Google Rolls Out Manual Backups For Android Phones

Google Rolls Out Manual Backups For Android Phones
Image: <a href=''>Maurizio Pesce</a> / Flickr, licensed under <a href=''>Creative Commons 2.0</a>

Automated backups are nice, but even better is the ability to initiate one yourself. Until recently, that wasn’t possible on Android, however, it appears Google is now supporting the option, though it’s unclear which devices or versions will ultimately get the feature.

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A fellow by the name of Alex Kruger on Twitter spotted the option on his Pixel 2.

Indeed, if you hit up Google’s support page on Android backups, you’ll find the following section:

Manually back up data & settings
If you’re using Android 8.1 & below: You can manually back up your device at any time, like if you want to transfer your information to a new phone.

  • Open your device’s Settings app.
  • Tap System > Advanced > Backup > Back up now > Continue.

Testing by 9to5Google’s Kyle Bradshaw suggests that most, if not all, devices should get the feature:

Every device we tested internally also seems to have received the ability to do a manual Android backup. It seems Google is able to reach such a wide swath of devices across versions by rolling the feature into Google Play Services. If your device receives Play Services updates, you will likely see “Back up now” appear soon.

So if you can’t find it on your phone yet, hopefully all you need to do is wait.

@Kruger2147 [Twitter, via 9to5Google]


  • Works on the OnePlus 6 on 9.0 (not sure where this 8.1 and below thing comes from – I’m guessing that it should read above).

    Annoying that Google can’t even follow their own design guidelines, and you get a coloured cloud upload icon in your status bar instead of a black/white one while the backup is in progress.

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