By Ivy / Last Updated September 14, 2020


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Android cloud backup service: Google Drive

Like iCloud backup Apple devices, Google Drive has a backup service built-in every Android phone that can automatically backup your device settings, app data, contact etc to cloud. By default, the service is enabled automatically after you set up your Android device.

This backup service can be used to restore any Android device, whether you are using Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo or other manufacturers.

Except for Google Drive, some device marker like Samsung still provides their own backup solutions. What’s a pity, it can only be restored to Samsung phone.

How to perform Android cloud backup with Google Drive?

To backup Android phone from Google account, use the following steps.

Step 1. Unlock your phone, click the “Settings” app and then tap on “System” and “Backup”.

Step 2. Click the button next to “Back up to Google Drive”. If the button is green, just ignore this step.

Step 3. Click “Account” if you have multiple Google account on this device and select the most common one as instead.

Step 4. Scroll down to “Active backups” section, you will see a list of backed up items or waiting to backup and can click on any item to fine-tune.

>> Tag “App data” and turn on the “Automatic restore” switch, then go back to backup window.

>>Tap on “Photos & Videos” to open the backup settings for Google Photos.

Step 5. Back to the top of the page, and click “Back up now”.

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Now, the entire backup process is finished and the backup will be stored to Google Drive. Whether you want to reinstall your phone or set a new device, you can choose to restore Android phone from Google Backup.

How to restore Android phone from Google Backup?

Here, I’ll take a new device as an example and show you how to restore Google Drive backup on Android. The steps are almost the same and the only difference between new device and old one is that you need to reinstall your phone.

Detailed steps to restore Android phone from Google backup:

Step 1. Start your phone to perform the initial configuration.

Step 2. Select the language in the welcome page and click “LET’S GO” button to move on.

Step 3. In the “Copy apps & data” page, tap on “Copy your data”.

Step 4. in the “Connect to Wi-Fi” page, click on your own network to connect.

Step 5. In the “Bring your data from...” page, select “A backup from the cloud”, then sign in with Google account and click “I agree”.

A Backup From The Cloud

Step 6. In the “Choose a backup to restore”, select an available backup.

Step 7. Select the items you want to restore and click “Restore”. If you don’t want to backup certain app, you can click “Apps” to uncheck it. Other preferences are the same.

Step 8. Follow the on-screen instructions and finish the remaining steps for initial setup.

Frequently asked FAQs

Is it safe to backup to Google Drive?

When you upload files from Android to Google Drive, they will be stored in secure data centers. By default, your files are private and only you can view, change and delete files on Google Drive. But if you share it to your friends or family, they will also have permission to view, comment or edit your files. Meanwhile, you can change the permission as needed.

How do I find Google Drive backup on Android?

To find Android backup on Google Drive, you can open Google Drive app, tap on menu icon at the upper left corner, then scroll down to “Backup” option and click on to see all backup devices. To see specific backups, you can click the backup device you are using or other devices, then all backups will be listed in the next window.

How long does Android backup expire?

In general, your Android backup will not expire if you use your device frequently. But if you don’t use your device for a long time, your backup will expire. At two weeks, you will see the expiration date under your backup. After 57 days, the deadline, your backup will expire completely and be automatically deleted from Google Drive.

Wrapping things up

Android cloud backup to Google Drive is a reliable way to ensure your data and settings security on phone. More important, you can use it to restore any Android phone regardless of device marker.