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How to use Google One to backup your Android phone

Backing up your Android phone is always smart – and backing up to the cloud makes it easy to reload your data even if your phone is lost, stolen or broken. And now you can back up some of that data to Google’s cloud storage service, Google One, even if you’re not on one of the company’s paid plans, which start at $ 1.99 for 100 GB of storage. If you have a personal Google account (not a G Suite account), you can get up to 15 GB of storage for backing up your mobile data (although that may vary slightly depending on what other services / accounts you have).

Back up data with Android

Of course, you don’t need Google One to back up your app data, call history, contacts, settings, or text messages. You could easily do that with your Android settings and your Google Drive storage. Just in case, here’s a reminder on how to do that.

Note: Because Android phones can be very different in how they handle different functions, the procedure you use to turn on the backup may differ depending on whether you have a Pixel phone, a Samsung Galaxy phone or use a phone from another manufacturer. This is the procedure if you are using a Pixel phone; yours may vary slightly.

  • Go to Setup> System> Backup
  • Enable ‘Backup to Google Drive’.
  • Just below the switch, you will see the account that your phone automatically backs up to. If you have multiple Google accounts and you have more free storage space in one of them, you may want to switch to that account.
  • Below that you can see how long it has been since the last backup. If you think it’s been too long, you can tap “Back up now” to start a backup manually.

You can backup your app data, call history and other information on your Google Drive.

You get unlimited backup for “full resolution” photos and videos (limited backup for original resolution).

Once you have backed up your app history, etc. via the Android backup to Google Drive feature, you are covered if you need to switch to a new phone or erase your current one. Once you log in, you will be asked to restore everything.

If you want Google to back up the photos and videos in your Photos app, you can also arrange this.

  • Search for and tap “ Google Photos, ” which is listed under “ Photos & Videos. ”
  • Enable ‘Backup and sync’.

This gives you unlimited backup for what Google calls “ full-resolution photos and videos. ” In other words, they are not in the original resolution, but are somewhat compressed. If you want to back up your photos in their original resolution, you can do that through the Google One storage plan, which is now available to Gmail users, even if they don’t subscribe to a paid plan.

Backup with Google One

If you use an Android phone, the free version of the Google One service backs up device data, multimedia messages and photos / videos in their original quality (as opposed to the compressed format backed up in Google Photos).

  • Install and open the Google One app.
  • You should see a page that says “Storage and more with Google One”. If the feature hasn’t rolled out to your phone yet, you’ll only see an offer to upgrade to paid storage. Try again in a day or two.
  • Tap the button that says ‘Set up data backup’.

Here you can decide what data you want to backup on Google One including device data, multimedia messages and photos / videos in their original quality.

After backing up your data through Google One, you can easily access it through the app.

  • Select the ‘Storage’ tab at the top of the app screen. You will be informed how much free storage you have left, how much you have used and for what purpose.
  • Scroll down to see when your last backup was. If you want to do another one right away, tap on “ Back up now ”.
  • To restore the data from your last backup, tap “Retrieve backup”.
  • Choose what data you want to recover.

Select the “Storage” tab and tap “Back up now”.

The “Restore Settings” screen gives you access to your backups.