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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 or to another device.

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, especially older and non-Google apps.

Turn automatic backup on or off
  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings .
  2. Under "Personal," tap Backup & reset.
    • To back up data and settings, tap Device backup and then Back up to Google Drive.
    • To back up photos and videos, tap Photos backup and then Back up & sync.

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, like your apps, 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.)

Add or 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.

Add backup accounts

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings .
  2. Under "Personal," tap Backup & reset and then Device backup or Photos backup.
  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.

Switch between backup accounts

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

Manually back up files & music

Restore backed-up photos, data & settings

Restore backed-up phone data and settings

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

The device will walk you through these steps:

  1. Connect the device to the Internet. Learn how to connect to a Wi-Fi network or mobile network.
  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. You'll see a list of devices with backups. 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 on your phone, you can choose to restore app settings that you'd previously backed up to your Google Account (steps above).

To restore app settings on your device:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings .
  2. Under "Personal," tap Backup & reset and then Device backup.
  3. Switch "Automatic restore" to On.

Note: Not all apps back up automatically, especially older and non-Google apps.

Erase your phone's data after backing up

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

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