Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 – How to Backup and Restore Your Data

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is one of Xiaomi’s most popular budget smartphones. With its large 5.5-inch display, long battery life, and capable processor, it offers excellent value for money. However, like all smartphones, it is important to regularly back up your Redmi Note 4 to prevent losing your precious photos, contacts, messages and other personal data if anything goes wrong or if you switch to a new device.

Fortunately, Xiaomi has made it easy to backup and restore your Redmi Note 4 in a few quick steps. In this comprehensive guide, I will walk you through the various methods to backup your phone, as well as how to restore from these backups.

Backing Up Your Redmi Note 4

There are a few different ways to backup your Redmi Note 4:

Using the Built-In Xiaomi Backup App

Xiaomi includes a very useful backup and restore app on MIUI. Here is how to use it:

  1. Open Settings and go to Additional Settings > Backup & Restore
  2. Tap on the Backup button
  3. Select the data you want to backup. The options include:
    • Contacts
    • Messages
    • Call logs
    • Apps
    • Photos, audio, videos and documents
    • System settings
  4. Tap Backup once you have selected all the data to include in your backup
  5. The backup will now run. Wait for it to complete.

The backup is saved locally on your device storage.

Pros: Simple to use, backs up a wide range of data
Cons: Stores backups locally so you could lose backups if phone is damaged/lost

Backing Up to Mi Cloud

You can also backup your Redmi Note 4 to Xiaomi’s own Mi Cloud online storage. Here is how:

  1. Go to Settings > Mi Account
  2. Tap on Mi Cloud and sign in with your Xiaomi account details
  3. Tap on Backup, select the data to backup and tap Backup
  4. The backup will now run and save data to Mi Cloud

Pros: Online backups won’t be lost if phone breaks
Cons: Limited to 5GB free storage

Using Google Drive Backup

If you use Google apps and services, you can backup your Redmi Note 4 to Google Drive:

  1. Go to Settings > Google > Backup
  2. Turn on Back up to Google Drive
  3. Select the data you want to backup
  4. Google Drive will regularly backup your selected data

Pros: 15GB free storage, integrates well if you use Google services
Cons: Doesn’t backup as many data types as Xiaomi backup

Restoring Your Data

If you get a new Xiaomi phone and want to restore your backups, or if you need to restore your data after a factory reset, here is how to restore from the various backup options:

Restore from Local Xiaomi Backup

  1. Open the Backup & Restore app
  2. Tap on Local backups
  3. Tap Restore next to the backup you want to restore
  4. Select the data to restore and tap Restore

Restore from Mi Cloud

  1. Go to Settings > Mi Account > Mi Cloud
  2. Tap Restore from backup
  3. Choose the backup to restore from and tap Restore

Restore from Google Drive

  1. Open the Google Drive app
  2. Tap on the backup data you want to restore
  3. Tap the Restore button

And that’s it! By following these simple steps you can backup your valuable photos, messages, contacts and other data on your Redmi Note 4, and restore it later if needed. Be sure to backup regularly to avoid losing anything important!

My Experience with Xiaomi Backup & Restore

As an avid Xiaomi user for over 3 years now, I rely on the backup and restore capabilities quite a bit whenever I upgrade to a new Xiaomi phone.

I used to mainly use the local Xiaomi backup app which worked fine, but I ran into issues once when my phone stopped working and I lost all those backups. Since then I make sure to also backup important data like contacts and photos to Mi Cloud for an extra layer of protection.

The great thing about Xiaomi’s backup options is that they are built right into the system settings, so backing up only takes a few taps. Restoring data is also very quick – I can set up a new Xiaomi phone with my accounts, apps and files in under 10 minutes thanks to the restore options.

I also back up photos and contacts to Google Drive, as it has more free storage than Mi Cloud. Between Google Drive and Mi Cloud I find I always have an up-to-date backup I can restore from if I need to.

So in summary, I highly recommend using both the built-in Xiaomi backup features and also backing up important files to the cloud. With a good backup routine, you can have total peace of mind that your data is safe if anything happens to your phone or you ever need to restore to a new device.