‘Backup by Google One’ is Android’s new free backup system

Google today started rolling out “Backup by Google One” as an update over the existing Android backup service that now means end users only have to be aware of one sync to the cloud. 

Android backups currently cover app data, SMS messages, call history, contacts, and device preferences — including Wi-Fi networks and passwords, wallpapers, display settings (brightness and sleep), language and input settings, and date/time.

Backup by Google One is billed as being more granular and expansive, as well as unified. Namely, it can also back up photos, videos, and MMS messages with management and control now directly in Android settings, in addition to the existing Google One app or website. 

With this change, MMS is now part of the Android backup experience by default. Last year, the company started allowing anyone to back up MMS, but that required installing and using the Google One app.

This unified approach is meant to remove any distinction in backups. Today, people are primarily aware of Google One (which most equate with Google Photos media backup) and might not be familiar with what’s automatically done in the background. This usually does come into play until they get a new device and are setting it up. Users will now have less to manage and be actively aware of what is being stored.

Current Android backup