Avoid Google backup restore – Android

For anyone that owns an Android smartphone, you probably know that Google has made it easy to backup your data such as installed applications and system settings.

Avoid Google Backup

All you have to do is check the box to backup your data when you are first setting up your Google account on your phone. However, sometimes you just want to start off fresh, without having the backup automatically pushed straight to your phone. These steps will show you how to avoid the auto-restore feature whether you’re doing a factory reset or installing a new custom rom if your phone is rooted. (Done on the original Droid 1)

Step 1

After you have done a factory reset or installed a new rom, continue to go through the setup process on your phone until you reach the screen to sign in with your Google account.  Once you reach this screen, choose to skip this screen which is the last option.  This will bypass the setup and get you straight to your home screen.

Step 2

Navigate to your system settings by pressing the menu button and selecting the ‘Settings’ option.  Scroll down and select the ‘Privacy’ menu.

Step 3

Once you are on this screen, you will see to check boxes under the ‘Backup and Restore” category.  These both need to be unchecked.  So first, check the box next to ‘Back up my data’ which will unlock the ‘Automatic restore’ option.  Go ahead and uncheck the box next to ‘Automatic restore’ and then continue to now uncheck the box next to ‘Back up my data’.  Select ‘OK’ at the prompt to stop backing up your data on Google servers.

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Step 4

Now that you have stopped the Google backup from automatically restoring, you can now setup your Google Account on your phone.  Go back to the ‘Settings’ menu and proceed to the ‘Accounts and sync’ option.  Select ‘Add account’ at the bottom of the screen, choose ‘Google’, and now you are back where you started.  You can now choose to either create or sign in to your Google account and enjoy a fresh start!

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  • Dan S

    What I’d really like to know is how to manage which apps get backed up and, more importantly, restored. I love the restore feature, but I don’t necessarily want everything restored every time.

    • This is the very reason why I ended up resorting to a full wipe with no backup to start fresh. I hope Google eventually gives some sort of interface to select which apps you would like to re-install from your backup in the future. As far as I know, there is nothing Google provides right now to be able to decide which apps to backup.

      • imakulate

        Great idea! Titanium Backup could help them out. 😉

  • Bernhard

    I have never had Google Backup restore anything for me and I actually want it to. 🙁

  • Mr. Anon

    Thank you so much for this!

  • ninothatech

    I installed my first rom on HTC inspire (cm7 7.1) and I never had any of my settings or apps restored,just my contact’s.

  • Sandeep

    Yep, very true. As of now, Google does not provide any interface from which a user can select which apps he wants to install again after the full wipe. They should provide such an interface where in a user can select for the apps which the user would be willing to have on his device in case of a full wipe.

  • Ganesh, the data is backed up into Google cloud.

  • Heber Peralta

    I’m using Android 4.4.2
    I don’t the other version, but I had the problem with wifi password saved.
    the maximum is 200 wifi saved… so if you connect the 201, android do not keep the password saved.

    you log your account google and make the backup you will notice it backups all passwords…
    so My Android do not show ao Wlans, I had deleted 5 of then.
    Tried to clear many things on google account direct on homepage…

    I’m disappointed with limitation of android, and Google, Samsung does not warn the user…
    I thought it’s a hardware problem, i was trying to get my money back…

    So SOLVED by my researches….
    Android SUCKS, deserves to be rooted, custom rooms.

    Moto G with 4.4.4 and Galaxy S5 not? what a shame!!!

  • imakulate

    Thanks for the info.I never use Google backup, but I may give it a shot. I flash alot of roms and I always just manually set everything.