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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.

Restoring data varies by device and Android version. You can't restore a backup from a higher Android version onto a phone running a lower Android version. If you're restoring data with a phone that's not a Pixel, see the manufacturer's support site.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Automatically back up photos, data & settings

What backs up automatically

Any amount of data

  • Google Calendar
  • Google Contacts
  • Photos and videos

Note: To find out how long your phone backs up unlimited photos and videos at full original quality, see the tech specs or learn about upload sizes.

Up to 25 MB of data per app

  • 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 app.
  2. Tap System 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 app .
  2. Tap System and then Backup.
  3. Tap Account.
  4. Tap the account you want to use for backups. If the account you want to use isn't there, tap Add account.

Back up files

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

Erase after backing up

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

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.

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.

To add another account to a set-up Pixel phone

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Users & accounts and then Add account.
  3. Follow the on-screen steps.

To restore an account to a reset Pixel phone

  1. After resetting your Pixel phone, tap Start. Follow the on-screen steps.
  2. When you see "Copy apps & data," tap Next and then Can't use old phone.
  3. Under "Copy another way," tap OK and then A backup from the cloud.
  4. Connect to a Wi-Fi or mobile network.
  5. Sign in to the Google Account that has the backup of your data.
  6. Follow the on-screen steps.
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 app.
  2. Tap System and then Backup and then App data.
  3. 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 restore those contacts yourself.

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