Android’s backup and restore capabilities are unproven in terms of clarity and security. Yes, there is Google Backup, but what exactly it does is never so clear. And what else can you do to make sure you can restore your Android settings, apps, and data whenever you need to?

Here we are going to guide you how to restore your Android data from backups whether you are switching to a new phone or restoring an existing one.

We’ll show you how to recover using Google Backup first, but you’ll need to change your phone. To reset your Android settings without changing your phone, click here to go to the right part of this guide.

Set up Google Backup

The basic thing you need to do is set up Google Backup, which stores some key data in your Google Account and lets you restore it when you switch to a new phone. It is not the only backup method and may not be the most efficient one we discuss here, but it is a good basis for obtaining and backing up the following data:

  • Wi-Fi passwords
  • About clock, alarms, etc.
  • Call records
  • Contact information
  • Device settings
  • Some, but not all, third party application information

To enable Google Backup, go to Settings -> Backup & Restore and set Back Up My Data to On, making sure the backup account is the same Gmail account you plan to set up your new phone with.

You should also enable the AutoRecover slider, which ensures that the applications you restore restore all data and settings as much as possible.

Some phones can take advantage of the advanced features of Google Backup from the Android Marshmallow app to also restore some third-party apps with all their data.

To see if you can do this, go to the Google Drive app on your phone, tap the burger menu in the top left -> Settings, and then Back up and reset should show Manage backup to see which third-party apps have been backed up with their data.

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