How do I download a backup from Google Drive?
“My old phone got ruined a month ago. I had a lot of important and personal items on it, so I was glad to find out that there is a backup of my old phone on my Google Drive account. The problem is that I don't know how to get backup from Google Drive to my new phone or my PC. Is there any way to restore backup from Google Drive? Thanks a lot.”
Google Drive is widely used as a file storage service, and it can easily back up the data in the device, whether it is photos, contacts or emails. But you may face the situation of upgrading a new device, resetting the device, or switching other storage services. You can easily restore the data through Google Drive to continue your previous use.
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Full guide to get backup from Google Drive
There are different ways to obtain backup data from Google on different devices. The tutorial in this chapter covers three devices: Android device, iOS, and computer. Keep reading to learn about the specific steps.
#1. How to restore backup from Google Drive to Android?
☛Way 1. Restore Synced Data from Google Server
If Google Backup is enabled on your device, recovering the synced data from the Google server after data loss is an easy task. Take recovery photos as an example:
1. Open the Google Drive app on your Android device.
2. Tap the More icon at the top left corner of the screen and choose Google Photos.
3. Select the photos to be restored or Select all, click the download icon to restore them to the Android device.
☛Way 2. Restore Android from Google Drive
Almost all Androids are equipped with Google Drive services. If you reset or change your phone to a new device, you can restore Android from Google Drive according to the following steps.
1. Start the new Android device and connect to Wi-Fi.
2. In the Bring your data from... page, select A backup from the cloud, then sign in with Google account and click I agree.
3. In the Choose a backup to restore page, select an available backup, and choose the items you want to restore, and click Restore.
4. Follow the remaining steps to complete the initial setup.
#2. How to recover backup from Google Drive to iOS?
If you enable Google Drive on iOS, you can easily restore iOS contacts, photos, and calendars from Google backup.
1. Go to Settings > Account & Password on your device, click Add Account, and choose Google to sign in your Google Drive account.
2. Enable the option you want to restore, and click Save to confirm your choice.
#3. How to get backup from Google Drive to PC?
☛Way 1. Get backup from Google Drive via downloading
If you just need to retrieve individual lost files, downloading this part of the data from the Google Drive web page is the easiest way. Here is how to download the backup from Google Drive.
1. Navigate to Google Drive web page, and sign in with your Google account.
2. Select the files to be restored from Google Drive, right-click to select them, and click Download to store on the local hard drive.
☛Way 2. Get backup from Google Drive with Google Takeout
It would be troublesome to restore all the data stored in Google by downloading. Google Takeout can help you download the entire My Drive at once. Follow the steps below to learn how to restore a backup from Google Drive to PC in one go.
1. Navigate to Google Takeout, click Deselect all and tick the checkbox at the right side of Drive, then click Next Step.
2. In the next window, you can customize your archive format by selecting the Delivery Method and the File Type, then click Create archive.
3. After the archive is completed, the download link will be sent via email, you can download it as a zip archive and store it on your local hard drive.
Merge Google Drive accounts for more backup space
No matter what type of device you use Google Drive as a data storage service, the 15GB of free space it provides is not enough. If you have multiple accounts, you can merge Google Drive accounts to get more space without paying for storage.
The professional cloud backup tool - CBackup can help you complete this operation. It supports merging the storage in multiple cloud drive accounts to form a larger space, and you can back up important data to this complete space.
1. Create a CBackup account for free, download the CBackup desktop app and sign in.
2. Add and authorize your Google Drive accounts by clicking (+) Add Cloud under the My Storage tab.
✎Note: CBackup bases on a standard OAuth system that can ensure your account’s security. There is no need to worry about personal information data disclosure.
3. Then modify the display name and choose your storage path for backup by clicking Edit, tick the checkbox before Note, and click OK to confirm.
4. Click My Storage > + > New Combined Cloud, tick all the cloud drive accounts you added.
5. All added cloud drive accounts and Combined Cloud will be listed under My Storage, and you can also check the combined total space and used space.
That’s all how to get backup from Google Drive, no matter you use Android device, iOS, or computer, you can find the corresponding method in the article. What’s more, I recommend you backup files to Google Drive by merging multiple accounts with CBackup, it can help you combine cloud storage into one for more backup space.