Android developers have been able to use Google Drive to back up and restore app and game data for their users for a couple of years now. Android devices too have been able to back up some data like installed apps, device settings, call history, and more to Google Drive and restore it to the same device after a hard reset or to a new one when you switch over.

However, these backups remained mostly hidden in Google Drive. You could, technically, go to drive.google.com, Settings, then switch to the Manage Apps tab to see which apps are using how much storage, but that was a hidden trick that only a few people knew about. Now, a more visible Backups section is starting to show up for some users in the web client of Google Drive.

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It sits separately, below the regular list of sections, and expanding it reveals all the devices and apps that are using Google Drive for their backups. You can click on any of these for a small pop-up that details what it is using the storage for, like in the screenshots above and below.

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The change doesn't seem live for everyone just yet. Neither Artem nor I can see it for example. And for now, it only affects the web Google Drive client, so you're not likely to have access to it through the Android app.

Backups are now accessible through the Google Drive Android app as well. With update 2.4.452.14 (APK Download), the app introduces the Backups tab in the side menu, letting you see which devices you have backups for, check their details, and delete them if you want to.

WHAT'S NEW
* Stay on top of what apps and Android devices are safely backed up to Drive thanks to the new Backups view
* Easily preview Excel and other spreadsheet files directly in Drive

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  • Thanks:
  • Steven Brumfield,
  • Ben Rayson,
  • Kevin