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How to Backup and Restore Xiaomi Mi A1

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When one talks about budget or mid range Android smartphones invariably one tends to gravitate towards a Chinese phenomenon called Xiaomi. Over the last few years, it has made a mockery of what one should expect in a smartphone that costs a third of an iPhone.

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is a pretty solid and well-rounded package. The capable innards are housed in a premium metallic chassis that looks great. In the daylight the dual cameras shine, and its portraits alone merit a much higher price. However, it is always a good habit to regular backup your mobile phone data. You can imagine the embarassing situation it would be if your Mi A1 is stolen, water-damaged, suddenly disabled or suffering from an MIUI update issue, and all your data was gone. Lucky for you, this article can offer you with three simple solutions.

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Display 5.5 inches LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
1080 x 1920 pixels
5.99 inches inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
1080 x 2160 pixels
5.5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
1080 x 1920 pixels
5.7 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
720 x 1440 pixels
5.15 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
1080 x 1920 pixels
OS Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) Android 7.1 (Nougat) Android 7.1 (Nougat) Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
Chipset Snapdragon 625 Snapdragon 835 Snapdragon 660 Snapdragon 450 Snapdragon 835
Storage 64 GB(microSD, up to 128 GB ), 4 GB RAM 128 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM 64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM 32 GB, 3 GB RAM or 16 GB, 2 GB RAM(microSD, up to 128 GB ) 64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM
Camera Dual (12 MP + 12MP) + 5 MP 12 MP + 5 MP Dual (12 MP + 12MP) + 16 MP Dual (20 MP + 12 MP) + 8 MP 12 MP + 5 MP
Battery 3080 mAh 3400 mAh 3500 mAh 3200 mAh 3300 mAh
Price About 220 EUR About 520 EUR About 410 EUR About 160 EUR About 360 EUR

1. Backup and Restore Xiaomi Mi A1 for Free

Step 1 : Download and install Syncios on computer

Frist, you need to install the free Xiaomi Manager program on your computer. Connect your Xiaomi Mi A1 to computer via USB cable. If it is your first time connecting the phone to your PC, the program would install USB drivers for the Xiaomi Mi A1 on your PC automatically, and don't forget to enable the USB debugging mode.

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Step 2 : Backup your Xiaomi Mi A1 to computer

Once your device is recognized by Syncios program, you can see a list on the left panel which contains: Apps, Contacts, SMS, Media(Audio + Video) and Photos.

Just choose the category you want to backup. For example, if you want to backup your music, then go to Music > Export, you can select the songs you like and backup them to PC. And you can click "Add" to import them back to your device one day you need.

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With this free mobile manager, you can preview and select data on your device to backup to computer, and restore the backup to your Xiaomi Mi A1 or other devices. However, it may take some time to backup your mobile contents one by one. So if you want to backup all your phone data, we offer a better option - Syncios Data Transfer to you.

2. Backup and Restore Xiaomi Mi A1 by One-Click

The One-Click Data Transfer tool works for both Android & iOS devices. Follow these quick steps to transfer your data safely and easily, including contacts, messages, call history, photos, videos, songs, bookmarks and so on.

Step 1 : Download Syncios Xiaomi Transfer Program

Download and install Syncios Mobile Transfer Program on your computer before doing the Xiaomi Mi A1 backup and restore job.

Enable the USB debugging mode, plug in your Xiaomi Mi A1 to computer and then run Syncios. (Any detection problem, please check here)

Click "Backup" button on the program interface to bakup your mobile contents to computer.

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Step 2 : Backup All Contents on Xiaomi Mi A1

On the Backup window, you are allowed to select items you would like to back up onto your computer.

You can change or choose the location of the backup data in lower right corner.

By default, all contents you can backup are ticked. You can also just tick your desired ones. Then, click "Next" button to backup your Xiaomi Mi A1 contents to computer.

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Step 3 : Restore from Backup Files to Device

Go to the homepage of Syncios, click Restore > Syncios Backup. All backups you have made with Syncios will be displayed on the left panel, just select your previous backup files from it, check data you would like to restore to your Xiaomi Mi A1 and click "Next".

This handy transfer tool also supports to recover iTunes backup and iCloud backup to your Xiaomi Mi A1 device.

Tips: If your switch to a new phone one day, even an iOS device, Syncios is also capable of restoring your Samsung backup files to it, or directly transferring your Samsung data to other iOS/Android devices. Learn more>>

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You can also learn from a video tutorial:

3. Backup and Restore Xiaomi Mi A1 By Cloud

The Xiaomi company also allows Xiaomi users to backup their mobile device data to Mi Cloud in case of any data loss. It can also be a convenient way to save your mobile contents.

Xiaomi Mi A1 Backup Assistant

Step 1 : Go to Settings > Mi Account. If you don't have a Mi account yet, you can register with your phone number.

Step 2 : Login to your Mi Account, under DATA & SYNC, you can backup your contacts, messages, gallery, call history, notes, music, calendar to Mi Cloud. You can find "Restore from backup" button under "BACK UP AND RESTORE".

Step 3 : You can also to Settings > Mi Account > Mi Cloud > Back up device > turn on Mi Cloud Backup. Now MIUI will create full backup of your data automatically and will upload it to Mi Cloud once your device is connected to a Wifi network.


+ Is this Syncios Mobile Manager a freeware?

Yes, you can backup the contents on your Samsung device for totally free via this Syncios Manager.

However, the Ultimate version offers more advanced features. And Ultimate version adds Data Transfer feature, that means you can enjoy the awesome features of both programs via this Syncios Ultimate. Compare Ultimate and free version >>

+If I have another phone, how could I know whether it is supported by Syncios?

Syncios Manager and Syncios Data Transfer support both Android and iOS devices. If you want to make sure whether your device is supported by Syncios, just check the supported device list.

+What to do if my devices are not detected by Syncios?

For iOS devices: Click here.

For Android devices: Click here. Android devices can also connect Syncios via WiFi.

+Why some options are not able to be selected?

Currently, due to cross-platform restriction, Apps, Notes, Calendar, E-books are not supported to transfer between iOS and Android devices. You can learn more from here.

+What are the differences between free version and paid version of Syncios Data Transfer?

The free version supports transferring/backing up/restoring five items of each category, paid version supports transferring all data.

And for more questions, please feel free to contact our support team via Email. We are glad to hear from you.


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