Some time ago you asked a friend to make a backup copy of some important data on your own Google Drive. Now that you need it again, you would like to stop bothering this person and take action yourself: the problem, however, is that you don't have the faintest idea of how to recover backups from google drive, because you've never done anything like this before. That's the way it is, right? Then know that you are in the right place!
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In the course of this guide, in fact, I will take care to explain to you in detail how to download the documents stored on Google Drive from a PC, smartphone or tablet, even in the form of a single large archive. For completeness of information, I will also explain how to restore backups of Android settings and those of WhatsApp chats.
So, without waiting any longer, make yourself comfortable and carefully read everything I have to explain to you on the subject: I am sure that, at the end of reading this guide, you will have acquired the necessary skills to succeed in the enterprise and you will be happy to communicate. to your computer friend that he made it himself. Happy reading and good work!
- How to recover Google Drive backup: data
- From PC
- Give smartphone and tablet
- Tramite Google Takeout
- How to restore backups from Google Drive: Android
- How to restore WhatsApp backup from Google Drive
How to recover Google Drive backup: data
Basically, it is possible to recover data backups from Google Drive in at least two ways: by manually downloading the files you need, or by requesting the creation of a single archive that contains them all (through the service Google Takeout). In both cases, you will need to know the password of your Google account: if you do not remember it, you can cope with it by following the instructions I gave you in my tutorial on the subject.
The easiest way to download the data stored in Google Drive from your computer is to use the official program Google Backup and Sync, through which it is possible to integrate Google Drive files directly into the File Explorer of Windows or in the Finder of MacOS.
To download it, connected to its official website, click on the item Download resident in the box Backup and synchronization and then press the button Accept and download. When the download is complete, open the file obtained and, if you use Windowsclick on your button Yes to start the automatic client installation. Then finish everything by pressing the button end.
If all went well, the Google Drive icon (shaped like nuvola) should appear near the Windows clock: if you don't see it, first click on up arrow (in order to display the “hidden” icons in the notification area), then click on them and press the button Start located in the panel that appears.
If, on the other hand, yours is a Mac, use the screen that is offered to you immediately after opening the file and drag the icon of Google backup and sync in the folder Applications of macOS. Now, start the program using the icon you just copied (or directly from the Lauchpad macOS) and, if prompted, press the button apri to authorize its execution.
From now on, the procedures for Windows and macOS are identical: to start, log in to the Google account from which you intend to download the data, using the proposed fields, and click on the button OK to go to the program configuration phase.
So, if you intend to automatically synchronize the folders on your computer, put the check mark next to those of your interest and click on the buttons NEXT e OK. However, keep in mind that this synchronization is not necessary for the purposes of this guide: therefore, if you are not interested in uploading the contents of your computer folders to Drive, uncheck all the boxes visible on the screen (where possible) and press the buttons NEXT e OK.
At this point, put the check mark on the item Sync my Drive to this computer and specify if synchronize everything, thus downloading the entire content of the cloud space on the computer, or if synchronize only some folders (which must subsequently be selected by hand).
Once you have made your choices, click on the button starts to complete the configuration and start the program, which will download the files to your computer: depending on the size of the files and the speed of the Internet connection, everything could take up to a few hours.
At any time, you can view the status of the synchronization by clicking on the icon nuvola located near the system clock.
Once the synchronization is complete, you can access the folder containing the Google Drive files by opening theFile Explorer Windows or the Finder macOS and clicking on the icon Google Drive visible in the left sidebar, under the section Quick Access o Add to Wishlist. Alternatively, you can get the same result by clicking on the icon first nuvola of Google Drive, located near the clock, and then on the symbol of folder resident in the panel that appears.
All files in the Google Drive folder can be opened, edited, copied elsewhere or shared within other programs; it is important to point out that any changes made in the Google Drive folder (delete / move, modify, add a file and so on) it will be automatically reflected in the cloud as well.
If, on the other hand, you don't intend to download all Drive folders to your computer but are interested in taking backup copies of some files only, you can use the Web version of the service, reachable at this website.
Once the page in question is open, log in to your Google account, press on the item My Drive visible on the left and choose the file / folder that you are interested in downloading; to make a multiple selection, hold down the key Ctrl o cmd on the keyboard and click on each of the files to download.
When the job is done, do it click destroy on one of the selected items, choose the item Download from the proposed context menu and wait for the file download to be completed; if you have selected multiple files or entire folders, a .zip package will be created which contains all items.
Give smartphone and tablet
If, on the other hand, you are interested recover backups from Google Drive on iPhone, its iPad or on Android, you can use the official application of the service, installed as standard on most Android animated devices (it can still be downloaded from the Play Store) and also available for iPhone and iPad.
If you have not yet downloaded the app, open the reference store of your device, search for the name of the application using the appropriate search field and, when you have found it, press the button Installa / Ottieni, to download it to your device. If necessary, authenticate via facial recognition, Fingerprint or Password account, to conclude.
After installing the application, open it and, if you use an Android device or an iPhone on which you have already configured other Google apps, tap on the name of the configured account, to log in; alternatively, enter the your credentials in the appropriate fields and tap the button Log in.
Once the login is complete, if required, authorizes the application to access the memory, answering affirmatively to the warning that appears, tap on the card Fillet (l'icona della folder located below) and identify the element of your interest, among those stored in the cloud.
When you've found it, tap the button (⋮) corresponding to it and tap the item Make it available offline from the proposed menu, so you can access the file through the Drive application, even without an Internet connection.
If you want to save a copy of the file in another part of memory, or share it within an app, select the entry instead Send a copy from the menu I told you about earlier and tap on the option Salva In or your icon file manager (eg. Google files) from the panel displayed on the screen, to save the file in memory, or the icon of the app through which to share the item. If prompted, choose where to save the file, tap the button Save / OK of the file manager and that's it.
Note: if you wish, you can make a multiple selection by making a long tap on the icon of the first item to be shared and, subsequently, by pressing on the icons of all the others. The share button, in this case, appears in the upper right corner of the Drive screen.
Tramite Google Takeout
Finally, if you need to download the backup of all Google Drive items in one go (convenient option if, for example, you are thinking of closing your account to open a new one), you can take advantage of the service Google Takeout: this is an official feature made available by Google, through which it is possible to create, in a short time, a archive containing all the data associated with a specific account (including, of course, those of Drive).
To use it, connect to this Web page from the browser you usually use to surf the Internet (the service is accessible from PC, smartphone and tablet) and log in to your account, entering the credentials in the appropriate fields. If necessary, finish thetwo-factor authentication following the instructions given to you.
Once the login is complete, select the data to include placing the check mark next to the relative ones names: in this specific case, to download the backup of the items stored on Drive (i.e. those you own, present in the sections My Drive e computer), of the images and videos of Google Photos, put the check mark only next to the items Drive e Google Photos.
Made your choices, press the button Successful Passaggio visible at the bottom of the page and using the menus and options proposed later, to define the mode and type of backup export: set the drop-down menu Delivery method su Email the download link, in order to receive an email containing the link to download the backup and use the drop-down menu Frequency su 1 export, so as to create the archive only once.
As a next step, specify the format in which to create the backup (archive.zip O .tgz) and the maximum size of each file of which it is composed (1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB, 10 GB or 50 GB) using the menus respectively File type e Sizes and finally press the button Create export, in order to start creating the archive containing the copy of the Google Drive data.
Depending on the size of the elements to be saved, the procedure, which progresses completely automatically, could also last for entire days. Once creation is complete, you will receive a e-mail message containing the link of download, to be used to download the archive, lasting one week. You can check, at any time, the progress of the backups made and the download links still working, by going to this website.
For more information about how Google Takeout works, I refer you to reading the in-depth analysis I have dedicated to the service.
How to restore backups from Google Drive: Android
Have you taken care to synchronize the data of your old Android smartphone or tablet (call history, alarms, ringtones, wallpapers, SMS, system app data, installed apps and so on) in the cloud, using the appropriate system function, and would you restore backups from Google Drive on your new device? Don't worry, everything is much simpler than it seems.
To succeed in the enterprise, in fact, it is sufficient to choose to transfer apps and data from a backup already existing during the first configuration of the device (after choosing the language and connecting to the Wi-Fi network) and, when requested, log in to the same Google account in use on the old one. Once the login is complete, answer affirmatively to the request for download apps and settings from Google.
If this is the first time you change devices and you don't have the faintest idea of how to configure your smartphone for the first use, the tutorial I dedicated to the topic could be very useful.
As things currently stand, it is not possible to directly download the Android backup data, but you can still view the size of the same, directly from the Google Drive site for PC: after connecting to the latter and logging in to your Google account, click on the items Archiving (left) e Backup (right) and finally double-click the name of the device for which you have saved the data.
How to restore WhatsApp backup from Google Drive
You have switched to a new smartphone Android and want to restore backups of WhatsApp that you had made, with Google Drive, on the old one? No problem: to do this, simply configure the new device with the same Google account, install WhatsApp and proceed with its initial configuration.
In order for everything to go well, if WhatsApp is still active on the old smartphone, I advise you to update the backup of the conversations: therefore open the messaging app, tap the button (⋮) resident at the top right and select the item Settings give the menu to compare.
Pray, recati nelle sezioni Chat e Backup of chats and choose whether or not to incorporate the videos in the backup, by acting on the lever Include videos; made your choice, tap the button Back up and wait for the data to be saved.
Once this is done, uninstall WhatsApp from the old device and install it on the new one; now, start the newly installed application, accepts the conditions of use of the service, specify yours telephone number (which must be the same as the one associated with the previous backup) and verify it, via SMS or phone call.
If everything went well, you should be prompted for restore previous backups of Google Drive: when this happens, tap the buttons Restore e end (the first step could take up to a few minutes) and, if necessary, re-enter yours name and yours profile picture. More info here.