Skip to main content

Google just upgraded the Android backup system without telling anyone

It's a more simplified backups solution for all Android users, not just Google one subscribers.

What you need to know

  • Backups by Google One is replacing your existing Android system backup method.
  • This update is rolling out to many Android phones and will happen in the background.
  • Backed-up items now include MMS, photos, videos, wallpapers, several system settings, and more.
  • You do not need to be a Google One subscriber to use this service.

Google appears to be upgrading your phone's backup system behind the scenes to a substantially better version. Penned Backup by Google One, the update was first revealed by 9to5Google and — despite not seeing much fanfare from Google itself — is replacing your phone's existing backups system. We've reached out to Google to get more information and find out when this might be rolling out for everyone and will update this article with that information, although it's reportedly rolling out "over the coming weeks."

You won't have to do anything to receive this update; rather, just keep an eye out in your phone's settings for backups to change to Backups by Google One. Once that change occurs, you'll be able to more granularly select items on your phone to back up, now including MMS as well as SMS texts. Previously, items like MMS, photos, videos, and wallpapers would be synced by a different app, depending on which phone you were using. Many of the best Android phones already let you do this, but now it's easier than ever.

Now that this system-level backup utility handles everything, you can more easily control all the items you want to back up from one simple interface. The full list of items that Backups by Google One will now handle includes app data, call history, device preferences, messages (SMS and MMS), Wi-Fi passwords, wallpapers, system settings like display brightness, photos, videos, and more.

Despite the name, Backup by Google One doesn't require a Google One subscription. Rather, this is a full replacement to the existing backups system built into all Android phones that is designed to back up your important data to your Google account. Users who aren't paying for a Google One subscription will still have everything backed up — they'll just need to make sure the new additions to the backups don't fill up the 15GB of cloud storage you get for free from Google.

Pure Google

Google Pixel 5

$650 at Best Buy

Truly a great buy

The Google Pixel 5 is one of the best Android phones on the market thanks to its fast and fluid launcher, simple design, and impressive cameras. It is also one of the most affordable Android flagships you can buy.

Source: androidcentral

Popular posts from this blog

Got a new Amazon Echo Show? Here's how to get it up and running.

The Amazon Echo Show devices are the only Alexa smart speakers that feature touchscreen displays. Available in 5-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch display sizes, the Echo Show is a countertop device that packs a lot of heat. Whether it's video calling via Zoom or Skype, streaming music from various providers such as Apple Music and Spotify, listening to Audible audiobooks, or watching Prime Video, you're sure to get a lot out of this device. This product line also comes in smaller versions such as the Echo Show 5 and the Echo Show 8 in case the Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) is a bit too much for your tastes. If this is your first time getting started with one of these dynamic devices, let us show you how to set up your Amazon Echo Show! How to set up your new Echo Show all models

Protect your kids by setting up a supervised YouTube account

YouTube Kids has been around since 2015 and has grown into a great place for children to explore what YouTube has to offer safely. In 2021, the company is expanding ways for younger viewers to see more of what's available from the streaming service, along with a more mature interface with supervised accounts. Instead of a separate app, these accounts will use the official YouTube app, so knowing how to set up a supervised account for kids on Youtube is important. If you want to protect your child from some of the less than appropriate content that can be seen on YouTube, then you'll want to be sure to have the supervised account properly set up. YouTube announced supervised accounts as a way for kids aged 9+ to see to more of what the service offers while still under the guidelines set by their parent. So, whether you have picked up one of the best phones for kids or maybe a tablet like the Lenovo Smart Tab M10 HD that has Google's Kids Space for your child, here&#

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE review: Better phone, worse price

This upgrade is an uphill battle for Samsung thanks to steep competition. It's hard to believe that it's been a year and a half since Samsung redefined the "flagship killer" concept with the Galaxy S20 FE . At the time, the phone blew us away with its quality, delivering a true flagship experience for a significantly lower price than a "regular" Galaxy S20. The Galaxy S21 FE was rumored to be released the entire second half of 2021, and now it's finally here. The Galaxy S21 FE debuts with some of the expected upgrades over its predecessor but still retains many of the points that made the S20 FE a more affordable device. You won't find a brand new camera array on this phone when compared to 2020's device — that's a 12MP sensor for the main and ultra-wide lenses, while an 8MP sensor still resides behind the 3X telephoto lens — but Samsung has upgraded the styling to be more in line with the Galaxy S21 and the rumored look of the Galaxy

PS5 restocks: Here are the latest PS5 stock updates & how to find one

PS5 stock is selling out fast, so be sure to have your credit card ready. Looking to buy a PS5 ? Well, so are millions of other people. It doesn't help that stock levels remain really tight, even nearly a year after its launch. Every time a retailer puts stock up for sale, it sells out super quickly. The longest we here at Android Central have seen PS5s stay in stock is between 15 to 20 minutes (often just a few minutes, though). That's also at random times, so finding a PS5 is a truly challenging task. Sony warned it will be hard to find stock throughout the year and well into 2022, but retailers promise more are coming and that Sony has secured additional semiconductor chips to make them. In our PS5 review, we called the system a technical marvel with a groundbreaking controller. And after spending a few months with the PS5, it's nearly impossible to go back to the PS4. Everything about the PS5 is better , from the games to the DualSense haptic feedback and adaptive