How to Restore Backup From Google Drive

Written by Tijana Google Workplace / Drive

- 4 min read

Technology is improving by the minute, and the market is currently overflown by the variety of devices and manufacturers.

Due to this, since we’re exposed to an enormous range of choices, especially when it comes to phones, we switch devices for a better one often.

This is the reason why all smartphones currently have some types of clouds - a virtual storage where all your information and data are stored, and you can access them from whichever device you need.

Apple, for example, has iCloud as a virtual storage, for all types of devices, while most Androids upload their backups to Google Drive.

Since the sole purpose of having everything uploaded somewhere, is to have access to the data at any time, you can easily switch phones or restore deleted data at any time.

How do I restore a backup from Google Drive?

First things first, in case you’re switching from one device to another, make sure you have a backup on, so you don’t lose all your data.

If not, we will show you where you can check your latest backup, and if you haven’t made one, how to do it.

How do I turn on backup?

As we mentioned, you need to make sure you’ve had all your data backed up, so you don’t lose anything significant in the process.

  • On your phone, go to ‘Settings’.
  • In ‘Settings’, use the search bar to type in ‘Backup and Restore’.
  • In this section, you should see a ‘Backup data’ feature or a variation of this name (depending on the manufacturer).
  • You will see a detailed insight about your last backup, its size, and when it was made.
  • If you do not have the ‘Backup’ feature activated, toggle the button next to it to turn it on.
  • If you want to refresh your backup, click on the ‘Backup’ button.

After finishing these steps, you will probably see either a ‘Loading…’ or a progress bar at the bottom of the screen. After they load, your backup has finished.

How do I restore my latest backup?

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Since you made your last update, all your latest data is in your backup. To access it on a new device, or restore your information, we will guide you step by step:

  • When setting up a new phone, you will be asked to fill in some information such as Language, Region etc. Finish filling in all these fields until you get to ‘Copy your data’.
  • After clicking on this, you will need to sign into a wireless network in order to continue.
  • You will be taken to a new window, where you’ll be given several options on how you can restore your data. Click on ‘Backup from cloud’.
  • You will need to sign into your Google account in order to get access to your backup.
  • For those users who have 2FA, you’ll also get an SMS so you can confirm it’s you.
  • You will see a list of backups - your uploaded data to Google Drive.
  • Choose the back up with the latest date - probably today’s date if you refreshed your backup.
  • You will be asked to accept Terms & Conditions, and your download will begin shortly after.
  • You will get your calls, apps, data, and cloud storage back on your new Android device.

The process, however, may last from a couple of minutes up to an hour, depending on the size of the backup.

You can continue setting up different things on your phone while the backup runs in the background, just make sure not to turn off the phone so you don’t disconnect the backup.

If a video has been sent to you in your Google Drive, and you want to upload it to YouTube, there isn’t any built-in option to upload videos from Google Drive directly to YouTube, but there is a workaround that allows you to do it. Check out how to do it in our blog post.