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How to backup data on the Pixel 6, Pixel 6a and Pixel 6 Pro

Last Updated on 04/02/2023

You can easily backup the data and files you have stored locally on your Google Pixel 6, Google Pixel 6a or Google Pixel 6 Pro. This is helpful if you want to switch to another phone or factory reset the current device.

You can follow the steps laid out in this guide to see how you can properly backup the data and files on your smartphone.

How to manually backup data on Pixel 6

In order to manually backup data on your Google Pixel 6 series phone, you need to take the following steps:

1. Start by opening the Settings App from the home screen menu of your smartphone.

2. After opening Settings, you need to scroll down and then select System.

3. Inside the System menu, you then need to select Backup.

4. Once you get to the Backup menu, select the Account Storage option.

5. In the Choose Backup Account window, select the Google Account that you want to back up the data stored on your phone to. If you don’t see your account, then you can select the Add Account option in the window and then sign into your Google Account.

6. After choosing the backup account, you can then select the Back Up Now Option from the Back Up menu.

How to enable automatic backups on Pixel 6

By default, automatic backups should be turned on for your Pixel 6, Pixel 6a or Pixel 6 Pro. With this feature turned on, your phone will start to upload its data to the cloud after it detects that it has been charging idly for 2 hours.

To see whether or not automatic backups are currently enabled on your smartphone, you need to go open the Settings App and then select System > Backup. In the Backup menu, you then need to make sure that the Backup by Google One setting is enabled.

How to back up Pixel 6 using mobile or metered Wi-Fi networks

If your Google Pixel 6 series phone isn’t connected to a Wi-Fi network but you still want to back up your data, then you might want to do so through your mobile network or metered Wi-Fi network.

If you are interested in doing so, then you need to take the following steps:

1. First off, head back to the front page of the Settings App.

2. From there, you need to navigate downwards and then select System.

3. You then need to select Backup from the System menu.

4. After getting to the Backup menu, navigate all the way down and then make sure that the Back Up Using Mobile or Metered Wi-Fi Data Setting is turned on.

By using mobile or metered Wi-Fi Data for backing up the files stored in the local storage of your phone, you may be subject to network fees.