By Ivy twitter / Last Updated April 19, 2021


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Use Google Drive to Backup Android Phone

Like iCloud backup Apple devices, Google Drive has a backup service built-in every Android phone that can automatically backup data to Google Drive:

  • Contacts

  • Google Calendar events and settings

  • SMS text messages

  • Wi-Fi networks and passwords

  • Wallpapers

  • Gmail settings

  • Apps

  • Display settings

  • Language and input settings

  • Date and time

  • App settings and data

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, Motorola or other Android phones.

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

How to perform Android Google Drive Backup?

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

Step 1. Unlock your phone, click the Settings app and then tap System > 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".

Android Cloud Backup Google Drive

Now, the entire Google Drive backup Android process is finished and the Android cloud backup (including contacts, photos and videos, app data, settings, etc) will be stored to Google Drive. Whether you want to reset your phone or set a new Android phone 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 for 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 set up your Android phone.

Way 1: Restore Android phone from Google Backup entirely

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.

Way 2. Manually Restore Android Phone from Google Drive

There is another way to restore Android phone data from Google Drive, which is download backup from Google Drive on Android phone, here are the steps:

1. Install Google Drive app in your Android phone. Log in your Google Drive account.

2. Find the three bars icon at the Home tab, click Backups to find the Android phone backup, then choose the files and select Download, then it will downloaded on your Android phone.

Google Drive App Android Backups


  • You can’t restore a backup from a higher Android verion onto a phone running a lower Android version.

  • Your Google account storage space is shared accross Google Photos, Google Drive, and Gmail, if your Google Drive storage is full, please upgrade your Google account or delete files from Google account.

Frequently asked FAQs

Is it safe to backup Android phone 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 Google Drive backup is a reliable way to ensure your data and settings security on Android phone. More important, you can use it to restore any Android phone regardless of device marker. If you need a professional cloud backup solution for your computer, you can consider CBackup.