How to Backup and Restore Contacts, Messages and Apps from Android to Windows PC

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backup and restoreAs I try out new ROMs and patches on my HTC One X every other day, it’s very important for me to create a complete backup of my phone that  I can rely on. Well, that’s just my case, but it’s always recommended to create a periodic backup of your phone. You never know when your shiny gadget decides to go kaput leaving you hanging in the lurch.

There are many android apps available on Play Store that claim to take a backup of your phone on your internal SD Card.  There’s no harm in using these apps but what I feel is that a backup made on computer is always more reliable than the one made on the phone itself. Furthermore, storage space on mobile is meant to store music, videos and important files… why waste it on backups?

So today we will see how to create a complete backup of an Android phone to a Windows PC. We will use a freeware called Wondershare MobileGO. Basically, MobileGO is a complete manager of Android smartphones for computers. But we will be seeing its backup and restore feature in detail today.

Creating the Backup

Step 1: Download and install Wondershare MobileGO on your computer and the MobileGO communication application on your Android as well. Make sure you have enabled USB Debugging on your phone and that the phone drivers are installed on your computer.

Step 2: Having done all that, launch the MobileGO application on your computer and connect the phone to your computer via a USB cable. You can even connect using Wi-Fi, but it’s preferable to go for a wired connection. As data backup and restore requires a lot of data transfer between the computer and the device, USB connection will prove to be faster and effective.

connect the device

Step 3: After a successful connection, Wondershare will give you a brief overview of your phone’s storage. Below the information, you will find the backup and restore options. Click on the Backup button to start the wizard.

backup and restore buttons

Step 4: On the backup wizard, select the data you would like to backup (contacts, messages and apps). You can even do a selective backup. If you would like to change the location of your backup, browse for the folder and select it.

select backup

Step 5: When everything’s at place, click on the Backup button  to start the backup process. MobileGO will start the backup process and notify you when it’s done.

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backup prcess

You can now upgrade your phone or factory reset it without the tension of losing the data.

Let us now now see how to restore the data back to the phone.

Restoring the Backup

Step 1: When you want to restore the data, launch the MobileGO application on computer and connect your phone. On the app, click the Restore button to start the process.

Step 2: If you have made multiple backups using the app, all of them will be listed in the wizard. Select the one you would like to restore along with the data.

restore

Step 3: Finally click the Restore button to start the process.

restore process

Note: Wondershare works quickly when it creates a backup but at the time of restoring, it takes a considerable amount of time.

MobileGO only restores apps and their data, thus you might lose all the settings of the individual apps. However, the best part is that everything is done silently. You don’t even have to touch your phone in between the restore process. All the applications will be installed automatically.

Conclusion

There are many additional features of Wondershare MobileGO like quick app install, batch uninstall, import/export videos, music, photos, etc. So go ahead and try out the app. I am sure you will like it.

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  • gopzzz

    good job dude… been looking for an app for complete & reliable backup……

  • David

    Thanks for the great article Ashish.

    I downloaded the software, backed up my HTC Desire, tried a quick restore test of a few Apps I deleted (it worked perfectly), and am very pleased.

    Left a very favorable review on Cnet of the software.

    Keep talking about this software, it’s great.

  • Mike

    Very nice article. I have a question: does this software backup applications databases, like a diary content, or handbase databases?
    Thanks, Mike

  • OJCR

    This article has been of GREAT HELP.
    Thank you very much

  • yogesh

    Thank You So Much… :-)
    Works fine for my S3.
    Far Far better than Kies.

  • harmaan

    thank you :)

  • RD

    Work like a charm for my sony live with walkman…….Better than PC companion………

  • Rakshith Ramesh

    Thanks :) Really simple to backup and restore using this app! Its really wonderful :-)

  • Abdu

    MobileGo wants access to services that cost me money like making calls and sending SMS. WTF!! A backup program has no business asking for this access. I am not installing this software that could be malware. No wonder it’s free. It’s a trap.

    • dArK’s

      MobileGo not a just backup software, but also running phone… you can
      make call or send sms/mms, but you can disable this function if don’t
      like, only backup/restore your data… I using for many years and have
      no problem and very2 help me…this software totally safe, not malware… more, more and more better than another backup phone software…

  • satya

    really nice info.