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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.

  • Might be a duplicate of android.stackexchange.com/questions/103345/…? Not sure – DVK Apr 27 '16 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 '16 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 '16 at 7:12
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    @Izzy - on initialization, it offered me a choice of which programs to restore – DVK Apr 28 '16 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 '16 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.

  • 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 at 14:38

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