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How to Backup Files from Android to Google Drive

--Thursday, November 26, 2015
I know that it is cliché to emphasize how important a backup is and say "regularly backup your files lest you lose your data accidentally". But a backup is peculiarly crucial. When your Android phone is lost or broken, when operating system is upgraded, and when you accidentally delete your file, backup can help you get back lost data. So don't feel tired of creating backup. And there are some practical backup tools you need to know, Google Drive for example.

Google Drive is a Cloud storage for syncing, backing up, and sharing files from your Android phone/tablet. The app With a Google account and the app installed in your Android, you can copy your Android files and upload them to the Cloud. But if your don't want to install the app on your device, you can also try Android File Manager.

Part 1 Backup Files from Android to Google Drive

Step 1 Set to Upload Files
Connect your Android phone to Wi-Fi hotspot or open cellular. Then open Google Drive on your Android phone. Set up your Google Drive, and log into your account. You will have the main page. Hit the red plus icon at the lower-right corner. Then choose the "Upload" button.

Choose to Upload Files

Step 2 Choose Files to Backup
Now you can navigate to files you want to backup. You can upload images, audios, videos, Word/Excel/PPT/PDF documents, and more. In the "Open from" page, choose a folder where files you want to backup are stored. Then check items you want and click the button "Done". Google Drive will backup those files to Cloud.

Select Photos to Upload

Part 2 Backup Data to Google Drive with Android File Manager

If you worried about that installing the Google Drive app on your Android phone, you can also backup Android smartphone data to Google Drive easily on Mac. To start with, Android File Manager, a professional tool enables you to back up files from Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, etc to Google Drive or Dropbox, transfer data between Android and Mac/iOS and more.

Download Mac

Step 1 Download and install Android File Manager on your Mac. Then, launch it and click into the "Preference" interface as below.

Android File Manager Preference

Step 2 Select "Google Drive" in the "Integration" panel. And hit the "Link Account" button.

Link Google Drive to Android File Manager

Sign in your Google account with the correct e-mail and password. Remember to get your Mac well-connected to the Internet during the process. When you successfully login, tap "Allow" to enable the software view and manage the files stored in your Google Drive.

Sign in Google Drive

Step 3 Go back to the software. You will see the plug-in Android phone and your Google account shown at the top of the two blocks. Select Google account on the left one and Android on the right, all data stored in the two places will be displayed in the corresponding panel. Choose all the files that you want to back up from Android to Google Drive and hit the "Move" button or "F6" on the keyboard, the selected files will be successfully backed up to Google Drive in a flash.

Copy Android File to Google Drive

You have backed up files from Android to Cloud. Now you can reach them with any Android devices once you sign in your Google Drive account, such as Samsung Galaxy, LG G, HTC One, Sony Xperia, etc. And you can share these files to anyone via Google Drive, inviting them to view, edit and comment your files. Plus, transfer Android files to Google Drive on Mac with Android File Transfer is also very convenient.


Ivy Bruce

Ivy Bruce is the Founder and Editorial Director at Recovery-Android Studio. You can also find her on Google+ and Twitter.