Backup & restore: Nokia Lumia 521

Learn how to back up and restore apps, contacts, photos, and data on the Nokia Lumia 521.




Back up data


Set up live account and back up option

  1. From the Start screen, swipe left.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap email+accounts.
  4. Tap add an account.
  5. Tap Microsoft account.
  6. Enter your email address and password.
  7. Tap next.
  8. If desired, change the content sync setting.
  9. Tap sign in.


Back up data

  1. From the Start screen, swipe left.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Backup.
  4. Choose App list &settings, text messages, photos and turn on or confirm turned on.


Back up media & pictures


From phone using OneDrive

  1. From the Start screen, touch the screen and slide left.
  2. Scroll to and tap Photos.
  3. Tap the More (...) icon.
  4. Tap Settings.
  5. Scroll to the Auto upload heading and tap OneDrive.
  6. Select one of the following:
    • Good quality (may use data plan)
    • Best quality (needs Wi-Fi)


From computer - PC

  1. Connect USB cable to the phone, then to a computer.
  2. On the computer, click the Open device to view files using Windows Explorer folder or else navigate to and open the phone’s disk drive and navigate to the desired folder.
  3. Navigate to the desired files on your device.
  4. Drag and drop the files into the desired computer folder.
  5. When finished, safely disconnect the phone from the computer.


Restore data

After completing a master reset or replacing your device, you will be prompted during setup to restore from last date of use. Your device will then take a moment to restore settings, text, photos, contacts, and calendar items.