How to backup and restore your Android phone?

2018-10-29

How to backup and restore an Android phone using OPPO

 

If you're upgrading your OPPO smartphone, you don't have to start from scratch. When you know how to backup and restore Android settings, apps and your personal data, your new phone will be ready to go in no time. Having a backup can also be a lifesaver if your phone gets lost, stolen or damaged.

 

Learn how to backup Android and restore your saved files with this easy Android backup and restore guide. Applicable for all OPPO smartphones running ColorOS 2.1 and above.

 

Important: You may need to be connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile network to backup your Android device and restore data. You should also check that your battery has at least 50% remaining and don't turn off of restart your phone, as this can interrupt the Android backup and restore process.

 

 

Part 1: How to backup Android on OPPO

 

The best way to backup your Android phone depends on your personal preference and the type of data you want to copy.

 

Following are all the different ways to backup Android on OPPO phones running ColorOS 5.0 or greater. You can find out which ColorOS version you're using by going to Settings > About phone.

 

 

1. Backup Android to local storage

 

The easiest way to backup data on Android is to make a copy on the device itself. You can backup your personal data such as contacts and messages, system data and applications in local storage.

 

You should still make another backup in case your phone gets lost or stolen, but having a local backup can be useful if you ever need to restore lost data. Here's how:

 

  1. Go to either:


 

Settings > Additional Settings > Back up and reset > Local backup

 

or

 

Tools > Backup and restore


 

2. If you haven't already made a backup, the menu will display 'No backup records.' Select Create New Backup.

 

3. You'll be asked to select the data you want. You can choose to backup the whole Android phone or only your contacts, messages, call history, system data or app data. When you've made your selection, tap Start backup.

 

4. Your phone will now make a backup of Android. You can check the progress and details during the process. When it's complete, you can find the backup in the Backup and restore menu with the date and time it was created. You can copy or delete backups from here.

 

 

2. Backup Android phone to SD card

 

If you prefer to save your backup on a micro SD card instead of local storage, you can set your SD card as default storage in the Settings menu. Any backups you make will be saved there.



 

3. Backup Android to PC


 

It's recommended to have an external backup of your data in case something happens to your phone. You can backup an Android phone to a PC, laptop or other computer using the following steps:

 

1. Connect your phone to your computer via USB cable.

 

2. On your OPPO phone, go to USB Debugging > File Transfer

 

3. On your computer, go to Computer and find your phone in the list of devices under the OPPO model number.

 

4. Go to Internal storage and find the folder where your backup is stored.

 

5. Copy the backup file to your computer. This can be used to restore deleted Android data in the future if needed.

 

If your backup is saved to an SD card, this can also be copied to your computer by dragging the file.

 

 

4. Android cloud backup

 

You can also backup your contacts and SMS messages in your phone storage to the OPPO Cloud (O-Cloud). You will need an OPPO account and an active network connection. To do this:

 

1. Launch OPPO Cloud.

 

2. Register or sign in with your OPPO account.

 

3. Select the data you want to upload to the cloud. Currently, only contacts and SMS can be saved to your cloud drive. These can be accessed any time you need them in the future.

 

 

5. Backup files only

 

When you've backed up your personal data, system data and app data, you may also want to back up files on your phone, such as music and other audio, videos, photos and images and documents.

 

To backup data from Android, you can copy these files to a computer or other device. Here's how:

 

1. Connect your phone to your computer via USB cable.

 

2. On your OPPO phone, go to USB Debugging > File Transfer

 

3. On your computer, go to Computer and find your phone in the list of devices under the OPPO model number.

 

4. Go to Internal storage and find the folder or folders with the data you want to copy, e.g. Movies, Music, Pictures and DCIM for photos and screenshots stored on your phone.

 

5. Copy the folders or files to your computer.

 

 

6. Backup whole Android phone with Clone Phone

 

If you have another OPPO smartphone and you want to transfer data quickly from your old phone to your new one, or to make a backup, this can be done simply using Clone Phone.

 

This app is already installed on OPPO phones running ColorOS 3.0 or later. If you don't have Clone Phone on your device, download it here.

 

If you have an older phone running ColorOS 2.1 or earlier, you should use a different backup method.

 

Find out how to clone your phone with OPPO

 

 

7. Use an Android backup app

 

Another way to backup your Android device is to use a trusted third party app. These are available from the Google Play Store and have instructions that will guide you through the backup and restore process.

 

Important: Some apps may not be compatible with your OPPO system. Others may have safety and privacy issues that could put your data at risk. Only use third party apps from trusted sources.

 

 

Part 2: How to restore an Android phone from backup

 

Most of the time, you won't need to use your Android backup, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

 

If you do lose data, your phone gets lost or stolen, or you buy a new phone and want to transfer data from your old one, it's important to know how to restore Android system data and settings.

 

This depends on the type of backup method you use. This guide is applicable for OPPO smartphones running Android with ColorOS 3.2 or greater.

 

 

1. Restore Android from local backup

 

If you backed up Android to Local backup on your phone, here's how to restore the saved data:

 

1. Go to either:

 

Settings > Additional Settings > Back up and reset > Local backup

 

or

 

Tools > Backup and restore

 

2. Select the Android backup you made from the list. If you've made more than one backup, they will be sorted by date and time with the most recent at the top.

 

3. Select the data you want to restore. You can choose to restore everything or only to restore deleted Android apps, personal data such as contacts and messages, system data and other data you need.

 

4. Your data will now be restored. You can check the progress and details during the process.

 

5. When the restoration is complete, you should find what you're looking for on the device.

 

 

2. Restore Android from PC or SD card

 

If you copied your backup Android files to a computer, laptop, SD card or other external storage, this data should be copied back to your phone so it can be restored. Here's how:

 

1. Connect your phone to your computer via USB cable.

 

2. On your OPPO phone, go to USB Debugging > File Transfer

 

3. On your computer, go to Computer and find your phone in the list of devices under the OPPO model number.

 

4. Go to Internal storage and find the folder where your Android backup or lost files were originally saved.

 

5. If the backup is no longer there, copy the backup files from your computer to the device.

 

6. Disconnect your phone from the computer and follow the steps to restore Android from local backup. If you're restoring files such as music or photos, these can be accessed on your phone as soon as they're transferred.

 

 

3. Android cloud restore

 

If you backed up your contacts and SMS messages to the OPPO Cloud (O-Cloud), here's how to restore them:

 

1. Launch OPPO Cloud. You need to be connected to the internet.

 

2. Register or sign in with your OPPO account.

 

3. Select the data in cloud storage that you want to save to your device.

 

 

4. Restore data using an app

 

You can also restore an Android phone using a third party app, but this is not recommended as there may be issues with privacy and security or compatibility.

 

If you do want to use a third party app, only download apps from trusted sources such as the Google Play Store and follow the instructions.

 

 

Do I need to backup Android?

 

Whether you use your phone for business or personal use, your data is valuable to you and it can be frustrating or even damaging if it becomes lost.

 

When you backup your Android device on a regular basis, you can rest easier knowing you'll always have a recent capture that can be restored to minimise the damage. It's also recommended to have more than one backup in case one fails.

 

Want more tips and advice about how to use Android on your OPPO phone? See our frequently asked questions to find what you're looking for or get in touch today.