How to Restore Google Pixel Phones from Backup

If you have no idea how to restore Pixel phone from backup, this tutorial will show you how to easily get all data back, including photos, contacts, apps data and so on from your Google backup.

iMobie Last Updated: Mar. 30, 2020

Q: I’ve been facing some problems with Pixel phone–accidentally deleted some crucial data from my phone, and I want to try restoring them from pixel backup, what’s the best way to fully restore Pixel from backup exactly?

Pixel Backup

Many of you may encounter the same problems as the user above. Besides accidentally deleting, there are many reasons could lead to data loss, such as hardware & system malfunctions, human errors, software corruption, and the computer virus, etc.

Though it’s really a catastrophe to lose important data, you don’t have to be panic, the lost data can be restored from backup if you have backed up your Pixel. Now you can follow the steps below to restore Pixel from backup.

Using the following methods, your current data on Pixel phone will be replaced by the backup contents.

How to Restore Google Pixel from Google Drive

How to Restore Backed-up Photos, Data and Device Settings

Please connect your Pixel phone to a Wi-Fi or Cellular network, and follow steps below to restore Pixel phone from the backup.

Step 1 Go to “Settings” > Tap “Reset” to reset your Pixel phone, then you can follow the on-screen steps.

Step 2 When the “Copy apps & data” display to you > Tap “Next” > Choose “Can’t use the old phone” > Tap “OK” under “Copy another way” > Click “A backup from the cloud” > Sign in with your Google account that has the backup.

Step 3 Choose a backup and select the file types you want to restore > Tap “Restore” to restore data from Google Pixel phone.

How to Restore Backed-up App Settings

Step 1 Open your Pixel phone’s Settings app.

Step 2 Under “Personal” > Tap “Backup& Reset” > Under “Content”, tap “App data”.

Step 3 Turn on Automatic restore.

How to Restore Backed-up Contacts

Step 1 Open your device’s Settings app > Tap Google > Under “Services,” tap Restore contacts.

Step 2 If you have multiple Google Accounts, to choose which account’s contacts to restore > Tap From Account > Tap the device with the contacts to copy.

Step 3 If you don’t want to copy contacts from your SIM card or device storage, turn off SIM card or Device storage > Tap Restore, then wait until you see “Contacts restored.”

To avoid duplicates, your device restores only contacts that it doesn’t already have. Your restored contacts also sync to your current Google Account and other devices.

The Bottom Line

With the methods mentioned above, you can restore Pixel from backup easily. And if you have any questions or problems, you can share it with us in the comment part.


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