Back up or restore data on your Android device

You can back up content, data, and settings from your Android device to your Google Account. You can restore your backed-up information to the original device or to another Android device.

Restoring data varies by device and Android version. You can't restore a backup from a higher Android version onto a device running a lower Android version.

Note: Not all Android devices have settings in the same place or with the same names. For your specific device's settings, see your manufacturer's support site.

Back up content

  • Photos & videos
    You can automatically back up your photos and videos to your Google Photos library. Learn how.
  • Files & folders
    You can manually upload files and folders to Google Drive. Learn how.

Back up data & settings

To help protect your backed-up data, use a PIN, pattern, or password screen lock, instead of a swipe or Smart Lock.

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap System and then Advanced and then Backup.
    Tip: If these steps don't match your device's settings, try searching your settings app for backup.
  3. Turn on your backup service.

Note: On a tablet that people share, only the tablet's owner can see the backup and reset options.

What gets backed up

Backup services differ.

If your backups are uploaded to Google, they're encrypted using your Google Account password. For some data, your device's screen lock PIN, pattern, or password is also used for encryption.

If you back up to Google Drive, here's what's backed up:

  • Google Contacts data
  • Google Calendar events and settings
  • Wi-Fi networks and passwords
  • Wallpapers
  • Gmail settings
  • Apps
  • Display settings (brightness and sleep)
  • Language and input settings
  • Date and time
  • Settings and data for apps not made by Google (varies by app)

Note: Not all apps can back up or restore all settings and data. To find out about an app, learn how to contact its developer.

Add or switch backup accounts

Note: Settings can vary by device. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

Add a backup account

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap System and then Advanced and then Backup.
    • If these steps don't match your device's settings, try searching your settings app for backup.
  3. Tap Account and then Add account.
  4. If needed, enter your device's PIN, pattern, or password.
  5. Sign in to the account that you want to add.

Switch between backup accounts

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap System and then Advanced and then Backup.
    • If these steps don't match your device's settings, try searching your settings app for backup.
  3. Tap Account.
  4. Tap the account that you want to use for backups.

Manually back up data & settings

If you're using Android 8.1 & below: You can manually back up your device at any time, like if you want to transfer your information to a new phone. 

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap System and then Advanced and then Backup and then Back up now and then Continue.

Erase after backing up

After you back up, you can reset your device by erasing everything on it. Learn how to reset your device to factory settings.

Restore backed-up data & settings

When you add your Google Account to a device that's been set up, what you'd previously backed up for that Google Account gets put onto the device.

To restore a backed-up account to a reset device, follow the on-screen steps. For more help, see your manufacturer's support site.

Important: You can't restore a backup from a higher Android version onto a phone running a lower Android version. Learn how to check and update your Android version.

Restore backed-up app settings

Note: Settings can vary by device. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

When you reinstall an app, you can restore app settings that you'd previously backed up with your Google Account.

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap System and then Advanced and then Backup and then App data.
    • If these steps don't match your device's settings, try searching your settings app for backup.
  3. Turn on Automatic restore.

Note: Not all apps can back up or restore all settings and data. To find out about an app, learn how to contact its developer.

Restore backed-up contacts

Note: Settings can vary by device. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

If you've saved your contacts to your Google Account, they'll sync automatically.

If you have other contacts on a device or SIM card, learn how to manually restore contacts.

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