My favorite part about Android is how Google backups almost everything for you without you actually really noticing. I just got a Nexus 5 and logged in to my Google account right away. I noticed it did not start installing all my apps right away and now when I go over to friends' houses their wifi passwords aren't saved from before. This is really annoying cause they all have default router passwords that are extremely long.

I installed a few ROMs just to play around with the phone, and each time I did the initial setup and signed in to Google, it would not sync anything...

I have "Back up my data, Backup account, Automatic restore" all set in settings. Any ideas why this is happening to my Google account?

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That's a pretty well known "feature". Don't worry, your data is backed up there – it only does not restore. And you cannot even really delete it there. So in some way, it's "safe"...

Things you might want to look up in this context:

There are many many more references I could give, but that would be a bit much for here. So a last hint: check the "Linked" and "Related" question links on the ASE Q&As I've linked here.

  • Link to the google issue made me happy. I couldn't find it. I have been having this problem since then too. I guess google is ignoring it? Maybe only a few accounts have the issue. Thanks anyways Dec 12, 2013 at 20:17
  • Indeed it doesn't affect everybody (for different reasons: it doesn't affect me since I don't trust Google with all my data, and thus do not use the "Cloud Backup" – and others are happily using it without ever having the trouble, though), or Google would have long reacted. Similarly with the device manager: I cannot locate any of my devices with it (Android 2.3/4.0/4.1), and many others neither. It seems to work for the majority (80%+). // Did the described SIM-trick work for you? Have you been able to "restore all"?
    – Izzy
    Dec 12, 2013 at 20:22

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