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Methods to Do a Backup on Google Pixel

By Emily Watson, Friday, September 22, 2017

Google has finally reached to high-end mobile market with Pixel and Pixel XL, which were announced during a press event on October 4, 2016 and serve as Google's launch devices for Android 7.1 Nougat. These two phones are the first smartphones as part of the Google Pixel line. Though Pixel phones stay quite premium, it's worth having a try on this gadget as a competitor against Apple and Samsung. No worry, you're also able to easily transfer Samsung/iPhone data to Pixel phones without a hitch. What's more, you should attach the importance to the backup of Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Data loss is an unpredictable misery, but preparedness averts it. Now, let's kick in on how to back up Google Pixel phones.

Resort 1: Make a Backup with Google Account

As a phone made by Google, it means that it enjoys powerful software supports from Google, for instance, backup & restore feature. You are able to make an unlimited backup for data like Google Calendar, Google Contacts and Photos & Videos with full original quality (That's really awesome), and a limited backup (25MB) for Apps & App data, Call history, Device settings and Text Messages (only SMS available). Better yet, you can enable auto-backup for Pixel phones and don't worry about forgetting to make a backup.

Before you go and make a backup, you should add a backup account. If you have already set it up, please skip this section. Please go to "Settings" > "Personal" > "Backup & reset" > "Device backup" or "Photos backup". Then, tap "Backup account" and select "Add account". Also, you can switch a backup account in this part.

How to Enable Automatic Backup?

Step 1. Open "Settings" app on device.

Step 2. Select "Personal" and choose "Backup & reset".

Step 3. To back up data and settings, select "Device backup" > "Back up to Google Drive".

Step 4. To back up photos and videos, select "Photos backup" > "Back up & sync".

Note that if you turn automatic backup off, data except photos & videos, contacts and calendar will all be deleted.

Backup Pixel via Google

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Resort 2: Back up All Pixel Phones Data with Ease

Though the Method 1 is feasible, it has a limited storage for some data and is not allowed to preview backed-up data. So, here comes FonePaw Android Data Backup & Restore. It empowers to save your phone data to PC and encrypt it with ease. Let's cut the cliché and see how it works.


Step 1. Connect Google Pixel to Computer

Please install Android Data Backup & Restore on your Windows with a click over the button above. Then, launch the program and hook up to it with included USB cable.

Connect Google Pixel to Computer

If your USB debugging is enabled but the following window still pops up, please follow the steps and allow debugging mode on Pixel phone.

Enable USB Debugging

Step 2. Start to Back Up

There are quite a lot of content supported by this program. Please choose "Device Data Backup" to select the ideal files. However, if you just tend to back up all, please hit "One-click Backup" which can save all contents in several moments.

Save Device Data

Step 3. Decide Whether to Encrypt Backup

When you have selected what you want, there is anther option for you to decide whether to encrypt the backup. Once you set a password for the backup, you must remember it or note it down.

Select Data

Step 4. Pixel Backup is Done

All items that have been saved will be kept in a folder which only can be opened with this program. At this time, you can check the backup results as you like or continue to back up other data or devices.

Pixel Backup is Done


Personally, I'd like to try Method 2 as to back up my Pixel phone for the reason that it's able to back up all the content at one time. Better yet, it can also be a recovery tool and transfer tool at the same time. It simply cannot be better.

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