How to backup & restore SD memory card data on android mobile phone - 4 ways

Last updated on May 10, 2021

How to backup SD memory card/micro SD card for android phone to computer/Google drive?

2 Situations to Backup Data from an SD Card for Smartphone before formatting on Android:

1. Backup data from healthy memory card (when the sd card is still working properly) - 3 ways

You may use SD card backup software for Android or copy data from SD card to computer, or any cloud service to backup an SD memory card when the card still works normally before formatting or factory resetting android phone. [illustrated later]

2. Backup data from inaccessible SD memory card (card is damaged) - 1 way

You need to use SD card recovery software to do the job if you want to backup the SD because it is corrupted/reports errors/becomes inaccessible.

Method #1- Backup Mobile Phone SD Card Data to Computer (copy and paste)

The easiest way to backup data from an SD card of mobile phone to computer is to use a card adaptor or card reader.

Solution:

1. Connect
Connect the SD card to your computer via a card reader/USB cable, after which PC will recognize it as a removable device.

connect sd card to computer with card reader

 

2. Copy & paste
Open SD memory card on computer and copy all data you need to backup and then paste it to your computer’s disk.

copy sd card data and paste to computerCopy sd card data and paste to computer

Advantage – Easy to handle and100% free
Disadvantage – It is not able to backup applications installed on Android phone SD card.

Method #2 - Backup sd card data from phone to usb/hdd using OTG without computer

copy sd card data and paste to usbOTG to copy sd card data and paste to flash drive without computer

An OTG shall be applied in the solution for backup memory card data to external usb or flash drive without computer. You may buy one from your favorite stores since it is cost efficient for future use.

Video - how to move phone data to pendrive using OTG

Method #3 - SD Memory Card Backup Software for Android Phone

There is a lot of backup software for SD card online, with which you can backup any data including App data on SD memory card.

1. Backup SD card to Google Drive

Google Drive provides online service for SD card backup, so you can use it to backup SD card data for android mobile. We would recommend you backup everything on your phone to Google drive when you need to reset your phone or format your phone.

2. Backup SD card to cloud

There are many other online cloud services, which enable you to backup SD card photos/videos/data to cloud.

Advantage – Backup everything including applications efficiently

Disadvantage – Some backup tools are not free, or some need a paid service

Method #4 - Backup Data from Corrupted/Inaccessible SD Card for Mobile Phone

Can you backup data from a corrupted SD card for mobile phone? The following guide would show you how to move data from damaged memory card to anywhere else.

Solution:

When SD memory card says error messages and is not readable/accessible, you can use iCare Data Recovery Pro Free Edition to recover files from corrupted SD card. iCare Recovery Pro is able to recover 1GB data from any corrupted memory card for free of charge.

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