Irreparably broken your cellphone in a freak accident? To not fear — Google’s obtained your again. The search big in the present day introduced that subscribers to Google One, a subscription service that gives expanded cloud storage, can now make the most of a whole-phone backup resolution for Android that routinely copies movies, multimedia messages (MMS), and uncompressed pictures to Google’s datacenters.
However wait, you would possibly say, doesn’t Google already supply a free backup resolution for Android? That’s true, but it surely solely covers content material, choose knowledge (apps, name historical past, contacts, and calendar), and settings. (Solely Pixel telephones get native SMS backup.) And whereas Google’s eponymous Google Pictures service backs up pictures and movies at no cost, it by default resizes pics to 16MP (original-quality pictures rely towards your Google Account storage). Google One doesn’t contact pictures earlier than importing them, and it throws within the aforementioned textual content messages backup at no further cost.
In case you’re already a Google One subscriber, launch the app in your cellphone. You must see a System Backup part on the house web page, and extra controls in Settings > Handle backup settings.
“We’ve taken the usual Android backup (that features texts, contacts, and apps) and we’re supplying you with much more,” wrote Google One common supervisor Larissa Fontaine in a weblog put up. “[T]he subsequent time you break, lose or change your cellphone, you gained’t lose your pictures, movies, contacts and messages — principally, all the pieces that’s essential to you.”
As you would possibly recall, Google One plans rolled out in Might as replacements to Google Drive storage upgrades. Google Accounts have traditionally include 15GB of free storage, which can be utilized throughout Google merchandise together with Gmail, Google Pictures, and Google Docs. Those that wanted extra might pay $1.99 monthly for 100GB of storage, $9.99 for 1TB, $19.99 for 2TB, $99.99 for 10TB, $199.99 for 20TB, or $299.99 for 30TB.
With Google One, Google stored the free 15GB ceiling and the beginning 1GB plan however added a 200GB tier to the combo that prices $2.99 monthly, plus a brand new 2TB plan for $9.99 monthly. Moreover, the corporate debuted a brand new family-sharing characteristic that permits as much as 5 relations to make use of the identical plan, every with their very own private cupboard space.
Together with the expanded storage, Google One subscribers get entry to “Google consultants” for service and machine questions by means of the devoted Google One cellular app. They’re additionally afforded Google Play credit and particular Google One member costs on motels by means of Google Search.