Google will offer manual data back up option in future version of Android. The news has come from Google’s Issue Tracker (via XDA-developers) where a Googler replying to a user query of enabling the manual backup option said that it would be considered for a future Android release.
The conversation began on August 6 with a thread on Google Issue Tracker when a Pixel 2 XL owner posted that he couldn’t find an option to manually start a backup to Google Drive on his Pixel 2 XL, which Google had noted about in the official support documentation for Android O. The issue was immediately assigned to the development team and after 10 days the correspondent for the Android development team noted that “the requested feature will be available in a future release.”
Google has offered automatic backup functionality in Android since Android Eclair and Froyo days. The company took it to another level with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. However, it still doesn’t allow users to do a simple manual back up. It’s not that the functionality doesn’t exist, it is there but the process is not that easy. By using ADB on your computer and enabling USB debugging on your Android smartphone, you can trigger a manual backup of all your data onto Google Drive with a command via computer.
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Thankfully, now that Google is considering manual backup option, it will be easier for an Android smartphone user to take backup of app data, call history, device settings, and text messages whenever they want.