Coolmuster Android Assistant backup and restore utility - Review

Looking to keep your files on your Android smartphone safe and want a tool that can easily take care of this task? Read our review of Coolmuster Android Assistant and see if this is the software you were looking for.

We have definitely come a lot way ahead than the time when our Android smartphones used to store most of our data locally and there was not much concept of automatic restore and back on Android data. Slowly, however, Google started taking care of this problem by making use of their cloud storage service - Google Drive - to backup Android data online and restore that whenever we sign in with the same Google account on any other Android smartphone. This has made the backup & restore of Android contacts, app data, call history, device settings and Photos & Videos quite easy.

However, cloud backup still doesn't offer you the ability for a full Android backup and restore. It doesn't take a backup of your messages and the files backed up are not directly accessible. It would be much better if you could just restore your old or new phone to the last stable backup you had. If you are factory resetting your smartphone or buying a new phone, you should be able to restore everything including your messages, call logs and your apps without being required to be connected to the internet. This is what Coolmuster Android Assistant achieves to aim and we are going to see if it is the complete solution that you are looking for.

Coolmuster Installation

Coolmuster Android Assistant is available for both Windows and Mac computers. It can be downloaded from its Product page:

Coolmuster Android Assistant does a complete Android smartphone backup and for this, it needs to connect with the smartphone is USB debugging mode. If you don't know what that means, don't worry, as soon as you connect your smartphone with your computer Coolmuster Android Assistant helps you enable USB debugging by showing you the extract steps.
Steps to enable USB debugging
Once you have enabled USB Debugging mode, the PC software will detect your phone and will go ahead with the installation of the Coolmuster Android app on your smartphone. As soon as the installation of the app is complete on your smartphone, you can see the details of the device on your computer screen.
Coolmuster Android home screen connected

It also has the option of connecting your smartphone through Wifi if you computer and smartphone are connected to the same Wifi by using QR code scanning. However, for some reason it didn't work for us. Even after scanning it multiple times using the Coolmuster Android app multiple times, there was no active connection shown on the software.

Coolmuster Android Assistant features

While in the center you can see your smartphone details, on the left sidebar you can see the different things that you can back up from your Android smartphone. It takes some time for the count to initialize on each of the items in the sidebar and it is expected when your internal memory is as large as 32GB and the SD further of a few tens of GB.

Click on any of the items in the sidebar and it will show you the individual files for that. If you click on Camera it will show you the images in the camera folder of your smartphone and clicking on the Library will show you all your image folders like the Whatsapp folders, Screenshot as well as the Camera folder.

Similarly, you can open Contacts and see the individual contact detail. You can even add or delete new contacts right from your computer. The tool allows you to export your contacts in multiple formats like CSV, VCF, Outlook and more. VCF format is supported by all major handsets as the default format for contacts import and CSV format will allow you to view the contact details in your computer spreadsheet software.
Export contacts

In the same way, you can Import/Export any photo, video, book, contact, call logs or apps to and from your computer and Android smartphone.

Full backup using Coolmuster Android Assistant

Android full backup using Coolmuster Android Assistant is basically using all the options of backup we had in the UI left sidebar and creating one folder of that. You can use this to keep a backup of all your phone data on your smartphone for safekeeping. You don't have to select any format of the contacts, just select whatever you want to backup (for example you can exclude apps back up to save space), give a location where the files will be stored and click on the Back-Up button.
Complete data back up

The backup time will depend on the number of files you have to be backed up. For instance, in my case, the most time was taken by the Music folder which is expected considering that the average file size is 3MB.

Other highlights and uses

  1. Media Manager - You can easily see the audio and video files present on your smartphone and add/remove them to update your playlist and keep your phone memory clean. I tried taking a backup of my music and videos which worked completely fine, but while trying to delete a Whatsapp video, I got some error and video failed to delete.
    Video delete failure
  2. Contacts Manager - It is easy to see the list of contacts present in your phone and weed our the duplicates that have gathered with years of switching from one smartphone to another. It becomes quite easy to merge information about the same person present in different contact entries.
  3. SMS Manager - I found it quite convenient to see the useless messages and delete them compared to when I am doing the same activity from my smartphone screen.

Wrap up

Coolmuster Android Assistant is a nifty tool to manage your Android data and recover deleted or lost contacts. Not just for Android backup and restore, but also as an Android smartphone management software, it performs great. It is light-weight, simple to use and does exactly what it advertises.

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