Manage & restore your device backups in Google Drive

Important: To backup your Pixel phone or Nexus device, update it to Android 6.0 or up.  

You can back up and restore the following items on your Pixel phone or Nexus device:

  • Apps
  • Call History
  • Device Settings
  • Contacts
  • Calendar
  • SMS (Pixel phones only)
  • Photos & videos (Pixel phones only)

Learn how to back up photos on any device with Google Photos.

Find and manage backups

  1. Open the Google Drive app.
  2. Tap Menu Menuand then Backups.
  3. Tap on the backup you want to manage.

What happens when your backup expires

Your backup will remain as long as you use your device. If you don't use your device for 2 weeks, you may see an expiration date below your backup.

Example: "Expires in 54 days."

Other apps


Learn how to back up and restore your WhatsApp messages with Google Drive.

  • Your backups will not use your Google Drive storage for your personal Google Account.
  • You can use your backup to restore your messages and attachments to WhatsApp.
  • You can stop and delete backups, but you won't be able to look at the files inside the backup.
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