I have had my phone set up from the start to backup to Google. I have done 3 resets now and none of my settings and apps or anything seem to come back. Is there a way to force this to happen? Perhaps, I'm mistaken thinking that this even happens?

Phone is a Samsung S2 GT-I9100 running Android 4.0.4.

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    Could you provide the make/model and Android version of the phone?
    – onik
    Nov 23, 2012 at 11:34
  • Doesn't exactly answer your question -- but that's nothing "unusual". This normally works only to 50%. To be more precise: Backup works... There are plenty reports about restore never working, though I heard rumors that some succeeded with it...
    – Izzy
    Nov 23, 2012 at 13:23
  • @onik I have added the phone ver to the question. I have a friend who has a S3 and seems to work perfectly for him. Nothing came back to my phone at all only the contact from sync with gmail. The texts, settings, apps etc etc none came back :(
    – user23981
    Nov 29, 2012 at 12:07
  • My apps came back after a reset, but my internet went down and only half got restored. I would like to automatically download the other half.
    – row1
    Dec 8, 2012 at 7:04
  • @Izzy those are not rumors I'm one of them who had got the backup from Google. But you have to be sure that your data is backed up while you are using syncing option. I often check it under play store apps where they report about which apps are synced to Google server. Also I got back my contacts from there too.
    – avirk
    Dec 14, 2012 at 2:53

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Unfortunately, it is very temperamental and depends on the device using the Google setup wizard.

It works a bit too well on my s2 with Cyanogen 10 - Cyanogen uses the default Google setup wizard.

When you reset, ensure you follow the setup wizard, and especially notice the part about restore - it should be checked by default, but may not be.

  • It is checked by default. It failed downloading half of the apps on my Nexus 7 due to the internet going out. So I tried to reset it again...but this time it only tried to download the half that completed the last time. Good bye Broken Sword saves :'(
    – row1
    Dec 10, 2012 at 0:57
  • @row1 It is very temperamental - like I said. It never worked on my old phone, but it does on my S2. It is also dependant on the ROM in question :( You should use a dedicated backup app if you really want to keep your data.
    – Liam W
    Dec 13, 2012 at 12:54
  • @row1 If you hadn't reset it again, it would have downloaded the rest eventually.
    – Dan Hulme
    Oct 30, 2013 at 23:34

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