Dan Gookin explains how Android account backup and data synchronization works. Learn how to disable backup of specific portions of your account's data. Turn off synchronization of various items to protect your privacy and keep sensitive information on the phone or tablet.
- [Instructor] Details about your account, as well as personal data and other information are automatically backed up and synchronized between your Android and the internet. You can control which type and how much of this information is backed up or synchronized, which adds a level of privacy to the information on your phone or tablet. To confirm which details are backed up, open the settings app. I'll choose it from the quick settings drawer here. Now, to find the area quickly, tap the search box and type Backup.
The item you're looking for is called Backup, or it could be titled Backup and Restore, Backup My Data, or something similar. I'll choose Backup. The master control determines that Backup is on for the Google account listed. Because this device runs the latest version of the Android operating system, it features a content section. Here are a list of items backed up, including data from your apps, call history, settings, and so on. App Data includes settings you've made in various apps.
In fact, any time you get a new Android, your apps may be automatically reinstalled, complete with their original settings. Even if you must manually reinstall an app, this feature passes along your preferences because they've been backed up. It's good to have all these items backed up. The benefit of the other items in the list is that they can be restored from another device, such as a new phone. One specific item you might consider disabling is Photos & Videos, which may present a concern for some people. Choose Photos & Videos here and you can disable the option.
And as you see, it's already disabled. Coupled with Backup is the Android's data synchronization feature. From the main settings app screen, choose Users & Accounts. Tap your Gmail or Google account. Now, if you don't see that list of accounts, then choose Accounts and then tap your Google account. And you might further need to choose Account Sync if you don't see a list of synced items. So here, I'll choose Account Sync and there's the list of items.
This screen lists aspects of your Google account synchronized over the internet and with other Android devices. These are items related to your account, not specifically data stored on the Android. For example, you don't see photos or videos listed here. It's okay to keep synchronizing these items. The protection is your Google or Gmail account password. Or if you prefer to keep this information, such as contacts, only on your phone or tablet, then disable that one item.
That keeps the data local to your phone or tablet, which some people find more secure.
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