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Back up or restore data on your Pixel phone

You can back up content, data, and settings from your Pixel phone to your Google Account. You can restore your backed-up information to your Pixel phone.

Note: Android isn't the same on all devices. These instructions are for devices running Android 7.1.2 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Automatically back up photos, data & settings

What backs up automatically

Unlimited automatic backup

You can automatically back up any amount of data from:

  • Google Calendar
  • Google Contacts
  • Photos and videos (full original quality)

Limited automatic backup

You can automatically back up as much as 25 MB of data per app from:

  • Apps and app data
  • Call history
  • Device settings
  • SMS text messages (not MMS)

Note: Not all apps back up automatically. To find out about an app, learn how to contact its developer.

Turn automatic backup on or off
  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings .
  2. Under "Personal," tap Backup & reset and then Backup.
  3. Turn Back up to Google Drive on or off.

Important: ​If you turn off automatic backup, you also delete the phone data and settings that you'd saved through automatic backup to this Google Account. This deletion includes app data, call history, device settings, and SMS messages. (Your backed-up photos and videos stay available in Google Photos. Your Google Contacts and Google Calendar still sync.)

Switch backup accounts

Your backup account is the Google Account that holds your backed-up data. You can back up to any of your Google Accounts.

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings .
  2. Under "Personal," tap Backup & reset and then Backup.
  3. Tap Backup account.
  4. Tap the account you want to use for backups. If the account you want to use isn't there, tap Add account.

Manually back up files

You can save files and folders to Google Drive. Learn how to upload to Drive

Restore backed-up photos, data & settings

Restore backed-up data & device settings

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

The device will walk you through these steps:

  1. Connect to a Wi-Fi or mobile network. Learn how to connect by Wi-Fi or mobile data.
  2. Tap Other ways to copy data.
  3. Tap A backup from the cloud.
  4. Sign in to the Google Account that you backed up to.
  5. Tap the name of the device with the data that you'd like to use.
  6. Pick which apps you'd like to restore.
  7. Tap Restore.

Tip: After adding your account, find your photos and videos in your device's Google Photos app Photos icon.

Restore backed-up app settings

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

To restore app settings:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Personal," tap Backup & reset.
  3. Under "Content," tap App data.
  4. Turn on Automatic restore.

Note: Not all apps back up automatically. To find out about an app, learn how to contact its developer.

Restore backed-up contacts

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.

Erase your phone's data after backing up

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