How to back up and restore your documents manually

You can create manual backups of your Genius Scan documents and settings.

This is most useful when you want to

  • set up a new Android device and restore your existing documents
  • transfer your documents from the free version of Genius Scan to the paid version of the app (although the most practical way to get Genius Scan+ is to upgrade the free version with an in-app purchase)
  • keep a backup of your Genius Scan data so you can recover them if your device breaks or gets stolen. Make sure to save the backup onto another device or in a cloud service.
Want Genius Scan to back up your scans automatically? Subscribe to Genius Cloud and your documents will be saved to your account and available on all your devices at all time.

How to create a backup

To create a backup, open the Genius Scan menu and select  Backup:

Select a folder where the backup file will be saved

If you want to save the backup file on a cloud storage service, install the corresponding application on your phone so the provider show up as a location in your file browser:

The backup can take several minutes or more, depending on the number of documents you have. Do not close the app during the backup operation.


After the backup is complete, a file named with today's date and a ".gs-bck" extension is created in the folder you selected. This is your backup. Transfer this file to your computer or to another device.

How to restore a backup


Similarly, open the Genius Scan settings and select  Restore a previous backup:


Select the backup file you want to restore:


The restore operation can take up to 10 minutes if you have a lot of documents. Do not close the app during the restore or your data could become corrupted.


When the Restore operation is completed, the app will restart and all your documents will be ready to use.

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