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Today I have been researching a bit about the Android backup options (since I have seen some people having to lose all their data due to ICS serious bugs).

From now, I prefer to use native options, such as the "default" option or the adb backup -all command.

But my question is about the regular way.

I enabled the Settings->Backup->Backup my data option (on ICS). Now I would like to check on my Google Account Preferences when was the last backup was made, and which data is safely backed up - and which isn't.

I'm not sure if that's possible. Does anybody know?

  • I believe one's best recourse would be to undertake a nandroid backup as well as use an app like Titanium Backup. Even if one isn't rooted, I believe that's a far more efficient and overall better way of backing up one's device. – Sparx Apr 16 '12 at 14:42
  • I agree with sparkx. I had to restore my phone, so I restored it using a nandroid backup, but it wasn't working right, half my apps wouldn't open, half my settings were missing, and the apps that did open didn't work correctly. So I flashed the Stock ROM back on and restored my apps from a Titanium Backup that I did and that worked pretty well. (Although not perfectly, some of my apps still won't work right. Like Swype and TextPlus) – Mark Kramer Apr 17 '12 at 8:40
  • I should probably follow @Sparx advice, but well, having two backups is safer than one, besides, AFAIK, for a proper Titanium backup you need your phone rooted. – mdelolmo Apr 17 '12 at 9:03
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I went to https://www.google.com/dashboard/b/0/ and found the section labeled "Android device"; that had a link labeled "More data stored about this device". Clicking that opened a popup window that showed a disappointingly short list of apps that had backed up some of their data: just some of the built-in apps from Google.

The above paragraph was written in 2012; five years later the situation seems better: the relevant link is now https://myaccount.google.com/dashboard, and my list of apps is nice and long: 85, and they're not all from Google :-)

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    Mine doesn't even have anything under Android Devices :/ – Ben Brocka Apr 16 '12 at 16:59
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    That was exactly what I was looking for, but I agree, the list is not complete at all. – mdelolmo Apr 17 '12 at 7:39
  • @mdelolmo: The list shall be complete, but this is a feature that is be provided ('requested') by app's developers. Unfortunately few apps use (provide us) this feature integrated with google backup (look how it works: goo.gl/ABvsS) – Luciano May 27 '13 at 19:40
  • More about how backup feature works (behind the scenes): goo.gl/nZXhp – Luciano May 27 '13 at 19:47
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    Now Google seem to have moved the backup info to drive.google.com/drive/backups. However they only display the total number of apps that are backed up for each Android device. They no longer provide backup stats - date and size - for each app:(. Does anyone know where to find this now? – snark Feb 24 '18 at 16:45

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