Google play account backup/restore

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Google Play Backup Usage Statistics

There is no information in the public domain which provides insights into statistics surrounding the use of the Google Play account backup/restore functionality. However, starting from the Android 6.0 release in 2015, every Google Play account has had a built-in backup/restore functionality to backup installed apps automatically. This information shows that out of the 1.3 billion Android smartphones sold to people in 2017, those who switched from Android 6.0 and above to another Android device of the same or higher operating system could use the app restore function available in Google Play's "My Apps & Games" under settings. Unfortunately, there is also no information in the public domain revealing the number of people who switch from Android 6.0 and above to another Android 6.0 and above device; so, we could not estimate the required information.

Methodology

We started by investigating reports on official Google directories providing information on how to backup and restore apps on Google Play with the hope of identifying insights into the required information. For this, we researched the Google app statistics and Google Play Developer directories; unfortunately, there were no statistics specific to the usage of Google Play account backup/restore function. However, a report by the Google Play Developer directory related to app backup and restore revealed that starting from the Android 6.0 release, (in 2015) installed apps were synced and backed up automatically with a user's Google account.

Due to the lack of information on how many people use the google play account backup/restore functionality on Google-owned portals, we proceeded to examine reports by domains that provide Android app usage statistics with the hope to identify data on how many people use the google play account backup/restore function. This time, we researched AppAnnie, AppBrain, Sensor Tower, and others. Statistics on these portals revealed the top Android apps, as well information pertinent to app optimization and ranking, but there were no insights into the number of people using the google play account backup/restore functionality.

Next, we switched strategies to investigate trusted tech and media website with reports relevant to apps' backup and restore on Google Play. This investigation produced reports by Tech Advisor, Android Central, Republic Wireless, and others. Unfortunately, these reports focused on how to backup/restore apps on Google Play, but did not have any insights into many people use the google play account backup/restore functionality. However, these reports observed that backing up apps on Android was automatic, requiring a user to select the "My Apps & Games" option in Google Play to restore apps installed on a previously used Android device.

Based on the above information revealing that Android 6.0, which came out in 2015, did the backup of apps automatically to users' Google accounts, we investigated the number of Android smartphones sold annually hoping to identify reports with insights into how many people switched to new Android devices of version 6.0 and older. This investigation revealed reports by Digital Trends and The Star showing that 1.3 billion Android smartphones were sold in 2017. Also, we found smartphone switching survey reports by Mac Rumours, Android Authority, and others, but none had insights into how many people switch from one Android device to another; instead, they focused on those switching from Android to iOS and vice versa. However, it is likely that out the 1.3 billion people who bought Android smartphones in 2017; those switching between Android 6.0 and above devices could use the Google Play backup and restore function. Unfortunately, due to the lack of information on the number of people switching from Android 6.0 and above to another Android device with the same or higher operating system, we could not estimate the number of people using the Google Play backup and restore functionality.

Furthermore, in the course of the above investigation, we identified apps on the Google PlayStore used to backup/restore apps installed on Android devices. They include Backup & Restore, App Backup & Restore, Apps Backup & Restore, and Helium - Backup and Restore. Thus, we researched these apps with the hope to identify data revealing how many people use them to backup/restore apps on Android, as well as get some estimates of how many people that backup/restore apps on Android. For this, we used portals such as AppBrain, AppAnnie, and SimilarWeb, but statistics on how many use them was not available in the public domain. However, SimilarWeb showed the usage ranking of the Helium - Backup and Restore and Backup & Restore apps. But, these stats were not specific to how many use them; instead, they were on how they ranked in Google Play compared to other apps. So, we provided the number of downloads each of these apps has on Google Play to give some ideas on the popularity of the backup and restore function in Google Play.

Helpful Research Findings

RESTORING AND BACKING UP APPS ON GOOGLE PLAY

According to the official Google Play documentation directory, starting from Android 6.0, which began in 2015, backing up and restoring apps on Google Play became automatic. Furthermore, reports by Tech Advisor, Android Central, Republic Wireless, and others confirmed that once an Android user logs into their Google account, which is mandatory to access Google Play, they get an automatic backup of all new apps installed. Then, when they get a new Android device, all they have to do to restore previously installed apps is to take the following steps:
  • Open Google Play
  • Tap the hamburger menu button on Google Play
  • Choose "My Apps & Games."
  • Tap on library
  • Select "Install" to restore previously installed applications.
Based on the above information, backing up and restoring apps on Google play does not have an app-like function, so we could not determine its usage statistics specific to how many people used the above function to restore an app or the frequency of usage.

STATISTICS relevant to GOOGLE PLAY BACKUP/restore USAGE

As per Google Play's documentation, beginning with the introduction of Android 6.0 in 2015, the backup of installed apps became automatically synced with Google accounts. Meaning that to restore apps installed in a previous Android device, users only need to select the "My Apps & Games" option in Google Play. Based on this information, it goes to say the 1.3 billion Android smartphones sold in 2017 could restore the apps earlier installed by its users, as long as they were switching from an Android device of 6.0 and above. Unfortunately, we could not determine the usage statistics for those that went on to use the restore function in Google Play, as there is no information in the public domain revealing the number of people switching Android devices of version 6.0 and older in the public domain.

SOME ANDROID APPS TO BACKUP AND Restore APPS





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  • "This part of the process is mainly automatic, as when you set up a new device with your Google account, you'll be asked to choose which backup to restore. If you find things are missing from your apps then you can try going to Settings > System > Advanced > Backup, then tapping on App data in the Active backups section."
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  • "Generally, we recommend Auto Backup because it's enabled by default and requires no work to implement. Apps that target Android 6.0 (API level 23) or higher are automatically enabled for Auto Backup. The Auto Backup feature is a file-based approach to backing up app data."
  • "Android provides two ways for apps to back up their data to the cloud: Auto backup for apps and Key/Value Backup. "