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How to restore Android phone data, form a Google account backup?

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Yesterday, my ZTE  BLADE III (android 4.0.4) from completely mysterious reasons made a complete factory reset, and now I have a phone with a default screen, without my applications, settings, messages, and with only phone contacts and pictures that were on SD card…

I’m not sure if I have a backup of the phone on the Google account, I’ve never bothered with that, but let assume it was active by default, and doing automatic backups…

How to check if I have backup on Google account? How to restore data (settings, messages, apps) from Google account (if they exist)? I would like to see which backups are present there, select one that is few days or a week old, and hopefully restore everything in need…

How to do it? I would not like to use any third part tools if possible.
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If you had the syncing enabled you should be good. The first thing you need to do is add your gmail account back to your phone and see what it pulls back.

http://gappstips.com/more/android-tips/view/91/android-gmail-setup-instructions
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I've added my Google account, and right now the sync was off. I set to on now, the choices are Sync Browser, Calendar, Contacts, Gmail, Photos. After checking this, it downloaded some gmail emails but I don't see any changes in the contacts, calendar or messages (and of course settings and apps). I see that enabling/disabling this sync is equivalent with Sync button on the foll down menu on the home screen, which I've earlier enabled often, in order to check for gmail emails... anyway, I don't know do I have or do I not have anything backed up? I don't see any option to restore or either backup messages or apps and their settings?
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by:Molnar István
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here is an article about backup and restore:
https://itservices.stanford.edu/service/mobiledevice/management/manage_android/backup

if you saved the most of the information on an external sd card, you could try to unformat it with this tool:
http://www.easeus.com/data-recovery/format-recovery-software/unformat-sd-card-freeware.htm

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you can try to restore from google account:
http://www.maketecheasier.com/recover-android-settings-with-google-backup-restore/

hope it helps
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by:Cpqtippee Cpqtippee
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Coolmuster Samsung Data Recovery is able to recover all types of deleted data from android phone, including photos,sms,contacts, video, music and any other document files.
http://www.samsung-messages-backup.com/resources/recover-deleted-files-from-android-phone.html
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