How to Backup My Google Account on Android and Computer

This article covers a step-by-step guide to backup my Google account on Android and computer. Scroll down to get detailed guides.


by Jonna Lasted Updated June 1, 2023

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Why Need to Backup Google Account?

Bad things occasionally happen to your Google account, which usually comes 15GB of free cloud storage on Google Drive and includes all data from Drive, Gmail, and Photos. For those who store important files on Google account, it is a nightmare that data is lost and never retrieved. This is what happened to a father - he used an Android phone to backup his son's photos to Google Drive, but one day he found that all data in Google Drive, including photos, contacts, text messages, etc., were gone.

There are other reasons to backup Google account like accidental data deletion/overwritten, malicious manipulation of third-party applications, carrying critical data when employees leaving, etc. Regardless of the reason, it's not a bad idea to regularly back up Google account. This tutorial covers solutions on how to backup my Google Account and protect Google Drive data further.

Backup My Google Account

Part 1. How to Backup Android Phone to Google Account

Before learning how to backup Google account, you’d better take a look at how to backup Android phone first. With the Google Drive app, you can backup contacts, photos & videos, App data, call history, and other files online for protection. You can go on with steps as follows:

Step 1. Run and log in to the Google Drive app on your Android phone, tap on the Menu button on the top left, and choose Backup.

Google Drive App Android Backups

Step 2. If your phone is not backed up, tap BACKUP SETTINGS. If you have backed up your device before, you can see all your backups here.

Google Drive Android Backup Settings

Step 3. Check the details of backing up your phone with Google One, then click Turn on.

Turn on

Step 4. Now, click on Backup Now. Then, you can check all your backup details when your Android Google Drive backup is finished.

Backup Now

Part 2. How to Backup Computer to Google Account

How do I backup everything to my Google account from my computer? Google Drive offers a desktop app and a web app that can help you backup any folder and file on PC easily. With its desktop program, you can also access Google Drive files locally and offline with a Google Drive disk (folder).

Here we take using the Google Drive app as an example to show you how to backup everything from computer to Google Drive:

Step 1. Download and install the Google Drive for desktop app on your computer. Then, log in with your Google account.

Step 2. Click on the cog icon on the top left corner, and choose Preferences.

Step 3. On the My Computer tab, tap on Add folder to select all folders you want to backup to your Google Drive.

Add Folder

Step 4. Then, choose Sync with Google Drive > Done to backup to my Google account.

Add Folder Sync with Google Drive

Tip: The Google Drive tab is used to select syncing options from cloud to PC. There are two options available - Stream files or Mirror files.

Part 3. How to Backup My Google Account

How can I backup my Google account to keep all data safe? The easiest way to backup Google account is to rely on Google Takeout, which is a free tool that allows you to export Google data for backup. Stepwise guides are listed as follows:

Step 1. Open your browser and go to the Google Takeout page.

Step 2. Tap on Deselect all on the top, then scroll the list to find the Google Account option that contains all data about registration and account activity. You can also tick other options like Google Photos and Drive to create a copy of your important data.

Google Takeout Google Account

Step 3. Slide to the bottom of the page and hit Next step.

Step 4. Open the drop-down menu of Transfer to, and select the option you want. Choose frequency, file type & file size as needed. Then, press Create export to backup your Google account easily.

Export Google Photos to Google Drive

It is worth mentioning that the time for Google Takeout to export data may take up to several days depending on the size of the data.

Bonus Tip: Best Way to Backup Google Drive Easily for Free

In fact, manually backing up Google files is a very inefficient thing to do, and it takes a long time for Google Takeout to export the data. Why not choose an easier backup method? CBackup free cloud backup service provides you with an efficient and simple method to backup Google Drive.

CBackup Main Page

This freeware offers you to backup Google Drive to Dropbox, OneDrive, FTP/SFTP, another Google Drive account, and so on. Its scheduled backup function lets you backup data daily, weekly, and monthly, and other frequencies. You can also use its File Filter to include or exclude files from backup with a certain extension.

Here is the full guide on how to backup your Google Drive using CBackup:

Step 1. Create an account for CBackup for free. Run the CBackup desktop app and log in.

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Step 2. Click Storage > Google Drive > Authorize Now to add your Google Drive account to CBackup. Then, tap + Add Cloud, and add another cloud to save your Google Drive backups.

Select Google Drive

Step 3. Select Backup > Backup Public Cloud to Public Cloud to create a cloud backup task.

Create Cloud Backup Task

Step 4. Choose Google Drive to back up under Source and specify the other added cloud drive as the backup destination under Destination. Finally, hit Start Backup to back up your Google Drive data.

Start Backup

Tip: To set up auto Google Drive backups, before you start the backup task, click Settings, choose a backup schedule, and click OK.

CBackup also comes with other powerful features:
Backup folders to Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, and other public clouds, and CBackup Cloud (with 10GB of free cloud space).
Support for combining cloud storage to expand cloud space free of charge
One-way sync PC files to public clouds

Final Words

After going through this post, it is a simple thing to backup my Google account. You can follow the guide to backup Android and Computer to Google Drive, as well as use Google Takeout to export Google-related data for backup.

In addition, an additional way to backup Google Drive to other clouds is provided.

Jonna · Editor
Jonna becomes a professional in the areas of cloud backup and restoration, data protection, etc. after years of learning and researching. She maintains a keen eye for the latest technology trends, ensuring that the information provided is always in step with industry developments.

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