How to Fix Google Backup and Sync Not Working on Android

Google Drive is one of the most widely used and reliable cloud drives for any Android users. It is capable of storing up to 15GB of pictures, documents, music, contacts history, chat backups, and a number of other data for free. There are some fair causes why users across the globe prefer Google backup more than anything else:

But that doesn’t mean Google Drive is beyond any technical glitches. At times, users seem to face good deal of difficulties to backup the data or synchronize the data. This is not a very uncommon issue with Google Docs, the Google app to create and edit documents. When a user changes the device, he needs to restore the previously saved data from the other phone to the new one. But the process fails due to the occasional technical interruptions while synchronizing. In this article, we are going to elaborate and discuss the possible reasons for this error and the solutions to troubleshoot.

Tip: If your Google Play Store stops working too, you can find the solution here.

Google Backup and Sync Not Working

Why Google Backup and Sync is not Working?

To find the remedy of every problem, it is primarily required to identify the cause of why Google Drive is not working/syncing. Here are the 5 possible reasons why the Android Backup and Sync is not working in your device:

  1. The problem in the network connection
  2. The Google Drive app might be outdated
  3. The corruption in app data
  4. Incompatible 3rd party apps restricting Drive from taking action
  5. Low storage in the device to sync

How to Fix Google Backup Not Working Issue?

Here are the 5 possible ways or methods to troubleshoot the Google Drive backup and sync issue.

Solution 1. Check your internet connection

The first and easiest way to troubleshoot any internet connection-dependent app is to, firstly check the internet or WiFi connection. If your connection is unstable or low-speed poor connection, the Drive won’t be able to connect to the cloud storage server, and therefore, it won’t be able to sync the data. For that purpose, make sure to check these steps one by one:

Solution 2. Update the Google Drive App

It’s always better to keep your apps updated, it’s important because many times the developers publish a new version and crash the older one so that users forcefully install the latest version. Also, the old version may have bugs that may stop your device to let the process happen so that I will always suggest you to keep the Google Play Service and Google Drive app updated.

You might be familiar with the app update process, yet I’m writing don here to make it clear to you:

  1. First, open the app drawer and tap on the Play Store app.
  2. On your top left, open 3-line menu.
  3. Now from the available options, click on open My Apps and Games.
  4. It will show the updatable apps in a list. If there’s Drive update available, click on the Update button to download and install the updated apps.

Solution 3. Clear App Data

At times, the ease of functioning of an application gets clogged by overwhelming amount of data and cache within it. If you are not habituated with clearing your app cache very once in a while, it might cause you technical trouble sooner or later.

To get over it, open the Google Drive in the list of apps in the app drawer of your Settings menu. The above screen will appear on the display. Once you clear the data and cache, the malicious element will probably be gone. Now sign in in the app again and it will run smoothly like before.

Solution 4. Sign Out and Sign in Again with the Google Account

This is a rather simple trick which works magically in some instances. You have to go to the Settings menu of your phone and click on the Google account option. There you will find the option to sign out. You can also sign out from the particular Google app that was causing you trouble. (Such as, Google Drive). Click on the three lines at the top left corner of your device display. There you will get the option to sign out at the top. Once you have signed out, enter your Gmail address and password to sign in smoothly. Now, you are good to go.

Solution 5. Reinstall the App

Most of the time an app starts malfunctioning because of a misinstallation. When you download the app or update it, the file might face some error during the installation without your knowledge. If that is the case, then it’s better to uninstall the file at once and download it fresh.

If you don’t know the shortcut uninstall procedure, then go to the Settings> Apps management> choose Google Drive (or another Google app causing the trouble)> press Uninstall. It’s as simple as that!

Tip: How to Recover Deleted Android Files Without Backup?

It becomes easy to recover a lost information or file from Google backup. But, what if the lost data wasn’t even saved in Drive? Do you think it’s lost forever?

Jihosoft Android Data Recovery is an Android based data recovery app that assists you to recreate the lost files in your device again. This brilliant software is compatible with all the leading global smartphone brands and their models. With the simplest user- interface and fastest recovery module, this tool will make your life much easier. Accidental data loss and virus corrupted data is a history now!

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