You can make copies of the data on your device for safekeeping.
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
- SMS messages
What gets saved by Apple iCloud Backup
- iMessages, SMS texts, and MMS messages
- App data
- Device settings
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.