Files with sbf extension are mainly used for backups created with the Sony Ericsson Backup and Restore program for Xperia smart phones. These files store backup of phone settings, MMS and SMS messages, phone book, call logs and applications.

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the SBF file extension!

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SBF file extension - Google Android mobile phone backup file

What is sbf file? How to open sbf files?

File type specification:

Mobile phones related file type icon Mobile phones related file type

Backup file type icon Backup file type

sbf file icon: sbf filetype icon

File extension sbf is associated with Sony Ericsson Backup and Restore application for Google Android. File contains backup of mobile phone settings, MMS and SMS messages, phone book, call logs and applications.

SBF backup files are stored only on SD memory card in \data\backup\ directory. The content of SBF file is in binary file format and can be opened only in the Backup and Restore.

The Backup and Restore application doesn't have to be installed in every Google Android mobile phone. The Backup and Restore application is pre-installed in the Sony Xperia phones released for year 2010 with installed Google Android version 2.1 Eclair (Xperia X10i, Xperia X10a, Xperia X10 Mini, Xperia X10 Mini Pro, Xperia X8).

In Xperia phones for year 2011 and Xperia X10i or X10a with official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is not Backup and Restore pre-installed, however on Sony Ericsson website is it still available for download.

The SBF file format (Single Binary File) is also used by the Motorola phones Droid 2, Droid Pro and Droid X. Motorola SBF file contains factory data (factory firmware image) used to restore phone to default factory settings. SBF files for Motorola phones are being modified by fans to customize and root their phones. The *.sbf files for Motorola phones can be installed via Motorola RSD Lite application.

Updated: December 6, 2023

The default software associated to open sbf file:

Backup and Restore icon

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB logoBackup and Restore  Google Android software

Company or developer:
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB

Backup and Restore is backup utility for Google Android operating system distributed with Sony Ericsson Xperia smart phones. Backup and Restore is able to backup applications, PlayNow service, bookmarks, call logs, contacts (only that are stored in the phone, not synchronized contacts), SMS messages, MMS messages and system settings.

Google Android icon

Google Inc. logoGoogle Android  Google Android software

Company or developer:
Google Inc.

A popular operating system for smart phones and tablet computers developed by the Google. Android is based on the Linux kernel. Basic Android's applications are closely related to Google account and services such as Gmail, Calendar, Maps, YouTube, etc.

Applications for Android are written in Java source code but finally compiled for Android Dalvik virtual machine. In Android 4.4 and later is used new runtime environment called Android Runtime (ART) with JIT compiler.

New applications for Android are available on the Google Play a one of the basic applications in clean Android installation.

Google Android operating system versions:

  • Android 9 Pie
  • Android 8 O (Oreo)
  • Android 7 Nougat
  • Android 6 Marshmallow
  • Android 5 Lollipop
  • 4.4.x KitKat
  • 4.3.x Jellybean
  • 4.2.x Jellybean
  • 4.1.x Jellybean
  • 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 3.x.x Honeycomb
  • 2.3.x Gingerbread
  • 2.2 Froyo
  • 2.1 Eclair
  • 1.6 Donut
  • 1.5 Cupcake

Help how to open:

Use Sony Ericsson Backup and Restore utility to open and restore the phone backup.

The .sbf files have to be stored on phone SD card in /data/backup/ folder.

How to convert:

There is no way how to convert *.sbf files to other formats.

File identification strings:

HEX code: 53 42 F7 40 01 00 04 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 A5 00
ASCII code: SBĂ·@

List of software applications associated to the .sbf file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open sbf file, edit sbf file, convert sbf file, view sbf file, play sbf file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting sbf files.

Software that open sbf file - Google Android mobile phone backup file

Programs supporting the exension sbf on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open sbf file action.

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