Questions tagged [google-backup]

For questions concerning the backup made to Google servers (which you are asked for on device initialization: "Do you want to backup your data to Google?")

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Restore data from Pixel 3a to Galaxy S22

I am trying to restore data from a Pixel 3a cloud backup to a Galaxy S22. Both are running Android 12 with the May security update. When I go to restore, it says, "This backup is from a device ...
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How to check which installed apps have been taken off the google play store?

Each time I restore my apps using my Google account I find out that some apps were just left out; the apps were no longer available on the Google Play Store. How can I confirm that all apps installed ...
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Restoring Google One apps backup to a different but non-new phone

Typically, on a new Android install, you'll have a "welcome" process that allows you to elect to restore a backup from your Google account (if one exists). Is there some way to install the ...
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WhatsApp chat history backup not working

I haven't been able to backup my chat history for almost three months. It gets stuck every time with about 3GB left. I should mention that I have tried switching to a different Google account, ...
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How can I backup and/or restore MMS messages on another phone?

Context I recently got a new Android phone. (OnePlus Nord N200 5G for reference.) On my old phone (LG V30+) I utilized the "Backup" in the Settings. On my new phone, I was asked if I wanted ...
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How to restore android phone from Google cloud backup to a new phone when unlock pattern is not recognized?

I broke my phone (Android 10). I have a new phone (Android 11). I tried to restore data from Google cloud backup, but it asks for the unlock pattern of the old phone. I know the pattern, however, I ...
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Android Notification History back up to cloud

Android 11 introduced notification history feature on OS/devices. The notification history keeps the notifications received in the last 24 hrs. I want to see if there is way to move this to the cloud ...
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Unable to restore backup of Whatsapp (switching phones only)

I'm following the tips, that are on a WhatsApp website, on what to do when upgrading phone. I'm moving from Samsung S7 to Asus Zenfone 8. Asus provides app for that, but WhatsApp is notably missing ...
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Configuring SD card

I bought an SD card of 64 gb for my Razer Phone 2 and I'd like to transfer big data in it (Spotify songs, videos, useless apps). I can't find any option to safely move data from my phone to the SD ...
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How do I backup Device Folders and Camera Photos to different Google accounts?

Currently, my camera folder is by default synced to my personal Google account. I would like to backup my Whatsapp Media folder to another account. However, Google photos settings don't let it so. ...
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Restore WiFi passwords from Google account after deleted by network reset

I performed a network reset but I didn't realize it would nuke all my saved WiFi passwords. How do I trigger a password restore? I scoured the settings and googled but I couldn't find anything to ...
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How long after deleting a message on Whatsapp is it truly completely excluded from any backups or databases, local or otherwise?

Sorry if this isn't the right place to ask or if it has been asked before, but I couldn't find that specific answer anywhere. I've noticed that, after progressively deleting more and more messages or ...
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How to prevent an app from sharing its data with Google?

The changelog of a popular SMS/MMS app, Textra, states: Textra is now backed up automatically [emphasis added] using the built-in Google Backup service. Makes it so easy to swap devices or uninstall /...
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Cannot restore WhatsApp backup without Google Services

I'm migrating from a standard Google-enabled smartphone to a Huawei one, that does not have the Google Services installed. Anyway, I was able to successfully download and install WhatsApp from the ...
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Android phone does not recognize that there is a backup in Google Drive

I have backed up my phone (LG G7 ThinQ) to google drive and I am trying to restore my app data. The problem is that when I go into the settings app under the backup and restore option, it tells me ...
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Does google contact sync also sync the sim card or does it just sync the contacts stored on the phone?

So I have this old Galaxy S5 phone that that I'm upgrading to a samsung a51, and I'm also getting a new SIM card that keeps the phone number but doesn't keep the contacts. Do i need to do something ...
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When does a Google account automatically backup on a Samsung Galaxy S6?

I need to backup my phone (Samsung Galaxy S6 running Android 7.0) using Google Drive but there is only a toggle in the phone settings saying 'Back up my data'. This is on but there is no indication ...
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Is there a way to reset my Android Google sync data?

I've been using Android since the days of Froyo (Android 2.2). My data would get synced normally using Android's Google sync feature. I am not sure whether there has been of fundamental change in the ...
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How does one restore data to phone from Google drive?

I backup my data from my Android phone to Google Drive. I then performed a full factory reset. I was given the option to exchange data with another phone, but not restore from Google Drive. When I go ...
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How can I clear the "Auto Backup" data to get a clean install?

When I delete and then later re-add an app, the app doesn't start "clean". Instead it "remembers" things from the last time the app was installed, which I do not want. I have tried settings > (...
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How does Backup to Google Drive work?

What apps and apps data is backed up? Some apps may use large amounts of storage, how does android decide what to backup?
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How do I create fast backup of camera photos to cloud storage

One of my friends have taken some photos which were deleted by some elements by forcibly taking their mobile device and deleting them. So I searched for ways (including app searches) for fast backup ...
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Are these two different phones listed in Google Drive's Backups?

The following screenshot is from Google Drive's Backups. SAMSUNG-SM-J327A backup Apps: 30 apps Call history: 94 KB - Last backup: Oct 13, 2019 Device settings: 4 KB - Last backup: Oct 14, 2019 ...
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Is it possible to backup without root?

I tried restoring a TWRP backup of my Pixel 3 and it ended up putting my phone into a bootloop. I downloaded the latest factory image and reflashed (not knowing the latest version bootloops when ...
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How to backup contacts to Google from Samsung devices which don't export vcf file?

The Contact apps that ships with Samsung devices does not seem to have a function to reliably backup all contacts on the phone and SIM storage to Google accounts. Is there any third-party app that'd ...
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Transfer Android app with offline data to NEW PHONE without ROOT

I've purchased a new phone and have transferred most of the data from the old device to the new one using various means. There is one app, however, that does not have account login, so I cannot save ...
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What actually gets backed up, how many times?

Say I have a photo A taken by the phone camera. It is stored somewhere, but can be seen in the stock Gallery app as well as the Google Photos app. Q1:Are both apps using the same physical copy or are ...
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Google photos uploads everything from DCIM folder

So in my Redmi Note 7 Pro, the screenshots and screen recordings all go in a subfolder inside DCIM folder. Photos (app by Google) simply uploads everything in the DCIM folder. I have tried this, but ...
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Android (9) Pie's native "Back Up" to google drive grayed out

Android Pie has a native manual back up to google drive. After I turned off the back up and turned it back on, the back up button is grayed out. Since then I Re-added my google account on my phone ...
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How to restore data from Google Drive?

My Samsung Galaxy SGH-T99 broke recently. I can see the backup of my data on Google Drive. I will not repair the device and want to restore my data. How can I do that? Please provide guidance.
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Google Drive backup not showing

I switched phones a while back but just noticed that even if im logged in with the same google account, I am not able to access my previous phone's backup. These are the backups in my GDrive: I need ...
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On a multi-user Android device, when Google Backup runs, whose data will get backed up?

If it's enabled, Google Backup does two things. A) It runs "key/value backups", maybe once every few hours, and it stores the data in the Android Backup Service. B) It runs "Android Auto Backups", ...
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Why do I have enter all my logins on every app on a new Android phone?

I've just got a new OnePlus 6. It's installed my apps from my old phone but every one is asking for my login.I have loads and remembering the logins will take ages. On websites Chrome remembers this, ...
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Use Samsung or Google account for automatic backup?

On my Samsung Galaxy S7 with Android 8.0 I'm logged into both a Samsung account and a Google account. Both of these offer cloud backup and data synchronisation of settings and documents, but I'm ...
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When does google backup stop waiting?

I enabled google backup on my galaxy S8 this morning. Photos synced in a few minutes, but all other items ("App data", "Call history", "Contacts" etc) have a message under them reading "Waiting to ...
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How does Nokia automatic backup work on the new Android One devices?

My girlfriend recently got a new Nokia 6.1 device with Android One. Her last device got damaged and data was lost so I'd like to make sure this one is optimally backed up. I'm used to backing up my ...
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Prevent google backup of contacts?

I have Google backup turned off permanently, however my contacts are still backed-up somewhere to Google cloud. I discovered that yesterday from another device that offered me to recover my contacts ...
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Google Photos backs up only cover photo from burst mode photos

When I take picture on my Moto G5 Plus, I long press in my Camera app to get multiple photos. From what I have read, it is called burst mode. The photos are stored in the /storage/emulated/0/DCIM/...
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Restoring Android apps and settings on new redmi 4 from backup not possible

I used to use a Samsung Galaxy S5 and now switched to a Xiaomi Redmi 4. I have backup'd my phone settings and app settings to my google account. However, when I initialize my new phone, there is no ...
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Notification images appear in Google Photos backup

Why are images that appear in my notifications starting to appear in my Google Photos? How do I stop it?
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Can a Google/Samsung backup be restored if the account holder is not logged in?

I am concerned about security on an old phone that I have given away, after resetting it. Smart lock won't make any difference, as it only applies to my home location.
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Restore apps from backup on Google Drive

I have a backup of my old phone I can see in my Google Drive app on my new phone. How do I backup/restore all the apps from this backup? From searching, it looks like this should have been an option ...
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Combining two single sim phones (backup) into one dual sim phone

Is there any method of combining the Android backups from two mobile phones when I move from two single sim phones to a dual sim phone? I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 running my UK contract SIM, and a ...
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Restore Pixel C backup

I had a Pixel C, which I backuped (System -> Backup -> ...). I can see that backup (1) in Google Drive. After the Pixel C died I now have a new Pixel C and would like to restore that Backup (1). When ...
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How to access google drive app backup data manually?

Since there is no way to restore app data from google drive's automatic backup outside of first setup (which has come and gone), is there a way to manually access and download the files for manual ...
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Do phone's sync or back up their notes?

I have just got a replacement phone. I backed up all my data with google and GCloud, and then claimed on the insurance to get a new phone. However after restoring all the data to my new phone, I ...
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Transfer multiple google accounts to a new device

I have several google accounts for different games, work and personal. I have 2 new devices on Android 7.0 Nougat. I would like to know how to transfer then all to the new devices without having to ...
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Remove Whatsapp backup from Google account that is no longer used

Last week I tried to move my Whatsapp account to a new phone. For some reason it didn't want to restore the backup, even if I moved the backup file manually. It turned out that the file was encrypted ...
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Cannot find device to restore google data and settings

I am trying to restore my google account on a new device but it cannot find any of my previous devices under "Restore your apps and data from one of these devices" I verified that my old devices have ...
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Does whatsapp backup media on Google Drive?

I linked my Google drive account with whatsapp for backup. They give the impression that all accompanying media including video and images gets backed up too. You can back up your chats and media to ...
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