How to use SeedVault Backup for Android

How to use SeedVault Backup for Android

Published at: 07/06/2022
Updated at: 11/17/2022

Setting up SeedVault Backup on Android

SeedVault is a backup application for the Android Open Source Project. It uses the same internal APIs as adb backup which is deprecated. The source code is freely available on Github, this makes it a very good alternative to Google Drive.

If you are looking for more alternatives, I advise you to try Nextcloud, it will require you to configure a server where to save backups.

Steps to follow

Here are the steps to setup and use SeedVault Backup.

1) Android Version

First of all, check that your Android version is compatible. You must have Android 9 or greater.

2) Backup settings

Check your phone settings and search for "backup". You probably already have SeedVault installed. I use CarbonROM 8.0 (Android 10) and I didn't need to install anything.

Note: Eventually, you can find some APKs for LineageOS on APKMirror. I did not test them.

You should find a voice like Change backup provider, similar to the screenshot below. Tap on it.

Search results for
Search results for "backup" on Android 10

3) Select backup provider

You should now be able to change your service provider to make backups. Tap on Seedvault Backup.

Options available to change backup provider on CarbonROM 8.0
Options available to change backup provider on CarbonROM 8.0

4) Save the 12-words security code

To use Seedvault you will be asked to save and insert a security code made of 12 random words. When you have it done, you will be able to start using the service.

The code is needed to crypt and decrypt your backups. If you lose the code, you might not be able to recover and restore your data from the backed up archives.

5) Adjust Seedvault settings

You can also configure some settings for your backup preferences, as in the following screenshot:

Setting up your preferences on Seedvault
Setting up your preferences on Seedvault

I recommend you to keep all the options enables: Backup my data, Automatic restore, App backup.

You can also choose a custom backup location, on your internal or external memory.


Good, now all is set up. Let me know in the comments below if this guide worked for you or not.

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  • 2022-11-10 08:55:34

    Author: eartahhj

    Hello Michal, this will backup your apps and apps data, photos and other media will not be backed up. That would also require a lot of space in your phone or on a cloud service. Let's say it is just a useful safety measure in case your phone breaks and you want to import your old apps (and their data) into a new Android phone, so not to lose them completely.

  • 2022-11-10 05:29:22

    Author: Michal

    Hello, recover everything? Or something must set again after reinstall?