How to Backup Galaxy S3 Apps, Contacts, Messages and Pictures to PC ?

One of the easiest and zero-cost ways to perform a backup for your Galaxy S3 is none other than using Samsung’s own software, Samsung Kies.

Plus, with Kies, you can easily restore the data from backup file with less hassle.

In this post, you’ll see how to copy your pictures, music files, contacts, messages and settings  over to the PC safely with just a few simple clicks on Kies.

  1. Connect your phone to the PC using USB cable and launch Samsung Kies.
  2. On Samsung Kies, click the Back up/Restore tab.
  3. On the Back up page, tick the Select all items checkbox. And take note of the Backup path, this is the folder where the generated backup file is stored. To change the default path, go to Tools > Preferences > Folder location.
    Backup Screen
  4. Click the Back up button to start the backup process. DO NOT disconnect your phone from PC.
    Backup in Progress
  5. When the backup finishes, click the Complete button.
    Backup Completed
  6. Depending on the items you have selected, the generated .sbu backup file can be huge.

Restore Backup data to your Galaxy S3

  1. Connect your phone to the PC using USB cable and launch Samsung Kies.
  2. On Samsung Kies, click the Back up/Restore tab.
  3. On Back up page, click the Restore button.
  4. Now, you will see a message telling you that the apps affected by the restoration will be forced to shut down temporarily. Click Continue.
    Application Close Message
  5. Select the data file you want to restore and click Next.
    Select Backup File
  6. Here, you can select the items you wish to restore, and click Next.  For this tutorial, I’ve only selected few items from the Personal information section.
    Select items to Restore
  7. The restoration begins. DO NOT disconnect your phone. And the phone will reboot after the process has been completed.
    Restoration in Progress
  8. Once finished, click the Complete button.
    Restoration Completed

 
(Find a list of tips and tricks for Samsung Galaxy S3 and Android here.)

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One Response to How to Backup Galaxy S3 Apps, Contacts, Messages and Pictures to PC ?

  1. Hugo says:

    I do not know what is going on with my backupping, but it is on Preparation mode for many many hours… And still no backup at all… Don’t know what to do.