Google Drive monitors most of your data in your Android smartphone like text messages, app data, contacts, and in some cases call history. But, thereâ€™s never been an option to manually back up your data. Android devices automatically backup to Drive when they are plugged into the charger and connected to Wi-Fi, so If these conditions are never met, chances are your data isnâ€™t being backed up.
According to a tweet by aÂ 9to5GoogleÂ reader, a new options in the backup settings allows the user to manually initiate a Google Drive backup. The feature was never available until now but was promised to arrive in a future Android update back in August.
@SkylledDev @hallstephenj @9to5Google Remember this article about forcing a manual backup to Google in a future version of Android? I just saw it on my customers Turbo and on my Pixel 2. https://t.co/lpFg6SK11k pic.twitter.com/IrwTKlHZ3p
â€” Alex Kruger (@Kruger2147) November 9, 2018
According to the reader, he saw the â€œBack up nowâ€ button in his Pixel 2, but also saw it on some older devices including a Droid Turbo running Android Marshmallow. It appears that the option is currently rolling out to more devices via Google Play Services â€“ which doesnâ€™t require an OTA.
In any case, this new option makes it easier to ensure your data is backed up properly before performing a factory reset to hand the phone off to another person or trade it in.