Monday, 12 November 2018

Google starts offering manual backup option for Android smartphones

Android users will now be able to manually choose to back up their data onto Google Drive, as per user Alex Kruger. The tipster posted a screenshot of the update on Twitter, and claimed that the feature was available across a range of Android devices. While Google is yet to confirm the extent of the feature’s rollout, it is in line with an update it had promised in August.

With the ‘back up to Google Drive’ option, Android device holders will not have to rely on previous settings, that would allow backup while the device is charging. The only requirement for the updated backup option is that of a Wi-Fi connection, which appears over a subsequent pop-up that asks a user to use a metered connection. As per the tweet from Kruger, the feature also worked on a variety of phones, that included a Droid Turbo model based on Android Marshmallow.

For those seeking to use the ‘back up to Google Drive option’, one could check for Settings > Google > Backup > Back up to Google Drive. Also, one should make sure their Google apps, as well as Google Play Services, are updated.

Backup of data to Google Drive was included onto every Android phone, with no manual override. This also includes the most recent of launches, such as the OnePlus 6T and Google Pixel 3/ Pixel 3 XL. Besides this feature, Google has recently added other features onto Drive, such as ‘Priority in Drive’, that offers suggestions to organise content backed up online, as well as improved file search options.


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