The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc (known also as Anzu) is an interesting smartphone, with some high-end specs and performances, being released for the first time in April this year (UK). But, if you really want to take full advantages of its strengths, than you will have to make a few changes on its internal system. As you may know, each operation you decide to make with your phone might wipe the data out from it; so it is more than recommend to know how to backup the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc data, contacts, apps and everything else in order to avoid any unpleasant situations.
During this how to guide, I will teach you what tools to use and what steps to follow in order to safely complete the backup procedure. In this way, all the data (whether it is about apps, messages, contacts or calendar info) stored on your Xperia Arc will be in good hands. You should do this task each time you decide to change something on your phone. Also, this should be the first step to do before making more important operation with your Arc, such as unlocking its bootloader, or flashing a custom ROM on it (and I can only think at CyanogenMod).
As you can already tell the backup process in no longer an option for you; therefore, take a look below, follow the steps and that should be it. The procedure is easy to complete, so you should be done with it in just a couple of minutes. Anyway, if somehow something goes wrong, or if you are having difficulties in understanding my explanations, share the issues with us (in the comments are), so we can help you through.
Now, let’s take a look over the tools you will use. First, you need to know that it is recommended to save the info stocked on the Sony’s Xperia Arc card as well. Then, you must download a few apps from the Android Market. The software (Astro file manager and SMS backup by Jan Berkel) are free distributed, so it will not cost you anything. Also, you will use the Android cloud, which is a service that will make the backup process easier and quicker. It’s my favorite because it’s easy to use and to understand. In order to access it you will have to sync with Google; when you will want the data to be restored you will just have to sync once more and that’s it.
You can backup the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc data, contacts, apps and everything else by using a Windows or MAC running computer. You can choose the variant you like the most. That being said we can finally begin the proper guide. Pay attention and do as explained in the steps.
How to backup the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
Contacts and Calendar
In this section you can use the Android cloud. As explained before you need to sync with Google. For those who don’t know how, follow:
- Go to: Menu->Settings-> Accounts & sync; choose “Add account”; enter a valid Gmail address and then choose what you want to backup.
You can save whatever you like because Google Docs, Contacts, Gmail and Calendar are all available; the operating system will make a copy of your data and when you will want it back you will have to sync once more.
SMS / MMS messages and call logs
Here, you have to download the first app from the Market we will use. Get and install SMS Backup + by Jan Berkel. The software will use a separate label in Gmail/Google Calendar and allowing later restoration. You need to have IMAP enabled in Gmail and the correct time zone set.
Saving Market Apps
For saving the Market Apps you must download the Astro File Manager. Do as in the section from above->download the software from the Market and then follow:
- Open Astro.
- Press Menu.
- Tap on Tools.
- Select the Application Manager / Backup.
- Select the apps you want to save and click Backup.
- In order to restore them, install Astro again and follow the same steps. Then, click “Backed Up Apps” and choose what you want back on your Xperia Arc.
You can backup the data stored on your phone by using the cloud, the SD card, or the computer (Windows/MAC). For the cloud you must redo the steps explained on Contacts and Calendar.
- For the SD card and the PC/MAC just copy/paste (drag and drop) the stuffs you want to backup from the phone on the computer/MAC/SD card. When you want the data restored do exactly the same thing, but starting from the end (PC/SD card/ MAC->smartphone).
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