How to Backup and Restore Your Google Pixel/PixelXL

How to Backup and Restore Google Pixel / Pixel XL [Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL]

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL, Google’s first self-branded smartphones, features many great features including unlimited photo and video storage. It automatically makes a full resolution copy of every picture you take.

Other unlimited automatic backup features of the Google Pixel or Pixel XL includes Google Calendar and Google Contacts. The smartphones also let you automatically back up as much as 25 MB of data per app from:

  • Apps and app data
  • Device settings
  • Call history
  • SMS text messages

turn automatic backup on or off:

Step 1: Go to your device’s Settings app.

Step 2: Go under Personal to tap on Backup and Reset.

If you want to backup data and settings, tap Device backup>Back up to Google Drive. For photos and videos, tap Photos backup>backup and sync.

Backup onto your computer

Not everything will be backed up automatically, and it’s always a good idea to have a backup of your Android phone. Backing data up manually can take time. The Android Backup and Restore tool lets you backup and restore data from Google’s Pixel phones on your computer.

Here is how you use it.

Step 1: Download and run the Android Backup and Restore program on your computer.

Step 2: Look under More Tools for Android Data Backup and Restore.

Step 3: Connect your phone to your computer.

Step 4: Click Backup.

Step 5: Select which data you want to backup. You can back up all contacts, SMS texts, photos, videos, call logs and apps. Select what data you want to backup and tap on Backup to start the process.

Step 6: Wait until the process is complete and click on View the backup on your screen’s lower left corner to check what’s included in the backup file.

That’s all you have to do to backup your phone. Remember this is always a good idea in case if something happens to your phone and you need to reset it to factory settings or otherwise reinstall your data.

Restore Data from Backups

Has the time come that you need to restore data from your backup? Here is how to do it.

Step 1: Find the file you want to restore and click on Restore.

Step 2: Select which data you want to restore and again select Restore to start restoring data to your Pixel phone.

Step 3: Click OK to authorize the program to continue.

Step 4: When done, your smartphone will display “Restoring has been completed” on the screen to let you know the process is complete.

The Android Backup and Restore tool has a variety of uses including restoring data that is accidentally deleted or lost because of a virus attack, unsuccessful rooting or an operating system error. It can be used for many Android phones, not just the Pixel and Pixel XL.

Remember backing up your data is a solid way to be ready in case if things happen and you risk losing your data. It’s prevention worth taking the time to do, and apps like the Android Backup and Recovery Tool make it easier to do.

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Kirtiraj Gohil is a Co-founder, Social Media Strategist & Technology Enthusiast @ The Crazy Thinkers, The Crazy Design & Sparx BPO, specializing in Content Marketing, Social Media, Business and Entrepreneurship.

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