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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    At the very bottom of my answer, are links with an important reading on this subject. One needs to be aware that if the backup options get disabled, Google may clear all previous backups!! Read before attempting a backup recover! Do you still have your previous device as to connect it and allow the upload of a fresh backup to later on import into Nexus? – Zuul Jul 20 '12 at 20:44
  • @Zuul Oh my, I definitely don't want to uncheck those boxes! Yes, I still have my previous device. – Joshua Carmody Jul 22 '12 at 4:26
  • Read my answer and read the articles linked at the bottom. If you need further assistance, @Zuul me :) (Safe keep your previous device, consider it a backup) – Zuul Jul 22 '12 at 4:32

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 Jul 1 '16 at 15:49

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. – Joshua Carmody Jul 22 '12 at 4:29
  • Backup and Restore Service: Android needs registration in t-mobile.com :-(. – pevik Nov 2 '15 at 8:09

I recommend another way, use this awesome app to backup and then restore on any android device you want: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ihnel.com.wifipassrecovery

Now you can:
- View your connected wifi passwords
- Backup/restore easily
- Share passwords with your friends
- This is FREE APP.

Edit: I am the developer of this app

  • This app requires root access, which no stock Android phone would have enabled. Also trusting a 3rd party with your Wifi passwords seems risky (especially when they have root access!). – Joshua Carmody Jun 20 '16 at 18:13
  • Yes, this app require root access to read the wifi configuration file (under /system) then show to you, It do nothing more. I am owner of this app and just want to share. – Nguyen Minh Binh Jun 21 '16 at 2:12
  • Is the source code public? – aij Jan 13 '17 at 18:30
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    Though you are the owner and claim it does nothing else: the app also has the INTERNET permission. Unless the source code is public, your claim cannot be verified. Don't misunderstand me: I'm not saying the app does shady things. But with those permissions, it could. Especially apps dealing with passwords (or other sensible data) should not come with INTERNET permission IMHO. If I want to sync sensitive data, I prefer having one app encrypting them and another app performing the sync. – Izzy Jul 12 '18 at 13:18

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