How to backup, restore phone contacts and other data to Google on Android

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In this tutorial, we will be sharing how you can manually or automatically backup and restore phone contacts, calendar and other data on Android phone to Google account. As long as the phone runs Android operating system, whether a customize version (third-party ROMs e.g Cyanogen) or not, this tutorial will work for you. Android versions supported includes 2.3 Gingerbread, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.2 Jelly Bean, 4.4 KitKat, 5.0 Lollipop, 5.1 Lollipop, and 6.0 Marshmallow.

What usually shows up when turning an Android phone on for the first time after the bootscreen is Google ID login. While not all manufacturers thinks it is important to bombard their customers first with some sort of logins at the door step before getting to enter the main system, some pretty knows how important it is for their users, especially those that relies heavily on Google platform in maintaining their files and data.

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Among the most important files that cannot be simply ignore or lost are phone contacts and messages. Google makes these files easy to back up and restore on any Android device, and that's why most phone manufacturers prefer to put Google login at entrance when turning on a new smartphone for the first time, making it hassle-free to get your former phone contact backup in place on your new device. This however does not apply to those that just boarded Android platform for the first time and doesn't have Google ID.

For security reasons (though we think privacy reasons will best fit in), Google does not backup Android phone messages. Data that are backup are phone contacts, installed apps data, WiFi password, Calendar e.t.c. To enable this feature, a user will need to have Google ID (Account). Having this ID is pretty simple. Just keep reading.

How to register a Google account

1st Method

  • Go to https://accounts.google.com/sigNup on PC or any mobile browsers
  • Fill the form with required information
  • Verify your phone number (if asked)

2nd Method

  • On your Android phone, go to Settings > Accounts
  • Click on "Add Account"
  • Select Google from list of available accounts
  • At the bottom, select "New"
  • Fill the form and submit

If you already have a Google account or you used the 1st Method to register one, simply go to Settings > Account > Add Account > Google on your Android phone and login.

The first phase is over, what comes next is how to synchronized your phone contacts, calendar and other data on your Android to Google server and have them backed-up. This can be done in two ways, manually and automatically.

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By default, after login into Google account on Android, all backups are done automatically. Anytime data connection (internet) is turn on or WiFi connection is available, the process will start. However, there are three things that can affect or delay this backup process to start automatically.

1.) Disabling/Hibernating Google Play Services: This sometimes happens when a user is trying to save data or minimize data consumption by hibernating Google Play Services with third-party applications such as Greenify.

2.) Restricting Google Play Service Background Data under Settings > Data Save can hinder this process.

3.) Disabling "Backup my data" in Settings > Backup & Reset

If auto backup is somehow unavailable, the backup can be done manually as long as there is a data connection. Follow the steps below.

  • On your Android phone, go to Settings > Accounts
  • Click on Google from list of registered accounts
  • You should see your registered Ⓖoogle account address, click on option menu (three vertical dots represent this on some phones) at the top-right corner and select "Sync now"

Now that you have perfectly setup Google backup on your Android, all you need to do is just sit down and relax while the process dance to your configured command.

How to restore backup contacts and data on a new Android phone

Restoring backup contacts and other data on a new phone is easy. As we already said, some phone manufacturers like to placed Google login after bootscreen when turning on a new Android smartphone for the first time. Signing in here automatically puts your data including your backup contacts in place. If your newly bought phone doesn't show login screen when turning it on for the first time, you can manually restore the backups by going to Settings > Accounts > Add Account > Google > Existing.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask using the comment box below.
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