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How to backup your data on Android device using Google Backup & Restore

Google Backup & Restore

For starters, Google has you covered when it comes to most of the important contact and email information. All your app data (like game saves) calendar, Browser, Contacts, Gmail, Photos, Music, People details, and even more detailed things like Wi-Fi passwords and other device settings. All of this can be synced to Google’s servers with two or three taps in your device settings, and restored when you get a new device.

Head to Settings > Accounts (tap Google) > Select Google account > check everything you want to sync. Make sure under settings > Backup & reset this is all enabled as well.

This is one of the most powerful tools for the important stuff, but we’ll go over SMS, photos, and more below.

Backup & reset will save almost everything. A new restore function arrived with Android 5.0, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow made it even better and backs up everything. Like game saves, settings, app data and more. It’s a full solution here in 2016.

But you’ll need to be on Android 5 or 6.0 Marshmallow.

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As you can see above Google does a pretty excellent job backing up almost everything that is important.

Once you sign into your Google account on the new smartphone or tablet you’ll instantly have all your contacts, browser bookmarks, movies, music, and even photos if you select that option. Saving and backing up photos is another huge area of concern, so that’s our next topic.

The second aspect of Google’s built-in backup tool is for Wi-Fi passwords and other device settings. For this you’ll want to head to Settings > Backup & reset > and check Back up my data, and automatic restore. This will ensure all those deeper settings and passwords will be saved for you, safely on Google’s servers, and instantly returned to your new device. This is shown above, and again below for those on versions older than Android 6.0. It looks similar, and has the same options overall.

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And for Photo Backup you can read this article Auto Backup Photos on Android Smartphone.

How to Auto Backup Photos on Android Smartphone

There are many options available for Android users, and we’ll mention a few, but the biggest one is Google’s own option. The Google plus mobile app automatically backs up your photos through a feature called Google plus Auto Backup, or Instant Upload, if enabled.

This feature is available in Google plus Android smartphone apps. It saves a copy of your photos privately on Google’s cloud services, available only to you, whenever you want to access them.

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These photos are all saved privately, and no one but you has access. Secondly, most Android users have a Google plus account for using YouTube or leaving comments on the Play Store, so no setup or signup is required.

Google plus Auto Backup for Photos & Video

Most smartphones already come with Google plus preinstalled (Google’s social network) so all you need to do is sign in and head to settings. Start by finding the red Google plus icon in your app tray, and opening Google plus. From here you’ll tap menu and settings, or the 3-dot settings button and right up top you’ll see Auto Backup, select that.

Enable Auto Backup for the Gmail account you’d like to use by simply switching the feature on with the blue on/off switch at the top, and then scroll down to “Backup settings” which is important for smartphone users. Here you can select whether it backs up all photos, as you take them, even while on mobile data. For those on a shared family plan or small data plans with a carrier, you’ll only want to backup photos and video over Wi-Fi. Google defaults to only backup when a Wi-Fi connection is available, as that’s usually faster, and you won’t incur data charges from your mobile carrier. It’s also a good idea to leave the roaming option unchecked, and for those concerned about battery life you can opt to only backup while you’re phone is charging to preserve battery life.

That’s it, you’re done! Now head back to the main Google plus launch page and swipe to the left screen and tap photos, which will take you to a gallery of your camera roll, as well as a highlight of all backed up photos. It may take a while, especially if you’re like my mother with 8,000 photos, so give it some time.

You can access these from any smartphone or tablet with the Google+ app, as well as on the web with any browser by heading into Google+ from the menu bar at the top of any Google page inside Chrome, Firefox, and more.

Alternatively you can delete, share, or download these photos whenever you’d like, so it’s quite nice. Then of course users can opt for a very similar service using Dropbox, but they only give users 5GB of free storage vs 1,000 from Google. Box.net offers photo backup, Amazon Cloud services, Microsoft Skydrive and even Flickr offer similar options. All which can be enabled with nearly the same steps in settings, and enable photo backup.

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For those on Android, Google plus Auto Backup is the easiest, simplest, and fastest solution without lifting a finger. Not to mention it comes at no cost to you, the user.