How do you back up Android settings?

Your phone is loaded with your preferred settings, from Wi-Fi passwords to app preferences, and it took you some work to get everything just the way you like it. Maybe you have your accessibility settings set up just so, or maybe you're switching to a new device and you'd like to load all your settings just the way you had them on your old phone.

Maybe (and this is a sad thought) your phone gets lost or stolen and you'd like those settings to stay as they were if you have to start over. With a few easy steps you'll be able to back up your settings to Google Drive and put your mind at ease.

Sync your settings to the Google server

  1. Launch the Settings app from your home screen or your app drawer.
  2. Scroll down and tap Accounts.
  3. Tap on Google. If you have more than one Google account associated with your phone, tap the primary account you set your phone up with.
  4. Tap on each service you want to automatically sync.

    Launch Settings, tap Accounts, tap Google, tap categories Each synced service, like passwords, Chrome bookmarks, and app data will also then be available to your other devices when you sign in with your Google account, like a tablet.

Set up Google's automatic restore

Automatic restore is helpful overall, but especially if you delete an app or service from your phone, then later reinstall it, or reset your phone.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your home screen or your app drawer.
  2. Scroll down and tap Backup & reset.
  3. Tap Back up my data.

    Launch settings, tap Backup and reset, tap Back up my data

  4. Tap On at the top of the screen.
  5. Tap back at the top left of the screen.
  6. Tap Automatic restore on.

    Tap on, tap back arrow, tap Automatic restore on