Back up media from your device

You can make copies of the data on your device for safekeeping.

Your account, , is eligible for automatic backups. You can save a copy of your Android device files via Google One. When you get a new phone, restore from your backup to get your photos and videos back.

If you have an eligible plan, you can automatically back up your Android device with Google One. Then, when you get a new phone, restore from your backup to get your photos and videos back.

Otherwise, learn how to manually back up content, data, and settings from your Android device.

Where your phone data is stored

The info on your phone is backed up in different places, depending on its operating system. If your backups are uploaded in Google, they're encrypted using your Google Account password. For some data, your phone's screen lock PIN, pattern, or password is also used for encryption.

Your backup will remain in your Google One account as long as you use your phone and connect to the internet.

What gets saved by Android

The following data is backed up in your Android settings. You don't need to turn on Google One's backup to save this data.

  • App data
  • Call history
  • Contacts
  • Settings
  • SMS messages

What gets saved by Apple iCloud Backup

Some of the files that get backed up by Apple include:
  • iMessages, SMS texts, and MMS messages
  • App data
  • Device settings
For the most up-to-date list and to find more details about iCloud, visit the help center.

What gets saved by Google One

  • Google Photos: Original quality photos and videos
  • Android Messages: Photos, videos, and audio files from your MMS messages

Why RCS messages don't get saved

Rich Communications Services (RCS) are a way for Android phones to send advanced messages like group chats, high-resolution photos, and audio/video messages. Whether you can send and back up RCS messages depends on the phone, carrier, and messaging app you use.

Turn on automatic backups

To make, manage, or delete backups, you need to use a mobile device.
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