How to Securely Backup Your Pixel 3

Backing up your Pixel 3 is important to prevent losing your photos, contacts, apps and other personal data if your phone is damaged, lost or stolen. There are a few key ways to securely backup your Pixel 3.

Use Google’s Built-In Backup

Google provides a built-in backup option for Pixel phones that saves your data to your Google Drive account. Here’s how to set it up:

  1. Open Settings and go to System > Backup
  2. Turn on Back up to Google Drive
  3. Select the data you want to backup such as apps, app data, contacts, photos
  4. Tap Back up now to perform an initial manual backup

Google encrypts your backup data to keep it secure. You can also add a screen lock to your phone for an extra layer of security.


  • Simple setup
  • Data saved securely to Google Drive account
  • Can restore data if you get a new Android phone


  • Counts against Google Drive storage quota
  • Doesn’t backup everything like music files

Use Third-Party Backup Software

For more advanced backup capabilities, use software like iMyFone D-Back. It can backup your Pixel to your computer or external hard drive.

To backup your Pixel 3 using D-Back:

  1. Connect your Pixel to your computer via USB
  2. Open D-Back and select your device
  3. Choose the data types to backup
  4. Select a backup destination on your computer
  5. Tap “Backup” to start

Key features:

  • Backups 11 data types including contacts, photos, videos
  • Encrypts your backup data
  • Restores data to Pixel or transfers to a new Android phone


  • More backup options beyond Google Drive
  • Selectively backup only certain data types
  • Doesn’t count against cloud storage limits


  • Computer needs to be powered on to restore from backup
  • Small fee to purchase software

Use a Cloud Storage Service

You can also backup your Pixel 3 to a cloud storage platform like Google One or Dropbox.

Here are the key steps to use cloud backup:

  1. Install the cloud provider’s app on your Pixel
  2. Enable auto-upload in the app’s settings
  3. New photos/videos will automatically upload

Some apps can also backup other files like contacts and documents.

Benefits of cloud backup:

  • Access files from any device
  • Data protected if phone is lost/broken
  • Some free storage is available


  • Need internet connection to access data
  • Large media files use more storage space

Tips for Securing Your Backup

Here are some final tips for keeping your Pixel 3 backup safe and secure:

  • Encrypt your backup files whether locally or in the cloud
  • Use a strong password/PIN for your Google account
  • Enable 2-factor authentication on your Google account
  • Store local backups in multiple locations in case of device failure
  • Test restoring from backup regularly to ensure it works

Backing up your Pixel 3 periodically serves as an insurance policy against data loss. Follow the best practices outlined here to keep your information safe.