Data Backup

Data backup allows you to keep your data safe, move between accounts or send to us for analysis. Since TargetScan doesn't store the image of each scanned target, but only shots location the size of the backup file is relatively small (50-300kB).

TargetScan for iOS

TargetScan uses iCloud for persisting all your data. While this is convenient because you don't need to login to another service your data are linked to your Apple ID and are not directly accessible to you. This makes it difficult to transfer your data from one account to another or recover your data if something goes wrong.

You can create an additional copy which will be saved on iCloud Drive and can be used when you need to transfer or restore your data.

Creating a data back up

Simply go to TargetScan > Settings > Backups and tap 'Back Up Now'. TargetScan will extract all data and save into a single file, e.g. TS20150223-123558.bak When your device has iCloud enabled the file will be created in iCloud Drive (☁️), otherwise the App will save the copy locally on the device (📱).

Keeping your data safe outside iCloud

You can keep the backup file safe by:

Restoring a backup

In order to restore the content of a backup you simply need to select the backup and tap 'Restore'. TargetScan will merge the content of the backup. If you want to replace existing data with backup you may want to first delete existing folders.

Deleting backups

In order to delete an old backup file:

How to completely reset iCloud container keeping TargetScan data

If you think that the content on iCloud is corrupted and you would like to start again keeping existing data you can:

TargetScan for Android

Automatic Backup

TargetScan implements the standard Android backup service to save all your data. Android periodically pulls App data and saves to a private folder in Google Drive. When you change your device to a newer model Android automatically restores data during the first install of the App. This is available on Android Marshmallow (6.0) or newer.

Creating a data back up

You need to enable data backups in Android settings:

Android will create a backup every 24h when:

Managing App Backup

You can check when the latest backup was created by doing the following:

Restoring a backup

When you reinstall an app on your device, you can choose to restore app settings that you previously backed up with your Google account (via Android Backup Service). To restore app settings on your device:

Manual Backup

TargetScan also allows you to back up your data yourself by creating a single file on Google Drive.

Creating a data back up

You need to upload data on the old device:

Restoring a backup

You need to restore your data on the new device: