Phone-snatchers got the better of me last year, and I lost my Samsung A7 on my way home. At the time, I wasn’t worried about the phone, but the data that was stored in it. Security was not an issue since I remotely instructed my phone to erase all the content from the device using Google’s Find my Device feature. However, I did face problems importing data from the Samsung cloud storage to Xiaomi’s cloud storage.
The main issue was of recovering the data onto a new phone, especially a different brand. After the Samsung, I bought a Redmi Note 6 Pro, which had limited cloud space and made it difficult to import data from the Samsung cloud.
It would have been great if Google One existed at the time (it was launched a few months later). Google One serves a unified cloud storage platform where Google Drive can also be merged. It can be used from any platform, irrespective of OS and build.
There are a few steps that need to be followed to avail Google One’s advantages:
- Download the Google One app from the Playstore
- Access the Google One app using your Google ID and password
- Select the storage plan you want
- Select the Home section in the app and choose ‘Backup Now’
- Select the content you wish to backup and tap ‘Next’
- Tap the ‘Back Up’ button again to start the process
If you want to restore the backup, you can select ‘Restore’ under the ‘Home’ section.
Google One provides a basic storage of 15 GB, which can be expanded by purchasing additional storage space. For Rs 130 per month, you can avail 100 GB cloud storage. For Rs 200 per month, you’ll be offered a cloud storage of 200 GB. The plans go up to Rs 19,500.
I suggest everyone to start backing up on Google One so they do not have to face the difficulty of backup storage and restoration on different platforms. Good luck!