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Google offers you convenient options to store and backup your data from your mobile devices. Additionally, Google presents Drive for users who would like to maintain a backup their files in the cloud. It is especially easy to backup photos, videos, data, apps and settings on Google, from your Android phone or tablet.

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Method1Backing Up Android Photos and Videos to Google Photos

  1. 1Download and install Google Photos. This app is available free of charge from the Google Play store.
  2. 2Open the Photos app on your Android device.
  3. 3Tap Menu. This is located at the top left-hand side of the screen.
  4. 4Select Settings. This will bring up options for uploading pictures and organizing them.
  5. 5Save pictures to Google Drive. Toggle the switch next to Google Drive. This will automatically save your device’s photos and videos to your Google Photos library.
  6. 6Check if your photos and videos have been backed up.
  • Open the Google Photos app.
  • Tap Photos. You will find this at the bottom.
  • Photos and videos that are not backed up will have an icon, which looks like a cloud, struck diagonally.

Method2Backing Up Android Data on Google Drive

  1. 1Setup your account on Google Drive. Drive is Google's cloud-based service, which gives you 15GB free storage to backup your photos, videos and other data. Before you can start backing up Android files on Google Drive, you need to create your account on the platform.
  2. 2Open the Google Drive app on your Android device. This app lets you easily upload files to Google’s cloud storage facility.
  3. 3Make sure to turn on your phone’s Wi-Fi or cellular connection.
  4. 4Tap the Plus icon at the corner. A new window will popup.
  5. 5Choose Upload.
  6. 6Tap the photos and videos that you wish to backup to Drive. This will select them for upload.
  7. 7Tap Done. This will automatically backup your chosen items to the cloud.
  8. 8View the uploaded files in My Drive.
  • Download and install the Drive app from the Google Play store.
  • Open Google Drive on your device.
  • Sign in with your Google email address and password to sign-in. You will then automatically get connected to Drive.

Method3Syncing Android Apps and Settings with Google

  1. 1Open Settings. This is the gear-shaped icon at the top of your screen. The Settings option allows you to easily sync your Android apps with Google.
  2. 2Go to Personal. This will allow you to manage and review your personal info, privacy settings and account history settings.
  3. 3Go to Accounts. This will let you manage and review your Google account preferences and individual Google services.
  4. 4Tap on Google. This will let you review and manage your entire list of Google apps.
  5. 5Select the account you wish to sync. This is applicable only if you maintain multiple accounts on Google.
  6. 6Go to Settings. This is the gear-shaped icon on the top of your screen. Using Settings options, you can sync Android settings with your Google account.
  7. 7Go to Personal. This will allow you to manage and review your personal info, privacy settings and account history settings.
  8. 8Go to Accounts. This will let you manage and review your Google account preferences and individual Google services.
  9. 9Select both “Backup my data” and “Automatic restore”. This will not only backup your Google Account, but will also restore all the data and settings on your device. The Auto Restore feature is especially beneficial if you end up losing data on your existing device, or if you wish to replace your device with a new one.
  10. 10Select the account you wish to sync. This is applicable only if you maintain multiple accounts on Google.
  11. 11Check all the boxes listed therein. This will ensure that all your data is synced.
  • This will let you view your list of synced Google apps and when they were last synced.
  • With auto-sync, your Google apps will automatically refresh the data on your Android device, also notifying you about updates.
  • You can choose to turn off auto-sync for individual Google apps.
  • Note that Android 5.0 and Android 6.0 offer more advanced backup features, including game saves, settings, app data and much more.

Method4Backing Up Data with Android Backup Service

  1. 1Go to Settings. This is the gear-shaped icon at the top of your screen. This offers you the ability to backup your apps with Android Backup service. This is especially useful if you need to replace your device or erase the data on your current one.
  2. 2Go to Personal. This will allow you to manage and review your personal info, privacy settings and account history settings.
  3. 3Choose “Backup & Reset”.
  4. 4Tap “Backup my data”. Toggle the switch on to enable automatic backup.
  5. 5Choose a backup account. This will automatically backup your device’s data. Needless to say, this is applicable only if you maintain multiple accounts.
  6. 6Sign-in to your chosen Google account. This will automatically backup your data.
  7. 7Restore your data. You can restore your data from the Google account you chose for back up.
  8. 8Restore app settings. When you reinstall apps on your new or formatted device, you can choose to restore their previously backed-up settings as well.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Go to Personal.
  • Tap “Backup account”.
  • Tap “Add account”.
  • Confirm your device’s PIN, pattern or password.
  • This service will backup Calendar settings, network and password settings, Gmail settings, display settings, language and input settings, Google apps and much more.
  • Add your Google account to your new or formatted device. This will automatically restore the data that was backed up via Android Backup Service.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Go to Personal > Backup & Reset.
  • Tap “Automatic restore”. This will enable the feature.
  • Note that you will not be able to restore data for apps which do not use Android Backup Service.


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