On Wednesday, Google started rolling out ‘Backup by Google One’, a free, unified backup service for Android that replaces and builds upon the Operating System’s existing backup functionality — reports 9to5Google.
The stock Android backup functionality included app data, contacts, call history, SMS messages, and device preferences like wallpapers, saved Wi-Fi networks, passwords, language and input settings, and display settings.
Google One, on the other hand, is a monthly subscription service that gives your Google account more cloud storage space beyond the 15GB you get for free when you sign up. As of last year, you can also create device backups that include photos, videos, MMS, and more in the Google One app.
Backup by Google One unifies both services, giving Android users the ability to back up everything from images and videos to contacts and device preferences with one single stock applet, and puts all of the backup management for their data under one roof right in their device’s Settings.
Backup by Google One is designed to provide users with more information on what exactly is being backed up, make device backups easier to manage, and make it so all of their backup settings can be found in one place.
Even though it comes with the ‘Google One’ branding, Backup by Google One will be available for free to all Google accounts, much like the storage management utility within the Google One app.
Backup by Google One has started rolling out to devices running Android 8.0 and above, and should be widely available “over the coming weeks.”