Google provides a convenient tool called Find My Device, which allows you to locate your smartphone when it is lost or stolen. In the worst situation, when the phone is not recoverable, Find My Device allows you to delete all its contents remotely so that the information stored on the mobile device can not be read and reused by third parties.

If you own an Android smartphone, you will always be able to recover data such as photos, phonebook with phone numbers and email addresses, calendar, notes, application settings, SMS and so on, even if you lose your smartphone and ask to be deleted from your data by clicking on the Delete button in the Find My Device interface.

Recovering Android Data: How to Proceed

To make sure that you can recover data from an Android device, even if it is lost or can no longer be found, it is important to configure the operating system as follows:

Assigning a Google User Account to Your Phone

First of all, make sure you associate a Google user account with your Android smartphone: it will be used by the operating system as a reference point for automatic backup to the cloud of all user data and app settings.

You should never lose control over this Google account by paying the utmost attention to the configuration of its security settings (possibly also activate two-factor authentication). In this regard, we also suggest reading the article Google Account Recovery: how to proceed.

Activate the Backup With Google Photo

Losing your photo archive because, suddenly, your phone no longer shows signs of life is now a thing of the past: by installing the Google Photo app you can configure automatic backup of photos on cloud servers, within your Google user account.

To proceed, simply access the settings of the Google Photo app, choose Backup and Sync, then activate Backup and Sync and then choose the quality (Upload size) with which you want to store images in the cloud.

The advantage of Google Photo is that by installing the same application on other devices and setting up the same Google account, you will have access to your entire photo gallery (synchronization).

Access to your photo archive will also be possible from any browser by connecting to this page.

Google Photo also allows you to simultaneously manage multiple Google user accounts: to switch from one account to another, just tap the button at the top left and then select the corresponding email address.

About Google Photo we suggest reading the articles Google Photo, the features you may not know and How to share Google Photo album.

Enable Google Sync

To automatically back up your calendar, Gmail mail, Drive, Chrome settings, Google Fit, your contact book (with phone numbers and email addresses), Google Keep notes, various app data, it is important to access the Android settings then choose Account or Sync then Google entry.

After choosing the Google account to be backed up, you can tick the boxes corresponding to the items that are always kept up to date in the cloud.

If you lose your phone or it doesn’t work anymore, just associate the same Google account to a new smartphone and all your data will be automatically restored.

The list that Android shows on the Sync screen varies depending on the apps installed on your mobile device.

For contact management, we suggest using the new Google Contacts app by referring to the article How to use Google Contacts on Android.

By referring to the Other menu accessible from this page, you can even undo changes made to your contact book up to 30 days earlier.

Backing up WiFi Passwords, Call History and Apps

To retrieve WiFi network parameters, call history, list of installed Android apps and their settings, simply go to your Android settings, choose Backup my data and activate the Enable backup “switch”.

Recover SMS From Android Device

Unfortunately, at least at present, Android does not allow you to create a backup copy of the SMS sent and received.

The best way to create a copy and restore them later is to use the free SMS Backup & Restore app.

The app allows you to create and save the backup of SMS on the cloud, on Google Drive or Dropbox: in this way you can always proceed to the recovery of SMS and their recovery, for example on other Android devices.

Backing up WhatsApp Data to the Cloud

In order not to lose WhatsApp conversations and files exchanged through the instant messaging client, the advice is to enable backup on Google Drive by accessing the app settings and then selecting Chat, Chat Backup, Backup to Google Drive: Backup WhatsApp on Google Drive, how it works.

Recover Data From Android When the Display Does not Turn on or is Corrupted

The best way to copy important files from your Android device when it no longer starts is to use the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) together with the pull command.

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