Back up or restore data on your Pixel phone

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

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 9 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn on automatic backups

Turn automatic backup on or off

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

You can set up your phone to automatically save backup copies of your data.

  1. On your Android phone, open the Google One app Google One.
  2. Scroll to 'Back up your phone' and tap View Details.
  3. Choose the backup settings that you want.
    • If you get advice to install an app, update an app or change your settings, follow the on-screen steps. Then, to finish, go back to the Google One app.
    • You can back up copies of your files with mobile data. To reduce the amount of data that you use, use Wi-Fi instead.
  4. If necessary, allow Backup by Google One to back up pictures and videos through Google Photos.
  5. Tap Turn on.

Your Google One backup can take up to 24 hours. When your data is saved, 'On' will be below the data types that you selected.

Switch backup accounts
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap System And then Backup.
  3. Tap Account.
  4. Tap the Google Account that you want to use for backups. If the account that you want to use isn't there, tap Add account.
What backs up automatically
Your backups are uploaded to Google and encrypted using your Google Account password. For some data, your phone's screen lock PIN, pattern or password is also used for encryption.

Any amount of data

  • Google Calendar
  • Google Contacts
  • Photos and videos

Tip: 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
  • Phone settings
  • SMS text messages (not MMS)
Tip: Not all apps back up automatically. To find out about an app, learn how to contact its developer.

Erase after backing up

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

Get your data onto a new phone

Restore backed-up data and phone settings

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

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 phone

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

To restore a previous phone's account to a reset phone

Your photos and videos are already available in Google Photos. But you can restore the rest of the data that you backed up while you set up your new phone for the first time or after a factory reset. At setup, to restore your data, follow the on-screen steps.

The process can take up to 24 hours.

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 phone or SIM card, learn how to manually restore contacts.

See what photos, data and settings you backed up

You can check what data and apps are included in your backup file.

  1. On your device, open the Google One app Google One.
  2. At the top, tap Home.
  3. Scroll to the device backup section.
    • If this is your first phone backup: Tap Set up data backup.
    • If this isn't your first phone backup: Tap View details.
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