Thanks to Google, with the power of Google Drive and Google Photos, you can backup your favorite photos and all your Android device’s data. Imagine if you lost your Android smartphone. All that data would’ve been lost if you never used Google Drive or Google Photos. But, if you lost your phone and you’ve backed it up, you can create a duplicate archive on a new Android device.

How to Backup with Google Drive

Download and Install Google Drive:

Most modern Android devices have the Google Drive app pre-installed right out of the box. However, in some cases, your Android model may not have it. Luckily, you can download it from the Google Play Store app and the best part: it’s free. You can entirely skip this step if you already have it pre-installed.

1. Find the Google Play Store app and launch it. Check your Home screen or your App Drawer where your installed apps take refuge.

2. Up at the top, you’ll see the Google Play Store search bar. Tap Search and type Google Drive, and tap the small magnifying glass to search. Considering its popularity, it will take you directly to the Google Drive app’s information page, rather than give you search results.

3. Within the Google Drive app’s information page, you’ll find an Install button. Tap it and it will automatically download and install the app straight to your Android device, usually on the Home page, but check your App Drawer if it isn’t there.

Using Google Drive to Backup:

1. Launch the Google Drive app. Check your Home screen or App Drawer. Its icon is a yellow, blue, and green triangle.

2. At the top of the screen, and to the left, there’s a button with three horizontal lines inside. Selecting it will open a menu.

Settings

3. In the left hand panel that opened, head down to Settings and tap it.

Backup and reset

4. Head down to Backup and reset and select it.

5. First, choose Backup account and, from the window prompted, choose the account you’d like to backup data to.

6. Head back to Backup and reset.

back up my data

7. At the top, turn Back up my data on by moving the slider, on the right, to the right. It will turn blue when it’s activated.

8. Head back to Google Drive’s home screen.

9. Tap the Upload button. Its icon is a rainbow addition sign at the bottom right corner.

If you’d like to avoid outrageous data charges or hitting your data limit, it’s best if you use a safe and secure network connection to upload any data. Turn your data off. Open your Quick Settings menu, by tapping the dashboard at the top of your screen, and selecting Wi-Fi from the quick settings.

Upload

10. Select Upload from the menu Google Drive prompts.

11. In the menu, select where the file is housed.

12. Head back to Google Drive’s home screen to see your uploaded files.

How to Backup with Google Photos

Download and Install Google Photos:

Most modern Android devices come with the Google Photos app pre-installed, but not all Android devices. You can entirely skip this step if your Android device has it already.

1. Locate and launch the Google Play Store app. Its icon is a colorful triangle. You can find it one one of your Home screens or inside your App Drawer, where all your currently installed apps are housed.

2. In the Google Play Store search field, type Google Photos and tap the magnifying glass. It should take you directly to the Google Photos app’s information page. You can browse all it’s features and decide if it’s a good fit for you.

3. Once you’re on Google Photos app’s information page, select Install and it will automatically download and install the Google Photos app directly to your Android device. Once it’s finished, you can find it on one of your Home screens or your App Drawer.

Using Google Photos to Backup Pictures:

1. Launch the Google Photos app. Check your Home screen or App Drawer. Its icon looks like a flower made of shapes, colored red, yellow, blue and green.

2. At the top of the screen, and to the left, there’s a button with three horizontal lines inside. Selecting it will open a menu.

Settings

3. In the left hand panel that opened, head down to Settings and tap it.

4. Locate and select Back up & sync.

backup & sync

5. In the Back up & sync menu, locate Back up & sync and tap the slider on the right to turn it on. It will turn blue when it’s been activated.

6. Tap the arrow at the top left corner of the screen to head back to Settings.

Google Drive

7. Scroll all the way down to Google Drive. Tap the slider on the right to turn it on. It will turn blue when its been activated.

Accessing Google Backup for Duplication

Getting to access your Google account’s backed up files as a few applications. For starters, it can relieve your Android device’s storage, especially if you have a small hard drive. As cameras get better, they capture more detail and when they capture more detail, pictures take up more space.

Another great aspect, arguably the best aspect of it, is being able to backup the data for your entire Android device, like contacts and app information. If you lose your Android device or it gets stolen, thanks to backing it up with Google, you can copy the files to a new Android device.

1. Launch the Google app. Its icon is a big, rainbow ‘G.’

2. Tap your profile picture in the top right corner of the screen.

Manage your account

3. In the menu, select Manage your Google Account.

4. At the top are a number of tabs. Select Data & personalization.

Download your data

5. Head down to Download your data. It will redirect you.

6. Everything that you’ve actively had backed up to Google will show up on the list. Next to each item, there’s a box you can checkmark. If there’s a specific item you don’t want copied, you can uncheck it.

7. Select Next Step all the way at the bottom.

8. Choose a delivery method and then tap Create archive. Depending on how much data is being set, it may take awhile.