42

Let's talk about sets, baby Android's backup service has a concept called a set: the set of all data backed-up from one device (on one transport, but that's a detail). Each set is identified by a unique string, such as the IMEI on the device. When an app (or the list of installed apps) is backed up, its backup data go into the set associated with the device ...


22

I went to https://www.google.com/dashboard/b/0/ and found the section labeled "Android device"; that had a link labeled "More data stored about this device". Clicking that opened a popup window that showed a disappointingly short list of apps that had backed up some of their data: just some of the built-in apps from Google. The above paragraph was written ...


11

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 ...


9

With the latest update to Google+ something changed in the Photos app. To ensure you are deleting the right pictures take the following steps: Go into the Photos app Click on the top left corner for the side menu Scroll down to Folders and click on it You will be presented with the different folders on your phone. Delete everything from there and check ...


7

Does the in built-in backup service work? Yes. But maybe not how you expect/want. As you mentioned apps need to 'opt in' to backup data and most apps don't actually use this. I'm only aware of a couple that do. As far as i know, the backed up data is only actually restore to a device when the device is initially set up, not when you install an app from the ...


7

The following is by far no answer to the question, but might shed some light on some details: Some pieces extracted from the Backup API Though the API is mainly targeted at developers, there are a few facts we might be able to extract for our case. In the following list, italics mark quotes from the API documentation. Android automatically performs a ...


6

Some more info on Google backup. When I flashed a custom firmware it didn't restore the apps as I expected. In Settings -> Backup & reset it was showing "Backing up to debug-only private cache", and bmgr list sets gave no results. I solved my problem by doing these steps in adb shell: $ bmgr transport com.google.android.backup/.BackupTransportService $ ...


5

Go to Google Dashboard and sign in with the same Google account you used on your phone. Click the arrow next to Android to see a list of all your devices with backup data. At the bottom is a button, Delete backup data. This button deletes the backed-up data from all devices. There's no way to delete the data from a specific device. If you want to delete not ...


5

You don't need to do anything. Every device using Google Backup with the same Google account keeps its own separate set of data. When you sign into your Google account for the first time after a factory-reset, the device will look through all the backup sets and try to pick the most recent one from the same device. It'll restore from that set of data, and ...


4

Google has documented details of the Android Backup Service and of the Data Backup Framework on its Android Developers website. The descriptions are targeted to developers writing applications but are still helpful: Android's backup service allows you to copy your persistent application data to remote "cloud" storage, in order to provide a restore point ...


4

Ok I think I cracked the problem. To perform one way backups from your android to the cloud: Go to settings->accounts Click on your gmail address(google account) Un-click everything you do not want synced (2 way- to cloud and back). Then Open the Photos app Touch the menu button or icon and select Settings. Touch Auto Backup and switch the toggle On. ...


4

I'm not a big "Cloud fan" (au contraire, I'm avoiding it wherever possible), so my suggested approach is a little different – though it should work with the cloud as well: For a comparable task, I'm using FolderSync. It supports a load of protocols (FTP, FTPS, SFTP, WebDAV, Samba/Windows Shares) and even Cloud services (OneDrive, Copy.com, Dropbox, Dump ...


4

Delete Device History To delete the stuff backed up under Settings -> Backup & reset like saved contacts, the list of installed apps, saved WiFi networks, etc. go to Device History and select and delete the backups you want to remove. Or you can use the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner to view more Delete options to delete all backups. Delete ...


3

Only apps that are coded to use the Google service will back-up and restore data. See this post for more information. Does the built-in Google app data backup work?


3

You can uninstall the "Google Photos Backup" from your device or simply sign out from the account in the Photos app. Then go to the web-version of Google Photos (photos.google.com) and delete the photos. Go to photos.google.com and login using the Google account you're using on your device. Place your cursor over items you want to move to trash. At the top ...


3

As soon as you log back in to your Google account, your old apps should start reloading and their data restored. Of course, if you don't have your WiFi password, this is all happening over your cell data link, which could take a while. You might want to enter the password manually to make the process go more quickly & not consume your data usage. You ...


3

My experience with it has been that each device has it's own backup. I get this from messing around with my Nexus 7 and my Galaxy S II. Other than that I do not know. Apps: My Nexus 7 has these apps Caustic, DC Comics and 20 Minute Meals that upon factory reset of my Galaxy S II are not installed on the Galaxy S II. My Galaxy S II has theses apps ...


3

For Honeycomb (Android 3.0+) devices, the official Android 3.0 (aka Honeycomb) user's guide says: Page 13 Backing up and restoring your data ... Many kinds of data are backed up, including: Your Android settings, such as your Wi-Fi networks and passwords, user dictionary, and so on Many Google application settings, such as your ...


2

Generally, it's entirely up to each individual app what data to back up, if any. Google's Android Backup Service provides an interface for apps to tell it what data to back up. That might include files from the data directory, settings, files from the SD card, databases, or even media files that are already visible through the Gallery or Music apps. If the ...


2

TL;DR In general it should be enough to leave your phone on charge, with Wi-Fi available overnight to trigger backup. Unfortunately, bug reports from users indicate that google have had issues for some time with backups not being scheduled. We might guess that these issues have either not been prioritised, have been too difficult to fix, have been fixed ...


2

You can use adb backup. You can specify the package name for backup a single app. adb backup [-f <file>] [-apk|-noapk] [-obb|-noobb] [-shared|-noshared] [-all] [-system|nosystem] [-keyvalue|-nokeyvalue] [<packages...>] adb restore <file> Note: some apps won't allow adb backup. even if adb backup is allowed, cache is not included. ...


1

For Google back up, you can check these sites from your computer's browser. Google Photos, Google Contacts. If you have manually backed up a file to Google Drive, you can go to Drive.google.com . All data that you see on these sites are the only data that can be backed up to Google.


1

I think you misunderstand what Google backup is and does, and it varies by Android version and app... I know this can be confusing but prior to Lollipop the only information backed up was system info (wallpaper, WiFi passcodes, etc) and Google info like contacts, calendar, notes, and stuff. Beginning with Lollipop, the installed apps (not their data) are ...


1

I think, This can help you : Open your device's Settings menu. Under "Personal," touch Backup & restore. Check the box next to "Automatic restore". Back up or restore data on your device good day.


1

I found an app that totally saved my life on this matter! The app is called Activity Launcher and from this you can open Android Setup app (the one with Restore icon) and click on the activity CloudRestoreFlowActivity. The restore screen will show up and you can select a backup file you previously uploaded to Drive. FYI, I use Mi A2 Lite with Android 9.0 ...


1

Please check the faq on the whatsapp website. The process is fairly simple.http://www.whatsapp.com/faq/en/android/27585377 Before beginning the Change Number process Make sure your new phone number can receive SMS and/or calls and has an active data connection. Make sure your old phone number is currently verified in WhatsApp on your phone. You can find ...


1

Yup. If your contacts were successfully synced with your Google Account you can easily move them to your new phone using the same Google Account. Any Android phone from any company can be used to restore the accounts synced with your Google Account.


1

It's either restored when you first configure your Android account on the device and accept the Cloud Backup, or not at all. There's no way to trigger it manually except for factory-resetting and re-configuring the account (sometimes it even requires to use a different SIM to trigger a complete restore, as one user reported; I just cannot find the reference ...


1

From AndroidPolice: Google will, of course, give you control over your cloud data. The language used here is particularly interesting: they call this data "app data stored with your Google account," which means it's the same "app data" we all know and love from the "clear app data" button. That means all your 3rd-party app data in the cloud, ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible