Android Phone with Google

In case of data lost, Google also offers the feature to automatically sync some Android files, such as contacts, calendars, documents. But you might find it hard to use Google to sync the other Android files, such as the photos, videos, music and more, which is kind of pity.

Anyway, you can do it on Android phone locally if you want to back up and restore Android data. Just go to "Settings" on your phone, and find a section called "Backup & reset". Here, you can turn on "Back up my data" if needed to back up your Android data, including the Wi-Fi passwords, preferences and app data. All of this will be tied with your Google account, when you reinstall an app or factory reset your Android phone, you can turn on the "Automatic restore" feature to restore the data to your phone automatically.

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Part 4. How to Backup Data from Broken Android Phone

What if your Android phone is broken/crashed/cracked/dead/black/irresponsible/water-damaged/etc., how do you backup and recover Android data? No worries, the professional recovery tool - Broken Android Data Extraction comes to help you recover contacts, SMS, message attachments, call logs, WhatsApp, WhatsApp attachments, photos, videos, audios, documents and more from broken Android.


  • For now, the Broken Android Data Extraction only supports some Samsung phones, but it will be compatible with more Android phones soon.

  • Supported Devices: Samsung Galaxy S6/S5/S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 5/Note 4/Note 3, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and more device models.

Now, please download the program and start to backup data from broken Android.

[User Guide] Steps to Back Up Data from Broken Android Phone or Tablet:

Step 1. Launch the Broken Android Data Extraction on your computer after downloading and installing, and connect your Android phone to computer via a USB cable. Thus the program will automatically recognize your device without enabling USB debugging on your device.

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Step 2. Now, please select "Broken Android Phone Data Extraction" tab and click the first "Start" button to recover data from Android phone. On the right panel, choose your device name and device model and click "Confirm" button to keep going.

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Step 3. Please put your Android phone into the Download Mode with the onscreen guide. Then click "Start" button to start automatically scanning your device for Android files.

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Step 4. After quick scanning, you will see all the recoverable file types on different categories. Just select the file types you want to backup, such as Contacts, Messages, Audio and more. and hit "Recover" button to store them on your computer immediately.

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The Bottom Line

Well, these methods are so easy, right? Especially the Android Assistant, it is really an efficient iTunes-like tool to help you transfer and manage Android data on PC or Mac computer. If you have any question about the software on installation, use, etc., please don't hesitate to let us know. We will try to help you as soon as possible.

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