I just purchased my fourth ever Android device - An HSPA+ Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone.

When I purchased my second and third devices (Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and an Asus Transformer Pad TF300T), I found that after I logged into my Google account during my device setup, my devices downloaded all my known wifi hotspots and the network passwords to them, and could immediately connect to any private wifi network that had been saved on my first Android device (An HTC Nexus One).

However, for some reason, this didn't happen on my Galaxy Nexus when I set it up. In fact, when I set up my Transformer Pad, not only did it download my wifi settings, but it also automatically downloaded the apps I had installed on my other devices. My new Galaxy Nexus didn't do that either. I know I checked the box to 'restore backup from Google account' when I set up the device. I did have some trouble logging in at first, so maybe that's the reason?

I'd really like to get my wifi network settings downloaded to this device. I have dozens of hotspots from friend's houses, client's offices, etc, that I don't want to have to re-enter the information for. Is there some way to manually restore this information to my Galaxy Nexus since it wasn't restored during my initial setup? I tried removing my Google account from the device and re-adding it, but that didn't work. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.


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I found this page on Google's support site which states the following about restoring your phone's settings during the initial setup:

"Important: If you want to restore your settings, you must do that now during setup. You can’t restore data after setup is complete."

Based on this, I'm guessing there's no way to restore my account data at this point, short of doing a factory reset on the phone and starting over (undesirable at this point). I'd love to be wrong though.

  • This answers my question "Can I manually recover all my apps installed in another phone with Google account login?". I think the answer is No. But it really annoy, I skip the login period and I cannot restore all my settings.
    – einverne
    Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 15:49

It is possible to recover Android settings through bmgr.

List your sets using bmgr list sets

Example output:

36df6csd30288e33 : phone
3c559c36e65a9b49 : tablet

Now you can restore com.android.providers.settings with the set you want:

adb shell bmgr restore 36636c7730288e33 com.android.providers.settings


If your previous device was setup to backup your personal data such as WiFi passwords, Browser bookmarks, User dictionary, a list of installed Market applications and other customized settings, all is backed up to Google's servers.

The Automatic restore feature must be Enabled to allow your phone to contact Google's servers an retrieve the previous backup data.

So, carefully, access the settings panel by:

  1. Stating at your home screen, select Apps;

  2. Select Settings;

  3. Go to PERSONAL section, select Backup & reset;

  4. From the BACKUP & RESTORE section configure what you need:

    Ensure the appropriate account is selected from the Backup account field before attempting any configuration settings.

    Some important considerations:

    • A setting is Enabled when a check mark is present.
    • If data back up is disabled, existing backups are deleted from Google's servers.

Samsung Nexus Google Settings Backup and Restore

Useful and related reading:

  • Thanks. Unfortunately the screens you point to still don't allow manual restore of backed up data. I do have the backup/automatic restore options checked. Based on what I'm seeing at support.google.com/mobile/bin/… , I'm guessing manual restore isn't possible. Also the T-Mobile support page you linked to indicated that there is apparently a known issue with restore at the moment, which may be why my apps and settings didn't restore properly. Commented Jul 22, 2012 at 4:29
  • Backup and Restore Service: Android needs registration in t-mobile.com :-(.
    – pevik
    Commented Nov 2, 2015 at 8:09

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