How to Back Up and Restore Photos, Videos and Apps on Google Pixel

How to Backup and Restore Photos, Videos and Apps on Google Pixel

Google Pixel Phone, both standard and Pixel XL users have been given free unlimited cloud storage of the full-sized, high-resolution images and videos that are captured on the Pixel phone, includes 4K video which can be capture using this new smartphone. The free storage offered by Google through its Google Photos app, which firstly introduced last year, but the deal for non-Pixel phone users is limited to compressed photos only. It means that if you want to upload your “original” high-resolution images and videos, it counts against your account storage, which requires monthly fee for additional cloud storage. Here, we’ll show you how to back up and restore photos and videos on Google Pixel.
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Automatically backup photos, data & settings

With all free unlimited cloud storage offered by Google, you need to ensure that you can back up content, data, and settings from your Pixel phone to your Google Account, otherwise you can also restore your backed-up information to your Pixel phone or to another device anytime you need it. Here is what you need to know about how to automatically backup photos, data & settings.

Firstly, we need to know what kind of data that can be backed up automatically. There are two kinds of automatic backup that you can do to your Google Account; unlimited automatic backup and limited automatic back up. You can automatically backup any amount of data from Google Calendar, Google contacts, and Photos & videos (full original quality) to your Google Account. While for limited automatic backup allow you to automatically back p as much as 25 MB of data per app from Apps and app data, Call history, Device settings, and SMS text messages. Keep in mind that not all apps backup automatically, especially for older and non-Google apps, so you may need to backup manually for some apps.

Just like we said before that Google provides unlimited cloud storage for you to backup all photos and videos with full original quality without any additional monthly fee. This is really extraordinary offer you can get on Pixel phone. As we know that storage space is often becomes crucial issue for some other smartphones.

How to turn automatic backup on or off

If you want you Pixel phone to automatically back up your data, you need to turn it on first. It is very simple to turn it on, where you just need to do some simple steps below:

  1. Open Settings app on your Pixel phone
  2. Tap Back up & reset under ‘Personal’
  3. Tap Device back up and then choose Back up to Google Drive to back up data and settings.
  4. Tap Photos back up and then choose Back up & sync to back up photos and videos.

It is important for you to know that if you turn the automatic back up off, you also delete the phone data and settings that you had saved through automatic back up to this Google Account such as your apps, app data, call history, device settings, and SMS messages. While for your backed-up photos and videos stay available in Google Photos. Turning off automatic back up also won’t stop your Google Contacts and Google Calendar for syncing.

How to add or switch back up accounts

You have to know that your back up account is the Google Account that holds your backed-up data. This is the Google account where you can back up your data to. Learn how to add backup accounts in the following steps:

  1. Open Settings app on your Pixel phone
  2. Tap Backup & reset under ‘Personal’
  3. Tap Device backup or Photos backup
  4. Tap Backup account and then select Add account
  5. Confirm your device’s PIN, pattern or password.
  6. Sign in to the account that you want to add.

Switching between your backup accounts

If you have more than one backup account and you want to switch between your backup accounts, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Settings app on your Pixel phone
  2. Tap Backup & reset under “Personal”
  3. Tap Device backup or Photos backup
  4. Tap Backup account.
  5. Tap the account that you want to use for backups.

Manually Back up your photos and videos 

Besides automatically backup, wherever you go you can also back up all your photos and videos manually. Keep in mind that you don’t need to convert your photos and videos before backing up because on you Pixel phone, you can back up all your photos and videos with original quality because you have unlimited cloud storage to upload all of these photos and videos. If you want to back up all your photos and videos wherever you go, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Google Photos app  
  2. At the left, tap the menu  
  3. Then tap Settings
  4. Select ‘Backup and sync

After you have done all the steps above, all your photos and videos include your 4K videos are all stored to the Google Photos app.

Restore backed-up photos, data & settings

All backed up photos, data & settings on your Google Account are capable to be restored whenever you want to any device.

How to restore backed-up phone data and settings

The Google Account that has been added to your device will be used as your backup account. It means that what you had previously backed up for that Google Account gets put onto the device. Do the following steps to restore the backed up phone data and settings:

  1. Connect the device to the Internet. 
  2. Tap Other ways to copy data.
  3. Tap A backup from the cloud.
  4. Sign in to the Google Account that you backed up to.
  5. You’ll see a list of devices with backups. Tap the name of the device with the data that you’d like to use.
  6. Pick which apps you’d like to restore.
  7. Tap Restore

You can find your photos and videos in your device’s Google Photos app after adding your account to your device.

How to restore backed-up app settings

All your Pixel phone’s app settings that have been backed up to your backup account can be easily restore. When you reinstall an app on your phone, you can choose to restore app settings that you’d previously backed up to your Google Account based on the steps above. Follow the steps below to restore app settings on your device:

  1. Open Settings app on your Pixel phone
  2. Tap Backup & reset under ‘Personal’
  3. Select Device backup
  4. Switch ‘Automatic restore’ to On