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When setting up a new device, Android offers to restore apps and settings from Google Backup.

If I'd like to do it later, is it possible to do? Or is the setup the only time you have access to this functionality?

Android 6.0.

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  • Might be a duplicate of android.stackexchange.com/questions/103345/…? Not sure
    – DVK
    Apr 27, 2016 at 23:46
  • On my Nexus 5 on Android 6.0, there's Backup & reset on Android Settings, but there's no option to restore from there. On the other hand, perhaps Trigger Setup Wizard at next boot using command-line might be a workaround.
    – Andrew T.
    Apr 28, 2016 at 1:35
  • Afraid that's not possible: restore is either done on device initialization (setup), or not. Neither can you pick what to restore. Which is why I always recommend to at least not rely on that backup alone (or use a different solution altogether). As I never used it (for the reasons named plus for privacy – I don't like Google having access to my clear-text WiFi passwords, for example), I cannot give a definite answer, though.
    – Izzy
    Apr 28, 2016 at 7:12
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    @Izzy - on initialization, it offered me a choice of which programs to restore
    – DVK
    Apr 28, 2016 at 14:41
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    @Izzy - yep. Especially as I'm the OP :))) I'll consider restoring from backup once I decide what to do rooting-wise (stock root or a custom ROM) this weekend, and hopefully will be able to get an answer experimentally out of that
    – DVK
    Apr 28, 2016 at 15:00

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I found an app that totally saved my life on this matter! The app is called Activity Launcher and from this you can open Android Setup app (the one with Restore icon) and click on the activity CloudRestoreFlowActivity. The restore screen will show up and you can select a backup file you previously uploaded to Drive.

FYI, I use Mi A2 Lite with Android 9.0 Pie.

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  • Activity Launcher instalel but "Android Setup app"? I cant see it, would you be that kind and give us a screenshot? Thanks! Would be a life saver.
    – hubert
    Jul 14, 2019 at 14:38
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    Searching for CloudRestoreFlowActivity worked for me. It took some time, but the entry eventually popped up under "Android Setup"
    – ArtemB
    Jan 18, 2020 at 4:19
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    This didn't work for me on a Sony Xperia 5 II with Android 10. The activity is in the list, but starting it does nothing. Nov 27, 2020 at 9:59
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    Great answer! It worked for me, but I faced a challenge and wanted to share what happened. The first time I tried it, it worked great. But then when I tried to launch CloudRestoreFlowActivity a second time, nothing happened. I noticed in logcat there was a crash and it said something about the restore already being in progress. I resarted my phone, no luck. What I finally figured out was I had to clear app data on the Data Restore Tool app. Finally I could launch CloudRestoreFlowActivity again. This was on Android 12.
    – Greg Moens
    Jan 1, 2022 at 18:37
  • well, in my case on Galaxy S10 it ONLY INSTALLED the apps but did not restore any of their data! :( Then I tried installing TWRP and it required data format, so I did it and this time went through the initial phone setup properly and didn't skip the transfer of data from old phone. When I let it do in this first phase it actually worked properly and installed apps along with their data (not all of them are compatible with this functionality)
    – Vitas
    Sep 4, 2022 at 20:52
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download it from here.....

https://www.apkmirror.com/apk/google-inc/android-setup/android-setup-1-0-290634092-release/android-setup-1-0-290634092-android-apk-download/download/

then launch it from android setup from activity launcher

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