Thursday, July 5, 2012

Backup X10i phone with Gingerbread

In cases where the X10i needs to be fully cleared, such as a fresh reinstall or upgrade, user data needs to be backup. If you are using contacts, calendar from google services, then it can be easily recovered anytime.

Several Android apps are available for backup of the Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) and this includes;

  1. Titanium Backup * root
  2. MyBackup pro (RERWARE, LLC), with free limited 30 trial
  3. SMS Backup & Restore (RITESH SAHU)
What to backup? Well there is the;
  1. Contact numbers,
  2. SMS,
  3. APN settings,
  4. SDCard data, 
1. Contact numbers
Step 1: Start the dialer
On the X10i launch the phone dialer. Click LEFT button, choose Backup contacts, then Memory card.

This will prompt the name and location of the back up file, choose OO. E.g.
/sdcard/System/PIM/PIM000001.vcf

Step 2: Verify
Once the progress bar has completed saving all the address book, browse to the SDCard and copy the vcf file to your PC or USB disk.

2. SMS
Step 1: Install from Android Play Store the app, "SMS Backup & Restore"
This saves SMS in XML format. 
Launch the app, click on the "Tools" icon at the top. Select the Backup folder which is by default
/mnt/sdcard/SMSBackupRestore/

For advanced users, explorer the other options. For basic needs, I find that there isn't any need to change the other configurations.

Step 2: Do the backup.
Read and accept the screen prompts.
Click "Backup" and enter the backup file name. 
Click OK.

My 5,230 SMS was backup and verified in 45 seconds.

Click "Close"

Step 3: Donate
Oh...its optional and I have no idea who developed this app, but it does a pretty good basic backup of SMS. As for the Adds, its not too big to obstruct the buttons.

3. APN Settings
Step 1: Install from Android Play Store the app, "APN Backup & Restore"
This saves SMS in XML format. 

^^^Launch the app, click on the "Tools" icon at the top. Select the Backup folder which is by default
/mnt/sdcard/SMSBackupRestore/

For advanced users, explorer the other options. For basic needs, I find that there isn't any need to change the other configurations.

Step 2: Do the backup.
Click "Backup APNs" and enter the backup file name. E.g. default filename is apns-.xml

Click "Close".
It doesn't say where its backup to, but search for it in /mnt/sdcard/ApnBackupRestore/

4. Backup SD Card
Firstly, if you already have a PC backup software, you can perform Step 1, then continue with that backup software.

Step 1: Plug the X10i USB cable.
The PC should be installed with the Sony PC Companion software. This will launch the windows explorer.

Step 2: Copy files to your PC
Using Windows Explorer, drag all files from the SD Card to your PC.


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