Google is reportedly releasing a Backup by Google One update for Android users that will consolidate all Android backups in one place. Android backups currently only include app data, SMS, call history, contacts, and some other data. With Backup by Google One, users will also be able to back up their photos, videos, and MMS messages. This new backup option is expected to be available directly in Android settings, in addition to a dedicated app and the Google One website.
Back in May 2018, Google introduced the unified Google One backup app, which gave users more storage space at lower prices. Besides the standard Android backup system, which includes app data, call history, contacts, SMS, and device settings, Google One allows users to also back up their photos, videos, and MMS messages. Now, according to report from 9to5Google, Android is getting a new “Backup from Google One” option that provides consistent backup functionality right in the settings.
Along with the dedicated Google One app and website, Android users will be able to back up their data to Google One from the backup settings on their phone. The report added that the “Back up from Google One” option will contain settings to enable or disable backing up MMS messages as well as photos and videos. It is expected to be available for all Google accounts as they get 15GB of free storage.
According to the report, the new customization is starting to roll out to Android 8.0 devices and will become more available in the coming weeks. It will most likely replace the default Android backup option in Settings > System > Backup…
In September 2019, an automatic phone backup feature was added to the Google One app for Android users. Then last year, the app became available for iOS as well.