I have Google backup turned off permanently, however my contacts are still backed-up somewhere to Google cloud. I discovered that yesterday from another device that offered me to recover my contacts from a current backup.
I'm perplexed because when I open Google Drive app, it says that my device is not backed-up.
- Where are the contacts backed up? On G-Drive, or elsewhere in my G-Account?
- What more can I do to prevent Google from downloading my data to its cloud?
Details: I have LG G6 (LG-H870, Android 8.0.0). In the Settings I have set:
- Backup > Google Backup > Backup to Google Drive: Off
- Users & Accounts > Auto-sync account: On, otherwise my (non-Google) e-mail is not synchronized, but:
- Users & Accounts > my-google-account > Sync: all four sync switches are Off
In the Drive application:
- Left menu > Backups: "Your device is not backed up"
My other phone is Xiaomi Redmi 4. Here:
- Settings > Google > Restore contacts> Device backup list: It offers me to restore my contacts from LG-H870 created today. When I proceed, all my contacts are really restored.
The Google documentation for contacts backup, https://support.google.com/contacts/answer/7199294?hl=en instructs how to turn-off contacts backup.
The description of Settings > Backup > Google Backup > Backup to Google Drive says that:
"Backup includes: Apps and app data, call history, contacts, device settings"
Edit: I've verified that my contacts are not in Google Contacts for my account.