Got a new phone? Awesome! Here’s how you can restore your apps and settings from your previous device.
Google has always synced calendar events, contacts, Drive documents, Gmail settings and other account-related information across devices, and since Android 5.0 Lollipop the company started offering the ability to restore apps to a new device. With Marshmallow, the feature was expanded to include app data as well as system settings, with all the information stored in the cloud. Android 7.0 and 8.0 doesn’t bring changes to the backup service itself, but Google has placed more focus on privacy and how sensitive information is sent or stored.
If you’re using the Google Now or Pixel Launcher, your home screen background, icon and widget layout, as well as the folder structure, is now saved to the cloud, allowing you to restore your settings to a new handset and retain your home screen layout.
Where does all this data get stored? Google is backing up the app data to Drive, allocating 25MB for each app. Data used by the backup system doesn’t count toward your storage quota. Meanwhile, developers can choose to select what app data gets stored in the cloud and you can opt-out of the service at any time through your device settings.
Here’s how you can restore your apps and settings when moving to a new Android phone.
How to enable the Android backup service
First, make sure you have the backup service running on your current phone.
Open Settings from the home screen or app drawer.
Navigate to Backup & reset.
Select Back up my data.
Toggle Back up my data to On.
Select Back to go back to Backup & reset.
Check that the correct Google account is associated in Backup account.
Toggle Automatic restore to On to restore settings and data when installing an app.
Now that you’ve enabled the Android backup service,