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Pic Scanner Gold – How to Back Up and Restore Your Scans

By default, Pic Scanner Gold saves your scans only on the device with which you scanned them. But you can easily transfer them from your iPhone to iPad or computer. It takes only a minute or two with the app’s new Back Up feature.

Backup function in Pic Scanner Gold app
To use Backup function in Pic Scanner Gold, tap Menu > Backup

When to use Back Up

You can use the Back Up feature for the following cases:

  1. When you buy a new iPhone or iPad, and want to transfer photos, albums and captions from Pic Scanner Gold on old device to new device
  2. To transfer photos, albums and captions from iPhone to iPad, or from iPad to iPhone
  3. To make a back up of your photos, albums and caption on your computer or in a cloud location e.g. Dropbox, Google Photos etc.

It’s easy and fast. This article explains how to do it.

When not to use Back Up

You cannot use this feature to transfer scans from Pic Scanner (our lite app) to Pic Scanner Gold on the same device. For this, use the Migrate function in Pic Scanner.

Also don’t use Back Up to export photos to Camera Roll, Facebook, email etc. The function for this is Export. Go to Gallery or an album > tap Select > choose the photos for export > Export > select from the export options shown. For an expanded list of export options, tap Show All.

Copy from one iOS device to another

To transfer assets from old iPhone to new, or from iPhone to iPad:

  1. Ensure that Pic Scanner Gold is installed on both devices, both devices are on the same WIFI network and Airplay is ‘on’ on both.
  2. Launch Pic Scanner on the source device > tap Menu > Back Up.
  3. Select Transfer All, Selected Photos or Selected Albums. Tapping Transfer All will compress all photos, albums and captions and display export options. Selected Photos or Selected Albums let you choose which photos or albums to transfer.
  4. On export options screen, the target device will appear under Airplay. This may take 3-4 seconds. Select the target device (the device to which you want to transfer the assets).
  5. If the target device asks you to accept incoming files, do so. Everything gets added to Pic Scanner on the target device (This won’t overwrite any existing photos.)

Copy from iOS device to Mac

To make a complete back up of all photos, albums and captions from Pic Scanner Gold on your iPhone or iPad to your Mac, first check whether or not your Mac support Airplay.

For Macs that support Airplay:

Ensure that the iOS device and the Mac are both connected to the same WIFI network and Airplay is enabled on both. Then follow Steps 2 and 3 listed above. Once export options are displayed, wait until the Mac appears in the list of Airplay devices. Select it. If the Mac asks you to accept the incoming file, accept it. The backup is saved as a zip file on the Mac.

For Macs that don’t support Airplay:

If you have an older Mac that doesn’t support Airplay, or if you aren’t able to use Airplay on your Mac for any reason, follow Steps 2 and 3 above. Then, from the export options, choose Files > Desktop. The backup will be saved as a zip file on the Mac.

Save the zip file backup in a safe location, such as iCloud, Dropbox or any other secure cloud service.

To view the photos on your Mac or share them, unzip the backup. The unzipped folder will contain a number of files and sub-folders. Click open Splitted_Images. This will contain all the photos from Gallery screen on Pic Scanner Gold.

How often should you back up files?

Whenever you scan photos, create or edit albums or captions – in other words, whenever your app data changes, you should consider making a fresh backup. Ideally, keep two or three recent backups – just in case. It’s fast, and once you’ve unlocked Back Up, you have unlimited use of this feature.

Restoring photos from backup to iPhone or iPad

If you lose or damage your iPhone or iPad, or delete Pic Scanner Gold from your iOS device, you can restore all app data using the last backup on your Mac. Here’s how:

  1. Locate the latest backup on your Mac, and change its file extension from .zip to .psmf. You may get an alert asking you to confirm the change – accept it.
  2. Ensure that the iOS device and the Mac are both on the same WIFI network and Airplay is enabled on both. Install Pic Scanner Gold on the iOS device.
  3. Send the .psmf file to iPhone or iPad via airdrop. If the iOS device asks whether to accept incoming files, accept. Pic Scanner Gold is automatically launched on the iOS device and the backup extracted into the app.

If anything is unclear or you get stuck somewhere, please email us via the app.

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