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Back up or restore data on your Nexus, Android One, or Google Play Edition device

You can back up content, data, and settings from your device. You can restore backed-up information to your device.

Back up your photos, files, and music to your Google Account

You can back up photos, videos, files, and music from your device using your Google Account.

Back up photos and videos

You can use Auto Backup to automatically back up your photos and videos to your Google Account. Make sure that "Back up and sync" is on.

To see that all your photos and videos are backed up:

  1. On your device, open the Google Photos app Photos icon.
  2. At the bottom, tap Photos .
  3. Any photos or videos that aren't backed up will have this icon: .
Upload files to Google Drive

With Google Drive, you can:

Upload music files to Google Play

You can use the Music Manager to upload your music files to Google Play.

Back up your data and settings with Android Backup Service

You can use Android Backup Service to back up data connected to one or more of your Google Accounts. If you have to replace your device or erase its data, you can restore your data from any Google Account that you backed up.

If you're using a tablet with multiple users, only the tablet's owner can see the backup and reset options.

What gets backed up with Android Backup Service
  • Google Calendar settings
  • Wi-Fi networks & passwords
  • Home screen wallpapers
  • Gmail settings
  • Apps installed through Google Play (backed up on the Play Store app)
  • Display settings (Brightness & Sleep)
  • Language & Input settings
  • Date & Time
  • Third-party app settings & data (varies by app)

Note: Not all apps use Android Backup Service. Some apps may not back up and restore all data.

How to back up with Android Backup Service

To back up your data with Android Backup Service

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings .
  2. Under "Personal," tap Backup & reset.
  3. Tap Back up my data and switch it on.

To add a backup account

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings .
  2. Under "Personal," tap Backup & reset.
  3. Tap Backup account and then Add account.
  4. Confirm your device's PIN, pattern or password.
  5. Sign in to the account that you want to add.

To switch between backup accounts

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings .
  2. Under "Personal," tap Backup & reset.
  3. Tap Backup account.
  4. Tap the account that you want to use for backups.

Restore your data and settings

After you've backed up your data to your Google Account, you can use Android Backup Service to restore your data and app settings on a new device.

Restore backed-up Google Account data and settings
When you add your Google Account to a device, the data that you previously backed up for that Google Account (via Android Backup Service) is restored to the device.
Restore backed-up app settings

When you reinstall an app on your device, you can choose to restore app settings that you previously backed up with your Google Account (via Android Backup Service).

To restore app settings on your device:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings .
  2. Under "Personal," tap Backup & reset.
  3. Tap Automatic restore to switch it on.

Note: Not all apps use Android Backup Service. Some apps may not back up and restore all data.

Erase your device's data

After you back up all your data, if you want to erase everything on your device, you can do a factory reset.

IMPORTANT: Performing a reset will erase all data from the device. While any data stored in your Google Account will be restored, all apps and their associated data will be uninstalled. Learn how to reset your device to factory settings.

After resetting your device, you'll need to re-enter the same information requested when you first set it up. If you've been backing up your data to a Google Account, an option during the setup process lets you restore it.

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